ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: NU grad Tanner Vallejo continues to lead Boise State’s defense |

ALUMNI NOTEBOOK: NU grad Tanner Vallejo continues to lead Boise State’s defense

Tanner Vallejo (20) makes a tackle during a game against Washington State Saturday in Boise, Idaho. Vallejo, a 2013 Nevada Union graduate, had 14 tackles in the game.
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Before the 2016 season kicked off, Boise State linebacker Tanner Vallejo was grabbing a lot of preseason attention and was placed on several prominent award watch lists.

Two games into the season, Vallejo is living up to the hype.

Vallejo, a 2013 Nevada Union graduate, and the Boise State Broncos football team improved to 2-0 Saturday after holding off Washington State, 31-28.

Vallejo, a 6-foot, 1-inch, 225-pound senior, had an exceptional game with 14 tackles (10 solo), including one tackle for a 5-yard loss. Through two games, Vallejo is leading the Broncos in tackles with 23 (12 solo). Vallejo also has two tackles for a loss and ½ a sack.

Vallejo is on the Butkis Award Watch List, the Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List and the Rotary Lombardi Award Preseason Watch List.

Boise State has a bye this week and returns to action against Oregon State Sept. 24.

Boise State is a NCAA Division I school that plays in the Mountain West Conference

Ian Davis, a 2013 Nevada Union graduate, and the Western New Mexico Mustangs dropped their matchup with Eastern New Mexico, 37-16.

Davis, a 6-foot, 3-inch, 190-pound junior safety, was a bright spot for the Mustangs (0-2), grabbing two interceptions and making four tackles.

Davis landed with Western New Mexico University after a stellar 2015 season at Sierra College where he was named to the Junior College All-State Team and All-NorCal Team.

Western New Mexico is a NCAA Division II team that plays in the Lone Star Conference.

Hank Humphers, another 2013 Nevada Union graduate, and the Central Oklahoma Bronchos dropped their second game of the season Saturday, falling to Pittsburgh State, 45-31.

The 6-foot, 1-inch, 210-pound Humphers made four tackles from his linebacker position in the loss.

The Bronchos (0-2) are a NCAA Division II school that plays in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association.


Amanda Roberts, a 2014 Nevada Union graduate, helped the Cal Lutheran Regals claim their second tourney title of the season after going 4-0 at the Cal Lu Invitational.

The Regals beat Puget Sound (Washington), Wisconsin-Whitewater, East Texas Baptist and Emory (Georgia) on their way to the championship.

Roberts, a sophomore outside hitter, had 39 kills in the tourney, including a season-high 13 in the final game against Emory. For the season, Roberts has 68 kills, 13 aces and 75 digs in eight games.

Cal Lutheran (8-0) is the defending NCAA Division III National Champs and are currently ranked No. 1 in the nation.

Morgan Koch, a 2014 Forest Lake Christian graduate, helped The Masters University Mustangs split a pair of Golden State Athletic Conference games last week.

Koch, a junior middle block, had 14 kills in a four-set win over Menlo. Koch then had nine kills in a five-set loss to William Jessup.

The Mustangs are 8-4 overall this season.

The Masters University is a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics school and competes in the GSAC.


Cayce Shaw, a 2015 Nevada Union graduate, helped the UC Santa Cruz Banana Slugs (1-3) earn their first win of the season, beating George Fox University of Oregon, 2-1.

Shaw, the sophomore forward, scored the Slugs’ first goal in the 68th minute. Shaw also had a game high six shots, three of which were on goal. Through four games this season, Shaw leads the Slugs in goals (two), points (four) and shots (12).

The Slugs travel to face Menlo College Thursday.

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