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Football Scores Academic All-WAC Awards

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Nearly 40 SJSU student-athletes earned honors.

The 2011 SJSU football program tied for second place for most Academic All-Western Athletic Conference awards among the conference’s 38 fall sports teams. Twelve Spartan football student-athletes met criteria including enrollment at SJSU for at least two semesters,  cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher, and participation in at least 50 percent of the team’s 12 games in the 2011 season. Only the Utah State football program with 16 awards topped SJSU football. The Idaho and Louisiana Tech women’s soccer teams matched Spartan football with 12 awards. The San Jose State women’s soccer also placed in the top-10 with 10 Spartans earning recognition. Overall, 39 San Jose State University student-athletes from football, men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball were named Academic All-WAC. View a complete list of SJSU’s 2011 Fall Sports Academic All-WAC Award Winners.

SJSU Men’s Soccer and Football at Spartan Stadium This Week

3 young ladies in Spartan Squad t shirts

Spartan Squad Kickoff Sept. 15 at Campus Village (SJSU Alumni Association photos).

Soccer Date and Time: 7 p.m., September 22

Football Date and Time: 1 p.m. September 24

Location: Spartan Stadium

Summary: Come out and support men’s soccer and football, both at home this week.

Men’s soccer will host crosstown rival Santa Clara University on Thursday night.

On Saturday, football will take on New Mexico State.

KLIV and ESPN3 will broadcast the football game.

View an all-sports schedule.

Nick Cukar wearing a jersey and in mid clap.

A Graduation Story – Fulfilling A Family’s First

Nick Cukar wearing a jersey and in mid clap.

Midfielder Nick Cukar scored 25 goals in his career as a Spartan. (Photo by Terrell Lloyd)

Thousands graduated from college at the San Jose State University May 28 Commencement, and it was an extra special moment for Nick Cukar.

For Nick, earning his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology is fulfilling on many levels as he is the first in his family to graduate from college.

“It means everything,” said the veteran San Jose State soccer midfielder. “Everything I worked for, coming in my freshman year and not expecting anything, came together. I’m the first person in my family to graduate. It’s a big deal.”

“My dad (Tony) went to trade school and my mom (Lysette) got an AA.”

“I think they’re pretty excited. They’ve been pushing this since the beginning of fall. ‘You’re graduating, you’re graduating.’ This is a big first step and they’re pretty happy.”

A three-time Academic All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation honoree, Nick wants to use his degree to continue a path in sports and work with a professional sports organization in the areas of management or marketing.

“I’m looking in the sports management side possibly with the (San Jose) Sharks,” said Nick when asked about his future plans. “I did an internship at the SAP Open (professional men’s tennis).”

Nick, who started in every soccer match of his career at San Jose State University, will take advantage of every experience both on and off the soccer field in getting his first job.

“I’m going to use every resource I can. I’m going to reach out to everybody I can.”