AWARDS: The BYU athletic department Thursday celebrated the university's victory over the University of Utah in the 2007-08 Deseret First Duel.During a campus presentation attended by coaches and administrators, athletic director Tom Holmoe accepted a plaque from Deseret First Credit Union CEO Kris Mecham to signify the school's championship in head-to-head competition against the Utes in 12 sports. The plaque will be placed on a black granite monument at BYU's Legacy Hall sports museum.
BASEBALL: Outfielder Sean McNaughton was selected this week to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Midwest All-Region Second Team. McNaughton and TCU pitcher Andrew Cashner, a first-team selection, were the only Mountain West Conference players on the first or second team.McNaughton, a sophomore from Lakewood, Wash., was taken in the 38th round as pick No. 1,151 in last week's Major League draft by the Chicago Clubs and was a first-team All-MWC selection.
GYMNASTICS: Utes gymnast Kristina Baskett has been named a second-team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA). Baskett was selected to the at-large team, which encompasses 15 NCAA sports.Baskett, a four-time All-American, has an NCAA individual championship on the uneven bars (2006), a silver medal on the vault (2008) and a bronze in the all-around (2008) to her credit. The junior owns a 3.56 cumulative GPA in mass communication. She is the sixth Ute gymnast to win at-large CoSIDA Academic All-America recognition.
FOOTBALL: Utes senior Louie Sakoda has been named to the preseason watch list for the 2008 Ray Guy Award by the Greater Augusta Sports Council, which identifies the nation's top Football Bowl Subdivision punter.
Joining Sakoda on the Ray Guy Award watch list are Keenyn Crier (Arizona), Kevin Huber (Cincinnati), Chris Miller (Ball State) and A.J. Tapasso (Ohio State). All five are returning top 10 finalists from a year ago. Sakoda, the only dual punter/kicker on the list, also made the Ray Guy Award top 10 in 2006.
The Ray Guy Award watch list will be expanded after the start of the season and will be trimmed to 10 semi-finalists in early November. The national voting body will then select three finalists. The winner will be announced live during the ESPNU-Home Depot College Football awards show on December 11, 2008.