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7 Trailblazers earn all-WAC soccer honors; large receiver Hobert in working for Walter Payton Award – St George Information

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Seven Utah Tech soccer gamers have been named to the all-Western Athletic Convention group | Photographs by Stan Plewe, Utah Tech Athletics, St. George Information

ST. GEORGE — Utah Tech landed seven gamers, together with six first-team alternatives, on the 2022 Western Athletic Convention soccer postseason awards checklist, which was introduced on Tuesday.

And one Trailblazer is a candidate for a nationwide award.

The season concluded Saturday with a 52-26 loss to Brigham Younger College. For the season, Utah Tech gained three of its final 4 video games to shut with a 4-7 total file in its third DI FCS marketing campaign, which included a 2-2 mark and a third-place WAC end, in response to a information launch from Utah Tech Athletics.

Sophomore large receiver Joey Hobert and sophomore working again Quali Conley each earned first group all-WAC on offense, whereas the Trailblazers landed 4 on the primary group all-conference protection checklist, together with senior linebacker Malaki Malaki, sophomore security Tyrell Grayson, sophomore linebacker Will Leota and sophomore defensive lineman Syrus Webster. As well as, junior offensive lineman Walter Pongia was voted to the WAC’s second group.

Hobert was introduced as one of many 30 nationwide finalists for the 2022 Walter Payton Award by Stats Carry out additionally on Tuesday.

Utah Tech large receiver Joey Hobert | Picture courtesy of Utah Tech Athletics, St. George Information

The annual Walter Payton Award, which is named the Heisman of the NCAA Division I FCS degree, is offered yearly to the highest offensive participant of the yr on the FCS subdivision. Tuesday’s announcement marked the primary time in Utah Tech’s NCAA DI transition {that a} soccer student-athlete has been named as a Payton Award finalist.

Hobert closed the 2022 season because the NCAA Division I FCS chief in receiving yards (1,258) and landing receptions (16). He’s at the moment second within the nation total in with 114.4 receiving yards per recreation and eight.2 receptions per recreation, all of that are new UT faculty single-season data. The sophomore additionally broke faculty data and completed second within the WAC and 17th- nationally in each all-purpose yards (1,474) and all-purpose yards/recreation (134).

Hobert posted a school-record eight 100-yard receiving video games, three of which got here in WAC play, highlighted by a school-record tying three touchdowns and 109 yards within the Trailblazers’ highway win at eventual WAC champion Stephen F. Austin. The sophomore introduced his presence with authority in his UT debut when he caught 11 passes for 183 yards and one TD within the season opener at present No. 2 Sacramento State (9/3).

Utah Tech working again Quali Conley | Picture courtesy of Utah Tech Athletics, St. George Information

Conley additionally loved a record-breaking season as he completed the season as the primary in-season 1,000-yard rusher in Utah Tech’s NCAA period with 1,095 yards, which led the WAC and ranked him 17th-overall within the FCS. The sophomore additionally led the convention in carries (186), yards per recreation (99.5) and co-led the league in speeding touchdowns (8).

Conley turned Utah Tech’s first 1,000-yard rusher after he ran for a career-high 215 yards (No. 4 on UT’s single-game checklist) on 25 carries with a landing in UT’s residence win vs. Tarleton.. In all, he posted six 100-yard plus speeding video games on the season and scored not less than one landing in six video games total.

Utah Tech linebacker Malaki Malaki | Picture courtesy of Utah Tech Athletics, St. George Information

Malaki completed his last season as a Trailblazer third on the group and sixth within the WAC in complete tackles (78). The senior recorded not less than 5 tackles 10 of 11 video games performed with two double-digit sort out outings, highlighted by a season-high 12 tackles (8 solo) with 0.5 tackles for loss vs. Sam Houston

Malaki adopted that up with 10 tackles (8 solo) and a compelled fumble in UT’s upset win at Stephen F. Austin. Malaki completed his storied profession as Utah Tech’s all-time tackles chief with 305 complete tackles and he wound up fourth in profession TFLs with 25.0.

Utah Tech security Tyrell Grayson | Picture courtesy of Utah Tech Athletics, St. George Information

Grayson, who earned 2021 second group all-WAC and Freshman All-America honors, closed the 2022 common season because the WAC chief in solo tackles (56) and co-led the convention in complete tackles (84) in 11 begins at security. Grayson recorded six or extra complete tackles in 9 of 11 video games on the yr, highlighted by a season-high 14 complete tackles (10 solo) at Sacramento State.

The sophomore additionally tallied 11 tackles (7 solo) at Weber State and picked up eight solo tackles in UT’s highway upset win at Stephen F. Austin. He adopted that up with eight tackles, together with a career-high 3.0 TFLs and his second collegiate sack in UT’s residence win vs. Southern Utah.

Utah Tech linebacker Will Leota| Picture courtesy of Utah Tech Athletics, St. George Information

Leota, who additionally earned second group all-WAC final yr, joined Grayson atop the convention tackles checklist with 84, which included 40 solo stops. The sophomore has registered double digits in tackles 3 times this season, highlighted by a career-high 16 complete tackles (10 solo) with 1.0 TFL at Stephen F. Austin.

Leota additionally collected 14 tackles with 1.0 TFL at Northern Iowa and had 12 tackles, 1.0 TFL and a career-high two cross break-ups within the residence win vs. Tarleton. He then closed the yr with 9 stops and 0.5 TFL final Saturday at BYU.

Utah Tech defensive lineman Syrus Webster | Picture courtesy of Utah Tech Athletics, St. George Information

Webster co-led the WAC in sacks (5.5) and posted not less than three complete tackles in 9 of 11 video games performed and registered not less than 0.5 TFL in seven of these video games total.

The sophomore was credited with a season-high six tackles, 2.0 TFLs with one sack, one compelled fumble and one cross break-up within the season opener at Sacramento State. Webster additionally recorded a career-high three sacks (4 complete tackles) and compelled a fumble in UT’s win vs. Southern Utah.

Utah Tech offensive lineman Walter Pongia | Picture courtesy of Utah Tech Athletics, St. George Information

Pongia began all 11 video games at proper guard as anchor of the Trailblazer offensive line propelled Utah Tech’s “Unfold-N-Shred” offense to 425.4 yards per recreation, together with a WAC-best 310.3 yards passing, and 36 complete touchdowns.

SFA receiver Xavier Gipson repeated as WAC Offensive Participant of the Yr, whereas Sam Houston LB Kavian Gaither was voted because the convention’s Defensive Participant of the Yr. Tarleton quarterback Beau Allen was named Newcomer of the Yr, and ACU’s Keith Patterson was tabbed as Coach of the Yr.

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