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Name: Nick Starkel (+) Oct 2021 Arm INJ/Out...Double Transfer from Arkansas/Texas A&M
College: San Jose State     Number: 17
Height: 6-2   Weight: 214
Position: QB  Pos2:
Class/Draft Year: rSr/2022

40 Low: 4.78
   40 Time: 4.87
  40 High: 4.98
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 Data Scout Notes: 2021: (+) Oct 2021 Arm INJ/Out...PManning/POBrien...2020: 2ndC...(+) Coming off Sept 2019 Arm INJ...2017: NAC

 Nick Starkel, San Jose State, Player News


  Nick Starkel threw a pair of touchdown passes about three minutes apart and San Jose State beat Hawaii 17-13 on Saturday night in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams. Kairee Robinson blocked a punt to set up a seven-play, 44-yard drive culminating when Starkel hit Isaiah Hamilton for a 13-yard score and, after a Hawaii three-and-out, he connected with Jermaine Braddock 1-yard TD with 2:23 left in the first half to give San Jose State the lead for good at 14-7. SJSU (2-1) has won nine conference games dating to a 38-35 loss to UNLV on November 23, 2019. Hawaii's Calvin Turner scored on a 1-yard touchdown run to open the scoring late in the first quarter and Matthew Shipley made field goals of 25 and 23 yards in the third quarter to make it 14-13.

Matt Mercurio kicked a 26-yard field goal to cap the scoring with 1:19 to play. Turner returned the kickoff the Hawaii 36 and the Rainbow Warriors moved to the SJSU 21 before time expired. San Jose State's Kyle Harmon was ejected after he was flagged for targeting early in the fourth quarter. The senior linebacker, an all-MWC selection last season, finished with nine tackles, five solo. Chevan Cordeiro completed 18 of 39 passes for 242 yards and added 39 yards rushing for Hawaii (1-3). Robinson finished with 21 carries for 55 yards and three receptions for 34 yards. - San Jose State/AP College Football


(DS#25 QB) rSr/2022 QB Nick StarkelSan Jose State
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  Playing in front of its home fans for the first time in 637 days, San Jose State didn't disappoint Saturday night in its season opener. The reigning Mountain West champion hit the ground running as the Spartans opened their season with a 45-14 rout of Southern Utah at CEFCU Stadium. The Spartans (1-0) found the end zone on each of their first five possessions, with quarterback Nick Starkel orchestrating a quick-strike attack. The senior threw for 394 yards and four touchdowns before being replaced to open the fourth quarter. He also ran it in from a yard out on the game's opening drive. Starkel spread the wealth by hooking up with 10 different targets, including TDs of 23 yards to Jermaine Braddock in the first quarter, explosive plays of 70 and 65 yards in the second quarter to tight end Sam Olson and Nevada transfer Charles Ross, respectively, plus a 14-yard floater to tight end Derrick Deese Jr. in the third quarter. - San Jose Mercury News

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  Nick Starkel threw for four touchdowns and 394 yards and defending Mountain West Conference champion San Jose State kicked off the season with a 45-14 win over Southern Utah on Saturday night. Starkel, who finished 17-of-28 passing to nine receivers with one interception, also had a rushing touchdown to tie his career high with five total TDs. He finished 6 yards short of his fifth 400-yard passing game and a one TD throw shy of his career best. The Spartans outgained the Thunderbirds 534-250.

Starkel's 1-yard run opened the scoring and San Jose State led 21-0 after one quarter. Starkel threw three first-half TD passes, including a 70-yarder to Sam Olson and a 65-yarder to Charles Ross with the Spartans leading 35-14 at the break. Starkel's lone interception was a pick-6 returned by Kobe Singleton. Thunderbirds quarterback Justin Miller caught a TD pass off a trick play that came after a muffed punt by the Spartans, their first lost fumble since the 2019 season. The Spartans went undefeated in six MWC games, were 7-1 overall and finished 24th in the final Associated Press poll last season. They drew 16,204 fans to Saturday's game, their largest home crowd since 2011. - San Jose State/AP College Football


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  Since its inception in 2012, San Jose State University quarterback Nick Starkel is the first and only Spartan eligible to be nominated for the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award. The Texas-based college football award named after Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Earl Campbell calls for nominations of players on offense with high school or college ties to the state of Texas. The nominees also would possess integrity, teamwork, sportsmanship, drive, community and tenacity which defined Campbell's football career from his high school days through a storied National Football League career.

Starkel finished his first San Jose State season leading the Spartans to a Mountain West championship, the school's first conference football title since 1991. He became the first known first-year player in a San Jose State uniform to be named a season team captain and completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 2,174 yards and 17 touchdowns in eight games. Returning for his final year of college football, Starkel starts the 2021 season as one of 53 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players named to the Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award preseason watch list. He is one of 10 quarterbacks listed. - San Jose State Football


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  Quarterback Nick Starkel represents San Jose State University as one of 90 outstanding Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players on offense listed on the 2021 Maxwell Award watch list presented by the Maxwell Football Club. Since 1937, the Maxwell Award, named in honor of local football and sports writing legend Robert "Tiny" Maxwell, is awarded to college football's player of the year. In his second year of graduate school and first at San José State, Starkel enjoyed his best season as a college football player in 2020. He completed 64.2 percent of his passes for 2,174 yards and 17 touchdowns directing an efficient offense that averaged almost 29 points a game. More significantly, the Spartans won their first Mountain West championship since joining the conference in 2013 and first football conference championship since sharing the 1991 Big West Conference title. - San Jose State Football

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  Nick Starkel began his collegiate career at Arkansas (and then Texas A&M) before arriving in San Jose last year. All the Texas native did in his first season as the Spartans' signal caller was operate an offense that scored nearly 30 points a game and averaged 298.4 passing yards, good for 19th nationally. Starkel completed 64.2% of his passes with 17 touchdown tosses against just seven interceptions. - Casper Star-Tribune

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  On the first day collegiate athletes were allowed to earn money off their name, image and likeness, San Jose State quarterback Nick Starkel had a piece of advice for his teammates: don't lend it out to just anyone - and maybe not at all. "If you're missing practice for a photoshoot because you got a deal with a brand you're working on, I will rip you a new one," Starkel said in a social media video Thursday. "In the end, it is America. It is a free country. Do what you desire. But a PSA to my teammates … I do not expect you to let it distract you. If it does, we're gonna have a serious problem."

Starkel, a senior who passed for 2,174 yards and 17 touchdowns last season, posted a series of videos to Instagram in response to the new law of the land beginning Thursday. Facing laws in six states set to take effect this month, the NCAA agreed to change its so-called NIL rules, paving the way for a new potential source of income for amateur athletes, who had previously been barred by the NCAA of receiving any compensation. Starkel, however, said the NIL deals are unlikely to benefit everyone. "Everybody's acting like everyone out here is gonna get a shoe brand deal or something," Starkel said. "Name one offensive lineman in the NFL that has his own shoe deal. It doesn't happen. Not everyone's gonna get it. It's the best players at the best schools." - San Jose Mercury News


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  While Clemson and Oklahoma have made conference titles an annual event, San Jose State and Ball State got to celebrate for the first time in decades this weekend. San Jose State's 34-20 victory over Boise State in the Mountain West Conference championship game gave the unbeaten Spartans their first league title since finishing the 1991 season as the Big West co-champions. They won the Big West outright in 1990. Ball State beat Buffalo 38-28 on Friday night for its first Mid-American Conference championship since 1996. San Jose State and Ball State will face off in the Arizona Bowl on Dec. 31. San Jose State is seeking to complete its first unbeaten season since a 13-0 finish in 1939. - AP College Football

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  Nick Starkel completed 32 of 52 passes for 453 yards and three touchdowns to lead No. 25 San Jose State to its first Mountain West Conference championship, 34-20 over Boise State on Saturday. The Spartans (7-0) had lost all 14 previous meetings with the Broncos (5-2). Starkel broke former Fresno State star Derek Carr's title-game record of 404 yards passing set in 2013 in a victory over Utah State.

It was the fourth 400-yard passing game of Starkel's career, and second this season, his first with the Spartans. He spent the first three years of his college career at Texas A&M and Arkansas before transferring to San Jose State in January. Tre Walker and Derrick Deese Jr. each had seven receptions. Walker led all receivers with 137 yards. Boise State's Hank Bachmeier completed 20 of 40 pass attempts for 221 yards. San Jose State held the Broncos to a paltry 12 yards on 24 rushes. The Spartans scored on five of their seven first-half drives. - AP College Football


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  2020 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): QB - Nick Starkel, Sr., San Jose State,...Starkel is the conference leader in passing efficiency with a 164.3 rating completing 66.2 percent of his passes for 1,453 yards and 13 touchdowns. - San Jose State Football

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  San Jose State University quarterback Nick Starkel is one of 35 players named to the Davey O'Brien Class of 2020 and is considered an official candidate to win the 2020 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. The first-year Spartan and graduate transfer from the University of Arkansas is enjoying his best season as a college quarterback for the undefeated and Mountain West co-leading San Jose State team (4-0, 4-0 Mountain West).

In the national rankings, Starkel ranks 13th in passing efficiency with a 171.0 rating and 12th in completion percentage with a career-best 70.1 percent figure. He has completed 75-of-107 passes with two interceptions for 980 yards and nine touchdowns. Starkel passed for a season-high 467 yards and a career-best five touchdowns in the Spartans' 38-21 win over New Mexico and earned Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week and was named to Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award Great 8 list. - San Jose State Football


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  As good as Nevada's Carson Strong has been, he doesn't have the best quarterback rating in the league. That belongs to Starkel, the transfer from Arkansas (who was at Texas A&M before that). The MW has become a transfer league at quarterback with seven transfers starting at least one game at quarterback for MW schools this season. Starkel has been the best of that bunch, and he qualifies as a newcomer for this award. After throwing five interceptions in a loss to SJSU last season when he was at Arkansas, Starkel has become a Spartans star. He's completed 70.1 percent of his passes for 980 yards, nine touchdowns, two interceptions and a MW-best 171 quarterback rating to lead SJSU to its best start since 1955. He edges Washington transfer Jake Haener, now Fresno State's quarterback. - Nevada Sports Net

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  Nick Starkel threw two touchdown passes to Bailey Gaither and San Jose State beat UNLV 34-17 on Saturday night. SJSU (4-0, 4-0 Mountain West Conference) is off to its best start since opening the 1955 season with four consecutive wins. Starkel was 17-of-28 passing for 274 yards and Gaither finished with six receptions for 94 yards. Nick Nash had 94 yards rushing on eight carries for the Spartans. Nash is listed as the backup quarterback and led San Jose State to a win over San Diego State last week after Starkel left the game due to an undisclosed injury suffered on the first drive.

Gaither took a pop pass and raced past three defenders for a 41-yard touchdown to make it 7-3 with 6:11 left in the first quarter and the Spartans led the rest of the way. Gaither's diving 2-yard touchdown with 1:28 left in the first half gave San Jose State a 24-10 lead. Isaiah Hamilton made a diving catch for a 27-yard gain on a third-and-11 play and a pair of pass interference penalties against the Runnin' Rebels defense kept the drive alive for the Spartans. - AP College Football


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  Starkel was nothing short of sensational in just his second game with San Jose State, completing 34 of 47 passes for 467 yards and career-high five touchdowns. His aerial assault on New Mexico's secondary came early and often. He connected with Walker for two explosive touchdowns of 37 and 26 yards, the latter of which is a candidate for catch of the year. He also found Isaiah Hamilton on a gorgeous 43-yard touchdown in the second quarter. Starkel's best throw of the night, however, was to Bailey Gaither. In the final seconds of the third quarter, Starkel threw an absolutely perfect spiral to Gaither in stride for a 69-yard touchdown, one that even had the coach in awe.

Starkel connected with 10 receivers, but Gaither and Walker were his two favorite targets. Gaither had 10 receptions for 208 receiving yards and a touchdown, and Walker had nine receptions for 107 yards and two touchdowns. The seldom-used Sam Olson had a one-yard touchdown as well. Starkel's quarterback rating of 190.9 was the second-best of his career. Coincidentally, Starkel's highest single-game quarterback rating also came against New Mexico, back in 2017 when he still played at Texas A&M, the team he played for before moving on to Arkansas. - San Jose Mercury News


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  NOV 2 MOUNTAIN WEST OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: NICK STARKEL, SAN JOSE STATE, Senior, Quarterback, Argyle, Texas/Arkansas,...Helped lead San Jose State to a 38-21 win over New Mexico, improving the Spartans to 2-0...In the victory, completed 34 passes for 467 yards and a single-game career-high five touchdowns...The 467 passing yards are the most in the Mountain West this season and fifth-best in a single game nationally. Additionally, the 467 passing yards is tied for eighth-best in San Jose State history. Became the first Spartan quarterback to throw at least five touchdowns in a game in eight years. Three touchdown passes came on third-down plays and another was on fourth down. - Mountain West Football

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  Nick Starkel threw for 467 yards and a career-high five touchdowns to help San Jose State beat New Mexico 38-21 on Saturday night and open the season with back-to-back wins for the first time 33 years. The Spartans (2-0, 2-0 Mountain West Conference) won their first two games of the season for the first time since 1987 and opened their conference schedule with consecutive wins for the first time since 2011, when they were a member of the Western Athletic Conference. Bailey Gaither set career highs with 10 receptions and 208 yards receiving, including a 69-yard touchdown. Tre Walker had 107 yards receiving and two TDs on nine catches for SJSU. His acrobatic 26-yard touchdown catch made it 21-7 in the second quarter. Teveka Tuioti was 20-of-35 passing for 294 yards and two touchdowns with one interception and had 14 carries for 69 yards and a score for New Mexico (0-1, 0-1). The game was relocated to San Jose, California, as a result of public health orders in New Mexico related to the coronavirus pandemic. - San Jose State/AP College Football

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  Arkansas quarterback Nick Starkel, in his first start in a Razorbacks uniform, led his team on two fourth-quarter touchdown drives, breaking a 34-all tie and sending Arkansas to a 55-34 win over Colorado State on Saturday. The Razorbacks (2-1) earned their first victory over an FBS opponent this season and only the second in coach Chad Morris' 15 games dating back to last year. Starkel, who transferred from Texas A&M in the offseason, was named quarterback Monday after entering and playing well in the second half of Arkansas' loss to Ole Miss last Saturday. He rewarded Morris' faith, going 20 for 35 for 305 yards with three touchdowns against the Rams.

Starkel completed three straight passes for 12, 17 and 20 yards on the go-ahead drive before Devwah Whaley's 5-yard touchdown run capped it for a 41-34 lead. He then threw a 62-yard touchdown to Cheyenne O'Grady on the ensuing series. Colorado State (1-2) rallied from a 14-point, first half deficit and tied it at 34 when back-up quarterback Patrick O'Brien scrambled and found Dante Wright for a 75-yard touchdown pass near the end of the third quarter. O'Brien entered for starter Collin Hill during the Rams' first drive of the second half when it appeared Hill, who has twice suffered a torn ACL in his left knee, tweaked his leg. Arkansas scored on its first five drives of the game, including two touchdown passes by Starkel. - AP College Football


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  Nick Starkel spent his first week running practice reps with the Arkansas starters the same way he spent the previous weeks running practice reps with the second unit. For a player in his first year at a new school making his first start at quarterback, Starkel was cool about the change. He has to stay that way Saturday, too, if his Razorbacks have any hope of salvaging the season.

Arkansas (1-1) hosts Colorado State (1-1) in a game that features two teams predicted to finish near the bottom of their respective conferences. A loss for the Razorbacks, however, would make a far bigger ripple - especially after the Rams beat Arkansas a year ago in a stunner that helped ensure the first season for coach Chad Morris at Arkansas would be nothing worth remembering. Starkel shrugged off any notion of pressure. "Everyone in the QB room prepares as if they're the starter," Starkel said. "There's a guy running with the 1s and that's probably who is going to start. But it's really the same preparation for me." The nonchalance was par for the course for Arkansas players all week, but they remember last year's loss. - AP College Football


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  Arkansas Razorback fans, meet quarterback Nick Starkel. He's an outspoken, maybe even brash, social-media maven and unabashed Justin Bieber believer with a big arm and big ideas about where the University of Arkansas program is headed. The 6-4 graduate transfer arrived on campus in late May with two years to play, and he's got his sights on the starting quarterback job along with fellow transfer Ben Hicks. "Fall camp, I just see myself going out there Day 1 trying to set the tone," Starkel said. "This is what we're here to do. We're here to win games, and if you're not trying to do that, then get out of here."

Starkel strikes up intriguing possibilities for the Razorbacks. Coach Chad Morris said he's been impressed with Starkel's leadership and confidence level, and he's eagerly taken in the reports from teammates in offseason skills and drills work. "Listening to our players talk, he's been out on the field with them throwing," Morris said. "He demands a certain respect and commands leadership, and the ball definitely is electric when it comes out of his hands." - Northwest Arkansas Times


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