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By: Ana Kieu
SAN JOSE, Calif. — San Jose State football has been a horrendous Mountain West team so far. But that doesn’t mean that the Spartans players aren’t putting in work on and off the field.
The Spartans’ defensive tackle Boogie Roberts and tight end Josh Oliver have been balling out this past week.
Roberts, a fifth-year graduate student, touched the ball in four different ways and scored his first offensive touchdown in SJSU’s epic, five-overtime home loss to Hawaii 44-41 at CEFCU Stadium. Moreover, Oliver was named as the John Mackey Tight End of the Week by the John Mackey Award.
Roberts was the first known SJSU defensive player to recover a fumble as a defensive player and score a rushing touchdown on offense in the school’s 125-year history of the sport. Roberts was also added to the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll. The Paul Hornung Award’s currently in its ninth season. It’s given annually to the most versatile player in major college football by the Louisville Sports Commission and football legend Paul Hornung. The winner and his family will be honored at the annual Paul Hornung Award dinner presented by Jewish Hospital Sports Medicine at the Galt House Hotel in Louisville in March 2019. This will be the Paul Hornung Award’s third year as an associate member of the National College Football Awards Association. The LSC launched the Paul Hornung Award in 2010 to honor its namesake and native son as well as to promote outstanding performances by versatile college football players who often go unnoticed.
Oliver recently matched a career-high with eight receptions for a single-game career-best 158 yards and one touchdown in SJSU’s 44-41 loss to Hawaii in a whopping five overtimes. Oliver’s incredible night included a 14-yard touchdown reception that extended SJSU’s lead to 24-16 in the third quarter. Oliver also caught a career-best 70 yard reception in the conference contest.
Oliver’s 158 receiving yards are the most by a Spartan playing any position in a single game since 2013. Other honorable mentions this week include CJ Conrad, Mickey Crum, Mik’Quan Deane and Drew Sample.
The 2018 John Mackey recipient will be announced on December 5, 2018 and then presented live on December 6, 2018 at the Home Depot College Football Awards Red Carpet Show on ESPNU. Other key dates include the 2018 Mackey Semi-finalists on November 15, 2018 and the 2018 Mackey Finalists on November 22, 2018.
The John Mackey Tight End of the Week is an honor distinct from the annual John Mackey Award. This weekly honor was started in 2004 to draw attention to individual play by tight ends during the season. The Tight End of the Week acknowledgment doesn’t have a direct bearing on the final John Mackey Award selection process. The John Mackey Tight End of the Week honor will run until the announcement of the eight semifinalists.
The John Mackey Award is a member of the National College Football Awards Association that encompasses the most prestigious awards in college football. The 24 awards boast over 750 years of tradition selection excellence.