SAN JOSE -- Every portion of spring football practice is a time to learn, even when it comes to emotions getting the best of players.

That happened briefly Tuesday at San Jose State, when some shoving eventually led to a couple punches being thrown before order was quickly restored.

The tension mounted when the Spartans were working on short yardage drills and running plays in a full contact setting.

Running back Alvin Jelks broke a long run before he was forced out of bounds by safety Damon Ogburn Jr., who rode Jelks all the way into the stadium wall. Offensive lineman Jon Meyer followed the play and shoved Ogburn, who pushed back and then also tangled with wide receiver Chandler Jones.

"Guys get frustrated," SJSU coach Ron Caragher said. "It's all good if we learn from it. Sometime it's 'Well, I'm protecting my teammate.' If you protect your teammate, you go pull them away, you don't get in the middle of it."

Caragher stopped practice after the incident and made the entire team run gasser drills, where players sprint from sideline to sideline, to demonstrate the effect of an in-game penalty.

"It's not the initiator who usually gets punished, it's the retaliator who gets penalized and I tried to make that clear to the team," Caragher said. "These are all good things to learn from."

  • Former San Jose State offensive lineman David Quessenberry attended Tuesday's practice and said he will only do positional drills at the Spartans' pro timing day on Friday. He'll stick with his testing numbers from the NFL Combine last month.

    Quessenberry ran a 5.08 40-yard dash at the Combine and had the third-best time in the 20-yard shuttle drill, completing it in 4.45 seconds.

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