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December 15, 2010

Rivals.com WAC all-freshman team

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San Jose State coach Mike MacIntyre had a rough first season with the Spartans, but one thing that has to make him feel good about his program's future is the number of freshmen who played key roles this season.

Nine Spartans are on the Rivals.com All-WAC freshman team, including league freshman of the year Keith Smith, a true freshman linebacker. Smith is third in the league with 116 tackles and has 14 tackles for loss, four sacks and a fumble recovery. He had five games with double-figure tackles, including a season-high 19 against Utah State.

Our top offensive freshman is Utah State center Tyler Larsen, a redshirt freshman. Larsen started every game and made all the line calls for the Aggies, who ranked fourth in the league and 41st nationally in rushing at 168.7 yards per game.

Rather then bypass some deserving candidates, we decided not to be position-specific (i.e., cornerbacks, free safeties, etc.) in the secondary on our all-freshman team. In addition, no freshman quarterbacks or running backs did enough to merit any postseason honors.

RIVALS.COM WAC ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (OFFENSE)
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WR Noel Grigsby, San Jose State
Particulars: 5-10/170, redshirt; Los Angeles Crenshaw
WR Chandler Jones, San Jose State
Particulars: 5-9/165, redshirt; Torrance (Calif.) Bishop Montgomery
WR Kyle Nunn, San Jose State
Particulars: 6-3/190, true; Manhattan Beach (Calif.) Mira Costa
Particulars: 5-9/160, true; Elk Grove (Calif.) Pleasant Grove
TE Taylor Elmo, Idaho
Particulars: 6-4/244, redshirt; Yakima (Wash.) Eisenhower
T Eric Schultz, Utah State
Particulars: 6-4/301, redshirt; Connell (Wash.) High
Particulars: 6-4/260, true; El Paso (Texas) Irvin
G Nicholas Kaspar, San Jose State
Particulars: 6-5/270, true ; Dana Point (Calif.) Dana Hills
G Austin Wentworth, Fresno State
Particulars: 6-5/305, redshirt; Rocklin (Calif.) Whitney
C Tyler Larsen, Utah State
Particulars: 6-4/298, redshirt; Salt Lake City Jordan
RIVALS.COM WAC ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (DEFENSE)
Particulars: 6-1/225, redshirt; Pflugerville (Texas) High
T Shakeil Lucas, Louisiana Tech
Particulars: 6-2/280, redshirt; Merrero (La.) Higgins
Particulars: 6-3/292, redshirt; Boise (Idaho) High
E Cedric Lousi, San Jose State
Particulars: 6-2/245, true; Fremont (Calif.) Washington
LB Vince Buhagiar, San Jose State
Particulars: 6-3/235, true; Concord (Calif.) Clayton Valley
LB George Daily-Lyles, Hawaii
Particulars: 5-11/235, redshirt; Long Beach (Calif.) Poly
LB Keith Smith, San Jose State
Particulars: 6-2/225, true; Covina (Calif.) Charter Oak
DB Darien Johnson, New Mexico State
Particulars: 5-9/164, true; La Puente (Calif.) Bishop Amat
DB Bene Benwikere, San Jose State
Particulars: 6-0/190, true; Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra
DB Cameron Sanders, Utah State
Particulars: 5-10/170, redshirt; Oklahoma City Millwood
DB John Hardy-Tuliau, Hawaii
Particulars: 5-11/165, true; Murrieta (Calif.) Vista Murrieta
RIVALS.COM WAC ALL-FRESHMAN TEAM (SPECIAL TEAMS)
K Harrison Waid, San Jose State
Particulars: 6-1/175, redshirt; Sunnyvale (Calif.) Fremont
P Harrison Waid, San Jose State
Particulars: 6-1/175, redshirt; Sunnyvale (Calif.) Fremont
KR Isaiah Burse, Fresno State
Particulars: 5-11/180, true; Modesto (Calif.) Modesto Christian
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