Riley Named WAC Defensive Player of the Year

Four Bulldogs earn first-team All-WAC honors after an eight-win season.

Dec. 3, 2007

FRESNO, Calif. - Add Marcus Riley to the growing list of legendary Bulldog defensive players.

Riley, Fresno State's outstanding senior linebacker, was selected the WAC Defensive Player of the year by the league's coaches. Riley is the third Bulldog to win the award in the last seven seasons, joining Alan Harper (2001) and Garrett McIntyre (2005) as previous winners.

Riley and four other Bulldogs were named to the all-conference teams announced by the league today.

"I'm speechless," said Riley. "This is really a surprise. I wouldn't have been able to have the success I've had without all of the guys on defense and the coaches."

A senior linebacker from Sacramento, Calif. (Elk Grove HS), Riley is currently fourth in the WAC and 25th in the nation in tackles this season with 10.2 per game. He has 123 tackles (60 solo), and lead the WAC in tackles for loss with 13.0 for 35 yards. He also forced three fumbles and intercepted one pass during the season. Riley will finish his career in the Roady's Humanitarian Bowl against Georgia Tech on December 31. Riley has already earned his undergraduate degree and presently pursuing a Master's degree.

"There was no question in my mind that Marcus Riley was the best defensive player in the WAC this season," said head coach Pat Hill. "He had a tremendous season and is a special person. He's been a great leader for us this season and his play certainly speaks for itself."

Joining Riley on the first-team were tight end Bear Pascoe, center Ryan Wendell and defensive end Tyler Clutts.

Wendell started 48 consecutive games for the Dogs and was honored in 2003 as the WAC Freshman of the Year. Wendell spent time at both guard and center during his senior season.

Clutts, a senior from Clovis, Calif., is the ninth first-team defensive All-WAC lineman in the Pat Hill era. Clutts has 22 career sacks, fourth most among active NCAA players, and ranks on the top five of the Bulldog career list.

Pascoe finished second on the squad with 39 receptions for 481 yards and four touchdowns despite missing two games due to an injury. He was a candidate for the John Mackey Award as the nation's top tight end.

Sophomore A.J. Jefferson, the NCAA leader in kickoff return average, was selected second-team All-WAC as a return specialist. Jefferson is on track to break the Bulldog record for kickoff return average in a season, 35.8 yards per return. He already holds school records for most kickoff returns for touchdown in a season and career.

Hawai`i's Colt Brennan was named the Offensive Player of the Year for the second season in a row, and Nevada quarterback Colin Kaepernick was named the Freshman of the Year. For the second year in a row, Hawai`i's June Jones was voted the WAC's Coach of the Year.

All-WAC First Team
Offense
Pos-Name, School, Ht., Wt., Year
WR-Jeremy Childs, Boise State, 6-0, 184, So.
WR-Davone Bess, Hawai`i, 5-10, 195, Jr.
WR-Ryan Grice-Mullen, Hawai`i, 5-11, 179, Jr.
TE-Bear Pascoe, Fresno State, 6-5, 260, Jr.
OL-Ryan Clady, Boise State, 6-6, 319, Jr.
OL-Ryan Wendell, Fresno State, 6-2, 260, Sr.
OL-John Estes, Hawai`i, 6-2, 290, So.
OL-Hercules Satele, Hawai`i, 6-2, 288, Sr.
OL-Dominic Green, Nevada, 6-3, 295, Jr.
QB-Colt Brennan, Hawai`i, 6-3, 196, Sr.
RB-Ian Johnson, Boise State, 5-11, 194, Jr.
RB-Luke Lippincott, Nevada, 6-2, 215, Jr.

Defense
Pos-Name, School, Ht., Wt., Year
DL-David Veikune, Hawai`i, 6-3, 258, Jr.
DL-Tyler Clutts, Fresno State, 6-2, 245, Sr.
DL-Nick Schlekeway, Boise State, 6-4, 262, Sr.
DL-Mike Lafaele, Hawai`i, 6-0, 302, Sr.
LB-Marcus Riley, Fresno State, 6-0, 220, Sr.
LB-Solomon Elimimian, Hawai`i, 6-0, 224, Jr.
LB-Adam Leonard, Hawai`i, 6-0, 236, Jr.
LB-David Vobora, Idaho, 6-1, 240, Sr.
LB-Matt Castelo, San Jose State, 5-10, 228, Sr.
DB-Marty Tadman, Boise State, 5-11, 182, Sr.
DB-Antonio Baker, Louisiana Tech, 5-11, 200, So.
DB-Myron Newberry, Hawai`i, 5-8, 164, Sr.
DB-Dwight Lowery, San Jose State, 6-1, 185, Sr.

Specialists
Pos-Name, School, Ht., Wt., Year
PK-Dan Kelly, Hawai`i, 6-3, 202, Jr.
P-Chris Keagle, Louisiana Tech, 6-0, 233, Jr.
ST-Kevin Robinson, Utah State, 6-0, 192, Sr.

Offensive Player of the Year - Colt Brennan, Sr., QB, Hawai`i
Defensive Player of the Year - Marcus Riley, Sr., LB, Fresno State
Freshman of the Year - Colin Kaepernick, QB, Nevada
Coach of the Year - June Jones, Hawai`i

All-WAC Second Team
Offense
WR-Jason Rivers, Sr., Hawai`i
WR-Chris Williams, Jr., New Mexico State
WR-Kevin Jurovich, Jr., San Jose State
TE-Adam Bishop, Sr., Nevada
OL-Tad Miller, Sr., Boise State
OL-Adam Korby, Sr., Idaho
OL-Tyler Miller, Sr., Louisiana Tech
OL-Mike Martinez, Sr., New Mexico State
OL-John Booker, Sr., San Jose State
OL-Shawn Murphy, Sr., Utah State
QB-Taylor Tharp, Sr., Boise State
RB-Deonte' Jackson, Fr., Idaho
RB-Patrick Jackson, Jr., Louisiana Tech

Defense
DL-Josh Muse, Sr., Louisiana Tech
DL-Chris Pugh, Sr., Louisiana Tech
DL-Matt Hines, Sr., Nevada
DL-Jarron Gilbert, Jr., San Jose State
LB-Quin Harris, Jr., Louisiana Tech
LB-Ezra Butler, Sr., Nevada
LB-Dante Floyd, Sr., New Mexico State
LB-Jake Hutton, Jr., Utah State
DB-Kyle Wilson, So., Boise State
DB-Stanley Franks, Sr., Idaho
DB-Shiloh Keo, So., Idaho
DB-Christopher Owens, Jr., San Jose State

Specialists
PK-Kyle Brotzman, Fr., Boise State
P-Leon Jackson III, Sr., Utah State
ST-A.J. Jefferson, So., Fresno State
ST-Shiloh Keo, So., Idaho

"Join the State - Fresno State!" - The Fresno State men's basketball team returns to the Save Mart Center for Community Night on Wednesday, December 5 against Cal-State Monterey Bay at 7 p.m. Tickets are just $2 for adults and $1 for youth (ages eighteen and under). Tickets can be purchased at the Save Mart Center Box Office, online at ticketmaster.com, or by phone at (559)485-TIXS.

Senior linebacker Marcus Riley was named the 2007 WAC Defensive Player of the Year.

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