By Ryan Vermont
On Monday, the Mountain West Conference Players of the Week were announced for the 14th and final week of the college football regular season and two San Jose State players were awarded.
Sophomore linebacker Frank Ginda was named the Conference defensive player of the week for his performance against Fresno State while sophomore placekicker Bryce Crawford was given the honor for special team players.
Ginda matched his single-game, season-high 14 tackle effort, a feat he accomplished a number of times in the season.
“It was an awesome accomplishment,” Ginda said. “I made that one of my goals last year and I actually carried it over to this year and it’s an honor for me to get that and represent the name on the back of my jersey and also the name on the front.”
Ginda was credited with a single-game, career-best 4.0 tackles-for-loss as well as 1.5 quarterback sacks against the Bulldogs.
He said the award means a lot looking forward and he intends to keep it up into next year and continue to get better.
Special teams award-winner Crawford was responsible for all of SJSU’s points in the second-half win against the rival Bulldogs.
“I was really happy about it. I’ve been keeping my head down and trying make all my kicks and to just work with the whole PAT field goal unit,” Crawford said.
The Frisco, Texas native said he has been working hard throughout the season to work with the field goal unit, trusting them and perfecting the small things that go into field goal kicking.
“I have to thank them for the award because without them, I wouldn’t be mountain west player of the week or I wouldn’t be kicking the field goals I had to kick,” Crawford said.
Crawford ended the season making 11 straight field goals, putting him at 16-18 overall with an 88.9 field goal percentage.
Throughout the entire 2016 season, no members of the SJSU football team, before Crawford and Ginda in the last week, had won a player of the week award.
This is just the second time since joining the Mountain West Conference in 2013 that two SJSU players received the conference’s Player of the Week award for their efforts in the same game.
With their sophomore years in the books, both players will be expected to play key roles for the Spartans next year.