Dec. 5, 2010
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State football player Levi Koskan is a candidate for the Rudy Award, to honor Division I football players who brought that `something extra' to the team.
A record 55 of the 120 Division I football programs submitted a nomination for the Rudy Award, and every Division I conference was represented for the Award, which honors student-athletes who demonstrate exemplary Character, Courage, Contribution And Commitment as members of their collegiate football teams. These same traits were immortalized in the blockbuster film "Rudy" in 27 seconds and against all odds on a gridiron in South Bend, Indiana, enabling Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger to carve his name into college football lore.
Nominees will be chosen by our national selection committee consisting of such esteemed sports figures as June Junes and Chuck Knox. The selection process also incorporates a fan vote for supporters of the College Football Rudy Award.
Fans can review nominations and place their votes until December 13 for the most deserving player at www.CollegeRudyAwards.com.
Koskan, a junior defensive lineman, who is a local talent from Smithfield, Utah (Sky View HS), came to USU as a walk-on in 2007. After redshirting the 2007 season, Koskan played in 11 games in 2008, seeing action both on defense and on special teams. He totalled 10 tackles on the season. Koskan earned a scholarship in the fall of 2009 and went on to play in all 12 games last season, making his first career start at Hawai'i, notching 19 total tackles on the season, including tying for the team-lead with three sacks as part of his 3.5 tackles for loss, which ranked tied for second on team.
This season, Koskan played in all 12 games, leading USU with 8.5 tackles for loss with 4.5 sacks as part of his 41 total tackles, which doubled his previous season high of 19 from last year. Koskan ranks tied for 11th in the WAC in sacks and 17th in tackles for loss. His career-best game was against New Mexico State on Nov. 6, in which registered seven tackles, including one sack.
Koskan and the Aggies concluded the season with a 4-8 overall record and 2-6 WAC mark.
Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball or on the USU football blog at usufootball.wordpress.com. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.
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