MINNEAPOLIS -- San Jose State will provide an update on the status of wide receiver Noel Grigsby early next week, with it seeming increasingly likely that his Spartans' career is over.
"We'll finalize that I think early this week," coach Ron Caragher said. "We'll go in and get it checked on and see what's the best option."
Grigsby injured his knee at practice on Wednesday and didn't travel with the team to Minnesota. If the injury sidelines him for the season, it effectively ends his collegiate career. Barring an unforeseen circumstance, the fifth-year senior is not eligible to receive a sixth season.
For many players, Saturday had a different feeling without the school's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards on the field or the sidelines.
"It was my first game without him out there," said senior receiver Chandler Jones, who caught seven passes for a career-high 197 yards and school-record tying three touchdowns.
"We had a couple of young guys who needed to step up this week who took on a bigger role," Jones said. "Our offense had to take on a bigger role without a leader like that on your team. It's a big loss but we've through a lot of adversity."
A two-time captain, Grigsby's absence extends beyond his on-field production.
"It's just his presence," quarterback David Fales said. "It's definitely tough. But you've got to just keep moving forward. That's what he would want. Other guys got to step up and fill in for him. I feel we have some guys that can do that with Kyle (Nunn), Jabari (Carr) and Chandler."
Even without its top receiver, the Spartans offense delivered its best game of the season. Fales threw for 439 yards with Carr catching seven passes for 55 yards and Nunn making three catches for 69 yards. Tight end Billy Freeman had two catches for 81 yards.
"I'm proud of the wide receivers. Guys stepped up without Noel," Caragher said. "We miss Noel Grigsby, kind of the heart and soul of our team, but the other guys stepped up."
Caragher suggested the hit on Waid may have been late and should've been a penalty.
"He got drilled and I think he let his temper get the best of him and he retaliated, as human nature sometimes does," Caragher said. "Maybe the other one was totally clean -- I don't know. I'm not going to judge that. Those guys have a tough job, the officials.
"But I told him, 'It's ironic. Here's a kicker. A kicker -- are you kidding me? -- that's getting kicked out of the game. A kicker. Not a headhunter, not a targeter or any of that but he's getting kicked out of the game. I don't think that's the intent of the rule. It's to protect people. He's not going to hurt anyone doing that. It is what it is. We've just got to move on. Don't whine, don't complain, don't make excuses."
"I thought he was covered," Caragher said of Carr. "I thought the defender made a good play. I watched the replay and I didn't think that should've been a penalty."
Fales said all of his receivers were covered and there was a spy on him that prevented him from trying to run the ball. In retrospect, he wishes he had thrown the ball earlier to Carr.
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