July 1, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State placekicker Nick Diaz has been named to the 2013 College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Special Teams Watch List it was announced Monday.
Overall, Diaz is one of 34 Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players named to the Special Teams Watch List.
Diaz, who was also named to Phil Steele's all-Mountain West preseason fourth-team this summer, is one of three Mountain West (MW) placekickers recognized along with Tyler Hadden (Hawai'i) and Nolan Kohorst (UNLV), and one of just two players from the state of Utah to make the Watch List along with BYU kicker Justin Sorensen.
Diaz, a 5-8, 193-pounder from Redondo Beach, Calif., served as Utah State's placekicker the final seven games of the 2012 season and made 10-of-13 (.769) fields goals to rank eighth all-time at USU for a single-season in percentage. He also made all 40 of his extra points to rank tied for first all-time in school history for a single season as his 40 extra points made ranks second all-time at USU for a single-season, while his 40 attempts ranks third. Diaz also made a career-long field goal of 53 yards during the 2012 season, which ranks eighth all-time in school history.
Utah State returns 49 lettermen (offense-23, defense-22, specialists-4) and 18 starters (offense-8, defense-7, specialists-3) from its most successful team in school history as USU ended the 2012 season with a school-best 11-2 record as it set school records for wins (11) and home wins (6), while recording just its second bowl win in school history with a 41-15 victory against Toledo in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. USU also won its first outright conference championship since 1936, as it went 6-0 in the Western Athletic Conference, and just its third in school history joining the 1921 and 1936 teams that both won Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference titles.
Utah State ended the 2012 season nationally ranked for just the third time in school history as it finished the year ranked 16th in the Associated Press poll, 17th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll and 22nd in the Bowl Championship Series standings. USU also finished the 2012 season winning its final seven games, which is tied for the fourth-longest active winning streak in the nation and tied for the third-longest winning streak in school history.
Utah State will open the 2013 season on Thursday, Aug. 29 at Utah and play its first Mountain West game the following weekend at Air Force on Saturday, Sept. 7. USU's first home game of the 2013 campaign will be on Saturday, Sept. 14 against Weber State, while its first home Mountain West game will be on Saturday, Oct. 12 against Boise State.
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