Jan. 5, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - Three Utah State football players were recognized by CollegeFootballNews.com with Western Athletic Conference honors and the Utah State-Idaho game was the publication's WAC Game of the Year.
Sophomore linebacker Bobby Wagner was named to the publication's all-WAC team while sophomore running back Robert Turbin and junior quarterback Diondre Borel joined Wagner on the WAC's Top 30 Players Regardless of Position list.
Utah State's thrilling 52-49 win over Idaho on Nov. 28 was tabbed by the publication as the WAC Game of the Year, after the Aggies and Vandals amassed 1,069 yards of total offense and 101 points. Turbin ran for three TD's and added two TD catches, tying a school record five total TD's. USU jumped out to a 21-7 first quarter lead, and built a 31-7 advantage before Idaho rallied to take a 42-38 lead, only to see the Aggies storm back and hang on for the monumental road victory, recovering the onside kick in the waning moments. It was USU's first road win since 2007, snapping a 12-game road losing skid.
The publication compiled a Top 30 Players Regardless of Position list, ranking Turbin at No. 5, Borel at No. 10 and Wagner at No. 19. Boise State quarterback Kellen Moore was No. 1, followed by Nevada QB Colin Kaepernick, Fresno State running back Ryan Mathews, Nevada RB Vai Taua and Turbin. Moore was named the WAC Offensive Player of the Year, while Idaho safety Shiloh Keo was the Defensive Player of the Year. Idaho head coach Robb Akey was the Coach of the Year.
Wagner, a native of Ontario, Calif. (Colony HS), led the WAC with 115 tackles (53 solo, 62 assists), for a 9.6 tackles per game average. In WAC only games, Wagner also led the league with 71 total stops (35 solo, 36 assists) for an 8.9 pg average. Wagner currently ranks 22nd in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Wagner added seven tackles for loss, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one pass break-up.
Wagner's 115 tackles ranks as the second-most by a USU sophomore, as Johndale Carty holds the top spot with 138 stops as a sophomore in 1996. Wagner is the first sophomore to lead USU in tackles since David Gill's 89 stops led the 1994 Aggies. Wagner's 115 stops is the most by an Aggie defender since Robert Watts tallied 118 tackles in 2003. For his USU career, Wagner now has 166 tackles, needing 155 to crack into USU's career top 10 tackles list.
Turbin, a Fremont, Calif. (Irvington HS) native, ranked third in the WAC and 20th in FBS in rushing with 108.0 ypg, as well as third in the league and 32nd in the nation in all-purpose yards with 142.8 ypg, leading the conference's running backs in receiving yards with 34.8 ypg. Turbin scored a WAC-high 18 TD's, finishing with 110 points, the most for an offensive player in the WAC and the second-most overall. Turbin's 9.2 ppg average is second in the WAC and 13th in the FBS. In the Aggies' season-finale win over Idaho on Nov. 28, Turbin scored five TD's with three rushing and two receiving scores, the most in a conference game since 2007.
The five TD's by Turbin tied a USU single-game record last done in 1956 by Jack Hill with five rushing TD's. Turbin left his mark in several spots in the USU record books, as he became USU's first 1,000-yard rusher since Aggie legend Emmett White in 2001. Turbin's 1,296 yards rank eighth on the Aggies' single-season rushing list, right behind White's 1,322 yards in 2000 at No. 7.
Turbin's 110 points scored this season is a USU record, topping the previous mark of 105 scored by Jack Hill in 1956, and only the second 100-point scorer. Turbin's 18 total TD's is also a school record, breaking the previous mark of 16 done three times, by White in 2001, Abu Wilson in 1996 and Roy Shivers in 1965.
With 13 rushing TD's this season, Turbin is tied for No. 7 on USU's single-season rushing TD list with two marks by White, with 13 TD's in both 2001 and 2000, as well as Tom Larscheid in 1960. Turbin's 6.3 ypc average is tied for third on the single-season list with Larscheid's average in 1961.
For his career, Turbin now has 1,798 rushing yards, the first USU back with 1,500 for a career since White, who finished with 2,791 yards. Turbin's 1,798 yards is currently No. 11 on the USU career rushing list, 22 behind Jack Hill's 1,820 yards (1952, 55-56), at the No. 10 spot. With 21 career rushing TD's, Turbin is tied for sixth on the Aggies' career list with Louie Giammona (1973-75). Turbin's 5.7 ypc average is fifth on USU's career rushing list.
With 28 career TD's, Turbin is now tied for sixth on USU's career total TD list with Kendal Smith (1985-88). Turbin's 170 career points is tied for 10th on USU's career points scored list with Rick Parros (1976-79).
Borel, an Oakley, Calif (Freedom HS), native, led the WAC in total offense and ranked 16th in FBS, with 278.6 ypg. He was also third in the WAC in passing average per game with 240.4 ypg and fifth in the league and 37th in the nation in passing efficiency with 137.8.
Borel's 3,343 yards of total offense is a USU single-season record, topping the previous mark of 3,260 yards by Anthony Calvillo in 1993. Borel's 2,885 passing yards ranks as the No. 7 mark on USU's single-season passing list and is the most since Jose Fuentes' school-record 3,268 yards in 2002. With 17 TD passes, Borel is tied for No. 9 on USU's single-season TD pass list with Ron Lopez (1991). Borel only threw four interceptions this season, a school record for fewest INT's, which is tied for the second-fewest in FBS this season.
For his career, Borel now has 4,590 passing yards, which ranks No. 8 on the Aggies' career passing list, while his 5,690 yards of total offense is No. 6 on the career total offense list, behind the No. 5 spot held by Calvillo (1992-93) with 5,868 yards. Borel is the Aggies' record holder for career rushing yards by a QB with 1,100 yards, ranking him 20th on USU's career rushing list.
Utah State finished head coach Gary Andersen's first year at the helm of the USU program with a 4-8 mark, USU's most wins since 2002. Utah State finished 3-5 in WAC action, matching last season for top conference record in USU's five seasons in the league.
CollegeFootballNews.com Top 30 Players Regardless of Position
1. QB Kellen Moore, Soph. Boise State 2. QB Colin Kaepernick, Jr. Nevada 3. RB Ryan Mathews, Jr. Fresno State 4. RB Vai Taua, Jr. Nevada 5. RB Robert Turbin, Soph. Utah State 6. WR Greg Salas, Jr. Hawai'i 7. S Shiloh Keo, Jr. Idaho 8. DE Dontay Moch, Jr. Nevada 9. DE Ryan Winterswyk, Jr. Boise State 10. QB Diondre Borel, Jr. Utah State 11. RB Daniel Porter, Sr. Louisiana Tech 12. CB Kyle Wilson, Sr. Boise State 13. RB Jeremy Avery, Jr. Boise State 14. OG Mike Iupati, Sr. Idaho 15. C John Estes, Sr. Hawai'i 16. WR Titus Young, Jr. Boise State 17. WR Max Komar, Sr. Idaho 18. OT Alonzo Durham, Sr. Nevada 19. LB Bobby Wagner. Soph. Utah State 20. WR Austin Pettis, Jr. Boise State 21. RB Luke Lippincott, Sr. Nevada 22. TE Dennis Morris, Sr. Louisiana Tech 23. DE Kevin Basped, Jr. Nevada 24. DE Chris Carter, Jr. Fresno State 25. RB DeMaundray Woolridge, Sr. Idaho 26. DT D'Anthony Smith, Sr. Louisiana Tech 27. OG Andrew Jackson, Jr. Fresno State 28. LB Blaze Soares, Sr. Hawai'i 29. QB Nathan Enderle, Jr. Idaho 30. LB Adrien Cole, Soph. Louisiana Tech
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