Dec. 6, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State football player McKade Brady was named to the Capital One Academic All-America Division I first-team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) it was announced Thursday.
Brady is only the seventh football player in Utah State history to be named an academic All-American joining USU legend Merlin Olsen (1961), along with Dennis Ferguson (1970), Gary Anderson (1971), Randy Stockham (1974, 1975), Mike Perko (1981) and Steve Neeleman (1991). Stockham is the only football player in school history to earn the award twice.
Overall, Brady is the only player from the state of Utah to make the list, while senior defensive lineman Travis Johnson from San Jose State joins Brady in representing the Western Athletic Conference as Johnson was named to the second-team.
Brady, a 5-11, 197-pound senior safety from Cove, Utah (Sky View HS/BYU) will graduate from Utah State University this fall with a bachelor's degree in exercise science. He has a cumulative 3.57 grade-point average and has earned academic all-conference honors three times thus far in his career.
On the season, Brady ranks tied for eighth in the WAC and tied for 92nd in the nation in tackles (7.9 pg). He also ranks third on the team in total tackles (87) to go along with 2.0 tackles for loss, three pass breakups, one quarterback hurry and one forced fumble, not to mention four double-figure tackle outings.
Utah State (10-2, 6-0 WAC) just completed its most successful regular season in school history as it set single-season records for wins (10) and home wins (6), while recording its first outright league championship since 1936 and its 11th in school history as it became the first team in USU history to post a 6-0 conference record.
Utah State, who officially joins the Mountain West Conference on July 1, 2013, concludes WAC play with an 11-game winning streak. Overall, USU has won each of its last six games this year to rank tied for the fifth-longest winning streak in school history and tied for the seventh-longest active winning streak in the nation. In all, Utah State has now won 15 of its last 18 games to rank as the best 18-game stretch in school history since the 1962-64 teams also won 15 of 18 games.
Nationally, Utah State is one of just 22 teams with 10 or more wins on the season and USU is one of just four teams across the country who did not lose a league game joining Ohio State (8-0) from the Big Ten and Kent State (8-0) and Northern Illinois (8-0) from the Mid-American Conference.
Utah State will conclude its 2012 season against Toledo (9-3, 6-2 MAC) at the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 2:30 p.m. (MT). USU, who also played in the 2011 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, is appearing in back-to-back bowl games for just the third time in school history joining the 1946 Raisin Bowl and 1947 Grape Bowl teams, and the 1960 Sun Bowl and 1961 Gotham Bowl teams. Overall, it is USU's eighth bowl appearance in school history.
Tickets for the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl are available by contacting 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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About Capital One
Capital One, an NCAA Corporate Champion, began its affiliation with college sports with the sponsorship of the 2001 Capital One Florida Citrus Bowl (now the Capital One Bowl) and ESPN's Capital One Bowl Week. In addition, Capital One sponsors the ABC College Football Halftime Report, Capital One All-America Mascot team, Capital One Academic All Program, and supports all 89 NCAA Championships including the Division I Men's and Women's Basketball Championships, and numerous other collegiate athletics programs.
To be eligible for Academic All-America® consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.
Since the program's inception in 1952, CoSIDA has bestowed Academic All-America honors on more than 16,000 student-athletes in Divisions I, II, III and NAIA, covering all NCAA championship sports.
For more information about the Academic All-America® Teams program, please visit www.cosida.com.
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