Green Bay Packers wide receiver James Jones is "all in" with his alma mater San Jose State as it looks to return to a bowl game for the first time since 2006.

The former Spartans wide receiver, now in his sixth year in the NFL, spoke to players before SJSU's practice Wednesday and delivered a message about enjoying their special season. The product of San Jose's Gunderson High is back in town this week with the Packers on a bye.

"James is a great guy," Spartans coach Mike MacIntyre said. "He's been calling me and texting me as the season's gone along. He's been following us. He's real excited about everything we're doing."

Jones was on SJSU's last team to make it to a bowl. He caught six passes for 106 yards and two touchdowns in the Spartans' 20-12 win over New Mexico in the New Mexico Bowl and earned the game's offensive MVP award.

SJSU (7-2, 3-1 Western Athletic Conference) is in position to return to a bowl game. The Spartans' 42-13 win over Idaho made them bowl eligible.

"He was just giving us his experience, what he's been through since college," SJSU junior receiver Noel Grigsby said. "Telling us that we need to be all in. These next couple of games are big steps in our program that can get us over the hump to double-digit wins. Telling us to cherish the moment right now and enjoy our time with our friends and this football family we've developed. There's nothing like the college experience so enjoy it while you can."

Volleyball

Carly Wopat had 12 kills to help top-ranked Stanford (23-2, 15-0 Pac-12) extend its winning streak to 21 matches with a 25-19, 25-21, 25-15 win over visiting Washington State (12-15, 2-13).

Golf

Stanford's Cameron Wilson tied for second among individuals at 4-under-par 209 (61-74-74), two strokes behind medalist Rick Lamb of Tennessee, and the Cardinal finished at 5 over, eight strokes behind team leader UCLA in the Gifford Collegiate Championship at CordeValle Country Club in San Martin.

San Jose State's Connor Covington finished with a 1-over 214 (71-75-68) to tie for ninth among individuals, helping the Spartans place sixth in the 10-team field.

Soccer

Stanford's Paul Ratcliffe was named Pac-12 women's soccer Coach of the Year for the fifth consecutive season, and five Cardinal players were selected to the All-Pac-12 first team.

Stanford's first-team selections were: senior central defender Alina Garciamendez, senior midfielder Mariah Nogueira, junior goalkeeper Emily Oliver, senior outside back Rachel Quon and sophomore forward Chioma Ubogagu.

Cal forward Ifeoma Onumonu was selected to the first team and was named Freshman of the Year. Cal senior midfielder Betsy Hassett also was named to the first team.

  • San Jose State senior striker Steven Sanchez was named to the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation team. Senior center back Nick Murphy was selected to the second team.

    Wire services contributed to this report.