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USU football: Gary Andersen named WAC Football Coach of the Year, while 17 Aggies earn All-Conference honors

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Monday, Dec. 3 2012 5:01 p.m. MST

Keeton, a 6-1, 200-pound sophomore quarterback from Houston, Texas (Cypress Creek HS), ranks second in the WAC and 14th in the nation in passing efficiency (156.7), second in the WAC and 17th in the nation in total offense (305.9 ypg), third in the WAC and 30th in the nation in passing (262.0 ypg), and ninth in the WAC in rushing (43.9 ypg).

During his sophomore season, Keeton has completed 254-of-376 passes for 3,144 yards with 27 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He has also carried the ball 120 times for 527 yards (4.4 ypc) with seven rushing touchdowns. Overall, Keeton has set single-season school records for touchdown passes (27), total offense (3,671) and completion percentage (.676) in 2012 and is just 125 passing yards and seven completions shy of setting single-season school records in those two categories as well.

Lapuaho, a 6-3, 284-pound senior defensive tackle from West Valley City, Utah (Granger HS/Snow College), ranks first among USU’s defensive linemen with 35 tackles. He also has 4.5 tackles for loss and 3.0 sacks this year, to go along with four quarterback hurries, one forced fumble and one pass breakup.

Larsen, a 6-4, 312-pound junior center from Salt Lake City, Utah (Jordan HS), becomes the first two-time first-team all-conference selection at Utah State since Kevin Robinson (2004, 2007) and the first offensive lineman to accomplish the feat since Mauricio Jourdan (1996-97). In 2012, Larsen has graded out above 80 percent in every game and above 90 percent twice. He also leads the team with 62 knockdowns and has only allowed 1.5 sacks the entire year.

Schultz, a 6-4, 303-pound junior tackle from Connell, Wash. (Connell HS), joins Larsen on the first-team, marking the second time in as many years that USU has had multiple offensive linemen earn first-team all-WAC honors. In 2012, Schultz has graded out above 80 percent in every game but one and has been above 90 percent once. He has 36 knockdowns on the year and has only allowed 1.5 sacks on the season.

Kerwynn Williams, a 5-8, 189-pound senior running back from Las Vegas, Nev. (Valley HS), ranks first in the WAC and 11th in the nation in all-purpose yards (163.0 ypg), first in the WAC and 23rd in the nation in rushing (106.4 ypg), third in the WAC and tied for 34th in the nation in scoring (8.5 ppg), seventh in the WAC in total offense (106.4 ypg), and eighth in the WAC in receiving (55.2 ypg).

During his senior season, Williams has carried the ball 200 times for 1,277 yards (6.4 ypc) with 12 touchdowns, while catching 43 passes for 663 yards (15.4 ypc) and five touchdowns and leads the team in all of those categories. Williams also set the single-season school record for receiving yards by a running back in 2012 and is just six receptions shy of that single-season school record as well. In 2012, Williams’ 17 total touchdowns ranks third all-time at USU for a single-season, while his 1,277 rushing yards rank ninth.

Austin, a 6-2, 202-pound senior wide receiver from Monrovia, Calif., (Charter Oak HS/Mt. San Antonio JC), ranks ninth in the WAC in receiving (54.3 ypg). Austin has caught 42 passes for 652 yards (15.5 ypc) with five touchdowns as he ranks second on the team in both receptions and receiving yards and is tied for first in receiving touchdowns.

Brady, a 5-11, 197-pound senior safety from Cove, Utah (Sky View HS/BYU), ranks tied for eighth in the WAC and tied for 92nd in the nation in tackles (7.9 pg). On the season, he ranks third on the team in total tackles (87) to go along with 2.0 tackles for loss, three pass breakups, one quarterback hurry and one forced fumble, not to mention four double-figure tackle outings.

Lawson, a 5-10, 183-pound junior cornerback from Lauderhill, Fla. (Piper HS), ranks tied for ninth in the WAC in passes defended (0.75 pg) and tied for 31st in the WAC in tackles (5.1 pg). Overall, he ranks sixth on the team in tackles (61) and leads the team with 45 solo stops. He is also second on the team with nine pass breakups, to go along with 4.0 tackles for loss, two sacks, one fumble recovery and one quarterback hurry.

Markosian, a 6-2, 302-pound junior tackle from Connell, Wash. (Connell HS), graded out above 80 percent in every game but one this year. He also had 59 knockdowns on the season and has only allowed two sacks this year.

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