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SJ State hires new QB coach, names OC

San Jose State has hired John DeFilippo as its quarterbacks coach and moved Tim Landis from special teams coordinator to offensive coordinator.

Landis was hired to coach special teams in January, but replaces Hugh Freeze, who took the same position at Arkansas State just months after he was hired in San Jose.

DeFilippo comes to the Spartans after spending the 2009 season as the New York Jets assistant quarterbacks coach. He’s spent the past five seasons working in the NFL with the Jets, Oakland Raiders and New York Giants.

“John brings a lot of expertise to the quarterback position from coaching in college to coaching in the NFL,” San Jose State coach Mike MacIntyre said. “He’s a young, exciting coach that knows a lot about the passing game and will help our quarterbacks mature fundamentally and intellectually.”

San Jose State’s passing offense ranked 73rd in the country averaging 207.33 yards per game. It was one of the worst offensive teams in the country and averaged 13.75 points per game.