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  11/22/20 - Nick StarkelrSr/2021, San Jose State, 6-2, 214 (DS#34 QB) + More +

  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

(DS#34 QB) rSr/2021 QB Nick StarkelSan Jose State
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  11/16/20 - Cade HallJr/2022, San Jose State, 6-2, 258 (DS#32 DE) + More +

  NOV 16 MOUNTAIN WEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: CADE HALL, SAN JOSE STATE, Junior, Defensive Line, Morgan Hill, California/Bellarmine Prep,...Led San Jose State to a victory over UNLV, giving the Spartans their first 4-0 start since 1955...Tallied a season high seven tackles, including 4.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks...The four tackles for loss are tied for fourth-most nationally this season, while the three sacks are tied for sixth-most. - Mountain West Football

(DS#32 DE) Jr/2022 DE Cade HallSan Jose State
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  11/15/20 - Nick StarkelrSr/2021, San Jose State, 6-2, 214 (DS#34 QB) + More +

  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


(DS#34 QB) rSr/2021 QB Nick StarkelSan Jose State
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  11/09/20 - Tre JenkinsrSo/2023, San Jose State, 6-0, 213 (DS#22 SS) + More +

  NOV 9 MOUNTAIN WEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: TRE JENKINS, SAN JOSE STATE, Sophomore, Safety, Stockton, California/St. Mary's HS,...Led San Jose State to its first victory over San Diego State since 2012, tallying a single-game career-high nine tackles...Also recorded a sack, forced fumble and interception...The forced fumble led to a Spartans touchdown, giving them their first lead of the game at 21-17...Picked off the Aztecs in the end zone, preserving the Spartans four-point lead. - Mountain West Football

(DS#22 SS) rSo/2023 SS Tre JenkinsSan Jose State
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  San Jose State has the best corps of receivers in the Mountain West, and they've been adamant about proving it. Derrick Deese Jr., who finished with a game-high 76 receiving yards and five catches, not only had a one-handed grab, but another sideline tip-toe grab to live up to his Tony Toe Taps moniker. Tre Walker, who threw his hat in the ring for catch of the year last week against New Mexico, added to his highlight reel with a sideline tip-toe catch of his own. Walker finished with five catches for 70 yards. Bailey Gaither wasn't featured as often as previous weeks, but had three catches and a touchdown. "Whoever gets the ball, you know they're going to be able to do something with it," Deese Jr. said. "It could be Tre, me, Nash, anyone else. Anyone on the offense can make a play happen." - San Jose Mercury News

(DS#20 TE) Sr/2021 TE Derrick Deese Jr.San Jose State
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  11/07/20 - Nick NashrSo/2023, San Jose State, 6-0, 184 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Backup Nick Nash threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another score with 1:32 remaining, and San Jose State took advantage of three fourth-quarter turnovers to beat San Diego State 28-17 on Friday night. San Jose State has started a season 3-0 for the first time since 1982. SJSU trailed 17-14 early in the fourth quarter before its defense and special teams took over. Viliami Fehoko recovered a loose ball on a backward pass, Tre Jenkins made a bobbling interception in the end zone and Rico Tolefree secured a fumble on a punt return with 3:32 left.

Nash was 16-of-25 passing for 169 yards and he carried it 11 times for 53 yards. SJSU starting quarterback Nick Starkel had to be helped off the field on the first possession of the game after a hit by Cameron Thomas and did not return. Carson Baker passed for 261 yards for San Diego State (2-1, 2-1 Mountain West), and Greg Bell carried it 25 times for 109 yards and a touchdown. Tariq Thompson made his 12th career interception in the third quarter, moving into a tie for fifth in program history. Damontae Kazee (2013-16) holds the SDSU record with 17. - AP College Football


(DS#999 QB) rSo/2023 QB Nick NashSan Jose State
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  11/03/20 - Nick StarkelrSr/2021, San Jose State, 6-2, 214 (DS#34 QB) + More +

  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


(DS#34 QB) rSr/2021 QB Nick StarkelSan Jose State
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  11/02/20 - Nick StarkelrSr/2021, San Jose State, 6-2, 214 (DS#34 QB) + More +

  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

(DS#34 QB) rSr/2021 QB Nick StarkelSan Jose State
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  11/01/20 - Nick StarkelrSr/2021, San Jose State, 6-2, 214 (DS#34 QB) + More +

  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

(DS#34 QB) rSr/2021 QB Nick StarkelSan Jose State
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  Nick Starkel threw two touchdown passes to tight end Derrick Deese Jr. in the third quarter and San Jose State beat Air Force 17-6 on Saturday night in the Mountain West Conference opener for both teams. Bailey Gaither tied his career high with eight receptions for 110 yards for the Spartans. Starkel completed 22 of 29 passes for 226 yards with one interception. It was the senior's 11th career start but his first for the Spartans. Starkel made five starts for Texas A&M and then five starts for Arkansas before joining San Jose State as a graduate transfer. Deese, a senior who went into the game with two career touchdowns, had TD catches of 7 and 11 yards, the latter of which gave San Jose State (1-0, 1-0) a 14-0 lead with 43 seconds left in the third quarter. Bailey Gaither tied his career high with eight receptions for 110 yards. It was the latest start to a football season in San Jose State's history. The last time the Spartans began a season in October was in 1936. Air Force (1-1) had its nine-game win streak - the third longest in program history - snapped. - AP College/San Jose State Football

(DS#20 TE) Sr/2021 TE Derrick Deese Jr.San Jose State
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  2020 WUERFFEL TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Christian Webb, San Jose State, senior, linebacker,...Entering his third year with the Spartans, Webb is a first-year graduate student continuing his focus on communication studies, his undergraduate major. He's seen action as a linebacker and special teams defender. Webb is a 2018 and 2019 Mountain West All-Academic award winner in football. Yet, it is his service in the community that stands out among the Wuerffel Trophy's three components of academics, athletics, and community service.

Presently, Webb is serving an internship with the African American Community Service Agency (AACSA) of San Jose as the executive assistant to the executive director after a 2020 spring semester volunteering at the downtown San Jose headquarters two blocks from the university's main campus. Webb serves as a liaison between the executive director and the agency's board of directors. He establishes the executive director's weekly calendar prioritizing community events, participates in strategic planning initiatives, organizational strategy, content and document management, donor relations, and manages the organization's social media accounts. - San Jose State Football


(DS#119 OLB) rSr/2021 OLB Christian WebbSan Jose State
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  07/26/20 - Tre WalkerSr/2021, San Jose State, 5-11, 175 (DS#77 WR) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: WR Tre Walker, San Jose State,...Walker caught 79 passes for 1,161 yards and two touchdowns in 2019. The sixth Spartan in program history with a 1,000-yard receiving season ranked third nationally among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players in receiving yards per game (116.1) and was fourth in the FBS for pass receptions per game (7.9). - San Jose State Football

(DS#77 WR) Sr/2021 WR Tre WalkerSan Jose State
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  07/25/20 - Tre WalkerSr/2021, San Jose State, 5-11, 175 (DS#77 WR) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Tre Walker, San Jose State,...In 2019, Walker caught 79 passes for 1,161 yards and two touchdowns. The sixth Spartan in program history with a 1,000-yard receiving season ranked third nationally among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players in receiving yards per game (116.1) and was fourth in the FBS for pass receptions per game (7.9). The Mountain West leader in both categories had six games with 100 or more receiving yards and three contests with 10 or more receptions. - San Jose State Football

(DS#77 WR) Sr/2021 WR Tre WalkerSan Jose State
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  07/23/20 - Matt MercurioSo/2023, San Jose State, 6-0, 176 (DS#14 K) + More +

  2020 PRESEASON LOU GROZA COLLEGIATE PLACE-KICKER AWARD WATCH LIST: Matt Mercurio, San Jose State,...Mercurio became the first kicker in San Jose State history to convert four field goals in three different games in the same season. All three of them came during a stretch in which he made 16 consecutive attempts, the third-longest streak in FBS last year. Two of them keyed victories, including a pivotal 14-point performance on the road in a 34-29 win over Army. - Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award

(DS#14 K) So/2023 K Matt MercurioSan Jose State
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  12/09/19 - Josh LoverSr/2020, San Jose State, 6-0, 203 (DS#19 QB) + More +

  2019 ALL-MOUNTAIN WEST FIRST TEAM (COACHES): QB - Josh Love, Sr., San Jose State,...Love completed 60.9 percent of his passes with only eight interceptions for 3,923 yards and 22 touchdowns as San Jose State recorded a 5-7 win-loss record, four more wins than in 2018. All of Love's season totals were personal bests for the one-time walk-on from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly High. He became only the third quarterback in conference history to throw for 400 or more yards five games in a season. His six career 400-yard passing games ranks second on the all-time Mountain West list behind Oakland Raiders and Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr, who had 11 in two seasons.

Love's 3,923 passing yards is #6 on the Mountain West's single-season list and ranks third nationally this season in games played through November 30. He also is sixth nationally in total offense at 319.6 yards per game. The numbers complement a year in which the co-captain led the Spartans to game-winning touchdown drives with less than 3:00 remaining in the fourth quarter of 75 yards at Arkansas for San Jose State's first win in school history against a Southeastern Conference (SEC) opponent and 83 yards vs. Fresno State to conclude the season. - San Jose State Football


(DS#19 QB) rSr/2020 QB Josh LoveSan Jose State
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