The Spartan senior is recognized for his 2017 breakthrough season as a pass catching tight end.
The two-year starter at tight end is preparing for a big season.
There were five pass plays of 30 or more yards.
Five Spartans have earned the academic honor each of their four years.
The longest play of the day led to the first of two short touchdown runs.
AT SAN JOSÉ STATE: In his fourth season with the Spartans... A versatile tight end who gives the Spartans a big, long target on pass plays and is a capable blocker... 37 games played and 24 starts in his first three seasons... Has the most starts of any returning player on the Spartan offense... Signed a National Letter-of-Intent in February 2015... Three-time Academic All-Mountain West award winner... 2017 Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholar.
2017: Breakout season as a pass receiver... Played in 12 games and was on the field for the first offensive snap in 11 contests... Second on the team in number of pass receptions with a single-season personal best 35 catches... Caught at least one pass in 10 of the 12 games he played... Season-high five receptions each in the opener vs. USF (South Florida - 8/26), at UNLV (9/30) and at Hawai'i (10/14)... Scored San Jose State's only touchdown of the Fresno State game (10/7) on a 6-yard pass reception.
2016: Appeared in all 12 contests... Was a starter nine times... Had three receptions for the season... Scored his only touchdown of the season on a 1-yard catch vs. Utah (9/17)... Season-long 19-yard reception at Iowa State (9/24)... Caught one pass in the San Diego State (10/21) game.
2015: Played in all 13 games... A starter four times including each of the final three contests... Biggest reception of the season was his 1-yard over-the-head, back-to-the-endline fourth quarter touchdown catch with 2:40 remaining in the AutoNation Cure Bowl (12/19) victory versus Georgia State... Finished the season with four receptions... First major college start was in the Fresno State win (9/26) which also included his season-long 24-yard catch... Also caught a pass in the UNLV trimpuh (10/10) and against BYU (11/6).
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2014 all-state honoree by CalHiSports.com and MaxPreps.com... Played tight end and defensive end at Paso Robles (Calif.) High (Coach Rich Schimke)... Caught 42 passes for 608 yards and eight touchdowns during his junior and senior seasons... Averaged 18.1 yards per catch and had seven of his eight receptions result in touchdowns... Played outside linebacker and scored with two pass interceptions... Was named the San Luis Obispo County's, the C.I.F. Central Section's Northern Division and the Pac-5 League's Defensive Player of the Year... Was a forward on the boys' basketball team.
MORE ON JOSH: A business administration major... Enjoys snowboarding... Rene Oliver, his dad, played college football in the late 1980's for Cal Poly... An uncle, Clancy Oliver, was a defensive back for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1969 and 1970 and the St. Louis Cardinals in 1973... One of his second cousins is Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher Darren Oliver... He is a native of Templeton, Calif.
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