SJSU kick returner wins WAC special teams award

September 25, 2012, 12:07 am
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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.