Aug 22, 2011 8:39 PM by Andrew Masuda

Cal Poly's Asa Jackson named GWC Preseason Defensive Player of the Year

For the second-straight year, Cal Poly's Asa Jackson has been named the Great West Conference Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

Coaches delivered the senior cornerback another preseason honor. Jackson has already been named a Preseason All-American, one of the top 10 returning defensive backs in the Football Championship Subdivision and landed on the Buck Buchanan Award Watch List, which is awarded to the top defensive player at the FCS level.

A three-time All-Conference first team pick, Jackson racked up 55 tackles, 2 interceptions and 9 pass breakups in 2010 and averaged 12.6 yards on 17 punt returns. He's been among the nation's top punt returners the last two years and broke the school record in 2009 with a 15.5 average per return.

This preseason, Jackson was also selected to the South's second team of the 2011 preseason All-American teams by the FCS Senior Scout Bowl selection committee.

Southern Utah's Brad Sorensen was named the Preseason Offensive Player of the Year after throwing for 21 touchdowns and a school-record 3,231 yards last year for the conference champion Thunderbirds.

UC Davis' Sean Kelley and North Dakota's Brett Cameron shared the GWC Preseason Special Teams Player of the Year.



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