Utah State’s Savon Scarver will travel to Omaha, Nebraska, this week to receive the Jet Award as the nation’s most outstanding return specialist.
The Jet Award Gala will be held on Thursday, April 11, at the Omaha Marriott Downtown.
The Jet Award is named after Johnny “The Jet” Rodgers, the 38th Heisman Award Winner from Nebraska, who made his mark as a return specialist.
Previous winners of the Jet Award include Washington’s Dante Pettis in 2017, USC’s Adoree Jackson in 2016, Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey in 2015, Kansas State’s Tyler Lockett in 2014, Stanford’s Ty Montgomery in 2013, West Virginia’s Tavon Austin in 2012 and Arkansas’ Joe Adams in 2011.
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-Americans, and just the 16th player in Mountain West history to earn that honor.
The native of Las Vegas 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 (FWAA).
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 last 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 against 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 in 2018, recording nine catches for 156 yards and one touchdown. He has also rushed the ball once for 14 yards.Comment on this story
During the 2018 season, Utah State posted an 11-2 record to tie the 2012 team for the most wins and 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 poll.