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San Jose State dismissed freshman WR Kanya Bell after he was arrested on a charge of domestic battery.

"We have zero tolerance for this type of behavior," said San Jose State head coach Ron Caragher. The action was swift after the Spartans' top recruit was arrested on Friday. Bell was considered a three- or four-star member of the 2015 class.
Jul 19 - 9:53 AM

San Jose State redshirt sophomore Thomas Tucker, who started his career as a defensive back, took first team RB snaps during spring activities.

Tucker only played in two games last season but started the season opener against North Dakota and rushed for 81 yards rushing on 20 carries and also caught a 22 yard reception. He then was injured against Minnesota.
Jun 28 - 4:48 PM

San Jose State senior DB Jimmy Pruitt's "best fit is likely as a press corner, but he could project to a cover safety if his new team has a need there," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Pruitt has lined up with the first-team defense at corner since his true freshman campaign, but he's also made starts at safety. "Though not a huge hitter, Pruitt (6-0, 203) is dependable as a tackler in space," Reuter wrote. "He possesses fair ball skills (three interceptions, seven pass breakups in 2014) but, just as importantly, doesn't give up on plays even if the receiver seemingly has an advantage downfield."
Jun 24 - 6:24 PM

Eagles signed San Jose State DT Travis Raciti.

Raciti (6'4/288) made 45 career starts at San Jose State, compiling 27 tackles for loss and 14.5 sacks. He was a second-team All-Mountain West pick as a senior. At the SJSU Pro Day, Raciti ran 5.12 with a 31 1/2-inch vertical and pumped 27 reps on the bench. A high-motor tweener, Raciti has experience at end in both 4-3 and 3-4 fronts. Due to a lack of desired bulk, Raciti best transitions as a rotational piece.
May 4 - 7:36 PM

Falcons selected San Jose State S Akeem King with the No. 249 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

A former receiver, King (6'2/215), shifted to safety late in his freshman season. He ran a nice 4.43 40 at his Pro Day, and posted a 37.5-inch vertical. King was not a big-time playmaker for the Spartans, and will likely to be limited to special teams in the big leagues.
May 2 - 6:26 PM

San Jose State S Akeem King has visited the Seahawks and Raiders.

In addition, King is set to work out for the Falcons on Wednesday. He jumped onto the prospect radar by sprinting to a 4.39 forty at his pro day as a 6-foot-1, 215-pounder. He posted 71 tackles last year. King could draw interest late in Day 3. If his name isn't called, he'll be a priority free agent.
Apr 14 - 8:52 PM

San Jose State senior DT Travis Raciti accepted an invite to the East-West Shrine Game.

The last name is pronounced RAH-see-tee. Raciti struggled as a 3-4 defensive end last year, but has always been productive as a 4-3 defensive tackle. The 6-foot-5, 285-pounder should be able to pack bulk onto that massive frame to better handle the rigors of work in the interior NFL trenches.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 02:35:00 PM

San Jose State senior OLB Vince Buhagiar projects as an "eight linebacker/special teams player" in the NFL, notes Tony Pauline.

Buhagiar missed last season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He was given a medical redshirt, allowing him one more season to impress pro scouts. "Off the 2012 film he was a small yet intense linebacker who willingly sacrificed his body to make tackles," wrote Pauline. Buhagiar was named to the all-conference team in 2012 while accruing the game tape Pauline mentions.
Sat, Jul 5, 2014 06:04:00 PM

Browns signed San Jose State WR Chandler Jones.

Jones (5-foot-8 5/8, 180) was an extremely productive college wideout, setting school records in career receptions (248) and touchdown catches (29), averaging 12.4 YPR as a four-year starter. He also logged 23 special teams tackles. Jones clocked forty times of 4.34 and 4.37 at San Jose State's Pro Day. Pint sized with small hands (8"), Jones will have to make his NFL living as a slot man and special teamer. He has landed in an excellent spot with the Browns' receiving corps in shambles.
Sun, May 11, 2014 02:27:00 PM

Bears selected San Jose State QB David Fales with the No. 183 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

So much for GM Phil Emery's "study" against drafting late-round quarterbacks. Fales (6-foot-1 5/8, 212) spent two seasons with the Spartans after transferring from community college, posting a 17-8 record, 66:22 TD-to-INT ratio, and 68.1 completion rate across 25 starts. Fairly old for a rookie, he'll turn 24 in October. A quick, decisive, rhythm-and-timing passer with plus pocket presence, Fales' strength is accuracy in the short to intermediate sections. ESPN's Trent Dilfer has called Fales "identical" to former Chiefs QB Trent Green, though he lacks arm strength to consistently drive the ball vertically. Ultimately, Fales' likeliest projection is a high-end NFL backup to low-end starter. He has a fairly clear path to No. 2 duties for quarterback whisperer Marc Trestman, having to beat out only Jordan Palmer.
Sat, May 10, 2014 04:03:00 PM

Panthers selected San Jose State CB Bene Benwikere with the No. 148 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Benwikere (5-foot-10 3/4, 195) was a 30-game starter for the Spartans, graduating tied for the school's all-time lead in interceptions (14). He had seven picks as a junior and five as a senior. Benwikere did demonstrate plus athleticism (40 1/2-inch vertical, 10-foot-2 broad jump) at the Combine despite a 4.63 forty time that led some evaluators to believe he'll have to stick to zone coverage in the pros. Benwikere will play nickel corner in Carolina and could have a future at safety.
Sat, May 10, 2014 02:46:00 PM

The Detroit News reports that ESPN's Jon Gruden believes San Jose State QB David Fales and Clemson QB Tahj Boyd, "might appeal to the Lions" as late-round possibilities for the Lions.

The Lions were unable to sign Shaun Hill in the off-season, and now have Dan Orlovsky as Stafford's back-up. Currently, Kellen Moore sits behind Orlovsky on the depth chart and new offensive coordinator Joe Lombardi and QB coach Jim Bob Cooter may look to the draft to find their own developmental quarterback. Potential prospects David Fales and Tajh Boyd, are projected to go anywhere from the fifth to the seventh-round in the draft.
Mon, May 5, 2014 03:01:00 PM

Bears GM Phil Emery recently conducted a "study" that revealed late-round QBs aren't worth their draft slot.

"That developmental theory doesn't hold a whole lot of water," Emery said. "So who has gotten developed? There isn't a single quarterback after the third round since 2006 that has been a long-term starter. ... And most of them (third-round QBs) have been wiped out of the league." The findings of the study are as interesting as Emery's willingness to share them. It won't affect a guy like David Fales' draft stock, but it is interesting ammo to use the next time a draftnik argues the merits of seventh-round QBs with you. Emery is apparently content with Jordan Palmer and Jerrod Johnson as Jay Cutler's backups.
Sun, May 4, 2014 09:45:00 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock believes San Jose State QB David Fales will "wear a baseball cap for 10 years" as a backup.

The respected analyst also thinks Fales could eventually compete for a starting gig. Fales has started to win a few experts back into his corner after punting his "sleeper" hype from pre-2013. Last week, for instance, CBS Sports' Rob Rang called Fales a "diamond in the rough," stating the Spartan stood out in three categories the analyst looks for in QBs: awareness, accuracy and competitiveness. Rang believes Foles could turn into Jon Kitna or Shaun Hill.
Fri, May 2, 2014 12:06:00 AM

CBS Sports' Rob Rang believes San Jose State QB David Fales is a "diamond in the rough."

Fales has mostly been ignored during the draft process because he's short and doesn't have much arm strength, but Rang believes he "stands out" in three categories the analyst looks for in QBs: awareness, accuracy and competitiveness. "He won't come off the board until Day 3," Rang wrote, "but if correctly drafted into a timing-based, short to intermediate attack, he'll prove at least a capable backup, in the mold of Jon Kitna and Shaun Hill, and quite possibly much more."
Source: CBS Sports
Sun, Apr 27, 2014 10:53:00 PM

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