Nov 24, 2009 7:54 PM by Andrew Masuda
Three Cal Poly football stars scored All-Great West Conference first team honors, including two Central Coast natives.
Templeton High graduate Jake Romanelli, Dos Pueblos High graduate Ryan Shotwell, as well as defensive back Asa Jackson received the honor.
Romanelli, a sophomore, led the Mustangs with 492 rushing yards on 107 carries.
His 275 yards in Great West games was third best in the Conference.
Shotwell, a senior end, led the Mustangs with 5 sacks and 9.5 tackles for lost yardage this season. He finished his Mustang career tied for sixth all-time with 19.5 career sacks.
Jackson, last year's Conference Rookie of the Year, was a first team pick for the second straight year. The sophomore compiled 48 tackles, adding two interceptions and six pass break ups.
Seven other mustangs landed on the second team. They included junior wide receiver Dominique Johnson, junior offensive lineman Will Mitchell, sophomore offensive lineman Scott Winnewisser, junior defensive tackle James Chen, junior inside linebacker Marty Mohamed, senior outside linebacker Carlton Gillespie and senior safety David Fullerton.
The Mustangs wrapped up their first losing season in seven years over the weekend, finishing at 4-7 overall. After winning the 2008 Great West title, the Mustangs finished last in 2009 with a 1-3 record.
2009 Great West Champion UC Davis landed ten members on the first-team. UC Davis senior wide receiver Chris Carter was named the Offensive Player of the Year. The Aggies Mike Morales was the Defensive Player of the Year and UC Davis' Bob Biggs was the Coach of the Year.
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