Photos from San Jose State's season-opener against Sacramento State on August 29, 2013.
AT SAN JOSÉ STATE: Five seasons with the Spartans... 40 games played and 275 starting assignments... First on the San José State list for career career receiving yardage (3,121) and second for career receptions (237) ... Began the season second among active Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players for career receptions and career receiving yards... School record 36 consecutive games with a pass reception ... San José State single-season receiving leader with 89... First Spartan with 800 or more receiving yards in a season as a freshman, sophomore and junior... Four games with 10 or more receptions... 11 contests with at least 100 receiving yards... One of four Spartans to receive 2010 Freshman All-America recognition... Named to the 2011 and 2012 Biletnikoff Award and College Football Performance Award Watch Lists... Two-time All-WAC honoree... First joined the team for 2009 Fall drills... First name is pronounced NO-elle... One of only six players in school history to be named a team captain in two different seasons.
2013: Only played in the first two games of the season before requiring surgery for a knee injury... Had 10 receptions for 106 yards and two touchdowns... Set the San Jose State record of 36 conseuctive games with a reception against Stanford (9/7)... Was the only player on the team to score touchdowns in each of the first teo contests with TD catches against Sacramento State (8/29) and Stanford.
2012: A first-team All-WAC choice...First Spartan in 10 years to be a first-team All-WAC wide receiver... Became the first SanJoséState receiverin 25 yearsand second in school history with 70 or more catches in back-to-back seasons... Fourth Spartan with 1,000-plus receiving yards in a season... Nationally-ranked 12th in receiving yards per game and 29th in receptions per contest... Third in the WAC in the same two categories... Had six 100-plus yard receiving games topped by 11 receptions for 181 yards and two TDs vs. Utah State (10/13)... Set the San Jose State career receiving record during the Colorado State win (9/15)... Established a new school mark for career receiving yards in the Utah State game... An amazing 74.4 percent of his receptions resulted in a first down or a touchdown.
2011: A second-team All-WAC choice...Set a SanJoséState single-season record with 89 catches...12th nationally for receptions per game... Had a four-game stretch with 42 receptions for 401 yards... 49th in the nation for receiving yards per game...Career-best 12 receptions for 126 yards in the Hawai'i win (10/14)...11-reception games against Brigham Young (10/8) and Idaho (11/5)... Season-long 60-yard touchdown reception at Louisiana Tech (10/29)... TD catch in the fourth quarter was the difference in a 27-24 win at Fresno State (11/26).
2010: A second-team Freshman All-American pick by Phil Steele... Set SanJoséState freshman season receiving records with his 56 receptions for 822 yards... First Spartan freshman with at least 700 receiving yards in a season... 14.7 yards per catch was the second-best figure among 2010 FBS freshmen with 50 or more receptions... Best yards per catch average by a Spartan with 50 or more receptions since John Broussard in 2006...185 yards on seven catches vs. Utah State (11/13) is a single-game freshman mark...117 receiving yards against Fresno State (10/23)...49-yard pass play was the longest by either team in the season-opener at Alabama (9/4)... Seven receptions of 40 yards or more during the season... 39 catches in the final six games... Season-high eight receptions at Idaho (12/4)... Seven catches against #11-Wisconsin (9/11), Fresno State and Utah State... TD plays at Wisconsin, Fresno State, at New Mexico State (10/30) and Hawai'i.
2009: A redshirt season.
HIGH SCHOOL: A three-star Rivals.com prospect and a 2009 PrepStar All-West Region selection for Crenshaw High in Los Angeles (Coach Robert Garrett)...A 2008 second-team All-City selection as a defensive back...Averaged over 20 yards per catch and scored 15 touchdowns as a wide receiver in 2007...A member of the National Football Foundation's Play It Smart program ...Three-sport athlete who lettered in basketball and was a sprinter and high jumper on the track and field squad.
MORE ON NOEL: A communication studies major...One of 45 players on the 2009 USA Junior National Team that won the first Junior World Championship ...Lists The Transporter and Die Hard series among his favorite action movies...Was the 2009 sports editor for the school newspaper, The Cry of the Cougar... A tenor in his church's choir since age 12... The Los Angeles, Calif., native was born on October 2, 1991.