USU football: Aggies have 10 players named to Phil Steele’s College Football Preview midseason all-WAC team

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Oct. 12 2012 3:24 p.m. MDT

Utah State football had 10 players named to Phil Steele’s College Football Preview midseason all-Western Athletic Conference team it was annoucned Thursday.

Utah State players named first-team all-WAC include seniors McKade Brady, Will Davis and Kerwynn Williams; junior Tyler Larsen; and sophomore Zach Vigil. Aggie players named to the all-WAC midseason second team include seniors Tyler Bennett and Al Lapuaho; juniors Jamie Markosian and Eric Schultz; and sophomore Chuckie Keeton.

Brady, a 5-foot-11, 197 pound safety from Cove, Utah (Sky View HS/BYU), ranks second in the WAC and tied for 49th in the nation in tackles (8.8 pg). Brady also leads the team with 53 tackles (21-solo) including 1.0 for loss.

Davis, a 6-0, 186 pound cornerback from Spokane, Wash. (Central Valley HS/De Anza College), ranks first in the WAC in passes defended (1.8 pg) and tied for 45th in tackles (4.0 pg). On the season, Davis ranks eighth on the team with 24 tackles (17-solo) and has a team-leading 11 pass breakups.

Williams, a 5-8, 189 pound running back from Las Vegas, Nev. (Valley HS), ranks first in the WAC and tied for 26th in the nation in all-purpose yards (139.7 ypg), first in the WAC and 40th in the nation in rushing (89.5 ypg) and eighth in the WAC in total offense (89.5 ypg). Overall, Williams has carried the ball 103 times for 537 yards with three touchdowns this season and has a team-leading 23 recpetions for 301 yards with two touchdowns.

Larsen, a 6-4, 312pound center from Salt Lake City, Utah (Jordan HS), has graded out above 80 percent in every game this year, including at least 97 percent in executing the right assignment. On the season, Larsen has recorded 31 knockdowns.

Vigil, a 6-2, 228 pound linebacker from Clearfield, Utah (Clearfield HS), ranks fifth in the WAC and tied for 88th in the nation in tackles for loss (1.08 pg), sixth in the WAC and tied for 90th in the nation in tackles (8.2 pg) and tied for ninth in the WAC and tied for 88th in the nation in sacks (0.5 pg). Vigil ranks second on the team in tackles with 49 (19-solo) and is first on the team with 6.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks.

Bennett, a 5-11, 218 pound punter from Phoenix, Ariz. (North Canyon HS/Phoenix CC), ranks third in the WAC and tied for 25th in the nation in punting (43.2 ypk). On the season, Bennett has punted 36 times with seven 50 yard punts and has had 19 of his punts downed inside the 20 yardline.

Lapuaho, a 6-3, 284 pound defensive lineman from West Valley City, Utah (Granger HS/Snow College), ranks ninth on the team and first among defensive lineman with 19 tackles (7-solo), including 2.5 tackles for loss and one quarterback sack.

Markosian, a 6-2, 302 pound offensive lineman from Salt Lake City, Utah (Juan Diego HS), has graded out above 77 percent in every game this year, including at least 96 percent in executing the right assignment. On the season, Markosian has recorded 26 knockdowns.

Schultz, a 6-4, 303 pound offensive lineman from Connell, Wash. (Connell HS), has graded out above 78 percent in every game this year, including at least 94 percent in executing the right assignment. On the season, Markosian has recorded 18 knockdowns.

Keeton, a 6-1, 200 pound quarterback from Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS), ranks second in the WAC and 29th in the nation in total offense (285.7 ypg), fifth in the WAC and 37th in the nation in passing efficiency (145.6), fifth in the WAC and 42nd in the nation in passing (247.5 ypg) and 10th in the WAC in rushing (38.2 ypg). On the season, Keeton is 128-of-193 passing for 1,485 yards with 11 touchdowns and just four interceptions. He has also carried the ball 67 times for 229 yards.

Utah State (4-2) begins Western Athletic Conference play this week at San Jose State (4-1) on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. (MT). USU has won five-straight WAC games dating back to last season, including each of its last three on the road, and has won each of its last three games against the Spartans.

For USU football ticket information, contact the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or call 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305. Tickets can also be purchased 24 hours a day on the USU website.

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University Athletic Media Relations.

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