SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Junior college transfer Lamon Muldrow will make his first major college start at running back Saturday when San Jose State hosts Cal Poly.
Muldrow, the Spartans' leading rusher with 35 yards in their loss to Stanford last Saturday, takes over for sixth-year senior Pat Perry, who fumbled twice in the game.
"We are not going to play running backs who fumble," San Jose State coach Dick Tomey said on Monday. "I believe in (Perry) but when you fumble it compromises your chances of playing. Muldrow did some good things and we need to be more persistent with our running game."
Perry and Brandon Rutley, who is out with an undisclosed injury, were the Spartans' most experienced running backs entering the season.
In related news, defensive end Mohamed Marah will undergo season-ending surgery on his shoulder Saturday. Mohamed was injured in San Jose State's season-opening loss at Southern California.
Kicker Tyler Cope remains probable after suffering a concussion on the first play of the game against Stanford.
"He was groggy and couldn't go back in," Tomey said. "There will be no contact with him this week and we'll see."