USU football: Tyler Larsen signs free agent contract with Miami Dolphins
Michael Conroy, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Utah State All-American center Tyler Larsen signed a free agent contract with the Miami Dolphins, it was announced Saturday.
Larsen will join former Aggie All-American cornerback Will Davis on the Dolphins roster as Davis was drafted by Miami in the third round (93rd pick) of the 2013 NFL Draft.
Larsen becomes the third Utah State football player from the 2013 Mountain Division and San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl championship team to move on to the NFL as safety Maurice Alexander was drafted by the St. Louis Rams in the fourth round (110th pick) and cornerback Nevin Lawson was also drafted in the fourth round (133rd pick) by the Detroit Lions.
Larsen, a 6-foot-4, 312-pound offensive center from Salt Lake City, Utah (Jordan High School), was named a second-team All-American by USA Today Sports during his senior season to become just the 12th player in school history to be named a first or second team All-American, including just the third offensive lineman. Larsen was also one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy in 2013, which is presented annually to the most outstanding center in college football, and he became the ninth player in school history to be a three-time first-team all-conference selection after earning first-team all-Mountain West honors as a senior.
During his senior season in 2013, Larsen started all 14 games at center and led the team with an overall performance grade of 89 percent, including 82 percent in technique and 91 percent in effort. He carried out the right assignment 98 percent of the time, including seven games where he graded out at a perfect 100 percent. He also graded out above 90 percent nine times in total performance, above 85 percent 12 times in effort and above 80 percent nine times in technique. Larsen finished the season with 56.5 knockdowns.
Larsen finished his Utah State career starting 52 consecutive games, which is a school record, and ranked third in the nation among active players. In all, Larsen was part of the winningest class in school history with 31 victories.
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