A pair of San Jose State linemen hailing from Bay Area high schools earned postseason honors this week.
Left tackle Jack Snyder, a graduate student out of Marin Catholic, was named the ProFootballFocus.com Player of the Year in the Mountain West Conference on Thursday. A first-team All-Mountain West selection this season, Snyder was the only lineman to be named a Conference Player of the Year in any of the 10 FBS conferences by ProFootballFocus.
Defensive tackle Cade Hall, a junior from Bellarmine Prep in San Jose, also earned recognition for his outstanding play this season as he was named a second-team All-America selection by USA Today. Hall was the Mountain West Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year as he’s posted 10.0 sacks and 12.0 tackles for loss.
Last week, the conference named head coach Brent Brennan its Coach of the Year while five Spartans players were named to the First Team All-Mountain West squad.
Hall’s 1.38 sack per game average ranks second in the country among all FBS linemen, a feat that helped him become the first San Jose State player since Travis Johnson (2012) to earn All-America honors.
Snyder was the leader of the offensive line for a Spartans team that will enter its December 31 bowl game against Ball State ranked 19th in the country after defeating Boise State in the conference title game last weekend.
The 7-0 Spartans will attempt to complete an undefeated season in the Arizona Bowl on Friday, December 31, but despite their perfect record, their journey to the end of the year now includes a bit of local controversy. After returning home following last weekend’s Mountain West title game, San Jose State is set to leave Santa Clara County on Sunday via a chartered flight to Tucson, which is in violation of the county’s Mandatory Directive on Travel.
The school has argued that its plans to depart for a bowl game “do not circumvent the county’s travel mandate,” but County Executive, Dr. Jeff Smith believes the Spartans should be quarantining for 10 days prior to traveling out of the county again.
“It sends a message that the health of their players and the community and their families is less important than a football game,” Smith said.