Football Game Notes - 09/09/13
USU also had two players honored during the league's preseason meetings as senior center Tyler Larsen and sophomore linebacker Kyler Fackrell were both named to the league's 25-player preseason first-team.
Senior center is one of just four centers at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level to be honored.
Senior running back Joey DeMartino carried the ball 16 times for 100 yards.
Of the 95 players that were donning helmets, practice jerseys and shorts Tuesday, 25 will be seniors, 25 will be juniors, 20 will sophomores and 25 are freshmen.
USU Football vs. CSU 2013
USU Football vs. Hawai'i 2013
Utah State Football vs Boise State, Romney Stadium, 2013
Utah State Football vs BYU, 2013
Utah State Football vs. Texas State
HONORS: USA Today Sports Second-Team All-American (2013); Rimington Trophy Finalist (2013); First-Team All-Mountain West (2013); College Sports Madness First-Team All-Mountain West (2013); Phil Steele's College Football Preview Postseason First-Team All-Mountain West (2013); First-Team All-WAC (2011, 2012); Academic All-WAC (2011); College Sports Madness First-Team All-WAC (2011); Phil Steele's College Football Preview Postseason First-Team All-WAC (2011); First-Team All-BCS Busters Team (2011).
CAREER RECORDS: Ranks first all-time in school history in both games played (52) and games started (52), all of which are consecutive.
2013 (SR): Started all 14 games... Was named a second-team All-American by USA Today Sports to become just the 12th player in school history to be named a first or second team All-American, including just the third offensive lineman... The only other offensive linemen to be as highly recognized in school history are Dave Manning and Jim Hough who were both named second-team All-Americans by the Associated Press in 1973 and 1977, respectively... Was also one of six finalists for the Rimington Trophy, which is presented annually to the most outstanding center in college football, and became just the ninth player in school history to be a three-time first-team all-conference selection... Led the team with an overall performance grade of 91 percent, including 83 percent in technique and 90 percent in effort... Carried out the right assignment 98 percent of the time, including seven games where he graded out at a perfect 100 percent... Graded out above 90 percent six times in total performance and above 84 percent 11 times in effort and above 80 percent 10 times in technique... Posted 50.0 knockdowns... Finished his Utah State career starting 52 consecutive games to set the school record and rank first in the Mountain West and third in the nation among active players.
2012 (JR): Started all 13 games... Earned first-team all-WAC honors for the second-straight year becoming the first two-time first-team all-conference selection at Utah State since Kevin Robinson (2004, 2007) and the first offensive lineman to accomplish the feat since Mauricio Jourdan (1996-97)... Tied for the team lead along with senior Eric Schultz with an 86 percent overall performance grade, including 78 percent in technique and 83 percent in effort... Carried out the right assignment 97 percent of the time, including four games where he graded out at a perfect 100 percent... Graded out above 90 percent two times in total performance and above 80 percent 12 times in effort and seven times in technique... Posted 65.5 knockdowns.
2011 (SO): Started all 13 games... Earned first-team all-WAC honors... Led the team with an 89 percent overall performance grade, including 80 percent in technique and 88 percent in effort... Carried out the right assignment 98 percent of the time, including five games where he graded out at a perfect 100 percent... Graded out above 90 percent six times in total performance, five times in effort and two times in technique, as well as all 13 games in assignment... Posted 65.5 knockdowns including a season-high 8.0 at defending national champion Auburn (9/3)... Earned academic all-WAC honors.
2010 (RS-FR): Started all 12 games at center... Made all the blocking calls for the USU offense.
2009 (RS): Played in first two games before suffering knee injury in second game and was awarded a medical redshirt season.
HIGH SCHOOL: A four-year letterwinner at Jordan (Utah) High School, playing both offensive and defensive line... Earned first-team all-state and second-team all-region honors... Tallied 27 tackles, including six sacks as well as six fumble recoveries with four going for touchdowns as a senior... Helped the Beetdiggers to the state playoffs all four seasons, finishing career with 96 tackles, 16 sacks, 12 fumble recoveries, including four touchdowns... Also lettered in basketball as a junior, helping Jordan HS to playoffs.
PERSONAL: Son of LeRoy and Barbara Larsen... Has three brothers and two sisters... Brother, Cody, played defensive tackle at Southern Utah and with the Baltimore Ravens in the NFL... Married USU softball player Samantha Miller in May, 2013... Graduated from Utah State in December of 2013 with an interdisciplinary studies degree emphasizing in health and wellness.