San Jose State football: Mountain West honors Spartans for third week in a row

San Jose State head coach Brent Brennan’s emphasis on recruiting local high school players continues to pay off for the Spartans.

One week after St. Mary’s (Stockton) alumnus and Spartans defensive back Tre Jenkins was named the Mountain West Conference’s Defensive Player of the Week, defensive lineman and Bellarmine Prep (San Jose) product Cade Hall took home the same honor.

Hall turned in a dominant performance in the Spartans’ 34-17 win over UNLV as he set a season-high with seven tackles, 4.0 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks. Hall’s 4.0 tackles for loss are tied for the fourth-most by any FBS player in a single game this season while his 3.0 sacks are tied for the sixth-most.

SACK@cade_hall97 comes up huge in the Rebel backfield and UNLV is forced to punt the ball away. pic.twitter.com/YFEDUZt6Z1

— San José State Football (@SanJoseStateFB) November 15, 2020

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The Spartans have now been honored by the Mountain West Conference in three consecutive weeks as quarterback Nick Starkel was named the conference’s top offensive player following the team’s 38-21 win over the University of New Mexico.

Prior to last week, the Spartans had not been honored in consecutive weeks since 2013 when quarterback David Fales and placekicker Austin Lopez received recognition following back-to-back games.

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San Jose State’s 4-0 start is the program’s best since 1955 and the program was named on five AP Top 25 ballots, one fewer than perennial Mountain West juggernaut Boise State. The Spartans will attempt to improve to 5-0 on Saturday when they travel to play a 3-1 Fresno State team.

Fresno State wide receiver Jalen Cropper was the Mountain West’s Offensive Player of the Week after setting career-highs with 10 catches, 202 yards and three touchdowns in a 35-16 victory at Utah State.

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