Utah State’s Savon Scarver named to CBSSports.com Preseason All-American Team

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State junior wide receiver/kickoff returner has been named to the 2019 CBSSports.com Preseason All-American Team, it was announced by CBSSports.com on Tuesday.

Thirty-two of the 130 FBS teams are represented among the 54 total selections across the first and second teams.

Alabama led the way with three first-team selections and seven overall. Clemson is one of six teams with two first-team picks and was second to Alabama with five overall. Eight of 14 SEC teams saw at least one selection, the most of any conference, but while the league tied the Big Ten with nine first-team picks, it stood out with 19 overall (35.2 percent).

Nine members of the CBSSports.com Preseason All-America first team were also part of the 2018 postseason selections. A complete list of the 2019 CBSSports.com Preseason All-American Team can be found here.

Scarver, a 5-foot-11, 190-pounder from Las Vegas, Nev. (Centennial HS), was named just the third consensus All-American in school history as a returner/all-purpose player and just the 16th in Mountain West history last season as he earned first-team All-America honors from the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF), Football Writers Association of American (FWAA) and Phil Steele’s Magazine, and second-team All-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) as he returned 22 kickoffs for 742 yards (33.7 ypr) and two touchdowns. His 742 return yards on kickoffs are the most by an Aggie since 2011, while his kickoff return average of 33.7 yards ranks second all-time in school history.

In 2018, Scarver led the nation in kickoff returns (33.7 ypr) and tied for second in the nation with his two kickoff returns for touchdowns (0.15 pg). In fact, his two kickoff returns for touchdowns (100 yards vs. New Mexico State, 99 yards vs. Wyoming) are the second-most in a single-season in school history, and he is one of just two players in school history to have multiple kickoff returns for touchdowns in a single-season. Scarver was also named the winner of the 2018 Johnny “The Jet” Award as the nation’s top return specialist.

Heading into his junior campaign, Scarver has three career kickoff returns for touchdowns, which ranks second all-time in school history, while his career kickoff return average of 28.5 yards ranks as the third-best in school history as he has returned 48 kickoffs for 1,367 yards in his career.

Scarver has also been named to the CFAY Group of 5 Preseason Starting Lineup, a preseason first-team All-American by Phil Steele’s Magazine, a preseason second-team All-American by Athlon Sports and Sporting News, and first-team all-Mountain West by both Athlon Sports and Phil Steele’s Magazine as a kick returner this summer.

Utah State is picked to finish second in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West, as voted on by media members that cover the league. Furthermore, junior quarterback Jordan Love was named the Conference’s Preseason Offensive Player of the Year, while senior defensive lineman Tipa Galeai, senior cornerback DJ Williams and junior linebacker David Woodward joined Love on the preseason all-MW team.

Utah State returns nine starters (O-2, D-7) as part of 32 letterwinners (O-13, D-17, S-2), including two All-Americans and eight players that earned various all-Mountain West honors, from last year’s team that ended the season ranked 21st in the final Amway Coaches poll and 22nd in the final AP poll as the Aggies tied the school record for wins and best record with an 11-2 mark following their 52-13 win against North Texas in the New Mexico Bowl.

Utah State opens the 2019 season on Friday, Aug. 30, at Wake Forest, and begins the home portion of its schedule the following weekend against Stony Brook on Saturday, Sept. 7. Mountain West play begins for the Aggies at San Diego State on Saturday, Sept. 21

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