Six Beavers Receive Accolades from Sporting News

May 19, 2005

Corvallis, Ore. - Six Oregon State University football student-athletes have been ranked among the top 20 at their respective positions by the Sporting News, the publication announced Thursday.

Senior Trent Bray led the rankings for the Beavers as he was selected 10th on the inside linebackers list. Bray, a co-team captain for 2005, was a second team All-Pac-10 Conference performer last season after making 122 tackles and having the second best tackles per game ratio in the league at 10.2.

Sophomore Alexis Serna was rated as the 15th best placekicker. Serna was a semi-finalist for the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation's premier kicker, last year. The second team All-Pac-10 performer led the conference for field goal percentage at 85 percent (17-20). Serna was a Sporting News Pac-10 All-Freshman Team selection.

Senior co-captain Mike Hass is number 16 on the receivers list. Hass was a third team Associated Press All-American last season and first team All-Pac-10 Conference. He was third in the nation for receiving yards per game at 114.9, including a Pac-10 record 293-yard performance at Boise State. He set the OSU record for receiving yards in a single season (1,379) and receptions (86).

Junior tight Joe Newton has been selected the 19th best tight end. Newton was the Capital One Player of the Game for last December's Insight Bowl and ended the year an honorable mention All-Pac-10 selection. He was third in the Pac-10 for receptions per game at 5.1 and was the conference's leading receiver for tight ends with 56 catches.

Senior Sam Paulescu is rated as the 20th best punter. He was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 Conference selection last season and the co-special teams Player of the Year for the Beavers. Twenty-four of Paulescu's punts were downed inside the 20-yard line, the second-highest figure in the Pac-10.

Sophomore Roy Schuening is rated the 20th best guard in the country. He was a Sporting News All-Freshman team selection last season.

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