Noel Grigsby

SJSU might get all-time leading receiver back for bowl game

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An injury has kept one of the most experienced and productive members of San Jose State’s high-flying passing attack grounded for the the vast majority of the 2013 season.  Whether that absence will bleed into the postseason, as has been the case for the past couple of months, remains to be seen.

Noel Grigsby suffered a torn meniscus in a Week 2 loss to Stanford and underwent surgery shortly thereafter.  While he has not played since, there was talk in mid-October that the wide receiver could be available for the postseason.

With the regular season complete and a bowl berth in the offing, that talk continues.

I feel good about it,” Ron Caragher said when asked about Grigsby’s availability. “My understanding from the athletic training group is everything is being picked up so that’d be really exciting to get Noel back to cap off a great career.”

While “encouraged” over how his rehab has progressed, Grigsby said he’s going to leave it up to the medical staff to determine whether he’ll be healthy enough to play in a bowl.

With 237 career receptions, Grigsby is the school’s all-time leader in that category.  Through two games this season, Grigsby had 10 catches for 106 yards and two touchdowns.

SJSU’s top receiver may return for bowl game

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After a month’s worth of uncertainty, there’s finally a little bit of clarity regarding the status of San Jose State’s top threat in the passing game.

Wide receiver Noel Grigsby confirmed Thursday that he has a torn meniscus in his left knee, which he suffered in practice leading up to the Spartans’ Week 2 loss to Stanford.  He underwent surgery in late September because of the injury, which the school had previously declined to detail.

The clarity also came with a bit of bad news as Grigsby will not play again during the regular season.  He is, though, holding out hope that he will be healthy enough to play in whatever bowl game for which the 3-3 Spartans qualify.

“I’m trying to do everything I can to possibly come back before the season is over,” the senior said according to the San Jose Mercury News.

If Grigsby were to play in a bowl game, he would not qualify for a medical redshirt.

With 237 career receptions, Grigsby is the school’s all-time leader in that category.  Despite missing four games, Grigsby is sixth in receptions (10) and receiving yards (106), and is tied for second in receiving touchdowns with two.

SJSU’s all-time leading receiver out indefinitely

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Rebounding from a Week 2 loss to Stanford, not to mention preparing for the Mountain West opener a week from today, just got a whole heck of a lot harder for San Jose State.

A school spokesperson confirmed to the San Jose Mercury News Thursday that wide receiver Noel Grigsby did not travel with the team yesterday and will not play in Saturday’s game against Minnesota.  Grigsby suffered a knee injury of unknown severity during practice Wednesday.

The SJSU official said Grigsby is out indefinitely.

Another test, but yet another portion to add to my testimony,” Grigsby wrote on Twitter Thursday evening. “To God be the Glory.”

The loss of the senior, regardless for how long, is a significant blow to the Spartans’ offense.

With 237 career receptions, Grigsby is the school’s all-time leader in that category.  Not only that, Grigsby leads all current FBS receivers in career catches.

Grigsby is second on the Spartans this season with 10 receptions and 106 yards, and leads the team with two touchdown catches.

Reigning Biletnikoff winner Marqise Lee one of 75 on preseason watch list


The next stop on our tour of preseason watch lists is the Biletnikoff Award.

The award is presented annually to the top receiver in college football. Last year’s winner was USC’s Marqise Lee.

Lee is featured as one of 75 players on this year’s Biletnikoff preseason watch list. Other notable preseason candidates include Jared Abbrederis (Wisconsin), Amari Cooper (Alabama), Stefon Diggs (Maryland), Rashad Green (Florida State), and Sammy Watkins (Clemson). The SEC leads all major conferences with 14 candidates, followed by the ACC and Big 12 with 10. The list is not final, however, as players can be added to it later.

The winner of this year’s award will be announced at The Home Depot College Football Awards Show on Dec. 12, 2013.

As always, you can view the entire list of preseason candidates below. You can now also check out our preseason watch lists repository HERE.

Jared Abbrederis, Sr., Wisconsin
Davante Adams, So., Fresno State
Nelson Agholor, So., USC
Alex Amidon, Sr., Boston College
Odell Beckham, Jr., Jr., LSU
Kenny Bell, Jr., Nebraska
Michael Bennett, Jr., Georgia
Chris Boyd, Jr., Vanderbilt
Corey Brown, Sr., Ohio State
Aaron Burbridge, So., Michigan State
Damiere Byrd, Jr., South Carolina
Michael Campanaro, Sr., Wake Forest
Brandon Carter, Jr., TCU
Brandon Coleman, Jr., Rutgers
Brandin Cooks, Jr., Oregon State
Amari Cooper, So., Alabama
Jamison Crowder, Jr., Duke
DaVaris Daniels, Jr., Notre Dame
Mike Davis, Sr., Texas
Quinshad Davis, So., North Carolina
Titus Davis, Jr., Central Michigan
Stefon Diggs, So., Maryland
Phillip Dorsett, Jr., Miami
William Dukes, Jr., FAU
Quinton Dunbar, Jr., Florida
Bruce Ellington, Jr., South Carolina
Mike Evans, So., Texas A&M
Shaquelle Evans, Sr., UCLA
Austin Franklin, Jr., New Mexico State
Jeremy Gallon, Sr., Michigan
Keyarris Garrett, Jr., Tulsa
Ryan Grant, Sr., Tulane
Rashad Green, Jr., FSU
Dorial Green-Beckham, So., Missouri
Deontay Greenberry, So.,  Houston
Noel Grigsby, Sr., San Jose State
Je’Ron Hamm, Sr., Louisiana-Monroe
Justin Hardy, Jr., East Carolina
Chris Harper, So., California
Robert Herron, Sr., Wyoming
Cody Hoffman, Sr., BYU
Josh Huff, Sr., Oregon
T.J. Jones, Sr., Notre Dame
Cody Latimer, Jr., Indiana
Marqise Lee, Jr., USC
Jordan Leslie, Jr., UTEP
Jordan Matthews, Sr., Vanderbilt
J.D. McKissic, So., Arkansas State
Trey Metoyer, So., Oklahoma
Matt Miller, Jr., Boise State
Malcolm Mitchell., Jr. Georgia
Donte Moncrief, Jr., Ole Miss
Tracy Moore, Sr., Oklahoma State
Alex Neutz, Jr., Buffalo
Kevin Norwood, Sr., Alabama
DeVante Parker, Jr., Louisville
Charone Peake, Jr., Clemson
Bernard Reedy, Sr., Toledo
Tevin Reese, Sr., Baylor
Paul Richardson, Jr., Colorado
Allen Robinson, Jr., Penn State
Shaq Roland, So., South Carolina
Alonzo Russell, So., Toledo
Jalen Saunders, Sr., Oklahoma
Jaxon Shipley, Jr., Texas
Tommy Shuler, So., Marshall
Devin Smith, Jr., Ohio State
Willie Snead, Jr., Ball State
Josh Stewart, Jr., Oklahoma State
Devin Street, Jr., Pittsburgh
Eric Thomas, Sr., Troy
Jordan Thompson, So., West Virginia
Eric Ward, Sr., Texas Tech
Sammy Watkins, Jr., Clemson
Brandon Wimberly, Sr., Nevada