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  10/31/21 - Nick NashrJr/2023, San Jose State, 6-0, 184 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Quarterback Nick Nash accounted for 262 yards of total offense and a pair of touchdowns and San Jose State led all the way in a 27-21 win over Wyoming on Saturday. Nash threw for 150 yards and a touchdown and ran for 112 yards on 11 carries and scored once on the ground. His 1-yard touchdown run in the second quarter made it 7-0 early in the second quarter. The Spartans (5-4, 3-2 Mountain West Conference) defense came up with an interception of Levi Williams on the following drive, which led to Matt Mercurio's 36-yard field goal and a 10-0 lead. Williams responded with a 54-yard touchdown pass to Isaiah Neyor on Wyoming's ensuing drive (4-4, 0-4), but the Spartans responded with a seven-play, 81-yard drive that ended when Kairee Robinson ran it in from the 9-yard line to make it a 10-point game again. Xazavian Valladay ran for 172 yards on 22 carries for the Cowboys and Neyor caught both of Williams' scoring passes. - San Jose State/AP College Football

(DS#999 QB) rJr/2023 QB Nick NashSan Jose State
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  10/21/21 - Nick NashrJr/2023, San Jose State, 6-0, 184 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Nick Nash scored the winning touchdown on a 15-yard quarterback draw as San Jose State turned a blocked field goal into the decisive drive, beating UNLV 27-20 on Thursday night. Nash passed for 213 yards and ran for a career-high 121 more. The Spartans (4-4, 2-2 Mountain West) never led until there was 7:06 remaining in the game, capping a comeback 24-3 run and then holding off UNLV's final 19-play drive until time expired. The Rebels came as close as the 11-yard line. San Jose State, the defending Mountain West champion, had fought into a 20-20 tie a series earlier after a grinding 88-yard, 11-play drive on Tyler Neven's TD from the 10 - cutting away from would-be tacklers at the 5 - less than a minute into the fourth quarter.

The Spartans then partially blocked a 39-yard field goal attempt, foiling UNLV's attempt to retake the lead. Rebels kicker Daniel Gutierrez had hit twice earlier, including a career-long 53-yarder, extending his school-record streak of made field goals to 16. The loss extends UNLV's losing streak to 12 games, reaching through the 2020 season. Early on, UNLV (0-7, 0-3) turned two San Jose State fumbles into short touchdown drives - from the 20 and the 18 - as the Rebels built a 17-3 lead deep into the second quarter. Cameron Friel completed 20 of 28 passes for 240 yards and a touchdown for UNLV. Charles Williams carried 24 times for 94 yards and a touchdown. - San Jose State/AP College Football


(DS#999 QB) rJr/2023 QB Nick NashSan Jose State
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  10/03/21 - Nick NashrJr/2023, San Jose State, 6-0, 184 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Nick Nash threw three touchdown passes, Tyler Nevers had 22 carries for 115 yards and a score and San Jose State beat New Mexico State 37-31 on Saturday night. Nash was 14-of-17 passing for 195 yards with no interceptions. Derrick Deese Jr. had seven receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown for San Jose State (3-2). Matt Mercurio kicked a 38-yard field goal to give the Spartans the lead for good at 17-14 with 1:09 left in the second quarter. On the next play from scrimmage Nehemiah Shelton intercepted a pass and, one play later, Nash hit Deese for a 12-yard touchdown to make it 24-14 at halftime. Jonah Johnson completed 30 of 44 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns for New Mexico State (1-5). Isaiah Garcia-Castaneda had six receptions for 90 yards and two TDs. - AP College Football

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  09/19/21 - Nick StarkelrSr/2022, San Jose State, 6-2, 214 (DS#28 QB) + More +

  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#28 QB) rSr/2022 QB Nick StarkelSan Jose State
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  08/29/21 - Nick StarkelrSr/2022, San Jose State, 6-2, 214 (DS#28 QB) + More +

  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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  08/28/21 - Nick StarkelrSr/2022, San Jose State, 6-2, 214 (DS#28 QB) + More +

  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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  San Jose State University defensive end Viliami Fehoko and linebacker Alii Matau, returning starters from the Spartans' 2020 Mountain West championship football team, are two of the 63 players named to the Polynesian College Football Player of the Year watch list. The award is presented annually to the most outstanding college football player of Polynesian ancestry that epitomizes great ability and integrity. San Jose State is one of 31 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) schools with a representative on the 2021 watch list.

Fehoko was a first-team All-Mountain West selection and one of the most consistent and dynamic players in the conference and nationally. He led the conference in number of tackles for loss and tied for 17th nationally with his 12.5 total. The fourth-year Spartan registered at least 1.0 tackles for loss in each of the team's final seven games of the season. The Spartan defensive end also was credited with 6.0 quarterback sacks and had a streak of four consecutive games with a sack. - San Jose State Football


(DS#18 DE) rJr/2023 DE Viliami FehokoSan Jose State
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  08/07/21 - Nick StarkelrSr/2022, San Jose State, 6-2, 214 (DS#28 QB) + More +

  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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  08/07/21 - Jack SnyderrSr/2022, San Jose State, 6-5, 310 (DS#30 OT) + More +

  As a returning first-team All-Mountain West offensive lineman and one of the top left tackles in college football, San Jose State University's Jack Snyder is one of 80 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players listed on the 2021 Rotary Lombardi Award watch list. Snyder is preparing for his fifth active season at San Jose State and is the team's most experienced player with 45 games played and 40 starts. He has started the Spartans' last 38 consecutive games dating back to the 2017 season. - San Jose State Football

(DS#30 OT) rSr/2022 OT Jack SnyderSan Jose State
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  08/01/21 - Cade HallSr/2022, San Jose State, 6-2, 270 (DS#12 DE) + More +

  San Jose State University defensive lineman Cade Hall is one of 35 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players named to the 2021 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award watch list by the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Hall earned his spot on the watch list after receiving a 2020 Walter Camp Football Foundation second-team All-America honor for a superb season of 10.0 quarterback sacks in seven games as San Jose State won the Mountain West, finished with a 7-1 overall win-loss record, and posted .875 winning percentage - third best in school history. Going into his fourth college season, the 6-foot-3, 270-pound lineman also was the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year and the Mountain West championship football game's Defensive Most Valuable Player to go along with his Walter Camp All-America recognition in 2020. - San Jose State Football

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  Throughout his San Jose State University career, starting linebacker Tysyn Parker displayed a quiet dedication to the game of football, a focused pursuit of a college degree, and very willing to assist those who could use a helping hand. For combining all three traits during his four years as a Spartan, Parker, from Serra High in Gardena, Calif., and majoring in justice studies, is one of 45 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players nominated for the 2021 American Football Coaches Association's (AFCA) Good Works Team and this year's Wuerffel Trophy. At San Jose State for the last three years, Parker has mentored fourth and fifth grade students at a nearby elementary school who are lacking a male role model and participated in community outreach events such as Autism Speaks and the Silicon Valley YWCA's Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to raise awareness that any form of violence against women is not acceptable. - San Jose State Football

(DS#104 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Tysyn ParkerSan Jose State
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  07/29/21 - Cade HallSr/2022, San Jose State, 6-2, 270 (DS#12 DE) + More +

  For San Jose State University defensive lineman Cade Hall, appearing on a college football national watch list the past two weeks is a regular occurrence. The 2021 Bronko Nagurski Award presented by Lending Tree honors the best defensive player regardless of position in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) is the latest preseason recognition for Hall, named to several 2020 All-America teams.

Hall is the first San Jose State player since defensive end Travis Johnson in 2012 named to a Nagurski Award watch list. The award is named after Bronko Nagurski, an outstanding college football player at the University of Minnesota and later professionally with the Chicago Bears who is enshrined in the Pro Football and College Football halls of fame. A year ago, Hall was second nationally in quarterback sacks per game with 10.0 in seven contests as San Jose State won the Mountain West championship for the first time since joining the conference in 2013 and first league title since sharing a portion of the Big West championship in 1991. - San Jose State Football


(DS#12 DE) Sr/2022 DE Cade HallSan Jose State
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  07/29/21 - Jack SnyderrSr/2022, San Jose State, 6-5, 310 (DS#30 OT) + More +

  San Jose State University offensive tackle Jack Snyder is the first Spartan named an Outland Trophy watch list in more than 20 years. Presented since 1946, the annual award recognizes the most outstanding interior offensive lineman on either side of the football. Defensive ends are not eligible for this national award. Snyder, now in his sixth season with the Spartans, has started 40 games since the 2017 season. He made eight starts in the eight games he played in 2020 and was named a first-team All-Mountain West honoree as San Jose State won the conference championship. - San Jose State Football

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  07/21/21 - Nick StarkelrSr/2022, San Jose State, 6-2, 214 (DS#28 QB) + More +

  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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  07/21/21 - Cade HallSr/2022, San Jose State, 6-2, 270 (DS#12 DE) + More +

  San Jose State University defensive lineman Cade Hall is one of 90 players listed on the 2021 Bednarik Award watch list presented by the Maxwell Football Club. The Bednarik Award is awarded to college football's outstanding defensive player of the year and is named after College and Pro Football Hall of Fame standout Chuck Bednarik. Known as the "60-Minute Man," Bednarik played his college football at the University of Pennsylvania and professionally for the Philadelphia Eagles (1949-62).

Hall is coming off an All-America season in 2020 in which he finished second nationally among Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players in quarterback sacks per game with 10.0 in seven contests and was 12th nationally with 12.0 tackles for loss. He had a quarterback sack in five of the seven games he played igniting a San José State defense that yielded 19.9 points a game, the first time since 1990 teams averaged fewer than 20.0 points a game in a season against the Spartans. - San Jose State Football


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