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FOOTBALL: Adding to a growing list of preseason honors, two BYU offensive linemen, senior Matt Reynolds and junior Braden Hansen, have been named to the Outland Trophy Preseason Watch List, an award presented annually to the nation's best offensive or defensive lineman.

Athlon Sports, Lindy's Sports and Sporting News have already honored Reynolds as a Preseason Football All-American First Team selection. A 6-foot-6, 322-pound left tackle, Reynolds enters his senior year as one of the nation's top lineman after deciding not to enter this year's NFL Draft. A three-year starter and two-time first-team all- conference honoree, Reynolds also received Preseason All-America Second Team honors in Phil Steele's College Football Preview.

As a sophomore last year, Hansen collected honors as a College Football News All-Sophomore Team honorable mention as well as an All- MWC honorable mention and Phil Steele's All-Mountain West Second Team. In his freshman season, the 6-foot-6, 310-pound left guard was named to the Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-America First team and Phil Steele's All-Freshman First Team while receiving College Football News Freshman Team honorable mention.

BYU has had two Outland Trophy winners, with offensive guard Mohammed Elewonibi claiming the trophy in 1989 and defensive lineman Jason Buck winning in 1986.

The Outland Trophy, presented annually since 1946, is the third oldest award in major college football. The winner of the 66th Outland Trophy, named after the late John Outland, an All-America lineman at Penn and Kansas at the turn of the century, will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards on Dec. 8 on ESPN.

The Outland Trophy presentation banquet, sponsored by the Greater Omaha Sports Committee, will be held on Jan. 12, 2012, in Omaha, Neb.


ADMINISTRATION: Director of Athletics Scott Barnes announced Friday that four head coaches — Heather Cairns (Women's Soccer), Grayson DuBose (Volleyball), Gregg Gensel (Track & Field/Cross Country) and Jeff Richards (Gymnastics) — have received contract extensions to remain at USU.

Gensel signed a 10-year extension keeping him at Utah State through the 2020-2021 academic year, while Cairns and DuBose both received four-year contract extensions through the 2014 season. Richards signed a two-year extension that runs through 2012-13.

"I have said that athletics is to Utah State University what the front porch is to one's home. It's not the most important room in the house but it is the most visible. We couldn't be more proud of the coaches and student-athletes who stand on our front porch representing us every day," stated Barnes.

"The long-term commitment by this group of coaches, along with the others we have recently extended, provides Aggie Athletics with tremendous stability and a bright future moving forward. All have earned coach of the year honors, won championships or guided their respective programs to postseason opportunities. And our student-athletes are succeeding at a high level in the classroom," Barnes added.

Gensel, who just completed his 23rd season as the men's head track & field coach and 18th year as the women's head track & field coach, has led Utah State to 33 conference championships during his Aggie career, including 14 Western Athletic Conference Championships in its first six years in the league. Overall, Gensel has earned conference coach of the year honors 29 times.

During the 2010-11 academic year, the Aggie men won both the indoor and outdoor WAC Championships, while the Aggie women finished second during both seasons. USU's women also placed second at this year's WAC Cross Country Championships, while the men placed third.

"I am excited and honored to be trusted with the responsibility of continuing to guide the track & field and cross country programs at Utah State," said Gensel. "I have spent nearly 30 years coaching at USU, and this is where I have always wanted to be. With this extension, there is no doubt that I will finish my coaching career as an Aggie."

Cairns will be entering her ninth season as Utah State's head women's soccer coach in 2011 and has led USU to a pair of regular season WAC Championships (2008, 2010) during the past three years. Cairns, who was named the WAC's Coach of the Year in 2008, is the winningest soccer coach in school history. During the last two years, Cairns has coached the WAC Offensive (2009) and WAC Defensive (2010) Players of the Year.

"I am excited to carry on the success that we have worked hard for and look to further our accomplishments," said Cairns. "Utah State soccer is made up of a fantastic group of coaches and players that are dedicated to achieving excellence on the field and in the classroom, and I am very appreciative of Scott Barnes and the administration for allowing me to continue to lead this group in striving toward those goals."

DuBose, who is entering his sixth season at Utah State, is already the third-winningest volleyball coach in school history. During the 2010 season, he led USU to its first-ever WAC Tournament Championship as it upset top-seed and third-ranked Hawaii, becoming the first school in 11 years to defeat the Rainbow Wahine in the championship match. USU also advanced to its fourth NCAA Tournament in school history in 2010 and finished the year with a 24-9 record as those 24 wins ranks as the seventh-most in school history and the most since 1982.

DuBose, who was named the WAC's Coach of the Year in 2007, was one of five finalists for the Collegiate Volleyball Update National Coach of the Year this past season.

"I am excited that Scott Barnes, and Executive Associate Athletic Director Jana Doggett, are willing to trust me with the continued leadership of the volleyball program," said DuBose. "I want to thank the players and coaches that I have been fortunate enough to work with through the years that have afforded me this opportunity. I look forward to working with our current group of student-athletes for many years to come. I would also like to thank the USU fans and students for their support; it means a lot to me and our team."

Richards just completed his third year at Utah State and was named the NCAA Division I National Association of Collegiate Gymnastics Coaches (NACGC) North Central Region Co-Coach of the Year this past year. During the 2011 season, Richards coached five Aggie individuals to the NCAA North Central Regional Championships.

"I was thrilled to get the chance to come back and be an Aggie again when I was hired in 2008," said Richards. "I feel we have made a lot of progress in my first three years, and I am excited for the future. I am grateful to be a part of the Aggie Family."

ACADEMICS: The Western Athletic Conference announced its spring all-academic teams on Thursday, along with its academic all-freshman

transfer teams, and Utah State had 122 student-athletes recognized as 72 earned all-academic team honors, while 50 more were named to the academic all-freshman/transfer team.

Of its 72 academic all-WAC selections from its spring sports, Utah State had 31 student-athletes from women's outdoor track honored, along with 22 from men's outdoor track, six from women's tennis, five from softball and four from both men's golf and men's tennis.

Utah State's 72 academic honorees from its spring sports were the most in the league as Boise State was second with 58, followed by New Mexico State (44), Louisiana Tech (42), Fresno State (39), Nevada (34), Hawai'i (33), Idaho (32) and San Jose State (17).

Utah State also had the most individuals honored in women's outdoor track and field (31), men's outdoor track and field (22) and women's tennis (6), while men's golf (4) and men's tennis (4) both finished second in the league.

Junior cross country

track athletes Jessie Chugg and Brian McKenna both earned academic all-WAC honors for the ninth time in their careers, while fellow junior cross country/track athletes Camille Fehlberg, Ruth Hilton and Kim Quinn each earned their eighth academic all-WAC honor. Of the 72 USU student-athletes to earn spring academic all-WAC honors, 50 are receiving the accolade for at least the second time.

To be eligible, a student-athlete must have completed one academic year, have at least a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average and have participated in at least 50 percent of the team's contests.

During the 2010-11 academic year, Utah State had 228 student-athletes recognized by the league office for their academic achievements.

Spring Academic All-WAC Honorees


Kali Cancelosi, So., Speech Communication, 3.06

Tatem Day, Sr., Exercise Science, 3.71

Mandy Harmon, So., Psychology, 3.00

Shasta Tyteca, Sr., Psychology, 3.31

Megan McDonald, Sr., Marketing, 3.09


Austin French, Jr., Business Administration, 3.67

Chanse Godderidge, Jr., Exercise Science, 3.01

Tyson McFarland, Sr., Interdisciplinary Studies, 3.01

Kris Sayer, Jr., Accounting, 3.39

Men's Tennis

Jakob Asplund, Sr., Journalism, 3.01

Nate Ballam, So., Chemistry, 3.41

Bryan Marchant, Sr., Exercise Science, 3.34

Alex Thatcher, Sr., Journalism, 3.44

Women's Tennis

Brianna Harris, Jr., Journalism, 3.66

Taylor Perry, Sr., Business, 3.11

Jenny Phillips, Jr., Speech Communication, 3.63

Hailey Swenson, Grad., Masters of Business Administration, 3.93

Kristina Voytsekhovich, So., Political Science, 3.48

Jaclyn West, So., Political Science, 3.36

Women's Outdoor Track and Field

Michelle Alley, So., Biology, 3.15

Katelyn Anichini, So., Human Movement Science: Physical Education Teaching, 3.61

Hollie Bosworth, So., Family Consumer Science Education, 3.44

Stephanie Burt, So., Undeclared, 3.10

Bri Campbell, So., Accounting, 3.94

Kaylee Campbell, So., Social Work, 3.35

Ashlee Cannon, Sr., Health Education Specialist, 3.51

Jessie Chugg, Jr., Nutrition and Food Sciences: Dietetics, 3.76

Camille Fehlberg, Sr., History Teaching and Physical Education Teaching, 3.90

Brittany Fisher, So., Elementary Education, 3.36

Karlie Fitzgerald, So., Marketing, 3.29

Marissa Floodman, So., Human Movement Science: Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.80

Kali Hamby, Jr., Human Movement Science: Physical Education Teaching, 3.42

Aubrie Haymore, So., Human Movement Science: Exercise Science, 3.65

Katelyn Heiner, Jr., Interdisciplinary Studies, 3.97

Ruth Hilton, Jr., Math Education, 3.80

Madison Jensen, Jr., Interior Design, 3.96

Jessica Nielsen, Jr., Family Consumer and Human Development, 3.13

Heidi Peterson, Sr., Nutrition and Food Sciences: Dietetics, 3.64

Lauren Preece, So., Mechanical Engineering, 3.19

Kim Quinn, Jr., Environmental Studies, 3.03

Jennifer Schiess, Jr., Math Stats Composite Teaching, 3.74

Alisa Sheffer, So., Human Movement Science: Exercise Science, 3.63

Rachelle St. Jeor, Jr., Interdisciplinary Studies, 3.45

Amber Thompson, So., International Studies, 3.62

Alicia Wilkins, Sr., Health Education Specialist, 3.06

Jolyn Wendt, So., Residential Landscape Design & Construction, 3.57

Chalese West, Jr., Wildlife Science, 3.72

Bailee Whitworth, So., Nutrition, Food Sciences: Dietetics, 3.43

McKayla Williams, So., Health Education Specialist, 3.33

Sarah Young, Jr., Interior Design Sales Marketing, 3.65

Men's Outdoor Track and Field

Jeff Alley, Jr., Human Movement Science: Exercise Science, 3.19

James Allred, Jr., Human Movement Science: Exercise Science, 3.03

Steven Atkinson, Sr., Entrepreneurship, 3.88

David Cluff, So., Chemistry, 3.16

Alex DuPlessis, Sr., Management Information Systems, 3.27

Eric Follett, So., Spanish, 3.92

Spencer Hall, Jr., Psychology, 3.30

Max Hansen, Jr., Biochemistry, 3.93

Daniel Howell, Jr., Wildlife Science, 3.95

John Johnson, Jr., International Business, 3.43

Tyler Killpack, So., Entrepreneurship, 3.12

Eric Larson, Sr., Biochemistry, 3.08

Brian McKenna, Jr., Psychology, 3.33

Kyle McKenna, So., Music, 3.97

Jordan McMurray, So., Accounting, 3.54

Hunter Nelson, Jr., Operations Management, 3.06

Philip Noble, Jr., Accounting, 3.75

Mikey Payne, So., Undeclared, 3.06

Stephen Peirce, So., Human Movement Science: Exercise Science, 3.18

Silas Pimentel, So., Undeclared, 3.32

Clint Silcock, Sr., Human Movement Science: Exercise Science, 3.26

Reagan Ward, So., Civil Engineering, 3.64

Academic All-WAC Freshmen



Paige Jones, Fr., Undeclared, 3.47

Brittney Mackins, Fr., Biology, 3.11

Cammi Muhr, Fr., Psychology, 3.65

Christina Nye, Fr., Human Movement Science: Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.46

Rachel Vaske, Fr., Elementary Education, 3.03


Alyssa Curtis, Fr., Human Movement Science: Exercise Science, 3.86

Chelsie Sperry, Fr., Undeclared, 3.43

Libby Lundquist, Fr., Undeclared, 3.95

Jennifer Flynn, Fr., Human Movement Science: Exercise Science, 3.33

Kendra Pemberton, Fr., Interior Design, 3.51

Mari Miyashiro, Fr., Elementary Education, 3.08

Katie Crosland, Jr., Human Movement Science: Exercise Science, 3.92


Jourdan Hitchings, Fr., Undeclared, 3.03

Samantha Miller, Fr., Psychology, 3.02

Annie Thomas, Fr., Undeclared, 3.65

Shelbi Tyteca, Fr., Special Education, 3.44

Kassandra Uchida, Fr., Elementary Education, 3.27

Men's Tennis

Fredrik Peterson, Fr., Undeclared, 3.83

Lenny Whiting, Jr., Accounting, 3.76

Women's Tennis

Romina Nedakovic, Jr., Journalism, 3.69

Kimberly Watts, Fr., 3.68


Braeden Loveless, Fr., Undeclared, 4.00

Travis Reynolds, Fr., Human Movement Science: Exercise Science, 3.43

Women's Cross Country

Cherice Chugg, Fr., Undeclared, 3.39

Ashley Robison, Fr., Deaf Education & Communication Disorders, 3.26

Women's Track and Field - Indoor

Cassie Berg, Fr., Management Information Systems, 3.95

Cherice Chugg, Fr., Undeclared, 3.39

Keeley Eldredge, Fr., Sociology, 3.19

Kylie Hirschi, Fr., Human Movement Science: Exercise Science, 3.80

Ashley Robison, Fr., Deaf Education & Communication Disorders, 3.26

Women's Track and Field - Outdoor

Cassie Berg, Fr., Management Information Systems, 3.95

Cherice Chugg, Fr., Undeclared, 3.39

Keeley Eldredge, Fr., Sociology, 3.19

Kylie Hirschi, Fr., Human Movement Science: Exercise Science, 3.80

Men's Track and Field - Indoor

Parker Bluth, Fr., Undeclared, 3.46

Tanner Hunt, Fr., Biological Engineering, 3.44

Kade Jensen, Fr., Undeclared, 3.13

CJ O'Neal, Fr., Undeclared Business, 3.46

Jacob Peterson, Fr., Undeclared, 3.06

Jeff Taylor, Fr., Mechanical Engineering, 3.77

Matt Vance, Fr., Civil Engineering, 3.41

Men's Track and Field - Outdoor

Parker Bluth, Fr., Undeclared, 3.46

Tanner Hunt, Fr., Biological Engineering, 3.44

Kade Jensen, Fr., Undeclared, 3.13

Spencer Jones, Fr., Undeclared, 3.27

CJ O'Neal, Fr., Undeclared Business, 3.46

Jacob Peterson, Fr., Undeclared, 3.06

Jeff Taylor, Fr., Mechanical Engineering, 3.77

Women's Basketball

Reyneisha Mays, Jr., Business Administration, 3.03

Jennifer Schlott, Fr., Undeclared, 3.13

FOOTBALL: Bobby Wagner was named to the 2011 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List, one of 87 players on the list for the trophy that is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

Wagner is the first Utah State player on the Nagurski Trophy Watch List since Brent Passey in 2000. Additionally, Wagner is one of three Western Athletic Conference players on the 2011 list, joined by Fresno State defensive tackle Logan Harrell and Nevada linebacker James-Michael Johnson. Wagner is the lone player from a Utah school on the list.

"Preseason honors are not always seen as important by some people, but to me it is very important to the team and player because they are recognized and honored for their hard work in the off season and past season," USU head coach Gary Andersen. "We are very happy for Bobby. He is very deserving of this honor, and we're glad he is recognized for his hard work. He is working hard this offseason and we are looking forward to him finishing the offseason in the right way and ready for another big season."

Wagner, a native of Ontario, Calif. (Colony HS) is a two-time first-team all-WAC honoree. Last season, he led the WAC and was tied for seventh in FBS with 11.1 tackles per game, ranking second in the WAC with 133 total tackles in 2010 season. Wagner enters his senior season nearing USU's and WAC's career tackles list, as he currently has 299 career stops, needing 22 tackles to break into the Aggies' top 10 list and 18 stop to crack the WAC's top 10. In 2010, Wagner tallied a WAC-best four 15+ tackle outings, including two 17-stop games, a 16-tackle game and a 15-tackle outing. On the season, he logged a total of seven double-digit tackle games, and had at least six stops in all 12 games. Additionally, Wagner added eight tackles for loss with half a sack, as well as four pass breakups and one forced fumble.

"It is a tremendous honor to be recognized as one of the top defensive players in the country. I am very humbled by this honor," Wagner said. "I know that I just have to continue to work hard this season."

Players may be added or deleted from the Bronko Nagurski Watch List during the season. For the 11th-straight season, the FWAA will choose a National Defensive Player of the Week. If that player is not on the Watch List, he automatically will be added. The FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club will announce five finalists for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy on Nov. 17.


VOLLEYBALL: The program has signed Lea Adolph to its incoming recruiting class, head coach Beth Launiere added. Adolph will be a freshman libero for the Utes in the fall of 2011.

"Lea comes to our program with a tremendous amount of experience at a high level," Launiere said. "Not only is she a very good libero, she has a strong personality and great energy. Lea is excited about coming to the United States to play collegiate volleyball at Utah and in the Pac-12".

Adolph, a native of Waltrop, Germany, attended Pascalgymnasium in Muenster. She played libero for the German Junior National Team as well as the TV Datteln, SCU Luedinghausen, and USC Muenster clubs under coach Peter Pourie.

Adolph was a member of some very successful teams as she helped the German Junior National Team take fourth at the 2010 Junior European Championship. Her teams also took runner-up honors at the German Junior Championships in 2007, 2009 and 2011 and also won the 2008 Bundespokal Cacup, a tournament including the state's junior teams in Germany.


ATHLETICS: All Weber State fans and supporters are invited to hear about the future of Weber State Athletics and the Big Sky Conference.

Big Sky Commissioner Doug Fullerton will address recent changes in the conference and their impact on Weber State Athletics during a special presentation Thursday, July 14 at 7 p.m. at the WSU Lindquist Alumni Center.

Fullerton, the Big Sky Commissioner since 1995, will outline some of the recent developments in the Big Sky, including expansion. He also will provide context for some of the challenges currently facing college athletics. He is currently a member of the NCAA Basketball Selection Committee and serves on the NCAA Football Board of Directors.

Following Fullerton's presentation, Weber State Athletic Director Jerry Bovee will report and discuss the future of Wildcat Athletics, including recent facility upgrade. Bovee and Fullerton will both be available for a question and answer session with fans.

The event, which is presented by the WSU Young Alumni Association, is open to the public. The Young Alumni Association is requesting that those who attend make a donation to the Young Alumni Scholarship Fund.