WASHINGTON -- San Jose State starting defensive tackle Anthony Larceval did not travel with the team to the East Coast and will not play in Thursday's Military Bowl game against Bowling Green.

The junior has been in a San Jose area hospital since Dec. 16 with a "serious illness."

"It's improved from a week ago," San Jose State athletic trainer Hisashi Imura said. "They're monitoring him closely."

The school did not disclose the specific illness but said it is an isolated case with no other teammates showing symptoms.

Larceval was a second-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection who finished third in the conference with 61/2 sacks and fourth with 101/2 tackles for loss. He had a career-high seven tackles in the Spartans' 52-43 victory over Louisiana Tech on Nov. 24.

His absence on the field will be felt, and he's been in the thoughts of San Jose State players since being hospitalized.

"We know he's supporting us as much as he can," senior defensive end Travis Johnson said. "Each play we know to play our hardest, especially because he wishes he could be out here playing. We keep him in our prayers, and we hope he gets back to us as soon as he can."

  • Freshman linebacker Hector Roach also did not travel with the team after being ruled ineligible. He started two of the past four games, replacing Derek Muaava when Muaava suffered a season-ending knee injury.

    Sophomore Doug Parrish will replace Roach.


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  • Bowling Green sophomore defensive back DeVon McKoy was suspended for the game because of conduct detrimental to the team and did not make the trip.

  • The Spartans were back in football mode Monday with their first practice in Washington. There was steady rain and cool temperatures in the upper 30s during their session at St. John's College High.

    "It went great," interim coach Kent Baer said. "To travel this far and bring all that equipment, our equipment managers did an unbelievable job setting it up. It was just like we were at home. It doesn't hurt to practice a little bit in the rain. The guys were upbeat."

    The players got an extra boost about an hour into the 90-minute session when the loudspeakers were turned on and the Spartans enjoyed their normal musical accompaniment to practice. The reaction to the music was immediate as players began dancing on the field.

    "We practice almost every day with music," junior linebacker Vince Buhagiar said. "I don't think many of us realized it wasn't on until they turned it on. That just kind of (gave us) a nice little slap in the rear to get us going."

  • The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that Tulane co-defensive coordinator Jon Sumrall confirmed being offered the job as SJSU's defensive coordinator but has turned it down to remain with the Green Wave.

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