Phil Steele announced his annual all-conference team on Tuesday, and Utah State had 14 players recognized across three teams.
Senior center Quin Ficklin, sophomore linebacker David Woodward and sophomore kick returner/wide receiver Savon Scarver were the lone Aggies to earn first-team all-Mountain West honors.
Five different Utah State players earned second-team honors in junior running back Darwin Thompson, senior offensive lineman Roman Andrus, junior linebacker Tipa Galeai, senior safety/linebacker Jontrell Rocquemore and sophomore punt returner Jordan Nathan.
Six more Aggies garnered third-team accolades from Phil Steele in sophomore quarterback Jordan Love, senior wide receiver Ron’quavion Tarver, junior tight end Dax Raymond, senior offensive lineman Rob Castaneda, junior cornerback DJ Williams and junior placekicker Dominik Eberle.
This is just another in a long line of postseason accolades for Scarver, who was named a consensus All-American as a returner/all-purpose player last Thursday. He joined tackle Merlin Olsen (1961) and defensive end Phil Olsen (1969) as Utah State’s only consensus All-American and just the 16th player in Mountain West history to earn that honor.
The native of Las Vegas, Nevada, received first-team All-America honors from two of the five outlets that comprise the NCAA Consensus All-America team in the Walter Camp Football Foundation and the Football Writers Association of America.
Scarver, who also earned first-team All-American honors as a kick returner by Phil Steele, was one of just two Aggies to earn first-team all-Mountain West honors this season. The 5-foot-11, 185-pounder leads the nation in kickoff returns (33.7 ypr) and is tied for second with a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns.Comment on this story
Woodward was named a third-team All-American by The Associated Press and a first-team All-American by Pro Football Focus, which also selected the native of Olympia, Washington, as its Mountain West Player of the Year. Furthermore, Woodward earned second-team all-Mountain West honors from the league’s head coaches.
Like Scarver, Ficklin earned first-team all-Mountain West honors, while Andrus, Galeai, Love, Rocquemore and Thompson were named to the second team. Castaneda, Eberle, Raymond, Tarver and Williams garnered honorable mention all-MW accolades.
Utah State concluded the 2018 season by winning its fifth bowl game in school history, 52-13 over North Texas in the New Mexico Bowl. The Aggies tied the school record for most wins in a single season with 11.