LOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s Tyler Larsen has been named a second-team All-American by <a href=”http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ncaaf/2013/12/11/usa-today-sports-all-america-college-football-team/3954557/” target=”_blank”>USA Today Sports</a> it was announced Wednesday.
Overall, Larsen is one of just 10 offensive linemen at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level to earn All-America honors from the USA Today as Cameron Erving (Florida State), Jake Matthews (Texas A&M), David Yankey (Stanford), Cyril Richardson (Baylor) and Travis Swanson (Arkansas) were named to the first-team, while Cyrus Kouandjio (Alabama), Taylor Lewan (Michigan), Xavier Su’a-Filo (UCLA) and Gabe Jackson (Mississippi State) joined Larsen on the second-team.
Larsen becomes just the 12th Utah State football player in school history to be named a first or second-team All-American, and just the third offensive lineman to be recognized this highly joining Dave Manning and Jim Hough who were both named second-team All-Americans by the Associated Press in 1973 and 1977, respectively.
Larsen is also the only player from the state of Utah and the only player from the Mountain West Conference to earn first or second-team All-American honors from USA Today.
Along with being named a second-team All-American by USA Today Sports, Larsen is also one of six finalists for the 2013 Rimington Trophy, which is presented annually to the most outstanding center in college football. Larsen was also named first-team all-Mountain West on Tuesday, becoming just the ninth player in school history to be a three-time first-team all-conference selection.
Larsen, a 6-4, 312-pound senior offensive center from Salt Lake City, Utah (Jordan HS), has graded out above 86 percent in every game this year and above 90 percent six times, while recording 49 knockdowns.
This season, Larsen has anchored an offensive line that has helped Utah State rank fourth in the Mountain West and tied for 37th in the nation with an average of 32.6 points per game despite losing five players to season-ending injuries, including staring quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate Chuckie Keeton. USU’s offense also ranks fourth in the MW and 37th in the nation in passing efficiency (138.1), fifth in the MW and 33rd in the nation in completion percentage (.619), sixth in the MW and 41st in the nation in rushing offense (178.8 ypg), sixth in the MW and 49th in the nation in total offense (420.9 ypg), and 10th in the MW and 55th in the nation in passing offense (242.1 ypg).
Larsen, who has started 51 consecutive games at Utah State, has accepted an invitation to the 2014 East-West Shrine Football Game at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. on January 18, 2014.
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