Three T-Birds Earn Pre-Season All-Sky Honors
By SUU Strategic Communication
CEDAR CITY, Utah, July 15 – Three Southern Utah football players have been named to the 2013 Pre-Season All-Big Sky team. Offensive lineman Gavin Farr, wide receiver Fatu Moala, and kicker Colton Cook all earned a spot on the 31-player squad, the conference announced today.
Farr, a senior from South Ogden, Utah, who has played both center and guard for the Thunderbirds, is a three-time all-conference performer and a pre-season all-American. Last year he earned first-team all-Big Sky honors and he was a two-time first-team all-Great West Conference honoree, earning Offensive Lineman of the Year honors as a redshirt freshman in 2010.
Moala, a senior from Kearns, Utah, was a second-team all-Big Sky selection last year after leading the Thunderbirds with 65 receptions for 810 yards and nine touchdowns. He led the team in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns and ranked among the nation’s leaders in receptions per game (5.91, 35th), receiving yards per game (73.64, 40th) and total receiving yards (40th). He ranked fifth in the Big Sky in both receptions and receiving yards per game.
Cook, a senior from Bountiful, Utah, also earned second-team all-Big Sky honors as well as second-team All-American recognition from the Associated Press last season after leading the Thunderbirds with 86 points, an average of 7.91 points per game. Cook hit 19-of-22 field goal attempts and 30-of-33 extra points and also averaged 60.4 yards per kickoff. He finished the season second in the nation in field goals with 1.73 per game and 26th in overall scoring, which was third in the BSC and second among kickers.
The Montana schools swept the major pre-season awards, as Montana State quarterback DeNarius McGhee was named Offensive MVP while Montana linebacker Jordan Tripp earned the Defensive MVP nod.
Northern Arizona led all schools with six players on the team, while defending champion Montana state had four. Southern Utah, Montana, Cal Poly and Eastern Washington each had three selections and all 13 schools had at least one player on the squad.
The complete team follows:
Offensive MVP – DeNarius McGhee, Sr., QB, Montana State
Defensive MVP – Jordan Tripp, Sr., LB, Montana
QB DeNarius McGee Sr. Euless, Texas Montana State
RB Zach Bauman Sr. Chandler, Ariz. Northern Arizona
RB Cody Kirk Sr. Frenchtown, Mont. Montana State
FB Dalton Turay Jr. Pleasanton, Calif. UC Davis
OG Tyler Worthley Sr. Dublin, Calif. Sacramento State
OG Gavin Farr Sr. South Ogden, Utah Southern Utah
C Mitch Gaulke Sr. West Linn, Ore. Portland State
OT Danny Kistler Sr. Seattle, Wash. Montana
OT Giovanni Sani Sr. Modesto, Calif. Cal Poly
WR Greg Hardin Sr. Bellevue, Neb. North Dakota
WR Tanner Bleskin Sr. Great Falls, Mont. Montana State
WR Morris Norrise Sr. Berkeley, Calif. Sacramento State
WR Fatu Moala Sr. Kearns, Utah Southern Utah
TE R.J. Rickert Jr. Gilbert, Ariz. Northern Arizona
K Colton Cook Sr. Centerville, Utah Southern Utah
Ret. Greg Hardin Sr. Bellevue, Neb. North Dakota
DE Zack Wagenmann Jr. Missoula, Mont. Montana
DE Brad Daly Sr. Helena, Mont. Montana State
DT Sullivan Grosz Sr. Fresno, Calif. Cal Poly
DT Tim Wilkinson Sr. Las Vegas, Nev. Northern Arizona
OLB Jordan Tripp Sr. Missoula, Mont. Montana
OLB Trevor Spence Sr. Aberdeen, Idaho Idaho State
ILB Ronnie Hamlin Sr. Lacey, Wash. Eastern Washington
ILB Clarence Bumpas Sr. Colorado Springs, Colo. Northern Colorado
ILB Anthony Morales Sr. Edmond, Okla. Weber State
CB Anders Battle Sr. Phoenix, Ariz. Northern Arizona
CB T.J. Lee III Sr. Seattle, Wash. Eastern Washington
S Lucky Dozier Sr. Sacramento, Calif. Northern Arizona
S Allen Brown Sr. Tacoma, Wash. Eastern Washington
P Andy Wilder Sr. Scottsdale, Ariz. Northern Arizona
ST Chris Judge Sr. Westlake Village, Calif. Cal Poly
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