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Woods named Freshman All-American by Phil Steele magazine

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif .– Cal Poly wide receiver and return specialist Giancarlo wood landed on the third U.S. Premier League team in Phil Steele’s 2021 soccer championship.

In addition, Woods, defensive end Elijah meditates, linebacker Matt shotwell and run back Ryan rivera were named to Phil Steele’s All-Big Sky Conference teams.

Woods was honored for his performance as a punt returner. The red-shirted freshman from Santa Rosa, Calif., And graduate of Cardinal Newman High School, averaged 6.8 yards on 13 punt returns with a length of 20 yards.

Woods was also Cal Poly’s third-best receiver with 27 receptions for 339 yards and a touchdown. He scored on a fumble recovery in the end zone on a passing play against Sacramento State.

Woods is part of Phil Steele’s fourth All-Big Sky team with Ponder, who has played all 11 games as a redshirt rookie and made 35 tackles (28 solo) and also recorded eight sacks in the team lead. , 11 tackles for lost distance, four breakage passes, five rushed quarterbacks and forced a pair of fumbles.

Ponder (6-3, 200, Pomona, Calif. / Bishop Amat HS) also returned a 75-yard interception for the deciding score in Game 1 of the season in San Diego.

Shotwell and Rivera both landed on Phil Steele’s second All-Big Sky team. Shotwell was also named to the Associated Press All-American third team last month.

Twice a third-team All-Big Sky Conference selection, including last fall, Shotwell (6-0, 225, Goleta, Calif. / Bishop Diego HS) was Cal Poly’s main tackle for the fourth time in 2021, finishing with 127 saves, No.5 all-time for a single season at Cal Poly.

His 345 career tackles are No. 4 on the record books and Shotwell has 17 career games with double-digit tackles, including a career-high 19 against Idaho State in the penultimate game of the season. 2021.

The inside linebacker scored his only touchdown as a Mustang in the Idaho State contest with a 22-yard interception return and also recorded a sack among his five tackles for lost yardage, interrupted two passes and had a sack. recovered a pair of fumbles. He led the Big Sky with 127 tackles (76 solo) and an average of 11.5 tackles per game.

Rivera (6-3, 240, Tracy, Calif. / Kimball HS / Army Prep) played primarily as a tight end for the Mustangs, making four catches for 46 yards and one touchdown in 11 games. His longest catch was 32 yards in Montana and he scored on a two-yard reception from Spencer brasch against the State of Idaho.

Named Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year by Phil Steele, Eastern Washington quarterback Eric Barriere while Montana State linebacker Troy Andersen took home Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year honors . Southern Utah’s Tackle Braxton Jones was named Big Sky offensive lineman of the year while northern Arizona running back Kevin Daniels was honored as Big Sky freshman of the year.