Nov 29, 2013; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose State Spartans safety Tyler Winston (15) reacts after catching a pass against the Fresno State Bulldogs in the first quarter at Spartan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

San Jose State’s Tyler Winston Named Mountain West Freshman of the Year

The Mountain West Conference released its 2013 football honors and all-conference selections on Tuesday.

San Jose State wide receiver Tyler Winston was named the conference’s Freshman of the Year, per the MWC’s official website.

Winston finished the season with 58 receptions for 858 yards and five touchdowns in just 10 games. His 85.8 yards per game ranked fifth in the Mountain West and he was eighth at 14.8 yards per catch.

He had four 100-yard receiving games, topped by a 171-yard day on nine catches against Wyoming on Oct. 26. He leads the nation’s freshman in yards per game and is third in receiving yards and receptions per game.

Wide receiver Chandler Jones, linebacker Keith Smith and defensive back Bene Benwikere were named to the Mountain West’s first team all-conference squad.

Quarterback David Fales, offensive lineman Nicholas Kaspar and kicker Austin Lopez were second-team selections, while tight end Billy Freeman and offensive lineman Ryan Jones were honorable mentions.

Quarterback David Carr of Fresno State was named the Offensive Player of the Year and linebacker Shaquil Barrett of Colorado State earned Defensive Player of the Year honors.

Sophomore Carlos Wiggins of New Mexico was named the Special Teams Player of the year and Utah State’s Matt Wells nabbed Coach of the Year honors.

The Spartans finished their first season in the Mountain West tied for third in the West Division at 5-3 and were 6-6 overall; however, San Jose State did not earn a bid to a second straight bowl game despite being eligible. The MWC had tie-ins with six bowl games, but wound up with seven conference squads reaching bowl eligibility.

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