NCAA

SJSU's Johnson wins defensive honor for second time

901997.jpg

SJSU's Johnson wins defensive honor for second time

For the second time this season, senior defensive end Travis Johnson has been named the Western Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Johnson recorded eight tackles including three for a loss of 15 yards in SJSUs shutout 12-0 victory over Navy on Saturday. Johnson also forced a first-quarter fumble at the SJSU nine yard line, the deepest Navy drive into Spartan territory of the entire game. What impresses me the most about Travis Johnson is every day he comes to work, head coach Mike MacIntyre said Monday. He shows up every Saturday. I dont think there has been a Saturday since Ive been here he hasn't shown up. Hes the heart and soul of our defense. Johnsons performance heavily aided the Spartans to their first shutout in nine years when they beat Grambling State 29-0 in 2003 at Spartan Stadium. It was their first road shutout victory since a 42-0 win at UNLV in 1988 and is the seventh road shutout in school history. Anytime you shut out someone its pretty amazing in todays football with all the scoring points you see all the time, MacIntyre said. Its looks like the total if youre holding somebody until 50 youre doing a good day the way this weekend went.Johnson has recorded a tackle for a loss in 11 straight games, the most by any active FBS player. He ranks second in the nation with 7.5 sacks and third in tackles for a loss with 12.5. An SJSU player has now been recognized by the WAC for the fourth consecutive week. First it was Johnson in week two, then linebacker Vince Buhagiar the following week for defensive performances and kick returner Tyler Ervin took special teams honors last week.Freshman kicker Austin Lopez was nominated for Special Teams Player of the Week for converting 4-of-4 field goals and scoring all of SJSUs points on Saturday. Junior tight end Ryan Otten was nominated for Offensive Player of the Week. Otten caught eight passes for 94 yards. INJURY REPORT Both linebacker Keith Smith (ankle) and wide receiver Jabari Carr (turf toe) did not play in Saturdays win but should be able to use this weeks bye to recover in time for Utah State on Oct. 13. MacIntyre said Carr could have played Saturday but said he wasnt quite there. He added that if the team would have suffered an injury, Carr could have seen some time.As for Smith, MacIntyre said the team decided he was ready to go on Saturday but said Smith was walking around on it fine Monday and should get back to football activities by the end of this week.We came out of the game with some bumps and bruises, some guys have to take it off here for a few days to give them some rest but theyll be able to go Sunday, MacInyre said. RANKING SJSU received four votes in Sundays USA Today Poll Coaches Poll and is now ranked 38th in the country. The team is 4-1 for the first time since 2006, the year the team went on to win the New Mexico Bowl.

Former Cal running back suffers scary spine injury, taken to hospital

lasco-ap.jpg
AP

Former Cal running back suffers scary spine injury, taken to hospital

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The New Orleans Saints say running back Daniel Lasco has feelings in his extremities after suffering a spinal injury making a tackle on a kickoff return during today's game at Buffalo.

Lasco was loaded into an ambulance on the field and taken to a hospital.

He was hurt six minutes into the second quarter when he appeared to lower his head while tackling Bills returner Brandon Tate. 

Lasco played four seasons at the University of California, Berkeley. He gained 1,471 yards from scrimmage with 14 touchdowns his junior year. In 2015 as a senior, Lasco was limited to nine games and only totaled 355 yards. 

The Saints selected Lasco in the seventh round of the 2016 NFL Draft.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

On for the long haul: Saint Mary's awards Bennett with new 10-year contract

randy-ap.jpg
AP

On for the long haul: Saint Mary's awards Bennett with new 10-year contract

MORAGA, Calif. – Coming off one of the most successful seasons in program history, Saint Mary’s College men’s basketball head coach Randy Bennett has been rewarded with a new 10-year contract, President James Donahue and Director of Athletics Michael Matoso announced today.
 
Bennett enters his 17th season at Saint Mary’s, which begins Saturday at McKeon Pavilion. He is the school’s all-time leader in wins and ranks second in all-time wins for any coach in the West Coast Conference. His contract will run through the 2026-27 season at Saint Mary’s.
 
Last year the Gaels finished the season with a school record 29 wins for the second straight year, earned a No. 7 seed in the NCAA Tournament, and reached the round of 32.
 
“I’m appreciative and thankful to President Donahue, Mike Matoso and the Saint Mary’s administration for their support. It’s an honor to have this opportunity to work at such a great institution,” Bennett said. “We’ve had great student-athletes and assistant coaches who have put a lot of hard work and effort into building the program to this level. My family and I truly enjoy being in such a supportive community and raising our family around this environment. We are excited to continue what we have started here 17 years ago.”
 
Over the past 10 years, Bennett has led the Gaels to an impressive 263-76 overall record for a .776 winning percentage. The winning percentage is the best in California and ranks fifth nationally during that stretch.
 
“Randy represents what Saint Mary’s College is all about. He exemplifies the College’s ongoing commitment to the development of our student-athletes,” Donahue said. “He is not only a remarkable coach, but he is a valued and respected leader on our campus. We are excited to have him committed to this long-term agreement and look forward to him leading Saint Mary’s basketball for the next decade.”
 
Bennett has led his teams to the post season 11 times, with six NCAA Tournament appearances (2005, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2017) and the school's first NIT appearances (2009, 2011, 2014, 2015 & 2016). No other SMC coach has guided his squad to more than one post-season appearance.
 
“It is an exciting day for Saint Mary’s College to announce a 10-year extension for Coach Bennett. Randy embodies the core values of the college and we are very fortunate to have him,” Matoso said. “He has built this program from the ground up and we envision great things for the program in the future under his leadership. His teams have performed extremely well on the court and have matched that success both in the classroom and in the community.”
 
In addition to team accomplishments, Bennett has had 20 different players earn All-WCC recognition, with a total of 29 first team and eight honorable mention selections. He also coached former Gaels Patty Mills and Matthew Dellavedova, who currently play for the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs and Milwaukee Bucks, as well as many others professionally around the world.
 
In 2017, senior Jock Landale was named the first Gael to be in the top-5 for the Kareem Abdul Jabaar award under Bennett’s tutelage. The center was an AP Honorable Mention and member of the WCC First Team after averaging 16.9 points and 9.5 rebounds per game.
 
Also under Bennett’s tenure, in 2012, Dellavedova gave the Gaels the first back-to-back WCC players of the year since 1962. He also became the school's first-ever male first-team Academic All-America selection and was among five finalists for the Bob Cousy Award, given to the nation's best point guard. He earned all-WCC honors three times and twice was a honorable mention All-America selection.

Saint Mary's media services