Utah State’s Savon Scarver will travel to New Haven, Connecticut, on Thursday, Jan. 10, to take part in the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF) All-American festivities during the weekend. The sophomore was named to the 128th Walter Camp All-America team in December, earning first-team honors.
The newest All-American team will be honored at the 52nd annual Black Tie National Awards Dinner, sponsored by McDermott Lexus of New Haven, on Saturday, Jan. 12. The dinner will be held at Yale’s newly renovated Lanman Center at Payne Whitney Gymnasium.
Scarver was named a consensus All-American as a returner/all-purpose player this year. 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, including the WCFF and the Football Writers Association of America.
A week after being named a consensus All-American, Scarver was tabbed a first-team All-American at kick returner by Phil Steele Publications. He was also one of three Aggies to earn first-team all-Mountain West honors from Phil Steele.
Scarver was also one of two Aggies to earn first-team all-Mountain West honors this season as the 5-foot-11, 185-pounder led the nation in kickoff returns (33.7 ypr) and tied for second with a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns.
During the 2018 season, Scarver returned 22 kickoffs for 742 yards, including four returns of 50 or more yards. His two kickoff returns for touchdowns (100 yards vs. New Mexico State and 96 yards at Wyoming) rank as the second-most in a single-season in school history, behind Kevin Robinson (three in 2007). In fact, Scarver and Robinson are the only Aggies in school history to have multiple kickoff returns for touchdowns in a single season.
For his career, Scarver has three total kickoff returns for touchdowns, which is also second all-time in school history behind Robinson (four from 2004-07). Scarver's career kickoff return average of 28.5 yards is the third-best in Utah State history.
Scarver, just the 10th player in school history to be named a first-team All-American, played in all 13 games for the Aggies this season, recording nine catches for 156 yards and one touchdown. He has also rushed the ball once for 14 yards.
During the 2018 season, Utah State posted an 11-2 record to tie the 2012 team for the most wins and the best record in school history. This year’s team also tied for first place in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West with a 7-1 record to tie the 2013 team for most conference wins.
Utah State, which posted a 52-13 victory against North Texas in the New Mexico Bowl to notch its fifth bowl win in school history, concluded the 2018 season by setting 34 school records and tying six more, not to mention setting a Mountain West record for points scored in a season with 618.
The Aggies ended the season ranked No. 21 in the final Amway Coaches’ poll and No. 22 in the final Associated Press.
For the 52nd year, the non-profit Walter Camp Football Foundation – run by about 100 volunteer members – will honor its newest Walter Camp All-American Team and host community events that draw thousands of attendees during the weekend.1 comment on this story
The foundation and All-American team are named for Walter Camp, dubbed “the father of American football.” Camp, who played and coached football at Yale University, is credited with instituting rule changes that resulted in what we think of as American football.
At the Walter Camp All-American Experience on Friday, Jan. 11, which is open to the public, attendees will have an opportunity to meet and get autographs from top college players and Walter Camp alumni. Players and alumni will also visit patients at several hospitals.
In all, the weekend’s events will include VIP receptions, hospital visits, formal photo sessions and the annual black-tie awards dinner held at Yale.