SJSU kick returner wins WAC special teams award

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SJSU kick returner wins WAC special teams award

SJSU running back and kick returner Tyler Ervin was awarded the Western Atheltic Conferences special teams Player of the Week Monday, the third Spartan in as many weeks to be recognized by the conference.Ervin recorded a conference-best 167 return yards in Saturdays 38-34 win over San Diego State, including a 97-yard touchdown return in the second quarter. The return came after San Diego State took its first lead with an 83-yard touchdown run from Adam Muema.Ervins touchdown return was also the only kickoff returned for a touchdown in this weeks FBS play.I am very proud of Tyler Ervin and David Ogborn and the kick return team, head coach Mike MacIntyre said. On the road you got to have some sort of special teams step up and make plays and we were able to do that.Ogborn added 86 return yards, including a 67-yard return after San Diego States special teams started to kick away from Ervin to prevent another big return.SJSU won the WACs defensive player of the week in each of the previous two weeks defensive end Travis Johnson two weeks ago against UC Davis and linebacker Vince Buhagiar a week ago against Colorado State. Buhagiar was a nominee for this weeks award after he turned in 11 total tackles, eight solo tackles, three for a loss and a sack.For the second week in a row, junior quarterback David Fales was nominated for the conferences Offensive Player of the Week award. Fales finished the game with 260 yards on 21-of-31 passing and four touchdowns. He led a game-tying drive and two go-ahead drive with three touchdown passes while completing his final 10 passes in the fourth quarter. INJURY UPDATE Linebacker Keith Smith and wide receiver Jabari Carr both did not practice and were wearing boots Monday, however, are expected to return to practice Tuesday.Smith twisted his ankle and Carr suffered a turf toe injury in Saturdays game, MacIntyre said. RANKING

For its win in San Diego on Saturday, SJSU has received two votes in this weeks USA Today Top-25 Coaches Poll. The Spartans received one vote after last weeks win over Colorado State and are now tied for 44th in the country with two votes.

Moore's team-high 15 leads Cal past Princeton in Hawaii

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Moore's team-high 15 leads Cal past Princeton in Hawaii

BOX SCORE

HONOLULU -- Charlie Moore scored 15 points to lead four players in double figures and California pulled away from Princeton 62-51 in the Pearl Harbor Invitational Tuesday.

Jabari Bird scored 11 of his 13 points after halftime and Sam Singer and Grant Mullins added 11 points apiece for the Golden Bears (7-1).

Moore, a freshman point guard, shot 6 of 9 from the field and scored 10 points after halftime.

Princeton took a 46-44 lead following Henry Caruso's 3-pointer from the left corner with 7:45 left to play, but California answered with an 11-1 run that was capped by a backdoor reverse layup by Bird off an assist from Moore.

Devin Cannady scored 16 points and Spencer Weisz added 10 for the Tigers (2-4).

Princeton closed out the first half on a 4-0 run to take a 20-18 lead into halftime.

There were 12 ties and 15 lead changes in the game.

California dominated Princeton in both points in the paint (34-12) and bench scoring (24-7).

BIG PICTURE

California: The Golden Bears were a woeful 10 of 23 from the free-throw line. They made just 1 of 3 from the charity stripe in the first half and only 9 of 20 in the second. They entered the game averaging 67.5 percent for the season.

Princeton: The Tigers came into the contest averaging 9.6 3-pointers made per game, but made just 1 of 11 attempts from behind the arc in the first half and finished 6 of 26 for the game.

UP NEXT

California will look to extend its win streak to six games when it takes on Seton Hall Wednesday.

Princeton will play Wednesday against Hawaii, the first time the two schools have met.

Former Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam dies at 42 years old

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Former Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam dies at 42 years old

BOULDER, Colo. — Authorities say 1994 Heisman winner Rashaan Salaam has been found dead in a Colorado park.

The Boulder County coroner's office said Tuesday that it was still investigating the cause of the death of the 42-year-old Salaam.

The body of the one-time running back was found Monday at Eben G. Fine Park in Boulder.

Salaam led Colorado to one of its best seasons in 1994, when the Buffaloes went 11-1.

He had a terrific rookie season with the Chicago Bears in 1995, rushing for 1,074 yards and 10 touchdowns.

But he only scored three times in the next two years and he played his last game in 1999 with the Cleveland Browns.