The Wuerffel Trophy bills itself as "...College Football's Premier Award for Community Service."
The Spartans placed an emphasis of engaging themselves in the community.
The SAMMYS were handed out for academic, athletics and community service excellence.
A 60-play spring practice football scrimmage only took about an hour.
Five Spartans received their fourth Academic All-MW recognition.
The Spartans took on the Bulldogs on Saturday night.
AT SAN JOSÉ STATE: In his fifth season with the Spartans... A three-year starter in the offensive line... 32 games played and 32 starts heading into 2017... Had a streak of 27 consecutive starts between 2014 and 2016... Versatile lineman capable of starting at several positions... Started at both tackle positions and at right guard in 2016... A right tackle in 2015 and a right guard in 2014... Signed a National Letter-of-Intent in February 2013... A 2014, 2015 and 2016 Academic All-Mountain West honoree... A 2015 2016 and 2017 Mountain West Scholar-Athlete... Two-time San Jose State University Dean's Scholar... Honored in February 2015 by the National Consortium for Academics and Sports on National Student-Athlete Day... Last name is pronounced Vah-litch-ko.
2016: Played and started in seven games... Started the first two games of the season at right tackle... Missed the next four games due to an injury in the Portland State game (9/10)... Returned to action and the starting lineup against Nevada (10/15) as a right guard... Opened at right tackle against San Diego State (10/21)... Was the starting left tackle in the UNLV win (10/29) and in the final two games of the season vs. Air Force (11/19) and in the Fresno State victory (11/26).
2015: Honorable mention All-Mountain West honoree playing right tackle... One of 10 Spartans to start in every game... One of four sophomores to start in the offensive line... Helped pave the way for the San Jose State offense to rush for more than 2,000 yards and score at least 20 touchdowns and pass for more than 2,000 yards and touchdowns for only the second time in school history since 1950.
2014: Started all 12 games at right guard... One of nine Spartans to start in every game... The only freshman to start in every game for San José State... One of three redshirt freshmen to start games at an offensive guard position during the season.
2013: Completed a redshirt season.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2012 CalHiSports first-team All-State small schools offensive tackle for King's Academy in Sunnyvale, Calif. (Coach William Gittens)... Led his team in tackles with 85 and was credited with three fumble recoveries... Was his team's Most Valuable Player, a first-team All-Central Coast Section choice and the Ocean League Offensive Lineman of the Year.
MORE ON NATE: A kinesiology major with an emphasis in athletic training... Would like to become a high school athletic trainer... Very involved in community service activities... Served as a team representative for the visit to the Florida Hospital during San Jose State's 2015 appearance at the AutoNation Cure Bowl... Participated in a February 2016 "Wipe Out Cancer" Sports Day for Kids... Coordinated by the university's speech pathology department, he serves as a mentor to a 10-year old diagnosed with autism... Assisted adults diagnosed with special needs apply for jobs through Hope Services of San Jose... Volunteered time playing schoolyard games and reading activities at two local elementary schools... Enjoyed serving as a performing arts audio-visual technician in high school... Was the technician for the King's Academy performance of "Where's Charley?" in the spring 2013... He is a native of Redwood City, Calif.