|David Fales Named San Jose State Football Team MVP|
Record-setting quarterback David Fales was named San Jose State University's Most Valuable Player at the team's annual awards banquet held at the Dolce Hayes Mansion.
The nation's most accurate passer in regular-season action, Fales completed a school-record 72.06 percent of his passes for 3,798 yards and 31 touchdowns. Leading San Jose State to a 10-2 win-loss record and a December 27 Military Bowl appearance against Bowling Green (8-4), the first-year Spartan set single-season records for completions, passing yards, touchdown passes and total offense.
Team captains Travis Johnson and Ryan Otten were named the Outstanding Defensive and Offensive Players, respectively. Otten, averaging 16.0 yards per receptions, is the national leader for average yards per catch by a tight end with at least 40 receptions. Johnson established new San Jose State and Western Athletic Conference (WAC) career records for quarterback sacks.
Wide receiver Noel Grigsby and cornerback Bené Benwikere earned the Outstanding Offensive and Defensive Skill Player awards. Grigsby became the San Jose State career leader for pass receptions and receiving yardage during the season. Benwikere led the WAC with seven interceptions.
Offensive tackle and team captain David Quessenberry received the Most Inspirational Award. Defensive back Jimmy Pruitt was named the Lawry Jasper Outstanding Freshman. Running back Ina Liaina received the Hammer Award.
Position award winners were Nicholas Kaspar, Outstanding Offensive Line; Travis Raciti, Outstanding Defensive Line; Austin Lopez, Outstanding Special Teams; and Vince Buhagiar and Keith Smith, Outstanding Linebackers.
San Jose State continues its season, Thursday, December 27, against Bowling Green of the Mid-American Conference in the Military Bowl presented by Northrop Grumman. ESPN will televise the game beginning at 12:00 p.m. (PT)/3:00 p.m. (ET).