SAN JOSE -- San Jose State wide receiver Tyler Winston was one of 55 players named Tuesday to the watch list for the Fred Biletnikoff Award, which goes annually to the nation's top receiver.

The sophomore from Antelope, the reigning Freshman of the Year in the Mountain West Conference, enters this season expected to be the top playmaker for an offense that last year set a school record for total offense.

Winston caught 58 passes for 858 yards and five touchdowns, all from departed quarterback David Fales. He averaged more than 100 yards receiving per game in each of his eight starts.

Winston was supposed to redshirt as a freshman, but was activated for the third game because of a season-ending injury to Noel Grigsby. He made his first start two weeks later and delivered three straight games with 150-plus yards receiving and a touchdown, including the game-winner late against Colorado State.

He added 10 catches in each of the Spartans' final two games, including a 10-catch, 164-yard, one touchdown performance in the season-ending upset of Fresno State.

Winston will be one of two San Jose State player representatives at the Mountain West Conference media days next week in Las Vegas. Senior defensive tackle Travis Raciti will join Winston and coach Ron Caragher when the Spartans meet the media July 23, the second of the conference's two-day event.


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  • Senior wide receiver Jabari Carr is a nominee for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, an award that honors the charitable off-the-field accomplishments of college football players.

    Carr, a San Jose native from Oak Grove High, has continually been active in the community throughout his career, donating time to local schools, football programs and charities. A final selection of 22 players, which includes 11 from the Football Bowl Subdivision and 11 more from lower levels, will be announced in September.

  • Two players who appeared on San Jose State's post-spring depth chart are no longer with the program.

    Sophomore offensive lineman Kyle Hart, who began camp as the backup center before moving to guard, has given up football. He was listed as the team's backup at left guard after spring ball.

    Senior linebacker Ryan Goforth, listed as third-string at one of the team's outside linebacker positions, also is no longer with the team. A spokesman said he couldn't comment further on Goforth's status.

    Redshirt freshman wide receiver Michael Tate and redshirt freshman linebacker Michael Okoroike are also both no longer with the team. Reasons were not provided for their departures.

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