Senior Jordan La Secla will start at quarterback.
Brandon Rutley is the No. 1 tailback but will share time with Lamon Muldrow, last year's top rusher (592 yards), and David Freeman, a transfer from Washington.
True freshman Vince Buhagiar will start at middle linebacker in place of the injured Pompey Festejo, who could miss the entire season while recovering from a broken foot.
Ailao Eliapo will play both ways against the Crimson Tide, as the starting right guard and the backup defensive lineman.
Sophomore David Quessenberry will start at left tackle in place of Fred Koloto, who is expected to miss at least another week with a knee injury.
San Jose State will start Jordan La Secla at quarterback