Student-athletes and coaches gathered to recognize team and individual achievements at the Annual SAMMY Awards.
Linebacker Jared Leaf is home and getting better each day.
One can express support for Jared Leaf at www.facebook.com/teamleaf11
Wide receiver Noel Grigsby was the first Spartan to get a standing ovation at the awards banquet.
AT SAN JOSÉ STATE: In his third season with the Spartans... Tops the 2015 opening fall depth chart at a linebacker position... Looking forward to his first game action since 2012... Transfer from the University of Hawai'i... First joined the team for 2013 spring practice.
2014: Missed the entire season for medical reasons... Topped the depth chart at a linebacker position following 2014 spring practice... Was the only victim suffering second and third-degree burns in an April 23, 2014 late-night, off-campus apartment fire... Was hospitalized for 40 days... Was on the sideline with the team during home games while recovering from his burns.
2013: Did not see any game action as a transfer from the University of Hawai'i... One of three recipients of the Outstanding Scout Team Award at the team's annual post-season awards banquet.
UNIVERSITY OF HAWAI'I: A member of the 2011 and 2012 Warrior squads... Played in 12 games in 2012 as a running back and special teams player... Contributed five tackles and forced a fumble on special teams play... A redshirt season in 2011.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football (Coaches Alan Horn and Dave Silveira) and track and field at Alhambra High in Martinez, Calif. ... Rushed for 1,381 yards and 19 touchdowns in just eight games as a senior... Named to the Contra Costa Times' Cream of the Crop Top-20, was an honorable mention All-Metro running back by the San Francisco Chronicle and his school's 2010 Male Athlete of the Fall Semester... Also was a two-time, first-team all-league linebacker.
MORE ON JARED: A communication studies major... Had a starring role in "Fortune-Telling," a 24-minute film produced by Siren Song Creations and featured in the 2015 San José Cinequest Film Festival... Performed as the male lead in the San José State University Theatre Arts production of "Tigers Be Still" by Kim Rosenstock... Patrick Stoudemire, a cousin, played four seasons (2011-14) in the Arena Football League... His sister, Nicole, was a sprinter on the Southern Oregon University women's track and field team.... Jerry Santos, an uncle, is an award-winning singer for the Hawaiian band, Olomana... He is a native of Martinez, Calif.