SAN JOSE -- San Jose State is riding a four-game winning streak, and logic could say that this week's bye might tame its momentum.
That's not the case for a team returning from a long trip to Annapolis, Md., that's dealing with several nagging injuries.
"We had five games in a row, and we played some really tough football teams. We're beat up a little bit," Spartans coach Mike MacIntyre said. "And that was a long trip. A lot of teams that play Navy, the week after, they always lose because they're so beat up with all the cut blocking, all the chop blocking and the physicality of the game. It's a perfect time for an open date."
Linebacker Keith Smith (sprained ankle) and wide receiver Jabari Carr (turf toe) missed Saturday's 12-0 win over Navy. Left tackle David Quessenberry and tight end Ryan Otten are playing through ankle sprains, and receiver Noel Grigsby has played through a shoulder injury the past two weeks.
Those are all players who are crucial to SJSU's success, especially with Western Athletic Conference play set to begin Oct. 13 at home against Utah State.
"Sash does a phenomenal job with them," MacIntyre said of trainer Hisashi Imura. "I think a few days off here will help a few of those guys' ankles and different things be able to heal up and be ready to go to practice for Utah State."
Keith Bendixen (dislocated kneecap) has missed the first five games but is expected to be available against the Aggies.
"I can't say enough about what a phenomenal young man he is," MacIntyre said. "He's the heart and soul of our defense and really set the tone for us."
Johnson also earned the same award for his four-sack performance in the win over UC Davis.
"Any time you shut out someone, it's pretty amazing in today's football with all the points you see scored," MacIntyre said. "If you hold somebody under 50, you're doing a good job the way this weekend went."
The CFPA also named Otten an honorable mention Tight End of the Week and Johnson an honorable mention Defensive Lineman of the Week. Lopez was also an honorable mention Specialist of the Week.
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