Jan. 9, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's Brian Suite was one of 25 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players named to the 2013-14 SI.com All-Bowl Team it was announced Thursday.
Suite joined Oregon's Avery Patterson, East Carolina's Michael Dobson and Oregon State's Rashaad Reynolds as the four defensive backs on the SI.com All-Bowl Team.
Suite, a 6-3, 205-pound junior safety from Honolulu, Hawaii (Punahou HS) tied his season-high with 11 tackles in Utah State's 21-14 win against 24th-ranked Northern Illinois in the 2013 San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, giving him three career double-digit tackle games. Suite also intercepted his fifth pass of the season and sixth of his career in the third quarter, leading to USU's first touchdown of the game. Suite also recovered his second fumble of the season and his career against the Huskies. That interception by Suite was tied for the most in a game in Poinsettia Bowl history.
Utah State concluded the 2013 season with a 21-14 win against 24th-ranked Northern Illinois in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl to finish the year with a 9-5 record and tie the 1960 and 1961 teams for the second-most wins in school history. With its win against Northern Illinois, Utah State posted back-to-back bowl wins for the first time in school history as it played in its third-straight bowl game, also a first at USU.
Utah State, who finished the 2013 season by winning six of its final seven games, also set the school record for conference wins as it posted a 7-1 league mark in its first season in the Mountain West to win the Mountain Division of the conference and advance to the inaugural Mountain West Championship game.
Utah State ended the year ranking tied for 37th nationally in both the Associated Press and ESPN/USA Today Coaches' polls with two votes each, marking the second time in as many years that USU has concluded the season ranked among the top teams in the nation as the 2012 team was ranked 16th in the final AP poll, 17th in the final coaches' poll and 22nd in the final Bowl Championship Series (BCS) standings.
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