PARK CITY, Utah, July 15 - Three Southern Utah University football players, including preseason Offensive Most Valuable Player Brad Sorensen, were named to the 31-player preseason All-Big Sky Conference squad, it was announced here today at the Big Sky's Summer Kickoff.
Sorensen, a senior from Grand Terrace, Calif., is joined on the offensive squad by senior guard Zach Brackus (Salt Lake City/Murray HS), while senior defensive tackle Cody Larsen (Draper, Utah/Jordan HS) was named to the defensive team.
The team was selected by voting among the conference's sports information directors and selected media members.
Sorensen, a transfer from BYU who was the Great West Conference's Offensive Player of the Year in 2011, completed 288-of-425 passes (67.8 percent) for 3,143 yards and 17 touchdowns and finished with 3,094 total yards last year. In 2010 he completed 261-of-390 passes for a school-record 3,163 passing yards and 21 touchdowns. He holds nearly every SUU single-game and single season passing and total offense record and is among the top two in every career category.
Brackus is a three year starter at left guard who has never missed a game in the previous three seasons for the Thunderbirds. Like Sorensen, he is a two-time first-team all-GWC performer.
Larsen is another three-year starter and two-time all-GWC honoree. Last year he tallied 7.5 tackles for loss and 6.0 sacks among his 26 total tackles while in 2010 he had 6.5 TFLs, four sacks and a team-high six quarterback hurries among his 29 tackles. He has been among the team's top two linemen in terms of tackles in each of the past two seasons.
All three players were named to The Sports Network all-American team on July 9, and Sorensen was named to the Payton Award Watch List last Thursday.
Montana State linebacker Jody Owens was named preseason Defensive MVP.
2012 Big Sky Preseason All-Conference Team
Offensive MVP - Brad Sorensen, Sr., QB, Southern Utah
Defensive MVP - Jody Owens, Sr., LB, Montana State
Pos. Player Year Hometown School
QB Brad Sorensen Sr. Grand Terrace, Calif. Southern Utah
RB Zach Bauman Jr. Chandler, Ariz. Northern Arizona
RB Cody Kirk Jr. Frenchtown, Mont. Montana State
FB Tevia Tolutau So. Provo, Utah Weber State
OL Zach Brackus Sr. Murray, Utah Southern Utah
OL Tytan Timoteo Sr. Wainae, Hawai'i Weber State
C Ray Wilburn Sr. San Bernardino, Calif. UC Davis
OL Danny Kistler Jr. Seattle, Wash. Montana
OL Will Post Sr. Portland, Ore. Eastern Washington
TE Greg Hardy Sr. Fairview, Mont. Montana
WR Nicholas Edwards Sr. Tacoma, Wash. Eastern Washington
WR Rodrick Rumble Sr Oak Harbor, Wash. Idaho State
WR Greg Hardin Sr. Bellevue, Neb. North Dakota
WR Brandon Kaufman Jr. Denver, Colo. Eastern Washington
K Zach Brown Sr. Keizer, Ore. Portland State
Ret. Dominic Gunn Sr. Aurora, Colo. Northern Colorado
Pos. Player Year Hometown School
DE Brad Daly Jr. Helena, Mont. Montana State
DE Bobby Erskine Sr. San Diego, Calif. UC Davis
DT Zach Minter Sr. Glendale, Ariz. Montana State
DT Cody Larsen Sr. Draper, Utah Southern Utah
LB Jody Owens Sr. Mesquite, Texas Montana State
LB Ian Sluss Sr. Vista, Calif. Portland State
LB Kennith Jackson Sr. Santa Clara, Calif. Cal Poly
LB Clarence Bumpas Jr. Colorado Springs, Colo. Northern Colorado
LB Todd Davis Jr. Palmdale, Calif. Sacramento State
CB T.J. Lee III Jr. Seattle, Wash. Eastern Washington
CB Darius Jones Sr. Rockwall, Texas Montana State
S Kevyn Lewis Sr. Sacramento, Calif. UC Davis
S Joel Fuller Sr. Libby, Mont. Montana State
P Colton Schmidt Sr. Bakersfield, Calif. UC Davis
ST Nevin Lewis Sr. Culver, Ore. Portland State
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