Eight Aggie Football Players Collect Phil Steele All-WAC Honors
Dec. 8, 2009
LOGAN, Utah - Eight Utah State football players were recognized with Phil Steele's all-Western Athletic Conference accolades, part of the publication's postseason awards list.
In addition to the all-WAC list, the publication announced its national all-Freshmen Team, tabbing kick returner Kerwynn Williams to the third-team list.
Senior safety James Brindley and sophomore linebacker Bobby Wagner were named to the first team, while sophomore running back Robert Turbin was tabbed to the second team. Junior quarterback Diondre Borel and junior wide receiver Stanley Morrison were on the third-team offense list, while Williams was on the third-team special teams list, joined by junior punter Peter Caldwell and junior defensive tackle Sean Enesi who was named to the third-team defense list.
Brindley, a Grass Valley, Calif. (Nevada Union HS) native, was eighth in the WAC in tackles with 7.8 per game, despite missing two complete games and halves of two others with a leg injury. Brindley ranked third among defensive backs in tackles. Additionally, Brindley ranked third overall in passes defended with nine on six pass break-ups and three interceptions. Brindley was the top ranked defensive back in the WAC for combined tackles and passes defended, as the two other defensive backs ahead of him in tackles are below him in passes defended and the two others in passes defended are below him in tackles.
Brindley ranks 12th on USU's career interceptions list with nine, but is second on the Aggie career list for interception return yardage with 210 yards.
Wagner, who is a native of Ontario, Calif. (Colony HS), led the WAC with 115 tackles (53 solo, 62 assists), for a 9.6 tackles per game average. In WAC only games, Wagner also led the league with 71 total stops (35 solo, 36 assists) for an 8.9 pg average. Wagner currently ranks 22nd in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS). Wagner added seven tackles for loss, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one pass break-up.
Wagner's 115 tackles ranks as the second-most by a USU sophomore, as Johndale Carty holds the top spot with 138 stops as a sophomore in 1996. Wagner is the first sophomore to lead USU in tackles since David Gill's 89 stops led the 1994 Aggies. Wagner's 115 stops is the most by an Aggie defender since Robert Watts tallied 118 tackles in 2003. For his USU career, Wagner now has 166 tackles, needing 155 to crack into USU's career top 10 tackles list.
Turbin, a Fremont, Calif. (Irvington HS) native, ranks third in the WAC and 21st in FBS in rushing with 108.0 ypg, as well as third in the league and 33rd in the nation in all-purpose yards with 142.8 ypg, leading the conference's running backs in receiving yards with 34.8 ypg. Turbin scored a WAC-high 18 TD's, finishing with 110 points, the most for an offensive player in the WAC and the second-most overall. Turbin's 9.2 ppg average is second in the WAC and 14th in the FBS. In the Aggies' season-finale win over Idaho on Nov. 28, Turbin scored five TD's with three rushing and two receiving scores, the most in a conference game since 2007.
Turbin's five TD's tied a USU single-game record last done in 1956 by Jack Hill with five rushing TD's. Turbin left his mark in several spots in the USU record books, as he became USU's first 1,000-yard rusher since Aggie legend Emmett White in 2001. Turbin's 1,296 yards rank eighth on the Aggies' single-season rushing list, right behind White's 1,322 yards in 2000 at No. 7.
Turbin's 110 points scored this season is a USU record, topping the previous mark of 105 scored by Jack Hill in 1956, and only the second 100-point scorer. Turbin's 18 total TD's is also a school record, breaking the previous mark of 16 done three times, by White in 2001, Abu Wilson in 1996 and Roy Shivers in 1965.
With 13 rushing TD's this season, Turbin is tied for No. 7 on USU's single-season rushing TD list with two marks by White, with 13 TD's in both 2001 and 2000, as well as Tom Larscheid in 1960. Turbin's 6.3 ypc average is tied for third on the single-season list with Larscheid's average in 1961.
For his career, Turbin now has 1,798 rushing yards, the first USU back with 1,500 for a career since White, who finished with 2,791 yards. Turbin's 1,798 yards is currently No. 11 on the USU career rushing list, 22 behind Jack Hill's 1,820 yards (1952, 55-56), at the No. 10 spot. With 21 career rushing TD's, Turbin is tied for sixth on the Aggies' career list with Louie Giammona (1973-75). Turbin's 5.7 ypc average is fifth on USU's career rushing list.
With 28 career TD's, Turbin is now tied for sixth on USU's career total TD list with Kendal Smith (1985-88). Turbin's 170 career points is tied for 10th on USU's career points scored list with Rick Parros (1976-79).
Borel, an Oakley, Calif (Freedom HS), native, led the WAC in total offense and ranked 17th in FBS, with 278.6 ypg. He was also third in the WAC in passing average per game with 240.4 ypg and fifth in the league and 37th in the nation in passing efficiency with 137.8.
Borel's 3,343 yards of total offense is a USU single-season record, topping the previous mark of 3,260 yards by Anthony Calvillo in 1993. Borel's 2,885 passing yards ranks as the No. 7 mark on USU's single-season passing list and is the most since Jose Fuentes' school-record 3,268 yards in 2002. With 17 TD passes, Borel is tied for No. 9 on USU's single-season TD pass list with Ron Lopez (1991). Borel only threw four interceptions this season, a school record for fewest INT's, which is tied for the second-fewest in FBS this season.
For his career, Borel now has 4,590 passing yards, which ranks No. 8 on the Aggies' career passing list, while his 5,690 yards of total offense is No. 6 on the career total offense list, behind the No. 5 spot held by Calvillo (1992-93) with 5,868 yards. Borel is the Aggies' record holder for career rushing yards by a QB with 1,100 yards, ranking him 20th on USU's career rushing list.
Morrison, a native of Denison, Texas (Denison HS), led USU with 33 receptions for 616 yards (18.7 ypc) with 51.5 ypg, with three TD's. Morrison's 51.5 ypg ranks 14th in the WAC while his 2.75 receptions per game is 15th in the league. Morrison's 18.7 ypc average is second in the WAC and 11th in FBS.
Enesi, a Carson, Calif. (Carson HS/El Camino JC) native, registered 29 tackles including two tackles for loss and one forced fumble.
Caldwell, a native of Kaysville, Utah (Davis HS), led the WAC and was 37th in FBS in punting with a 42.2 ypp average. A semi-finalist for the Ray Guy Award, honoring the top punter in college football, Caldwell had 17 punts of 50+ yards, highlighted by a season and career long 62-yarder. He tallied 27 punts inside the 20-yard line and forced the opposition's returner to call for a fair catch on 16 punts.
Williams, a Las Vegas, Nev. (Valley HS), native, was third overall in the WAC and 40th in FBS in kick return average with 25.1 ypr, tying Kevin Robinson's average from 2004 for 10th on USU's single-season kick return average list. Williams was also ninth in the WAC and 93rd in the nation for all-purpose yards with 103.7 ypg. Williams led the WAC and was fourth in the country for total kick returns with 45, a new USU single-season record. With 1,131 kick return yards, Williams led the WAC and was tied for third in FBS for total return yards. Williams was the top freshman in the country for both total returns and total return yards, while ranking 10th among the nation's freshmen for return average. The 1,131 total return yards by Williams is the second-most in USU history behind Robinson's 1,260 yards in 2007.
Utah State finished head coach Gary Andersen's first year at the helm of the USU program with a 4-8 mark, USU's most wins since 2002. Utah State finished 3-5 in WAC action, matching last season for top conference record in USU's five seasons in the league.