WEBBER, MULITALO AND LIVELY NAMED TO ALL-REGION TEAM
NORTH AURORA, Ill. — Sacramento State’s Brent Webber, Cyrus Mulitalo and Mitch Lively were each named to the 2006 Football Gazette all-Northwest Region team, it was announced today. Webber and Mulitalo were named to the first team while Lively was placed on the third team.
The Northwest Region is comprised of school’s that compete in the Big Sky Conference, the Great West Football Conference and the Gateway Football Conference.
Webber finished second in Div. I-AA and led the Big Sky with six interceptions (0.60 per game) during the season. He was also fifth on the team with 56 tackles. Five of his interceptions came in a four-game span. That streak included two interceptions in the win over Weber State. A native of Sanger, Calif., Webber had been named honorable mention following his first two seasons.
Mulitalo enjoyed a breakout season for the Hornets. A starter at middle linebacker in all 11 games, Mulitalo ended the year with 120 total tackles which led the Big Sky and ranked 10th in Div. I-AA. His total was the most for a Div. I-AA player west of the Mississippi River. He also accumulated a team-high 11.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, an interception, and a fumble recovery. His biggest game came against Northern Colorado where he recorded 21 tackles which ranks second in school history. The San Lorenzo, Calif., native also saw some action in the offensive backfield, carrying the ball four times for 10 yards and a touchdown.
Lively ranked third in the league and eighth nationally with an average of 43.45 yards per punt. His most impressive performance came at the Causeway Classic where he averaged 62.5 yards per punt, including a career-long 67-yarder. During the year, he had 18 punts over 50 yards and placed 12 inside the 20-yard line with only three touchbacks.
Football Gazette also named Youngstown State’s Jason Perry the Defensive Back of the Year, Montana’s Kory Biermann the Defensive Lineman of the Year and Cal Poly’s Kyle Shotwell the Linebacker of the Year. On the offensive side, Northern Arizona’s Alex Watson was the Receiver of the Year, Youngstown State’s Ryan Jewell was the Lineman of the Year and YSU’s Marcus Mason was the Offensive Back of the Year.
North Dakota State head coach Craig Bohl was named the region’s Coach of the Year after leading the Bison to a 10-1 record.