Oct. 31, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State football player Kyler Fackrell was one of four Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) players added to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) 2012 National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List it was announced Tuesday, bringing the Division I FBS watch list total to 32.
Fackrell joined Ole Miss linebacker Denzel Nkemdiche, Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson and Pittsburgh running back Rushel Shell as additions to the original list that was announced last week.
Fackrell joins teammate Jordan Nielsen, a defensive lineman, on the list of 32 players to make the CFPA 2012 National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List. In all, Utah State is one of just four FBS schools to have multiple players recognized along with Alabama, Georgia and TCU.
Facrkell, who is one of just three linebackers among the 32 players named to the Watch List, becomes the fourth Western Athletic Conference player named to the CFPA Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List along with Louisiana Tech running back Kenneth Dixon, San Jose State placekicker Austin Lopez, and USU's Nielsen.
Fackrell, a 6-5, 236-pound redshirt freshman linebacker from Mesa, Ariz. (Mesa HS) ranks tied for ninth in the WAC in interceptions (0.22) and 12th in the WAC in tackles (6.9 pg). Overall, he is fourth on the team with 62 tackles (18-solo, 44-assist) to go along with 4.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks, two pass breakups, six quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and one blocked kick.
Previous FBS recipients of the CFPA National Freshman Performer of the Year include Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (2011), South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore (2010), and Oregon running back LaMichael James (2009).
Utah State (7-2, 3-0 WAC) is off to its best start to a season since the 1978 team won seven of its first nine games, while its 3-0 league record is its best since the 2000 team won its first four Big West Conference games. In all, Utah State has won a school-record eight-straight WAC games dating back to last season and is 12-3 in its last 15 games, which is its best stretch since the 1972-73 seasons.
Utah State continues WAC play at home this weekend against Texas State (3-4, 1-1 WAC) on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 1 p.m. The game will be televised regionally by KMYU (Comcast Ch. 22, Dish Network Ch. 12, DirecTV Ch. 12, Over-the-Air 2.2). Overall, USU has won each of its last six home games to rank as its best home winning streak since the 1966-68 teams combined for eight-straight home wins. For USU football ticket information, contact the USU Ticket Office at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, or by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305. Tickets can also be purchased 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
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