San Jose State Spartans

TAMPA, FL - SEPTEMBER 12:  Detail view of a football helmet of the University of South Florida Bulls resting behind the bench during play against the Kansas University Jayhawks at Raymond James Stadium on September 12, 2008 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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New series with San Jose State among schedule changes for USF

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Scheduling weekend at CFT continues, with news of an addition and tweaks to one AAC member’s future slates.

On the addition front, USF confirmed that they will play San Jose State in a rare home-and-home series that’s not off in the distant future.  The first game will be played next season, Sept. 8, Spartan, and will conclude with the Spartans making the return trip to Tampa Sept. 12, 2020.

The 2017 game will mark the first-ever meeting between the two football programs.  It’ll also mark just the second game for the Bulls in the state of California.

USF had previously announced a home-and-home series with Georgia Tech for the 2021-22 seasons; now, that series has been moved up to 2018 in Tampa and 2019 in Atlanta.

Finally, a 2017 game against Northern Illinois has been pushed back to the 2025 season.  The two teams will play the front-end of a home-and-home this coming season.

Add up all of the tweaks and addition, and USF’s non-conference schedule is now complete through the 2020 season.

San Jose State announces new stadium naming rights deal

6 Apr 1996:  An aerial view of Spartan Stadium during the opening ceremonies of Major League Soccer''s (MLS) inaugural match that pitted Washington D.C. United against the San Jose Clash at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, California. The Clash won the game 1-
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San Jose State has a new stadium naming rights agreement, and it rivals Houston’s TDECU Stadium for the longest acronym in college football.

Spartan Stadium will now be known as CEFCU Stadium, an agreement that will see the Peoria, Ill., based bank pay the Spartans $8.7 million over the next 15 seasons.

“We are very pleased to extend and enhance our relationship with CEFCU to include the naming of the stadium. Since 2011, CEFCU has been a loyal partner with San Jose State Athletics and we’ve valued its presence in Spartan Stadium. Today’s announcement is a long-term extension of our ongoing relationship with CEFCU,” San Jose State AD Gene Bleymaier said in a statement.

The venue formerly known as Spartan Stadium has hosted San Jose State’s football team since 1933. It seats 30,456 spectators.

CEFCU Stadium — short for Citizens Equity First Credit Union — makes its official debut for the Spartans’ home opener with Portland State on Sept. 10.

After leaving Louisville, OL Skylar Lacy lands at San Jose State

SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 29:  The San Jose State Spartans marching band plays their fight song against the Fresno State Bulldogs in the second quarter on November 29, 2013 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, California.  The Spartans won 62-52.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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The Seventh-Year Man won’t be the only graduate transfer playing for San Jose State in 2016.

Around March, speculation was circulating that Skylar Lacy was no longer a member of the Louisville football program.  In June, a report surfaced that Lacy would be transferring to San Jose State, which Lacy subsequently retweeted from his personal Twitter account.

Now, according to a tweet from the esteemed Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News, the offensive lineman is indeed ticketed for the Spartans.  In fact Lacy is now listed on SJSU’s online roster, which is about as official as a confirmation gets short of a press release.

As a graduate transfer, Lacy will be eligible to play immediately in 2016.  In fact, he’ll have two seasons of eligibility with the Spartans.

The addition of Lacy will certainly bolster the Spartans’ offensive line in terms of both talent and experience.

After redshirting as  true freshman in 2013, Lacy played in two games in 2014.  Last season, the 6-6, 305-pound Lacy started nine games at right guard for the Cardinals.

SJSU loses third-leading receiver in school history to academics

SAN JOSE, CA - NOVEMBER 29:  Wide receiver Tyler Winston #15 of the San Jose Spartans pulls in a touchdown pass against Jonathan Norton #37 of the Fresno State Bulldogs in the first quarter on November 29, 2013 at Spartan Stadium in San Jose, California.  The Spartans upset the Bulldogs 62-52 to drop them to 10-1.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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San Jose State will enter the 2016 season without one of its most experienced and dependable playmakers in the passing game at its disposal.

Head coach Ron Caragher confirmed Thursday that Tyler Winston will miss the entire 2016 season because of academics.  Provided he gets his academic house in order, Winston is expected to return to the playing field for his senior season in 2017.

Until then, Winston will be permitted to practice with his Spartan teammates.

“He’ll be a great scout team receiver for us,” the coach said according to the San Jose Mercury News.

Last season, Winston was tied for fourth on the team with 35 receptions, and was fourth in yards with 368 despite a season-ending knee injury he suffered in late October.  He is currently third on the school’s all-time list in receptions (171) and eighth in yards (1,920).

Of the 30 games in which he’s played, Winton has started 28 of those contests.  After being named the Mountain West Freshman of the Year in 2013, he followed that up by being named second-team All-MWC in 2014.

Hornung Award watch list headlined by 2015 winner Christian McCaffrey

SANTA CLARA, CA - DECEMBER 05:  Running back Christian McCaffrey #5 of the Stanford Cardinal stiff arms cornerback Iman Marshall #8 of the USC Trojans on a kick return during the first quarter of the Pac-12 Championship game at Levi's Stadium on December 5, 2015 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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And then there were none.

The avalanche of watch lists (I believe) (I hope) has come to a merciful end for another year, with the Hornung Award becoming the final college football honor to be released.  This year’s Hornung Award consists of 43 players, including 2015 winner Christian McCaffrey of Stanford.

Additionally, two other 2015 finalists have returned as watch listers — Adoree’ Jackson of USC and Jabrill Peppers of Michigan.

First given out in 2010, the Hornung Award, named in honor of Notre Dame legend Paul Hornung, honors the nation’s most versatile player.

“I’m ecstatic that the Paul Hornung Award has gained national prominence in such a short time,” Hornung said in a statement. “During the past six years the quality of our winners, finalists and weekly honorees has been impressive, and I’m pleased that we are able to acknowledge outstanding players who contribute any way possible to help their teams win the way I did.

“I enjoy following the players on our Watch List and watching many of our winners and finalists from the first six years as they make their marks in the NFL.”

From the award’s release:

The 2016 Watch List is composed of 21 seniors, 13 juniors and nine sophomores who start at a total of seven different positions, and represent 42 universities and all 10 conferences that are part of the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). The Pac-12 leads the conferences with eight players followed by the ACC and SEC with seven players and the Big Ten with six players.

Below is the complete 2016 Paul Hornung Award preseason watch list:

Ishmael Adams, UCLA
Victor Bolden Jr., Oregon State
Antonio Callaway, Florida
Seth Collins, Oregon State
Jared Cornelius, Arkansas
Tim Crawley, San Jose State
DeVon Edwards, Duke
Brisly Estime, Syracuse
Johnathan Ford, Auburn
Janarion Grant, Rutgers
Nyheim Hines, NC State
Brandon Holloway, Mississippi State
Adoree’ Jackson, USC
D’Ernest Johnson, South Florida
Quay Johnson, East Carolina
Xavier Johnson, South Alabama
Corey Jones, Toledo
Desmond King, Iowa
Christian Kirk, Texas A&M
Donovan Lee, Colorado
William Likely, Maryland
Jalen McCleskey, Oklahoma State
Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
Elijah McGuire, Louisiana Lafayette
Isaiah McKenzie, Georgia
Charles Nelson, Oregon
Zach Pascal, Old Dominion
Rashaad Penny, San Diego State
Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
Darius Phillips, Western Michigan
Trevor Ryen, Iowa State
Artavis Scott, Clemson
R.J. Shelton, Michigan State
Cameron Sutton, Tennessee
Ryan Switzer, North Carolina
Jahad Thomas, Temple
Aregeros Turner, Northern Illinois
KaVontae Turpin, TCU
Tim White, Arizona State
Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh
Brandon Wilson, Houston
Dontre Wilson, Ohio State
Olamide Zaccheaus, Virginia