The San Jose State Spartans are surprising teams this year as they sit at 4-4 and are attempting to become bowl eligible since 2012. However, that goal took a big hit this past week when starting wide receiver Tyler Winston has been ruled out indefensibly with a knee injury.
The injury occurred in the third quarter against the Nevada Wolf Pack, he left in the third quarter and did not return. An MRI did not reveal any significant ligament damage, but the official diagnosis is a sprain.
"It's very tender right now," head coach Ron Caragher said of Winston's knee. "That will be a challenge to us. He brings a lot to the table."
This is a big blow for the offense as Winston was the teams leading receiver with 35 receptions, 368 receiving yards and a pair of touchdowns. The next leading receiver is tight end Billy Freeman who has 29 receptions to go along with 322 yards and four touchdowns.
Redshirt freshman Justin Holmes will get a chance to step up with Winston out, and he has seven catches for 59 yards.
San Jose State is off this week and get back on the field next Friday where they host BYU.