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

This season, Larsen, Schultz and Markosian anchored an offensive line that has helped Utah State rank second in the WAC and 26th in the nation in total offense (460.5 ypg), second in the WAC and 15th in the nation in passing efficiency (155.1), third in the WAC and 34th in the nation in sacks allowed (1.50 pg), third in the WAC and 36th in the nation in scoring offense (34.4 ppg), second in the WAC and 37th in the nation in rushing offense (192.5 ypg), and third in the WAC and 37th in the nation in passing offense (268.0 ypg).

Nielsen, a 6-5, 253-pound redshirt freshman defensive tackle from Smithfield, Utah (Sky View HS), ranks tied for eighth in the WAC in sacks (0.42 pg). On the season, he ranks second among USU’s defensive linemen with 33 tackles, is fourth on the team and first among defensive linemen with 6.5 tackles for loss, while his 5.0 sacks are tied for first among USU’s defensive linemen. He also leads the team with two blocked kicks to go along with three quarterback hurries and one pass breakup.

Vigil, a 6-2, 228-pound sophomore linebacker from Clearfield, Utah (Clearfield HS), ranks tied for fourth in the WAC and tied for 85th in the nation in tackles (8.0 pg), tied for fifth in the WAC and tied for 97th in the nation in sacks (0.46 pg), and tied for fifth in the WAC in tackles for loss (0.79 pg). On the season, Vigil leads the team in tackles for loss (9.5) and sacks (5.5), and ranks second in tackles (96) and third in quarterback hurries (5), to go along with one blocked kick, one forced fumble and one pass breakup.

Bartlett, a 6-2, 248-pound senior tight end from Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs South HS), has 37 receptions for 261 yards (7.1 ypc) with five touchdowns on the season. Overall, his five receiving touchdowns rank tied for first on the team.

Jacobs, a 6-0, 178-pound senior wide receiver from Richmond, Calif. (Kennedy HS/Laney JC), ranks third in the WAC and 40th in the nation in kick returns (24.5 ypr), and ninth in the WAC in all-purpose yards (89.4 ypg). On the season, he has 36 receptions for 550 yards with five touchdowns to rank tied for first on the team.

Connor Williams, a 6-3, 271-pound junior defensive tackle from Kanata, Ontario, Canada (Holy Trinity HS), ranks tied for eighth in the WAC in sacks (0.42 pg). On the season, he ranks third among USU’s defensive linemen with 30 tackles and second among defensive linemen with 6.0 tackles for loss, while his 5.0 sacks are tied for first among USU’s defensive linemen.

Utah State (10-2, 6-0 WAC) just completed its most successful regular season in school history as it set single-season records for wins (10) and home wins (6), while recording its first outright league championship since 1936 and its 11th in school history as it became the first team in USU history to post a 6-0 conference record.

USU concludes WAC play with an 11-game winning streak and has won each of its last six games this year. In all, Utah State has now won 15 of its last 18 games to rank as the best 18-game stretch in school history since the 1962-64 teams also won 15 of 18 games.

Utah State concludes its 2012 season against Toledo (9-3, 6-2 MAC) at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m. (MT). USU, who also played in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, is appearing in back-to-back bowl games for just the third time in school history joining the 1946 Raisin Bowl and 1947 Grape Bowl teams, and the 1960 Sun Bowl and 1961 Gotham Bowl teams. Overall, it is USU’s eighth bowl appearance in school history.

Tickets for the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl are available by contacting the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305. Tickets can also be purchased online.

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

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