NMSU Football Players Earn All-WAC Honors
Senior defensive back Davon House and junior kick returner Taveon Rogers were named to the All-WAC teams Monday afternoon announced by the conference office. House earns his second first team All-WAC honor, while Rogers earned second team honors as the special team selection.
House, a native of Palmdale, Calif., ended his career with NM State ranked sixth all-time in interceptions for a career with 11 and first in interception return yardage with 319. He returned three interceptions for a touchdown in his career, tallying 198 tackles, 46 pass break ups and three fumble recoveries. In 2010, House led the team with two interceptions, 57 tackles and 10 pass break ups.
“This means a lot to me,” House said. “I accomplished all by personal goals that I set for myself while I was here at New Mexico State. It’s an honor to be selected a first team All-WAC member by the conference coaches.”
“It’s nice for this staff to have had a hand in helping Davon develop as a football player and a student-athlete,” head coach DeWayne Walker said. “It is also good to see, good things happen to good people like Davon. We feel he has been a very special part of this program and hopefully he will continue his journal to graduate from college and pursue his dream to be a professional football player.”
Rogers, a native of Lancaster, Calif., finished the season with 1,410 kick return yards on 52 attempts, setting a new school record in both categories. He currently ranks in the top-5 in kick return yardage, kick return attempts and kick return average for a career at NM State as well. Rogers also caught 18 passes for 278 yards and two touchdowns, while leading the team in all-purpose yards with 145.2 yards per game.
“It’s nice to have been recognized by the conference coaches as one of the top players in the league and I’m honored to be named an All-WAC member,” Rogers said. “Obviously I would have liked to have made first team but this just gives me motivation for next season to try harder and prove that I’m worthy of the top honor.”
“One thing we wanted to do coming into this season was improve our special teams and Taveon was the answer for us this season,” Walker said. “We knew he could run and had the ability to make plays. For him to come in his first year and make an impact, break some records and become not only one of the best returners in the conference but in the country is a big accomplishment. We hope to see him continue to add to this success next season.”
Boise State’s Kellen Moore and Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick were named Co-Offensive Players of the Year, Fresno State’s Chris Carter earned Defensive Player of the Year honors, while Keith Smith of San Jose State took home Freshman of the Year. Nevada head coach Chris Ault was named WAC Coach of the Year.