SAN JOSE -- Noel Grigsby practiced Friday for the first time since Sept. 18 as San Jose State began its preparations for a potential bowl game.
The Spartans will learn their postseason fate by Sunday and scheduled practices for Friday and Saturday to stay fresh in anticipation of being selected.
Grigsby hopes to return if SJSU (6-6) is invited to a bowl and Friday marked his first formal team activities in 2 ½ months. He participated in individual wide receiver drills, catching passes from quarterback David Fales. During team drills, he worked out on the side under the watchful eye of team athletic trainer Hisashi Imura.
"It felt good just to be out there again," Grigsby said. "It shows my progression. The trainers have been working me, but they've put me in good position to possibly be back for a bowl game so I'm excited."
Grigsby is second in school history behind teammate Chandler Jones with 237 career catches and has a school record 3,121 receiving yards. He's been a regular at practice since his Sept. 24 surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee, but it felt different to finally toss on the shoulder pads and helmet.
"There's nothing like being out there physically with the guys," he said. "It's definitely a different feel. Before I was in the jersey with shorts on, but to be out there in the dress of the day felt great. I'm just excited to be back and be a part of it."
Jones has had a career-year in Grigsby's absence, catching 79 passes for 1,356 yards and a school-record 15 touchdowns. The yards are within striking distance of Edell Shepherd's mark of 1,500 and he could also challenge Grigsby's single-season receptions mark of 89 if the Spartans play in a bowl.
Freshman Tyler Winston, meanwhile, has caught 58 passes for 858 yards to break Grigsby's school records for a freshman.
Grigsby could have to fight those two for playing time and opportunities if he makes it back for a bowl game, but he's up for the challenge.
"I've always been a worker. I'm sure it'll be a fight," Grigsby said. "Those guys have come a long way. But if I'm out there one play, if I'm out there 10 plays, if I'm not out there at, just to be able to be there dressed, to be available, is good enough for me.
"But anybody that knows me knows I'm going to work my butt off. If it's a competition, I'm going to be up for a challenge."
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