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

OFFENSE

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

DEFENSE

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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