Hatch of Knowledge: 2013 Mid-Season All State Team
Welcome back to the Hatch of Knowledge. I have been watching a lot of football this fall, especially with the in-state schoolsin action and I wanted to put together an All-State Team of sorts to honor the players I feel have been the best at their positions halfway through the 2013 slate. These honors are all my decisions and I factored in stats, effort, and my personal feelings on their impact to their respective teams. Let me know your thoughts on this list and where you would rank players. Enjoy!
1st Team Offense
QB Travis Wilson, Utah
Wilson has answered every question mark that was an issue over the past few seasons at quarterback up on the hill for the Utes. Season Stats: Passing-119/193 Att, 1640 Yds, 13 TD/10 INT Rushing-48 Att, 283 Yds, 5.9 YPC, 5 TD.
RB Jamaal Williams, BYU
Williams was a player that all pundits expected to have a big season and he hasn't disappointed, even after suffering a concussion and stinger against U tah. Season Stats: Rushing-107 Att, 543 Yds, 4.7 YPC, 1 TD Receiving-7 Rec, 53 Yds, 7.6 YPR.
RB James “Bubba” Poole, Utah
Poole was expected to play second fiddle behind Kelvin York but has shwn to be the more complete back for the Utes and is now starting. Season Stats: Rushing-85 Att, 441 Yds, 5.2 YPC, 1 TD Receiving-22 Rec, 195 Yds, 8.9 YPR.
WR Dres Anderson, Utah
Most pundits wrote Utah's wide receiver core off in the pre-season but Anderson has been a revelation for Utah, especially in light of the season ending injury to Kenneth Scott. Season Stats: Receiving-28 Rec, 592 Yds, 21.1 YPC, 5 TD Rushing-4 Att, 23 Yds, 6.5 YPC.
WR Travis Reynolds, USU
Reynolds has stepped up as a senior to become the leading receiver for the Aggies this season. The loss of Chuckie Keeton will affect the USU receiving core but halfway through 2013, Reynolds is thriving. Season Stats: Receiving-30 Rec, 495 Yds, 16.5 YPR, 3 TD's.
TE Keegan Anderson, USU
Tight end play is less than stellar this season but Anderson has been the most productive. The son of former Aggies head man Gary Andersen has become a redzone threat for the Aggies this season. Season Stats: Receiving-10 Rec. 134 Yds. 13.4 YPR 3 TD's.
OL Kevin Whimpey, USU
Whimpey has made the left tackle position his home in Logan. Tasked with protecting Chuckie Keeton, and now Darrell Garretson's, blindside. Whimpey has one more season fo eligbility left at USU and will likely get a shot at the next level.
OL Eric Schultz, USU
Schultz has been a mainstay on the Aggies offensive line for the past few seasons. He's been a utility man throughout his career but has made his home at right tackle this season. He will look to continue to build on a solid start to his senior season.
OL Tyler Larsen, USU
Larsen is the man in the middle of the Aggies front that directs traffic. An excellent communicator, he is the leader of USU's offensive line. Larsen will be a draft pick and should make an impact in the NFL.
OL Junior Salt, Utah
Salt may be the bext in a long line of road-grading guards to come out of Utah. Moves well for only being 6'2" and 325 lbs. He is a guy you don't want to see pulling when you're on defense and have to take him on.
OL Jeremiah Poutasi, Utah
Poutasi started as a true freshman and is showing his athleticism as a sophomore protecting Travis Wilson's blind side. A huge offensive lineman at 6'5" 345 lbs. Led Utah with 21 knockdowns in 2012 and is a guy who may be able to jump to the NFL after his junior season.
1st Team Defense
DL Eathyn Manumaleuna, BYU
Manumaleuna shifed from his defensive end position to man the nose tackle position in 2013 and has made quite the impact. He's been able to rack up stats at an impressive clip even while dealing with near-constant double teams. Season Stats: 31 Tackles (14 Solo), 4 TFL, 1 QBH.
DL Tenny Palepoi, Utah
Palepoi is the latest JC lineman to star on the Utah defensive line. Has been a solid player in replacing All-American and 1st Round Draft Pick Star Lotlulelei. Season Stats: 28 Tackles (15 Solo), 4 Tackles for Loss for -25 yards and 2.5 Sacks for -22 Yds.
DL Nate Orchard, Utah
Orchard has become an absolute terror to deal with at his left defensive end position. The former high school wide receiver stand out has incredible burst and speed off the edge. Season Stats: 30 Tackles (15 Solo), 7 TFL -29 Yds, 3.5 Sacks -18 Yds, 3 FFF, 1 FR, 1 Pass Breakup.
LB Trevor Reilly, Utah
Reilly is listed as a starter at both linebacker and defensive end showing his versatility for Utah. He's been a 4 year stalwart for Utah and this season he leads the way once again. Season Stats: 44 Tackles (27 Solo), 5.5 TFL, 1.5 Sacks, 1 FF, 2 FR, 2 PBU, 1 INT.
LB Kyle Van Noy, BYU
Van Noy is well on his way yo having his best statistical season as a senior in 2013. The All-American candidate is the focal point of every opponents blocking scheme and still is making plays. Season Stats: 40 Tackles (23 Solo), 10 TFL, 4 Sacks, 1 INT, 1 TD, 10 QBH, 4 PBU.
LB Jake Doughty, USU
Doughty has been a tackling machine for the Aggies this season, racking up 83 tackles in only 7 games. Doughty is always around the ball making plays for the Aggies. Season Stats: 83 Tackles (20 Solo), 4.5 TFL, 1 Sack, 1 QBH, 1 FF.
LB Kyler Fackrell, USU
Fackrell has been a terror on the edge of the USU 3-4 defensive scheme this season. The lightly recruited sophomore has been productive and looks like he will have an outstanding season stat-wise. Season Stats: 46 Tackles (21 Solo), 8 TFL, 4 Sacks, 2 QBH, 1 PBU, 2 FF, 1 FR.
DB Nevin Lawson, USU
Lawson has been the definition of a shutdown corner for Utah State in 2013. Most opposing quaterbacks avoid Lawson's side of the field. The senior is the latest in the line of standout Aggie defensive backs. Season Stats: 28 Tackles (12 Solo), 2 TFL, 3 INT, 5 PBU.
DB Maurice Alexander, USU
Alexander has been overlooked by some pundits this season but he is enjoying a solid season roving around the Aggie secondary. Barely edged out Craig Bills, Brian Suite, and Michael Walker for the spot. Season Stats: 48 Tackles (27 Solo), 5 TFL, 1.5 Sacks, 1 INT, 3 PBU, 2 FF.
DB Eric Rowe, Utah
Rowe is the unquestioned leader of the Ute secondary. He's lent stability to a unit hampered due to injuries and players moving on to the NFL. Season Stats: 36 Tackles (23 Solo), 5 Pass Breakups.
DB Daniel Sorensen, BYU
Both a terror at safety and in the special teams game, Sorensen is making plays all over the field. His reputation as a big hitter has opposiing receievers thinking twice about going across the middle. Season Stats: 32 Tackles (18 Solo), 2 TFL, 1 INT, 1 FF, 7 PBU, 1 Blocked Kick.
1st Team Special Teams
K Andy Phillips, Utah
What a find Phillips was for Utah. A former US Ski Team member, Phillips has fit seamlessly into the starting kicking role for the Utes and is performing at an amazing level. Season Stats: 11/11 on FG Long of 48 Yds and 27/27 on PATs,
P Tom Hackett, Utah
The former Australian Rules player has been solid when called upon by Utah coaches, pinning opponents inside their 20 on 42% of his punts. Season Stats: 33 Punts for 1456 Yards, 44.1 yard avg, 14 punts downed inside the 20 (2 TB) and 9 punts over 50 yards, with a long of 61 yards this season.
KR Adam Hine, BYU
Hine is a game changer at kick returner. If it weren't for penalties, Hine would be leading the NCAA in kick return average. That said, he is a threat to take the ball to the house each time he returns it. Season Stats: 10 Returns for 327 yards for a 32.7 yard average. Long of 90 yards.
PR JD Falslev, BYU
Falselv has had some struggles fielding punts but when he does get the ball and has space, he's near impossible to track down one on one. He has already taken one punt to the house and will look to add to that total. Season Stats: 20 Returns for 243 yards 12.1 yard average, 1 TD.
2nd Team Offense
QB Taysom Hill, BYU
Season Stats: Passing-90/191 1263 Yds, 5 TD, 5 INT. Rushing-90 Att. 644 Yds. 7 TD.
RB Joey DeMartino, USU
Season Stats: Rushing-74 Att, 462 Yds, 5 TD. Receiving-6 Rec, 46 Yds.
RB Paul Lasike, BYU
Season Stats: Rushing-40 Att, 167 Yds, 1 TD. Receiving-1 Rec, 3 Yds.
WR Cody Hoffman, BYU
Season Stats: Receiving-18 Rec, 311 Yds, 1 TD.
WR Mitch Mathews, BYU
Season Stats: 14 Rec, 253 Yds, 3 TD.
TE Jake Murphy, Utah
Season Stats: 10 Rec, 179 Yds, 17.9 YPC, 1 TD.
OL Michael Yeck, BYU
Yeck has been a constant presence at both right and left tackle for BYU.
OL Jeremiah Tofaeono, Utah
Tofaeono has been a strength for a underrated Utah offensive line in 2013.
OL Vyncent Jones, Utah
Jones has been moved to center as a senior and is performing well.
OL Jamie Markosian, USU
The former walk-on has been a mainstay inside for the Aggies in 2013.
OL De'Ondre Wesley
Wesley has brought some nasty back to the BYU offensive line in 2013.
2nd Team Defense
DL Bronson Kaufusi
Season Stats: 22 Tackles (9 Solo), 2 TFL, 1 FF, 1 QBH, 4 PBU.
DL AJ Pataiali'i, USU
Season Stats: 18 Tackles (1 Solo), 1 TFL.
DL Remington Peck, BYU
Season Stats: 24 Tackles (15 Solo), 3 TFL, 2 Sacks.
LB Alani Fua, BYU
Season Stats: 27 Tackles (14 Solo), 2.5 TFL, 2 Sacks, 1 INT, 1 TD, 2 QBH, 6 PBU.
LB Uani 'Unga, BYU
Season Stats: 54 Tackles (19 Solo), 3 TFL, 1 FR, 1 QBH, 1 PBU.
LB Jared Norris, Utah
Season Stats: 42 Tackles (19 Solo), 2 Sacks, 4.5 TFL, 2 PBU, 1 FF.
LB Zack Vigil, USU
Season Stats: 68 Tackles, 5.5 TFL, 0.5 Sacks, 1 QBH, 2 FF, 2 FR.
DB Robertson Daniel, BYU
Season Stats: 31 Tackles (24 Solo), 1 FF, 1 PBU.
DB Craig Bills, BYU
Season Stats: 26 Tackles (17 Solo), 1 FR, 5 PBU.
DB Brian Suite, USU
Season Stats: 38 Tackles (17 Solo), 1 INT, 3 PBU, 1 FF, 1 FR.
DB Michael Walker, Utah
Season Stats: 36 Tackles (24 Solo), 1.5 TFL, 1 INT, 3 PBU.
2nd Team Special Teams
K Justin Sorensen, BYU
Season Stats: 6/7 FG, Long of 36 yards, 37 kickoffs for 2365 yards and 19 touchbacks.
P Jaron Bentrude, USU
Season Stats: 42 Punts, 1617 Yards, 39.4 AVG, Long 64 Yards, 12 Inside 20, 2 50+ yd punts.
KR Tay Glover-Wright, USU
Season Stats: 10 returns, 231 yards, long of 54 yards.
PR Bruce "JoJo" Natson, USU
Season Stats: 13 returns, 61 yards, 4.7 yard average, long of 24 yards.