There are 13 returning starters among more than 80 players suiting up for spring practice.
San José State can even its record in Mountain West play at UNLV.
The Spartans keep the Valley Trophy with a second-half shutout.
The Spartans made their first visit to Iowa State in 36 years, but lost, 44-10.
AT SAN JOSÉ STATE: In his third season with the Spartans... Moved from safety to linebacker for the 2017 season... Tops the opening 2017 fall depth chart at a linebacker position ... Joined the team for the first time for 2015 fall preseason drills.
2016: Played in 12 games... Started 10 times... One of five Spartans to make a tackle in every game... Sixth on the team with 53 tackles... Season-high 13 tackles against Air Force (11/19)... Credited with 5.0 tackles for loss for the season... Had a season-best 2.0 tackles for loss in the Fresno State win (11/26) as the Spartans yielded just 245 yards of total offense... First major college quarterback sack came in the UNLV win (10/29).
2015: Completed a redshirt season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played defensive back and wide receiver for JSerra Catholic High (Coach Jim Hartigan) in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. ... Helped his team to the school's first C.I.F. Southern Section playoff appearance and 10-win season in 2014... Two-time, first-team All-Trinity League selection.. A wide receiver pick as a senior and defensive back as a junior... Caught 99 passes for 1,279 yards and 12 touchdowns as a wide receiver in his three seasons... Was credited with 43 tackles, two pass interceptions and led his team with nine pass break-ups in 2014... Served as a return specialist averaging 42.1 yards on 16 kickoff returns and 11.9 yards on 13 punt returns... His team's Special Teams Player of the Year as a junior and a senior... Concluded his high school career playing in the 56th annual Orange County All-Star Charity Game in Costa Mesa, Calif.
MORE ON ETHAN: A communication studies major... He is a native of Mission Viejo, Calif.