San José State was picked for fifth place in West Division.
Six Spartans were honored as All-Mountain West football players.
The Spartans keep the Valley Trophy with a second-half shutout.
The opener started with a morning earthquake and ended with a Tulsa hurricane at Chapman Stadium.
The Spartans are one of four teams with three players on the preseason All-Mountain West squad.
Oregon State overcame a 21-14 halftime deficit to defeat San Jose State, 35-21, on September 19.
AT SAN JOSÉ STATE: In his fourth season with the Spartans... School's career leader in punting average at 43.3... Seven career punts of 60 or more yards... First San Jose State punter to finish in the top-20 nationally in punting in mulitple seasons (2015, 2016)... Set the San Jose State single-season record for punting average with a 47.5 mark... First joined the team for 2014 spring practice as an invited non-scholarship candidate... First Spartan to participate in the annual Walter Camp Football All-America weekend... Second San Jose State player in history to be invited to the annual December College Football Awards Show... Added kickoff duties to his special teams responsibilities in 2016... Lost 30 pounds between his freshman and sophomore seasons resulted in one of the best seasons by a Spartan at any position.
2016: Honorable mention All-Mountain West... Averaged 44.3 yards per punt... Finished 14th nationally in punting average... Named to the Ray Guy Award watch list... Season-long 64-yard punt at New Mexico (10/1)... Served as the kickoff specialist... Forced opponents to take a touchback on 68.3 percent of his kickoffs... San Jose State had the second highest percentage of touchbacks on kickoff return opportunities in the Mountain West... Spartans had second fewest kickoff return yardage nationally (273)... Opponents only averaged 19.5 yards per return when able to return his kickoffs.
2015: Ray Guy Award finalist for the best punter in college football... Second team All-America selection by the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA)... First team All-Mountain West... Named the Special Teams Player of the Year at the team's annual awards banquet... Averaged a school record 47.5 yards per punt handling all punting duties... Previous school record was 44.0 yards a punt... Improved his punting average by a remarkable 10.4 yards per punt between his freshman and sophomore seasons... Finished third nationally and first in the Mountain West in punting average... Was the national leader in punting for 10 of the first 12 weeks of the season... Had five punts of 60 or more yards... Career best 73-yard punt at Air Force (9/12) is the seventh longest punt in school history... Helped San Jose State to a school record 42.42 yards net punting average... Spartans finished second in the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in net punting.
2014: Won the number-one punting role during preseason camp... Averaged 37.1 yards per punt... Had four punts of 50 or more yards including a season-long 52 yarder at Utah State (11/21)... Average picked up the second half of the season at 38.4 compared to 35.4 for the first six games... Had three opportunities to be the placekicker... Converted his first PAT after the Spartans' final touchdown in the 42-10 season-opening win against North Dakota (8/28)... Missed a 24-yard field goal in the Hawai'i game (11/15)... Assigned the #1-placekicking role for the season-finale at San Diego State (11/29), but missed a 21-yard field goal attempt... Also kicked off twice during the season.
HIGH SCHOOL: Lettered in football (Coach Jeff Carnazzo) and soccer at Palma High in Salinas, Calif.
MORE ON MICHAEL: A justice studies major... A member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity... Would like to become a second-generation police officer... Enjoys relaxing by a swimming pool... He is a native of Salinas, Calif.
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