Spartan Players Reap WAC and National Awards

The Spartans' Ryan Otten was selected as the Co-national tight end of the week by College Football Performance Awards, and Brandon Rutley, for his 209 yard performance was named honorable mention Running Back Player of the Week. Rutley was additionally named WAC Player of the Week.

San Jose State head football coach Mike MacIntyre talked about how running back Brandon Rutley has worked hard on "running downhill", and is developing confidence in "a positive way" as a "hard-nosed" running back. He has worked hard on getting upon the linebackers and safeties quickly, and has benefitted greatly by the improved play of the offensive line. In his stay at SJSU, he has been utilized at a number of positions, but MacIntyre said he feels has finally found his niche.

Coach MacIntyre also commented on how much Rutley has appreciated his stay at San Jose State, as well as the promising future opportunities that the school has given him. Rutley is scheduled to graduate at the end of the current semester.

With regard to tight end Ryan Otten, Coach MacIntyre said that the Spartans' early success running the ball in this game moved the New Mexico safeties closer to the line of scrimmage and opened up room for Otten about eight or so yards down field, of which Otten and Faulkner quickly took advantage.

With regard to the play of quarterback Matt Falkner, MacIntyre said he definitely got stronger as the game went on. The coach pointed out that this was Faulkner's first full game at San Jose State, as well as his first game playing completely healthy. He also said that this was the first time that Faulker played with that level of confidence, and that his confidence grew as the game went on. He said that Faulkner was quicker on the reads this game, than he has been in the past.

Coach MacIntyre also talked about the lift that place-kicker Jens Alvernik gave the team with his field goals. Not only did he give the Spartans a big emotional lift right before halftime, but that once the Spartans got the 10 point lead later in the game, they were confident of victory.

Colorado State impressed MacIntyre with their hard-fought double overtime victory over Utah State. Coach said he was very impressed with their "never-say-die" attitude, and commented on the fact that they are a very sound and "hard-nosed" football team. He said that playing them at the altitude at Ft. Collins will be difficult, but said the Spartans will substitute more in this game than they usually do.

The game will be televised on the Mountain Channel and covered live on KLIV.

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