ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: Nevada Union grad Tanner Vallejo helps Boise State bust into top-25 (Video)
Tanner Vallejo, a 2013 Nevada Union graduate, and the Boise State Broncos football team earned their way into the Associated Press top-25 after topping Oregon State, 38-24, Saturday.
With the victory the No. 24 ranked Broncos are now 3-0 for the first time since 2011.
Vallejo, a 6-foot, 1-inch, 226-pound outside linebacker, made four tackles, including one for a loss in the game. For the season, Vallejo is tied for the team lead in tackles with 27, including 2.5 for a loss.
“The mentality Tanner plays with is pretty special,” Boise State defensive coordinator Andy Avalos told the Idaho Statesman.
Vallejo has also been drawing praise from opposing coaches this season.
“Our inside receivers were afraid of (Vallejo),” Washington State head coach Mike Leach said after his Cougars lost to Boise State two weeks ago. “Everybody that faced him except for the possible exception of John Thompson got their ass kicked… He kicked all three of them around…I respect him as a player no doubt.”
Vallejo is on the Butkus Award Watch List, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List and the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List.
Boise State opens Mountain West Conference play against Utah State Saturday.
Ian Davis, a 2013 Nevada Union graduate, and the Western New Mexico Mustangs took it to the University of Texas of the Permian Basin, beating the Falcons, 68-17.
Davis, a 6-foot, 3-inch, junior defensive back, made seven tackles in the game, six of which were solo. For the season, Davis has 16 tackles and two interceptions.
Western New Mexico (2-2) is a NCAA Division II team that plays in the Lone Star Conference.
Hank Humphers, a 2013 Nevada Union graduate, and the University of Central Oklahoma Bronchos notched their first win of the season Saturday, beating Missouri Western State University, 31-21.
Humphers, a 6-foot, 1-inch, 210-pound, junior linebacker, tallied two tackles in the game, one of which was a sack. For the season, Humphers has 21 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
The Bronchos (1-3) are a NCAA Division II school that plays in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.
Austin Marks, a 2013 Nevada Union graduate, and the Stetson Hatters lost their contest with Jacksonville University Saturday, 24-7.
Marks, a senior tight end, made his first catch of the season, an 8-yard gain, in the loss.
Stetson (1-2) is a Division I school that plays in the Pioneer Football League.
Beau Baggett, a 2016 Bear River graduate, and the Sierra College Wolverines dropped their matchup with College of the Sequoias, falling 40-37 in overtime.
Baggett, a freshmen linebacker, made three tackles in the game. For the season, Baggett has eight tackles.
Sierra College (1-3) plays in the National NorCal Division within the California Community College Athletic Association.
Logan Lowe, a 2015 Nevada Union graduate, led the George Washington University golf team at the rain-shortened VCU Janney Invitational.
Playing at the Country Club of Virginia Tuckahoe Creek Course, Lowe, a sophomore, shot a team best 1-over par 73 in the second round to tie for 53rd after an opening round 77.
It is the second straight tournament in which Lowe finished with the lowest score on the Colonials team.
As a freshmen, Lowe was an All-Atlantic 10 selection and was named the A-10 rookie of the week four times.
George Washington is a Division I school that competes in the Atlantic 10.
Amanda Roberts, a 2014 Nevada Union graduate, and the no. 4 ranked Cal Lutheran Regals won two out of three games last week, beating University of Redlands and Chapman University, but falling to No. 2 ranked Claremont-Mudd-Scripps College.
Roberts, a sophomore outside hitter, played in two games last week and tallied eight kills and 12 digs total in those matches. For the season, Roberts is fourth on the team in kills with 99 and fourth on the team in digs with 116.
Cal Lutheran (12-3) is the defending NCAA Division III National Champs and were ranked No. 4 in the Sept. 20 AVCA Division III national poll.
Morgan Koch, a 2014 Forest Lake Christian graduate, and The Masters University Mustangs won both of their Golden State Athletic Conference games last week, knocking off Biola University and Vanguard University.
Koch, a junior middle block, scored 19 kills, 11 digs and three blocks across the two matches. For the season, Koch is second on the team in kills with 146 and first in blocks with 14.
The Masters University (12-5) is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school and competes in the GSAC. Golden State Athletic Conference
Leila Whaley, a 2012 Nevada Union graduate, and the Henderson State Reddies (Arkansas) dropped their only match last week, losing to Southern Arkansas University.
Whaley, a senior, had four kills in the contest.
For the season, Whaley has 33 kills and 51 kills.
Henderson State (6-9) plays in the Great American Conference.
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