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Six Cougars Earn Preseason All-America Honors

Six Cougars Earn Preseason All-America Honors


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PROVO, Utah (April 18, 2008) -- NationalChamps.net has officially released its list of preseason All-America candidates. The list includes six players from BYU, including offensive lineman Ray Feinga, quarterback Max Hall, defensive lineman Jan Jorgensen, tight end Dennis Pitta, offensive lineman Dallas Reynolds and running back Harvey Unga.

Reynolds, a senior from Provo, Utah, and Jorgensen, a junior from Helper, Utah, have both been named to the on-line publication's All-America second team, while Feinga, Hall, Pitta and Unga have each selected as honorable mention All-Americans.

Only two other teams—Florida and Missouri—had more players selected to the All-America list. The website's owner, Todd Helmick, who is also a Heisman Trophy voter, also listed Hall as a top-20 Heisman Trophy candidate. This season represents the ninth year NationalChamps.net has released its preseason All-America list.

#76 RAY FEINGA Offensive Line 6-5, 331, Sr. West Valley City, UT / Hunter HS SENIOR - (2008): A 2008 Outland Trophy and All-America candidate ... a 2008 NationalChamps.net preseason honorable mention All-American.

JUNIOR - (2007): Started 12 of 13 games at left guard for the Cougars ... earned letterman honors ... recorded over 70 knock-down blocks on the season ... did not allowed a single sack all season ... graded out at 82% or above in each of the 12 games he has played ... three times earned a grade of 90% or better during the season, including a 91% rating against Utah ... credited with a team-leading, season-high grade of 92% in the Cougars' 27-22 win over TCU ... helped anchor an offensive unit that led the Mountain West Conference and ranked 14th in the nation in passing offense, averaging 298.4 yards per game ... also led the MWC and ranked 25th in total offense, averaging 442.8 yards per game ... part of an offensive unit that helped the Cougars lead the Mountain West with an average 30.1 points per game ... part of a unit that averaged only 1.54 sacks per game.

#15 MAX HALL Quarterback 6-1, 201, Jr. Mesa, AZ / Arizona State JUNIOR - (2008): A 2008 Heisman Trophy, Davey O'Brien Award and All-America candidate ... a preseason favorite for the 2008 Mountain West Conference Offensive Player-of-the-Year award ... a 2008 NationalChamps.net preseason honorable mention All-American.

SOPHOMORE - (2007): Earned 2007 Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors ... earned All-Mountain West Conference first-team honors ... received the Andy Reid Competitive Greatness Award ... following Spring Camp, named the starting quarterback for the 2007 season ... became the Mountain West Conference's all-time leading sophomore quarterback with a league-best 3,848 yards passing ... led the conference with an average 296.0 yards passing per game ... the nation's top-ranked sophomore quarterback, passing for a nation's best 3,848 yards over 13 games ... ranked fourth in BYU football history behind Ty Detmer, Steve Sarkisian and Robbie Bosco through their first 13 career starts ... named the MWC Offensive Player of the Week after completing 26-of-37 attempts for 331 yards and three touchdowns to help BYU clinch a share of the MWC title with a 35-10 win over Wymoing ... compiled a league-best five 300-yard games on the season, including games against UCLA (391), Tulsa (537), Colorado State (355), TCU (305) and Wyoming (331) ... threw for over 300 yards in three straight games, and for over 200 yards in 12 of the Cougars' 13 games ... averaged 280.6 yards passing per game against league opponents ... led the MWC with an average 297.1 yards of total offense per game ... had a league-high 26 touchdown completions on the season ... threw at least one touchdown in 12 of 13 games this season, and has totaled nine games with two or more TD completions ... started all 13 games, leading BYU to its second straight Conference title with a 11-2 record, 8-0 against league opponents ... credited with a career-high 537 yards passing and four touchdowns against Tulsa ... reached the 3,000-yard mark in his 10th game of the season, matching the league record for the fastest ascent to 3,000 yards in a single season.

#84 JAN JORGENSEN Defensive Line 6-3, 256, Jr. Helper, UT / Carbon HS JUNIOR - (2008): A 2008 All-America candidate ... named to the 2008 Lombardi Trophy and Lott Trophy watch lists ... a candidate for Defensive Player-of-the-Year and All-Mountain West Conference honors ... named to the NationalChamps.net Preseason All-America second team ...

SOPHOMORE - (2007): Earned 2007 Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors ... received the Bart Oates Big Brother Award ... earned All-Mountain West Conference First Team honors ... lead the MWC and ranked 12th nationally with 20 tackles for a combined loss of 115 yards ... lead the MWC and ranked in the nation's top-10 in sacks, recording 14 on the season for a combined loss of 91 yards ... produced at least one sack in seven straight games to end the season, including two sacks in the Cougars' 17-16 win against UCLA ... recorded a career-high three sacks in the Cougars' 35-16 win against Colorado State ... totaled 77 tackles on the season, including 40 solo takedowns ... totaled a season-high 13 tackles in BYU's victory over Colorado State ... the anchor of a defensive line that allowed only one 100-yard rusher all season ... had a season-high five solo tackles in BYU's victory at San Diego State ... averaged 5.9 tackles and 1.1 sacks per game ... anchored a defensive unit that ranked 10th in the nation in total defense, allowing just 307.8 yards per game ... ranked ninth in rushing defense, allowing just 97.5 yards per game.

#32 DENNIS PITTA Tight End 6-5, 250, Jr. Moorpark, CA / Moorpark HS JUNIOR - (2008): A 2008 All-America and Mackey Award candidate ... a candidate for 2008 All-Mountain West Conference honors ... a 2008 NationalChamps.net preseason honorable mention All-American.

SOPHOMORE - (2007): Earned 2007 Academic All-Mountain West Conference honors ... a first-team All-Mountain West Conference selection ... finished the season as the fifth ranked tight end (second ranked sophomore), averaging 63 yards per game ... led all tight ends in the MWC (sixth overall) with 59 receptions on the season, averaged 4.5 per game ... recorded five touchdowns on the season, leading all MWC tight ends ... had two 100-yard receiving games on the season, including a season-high 114 yards against Air Force ... had four or more receptions in 11 of the Cougars' 13 games this season ... credited with 50 or more receiving yards in seven of the Cougars' 13 games ... had a career-long 45-yard receptions against Colorado State ... had a career-high seven receptions (vs. TCU).

#65 DALLAS REYNOLDS Offensive Line 6-5, 332, Sr. Provo, UT / Timpview HS SENIOR - (2008): A 2008 All-America and Outland Trophy candidate ... a candidate for 2008 All-Mountain West Conference honors ... named to the NationalChamps.net Preseason All-America second team ...

JUNIOR - (2007): Started all 13 games at left tackle ... has started 38 straight games, including 12 starts as a freshman and 13 starts last season as a sophomore ... recorded over 50 knock-down blocks on the season, including nine against Wyoming ... did not allowed a single sack against a MWC opponent ... recorded a season-high 94% grade against Air Force and a 91% grade in the Cougars' 35-10 win over Wyoming ... graded out with an 80% or better in each of the Cougars' 13 games on the season ... anchors an offensive line that has provided pass protection for the nation's 15th ranked offense ... part of an offensive unit that led the Mountain West Conference and ranked 14th in the nation in passing offense, averaging 298.4 yards per game ... also led the MWC and ranked 25th in total offense, averaging 442.8 yards per game ... part of an offensive unit that helped the Cougars lead the Mountain West with an average 30.1 points per game ... part of a unit that averaged only 1.54 sacks per game.

#45 HARVEY UNGA Running Back 6-0, 243, So. Provo, UT / Timpview HS SOPHOMORE - (2008): A 2008 All-America and Doak Walker Award candidate ... a candidate for 2008 Offensive Player-of-the-Year and All-Mountain West Conference honors ... a 2008 NationalChamps.net preseason honorable mention All-American.

FRESHMAN - (2007): Earned Freshman All-America honors ... named the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year ... earned the Steve Young Offensive MVP Award ... holds the MWC Freshman Rushing record with 1,227 yards ... credited with the most rushing yards by a BYU running back since Doak Walker Awards winner Luke Staley ran for 1,582 yards during the 2001 season ... also set the MWC record with 1,840 all-purpose yards, shattering DonTrell Moore's (New Mexico) record of 1,328 yards set back in 2002 ... BYU's all-time leading freshman running back ... holds the BYU record for most 100-yard rushing games as a freshman with seven ... produced five 100-yard rushing games against MWC opponents, including Air Force (111), UNLV (177), Wyoming (111), Utah (141) and San Diego State (161) ... recorded a career-high 177 yards rushing against UNLV ... averaged 94.9 yards rushing per game ... averaged 144.8 all-purpose yards per game ... led all MWC freshman receivers with 655 yards on 44 receptions ... named the MWC Offensive Player of the Week following the Cougars' victory over Arizona ... totaled 194 all-purpose yards against the Wildcats, including 127 yards receiving ... scored 17 touchdowns on the season, including 13 rushing TD's ... scored at least one rushing touchdown seven straight games ... scored a career-high three touchdowns in BYU's victory over San Diego State ... first-ever BYU freshman running back to eclipse the 1,000-yard rushing mark.

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