Football Players Honored by National Publication

June 29, 2004

Corvallis, Ore. - Oregon State University football student-athletes Brandon Browner, Bill Swancutt and Mitch Meeuwsen have been selected to the 10th annual Phil Steele's College Football Preview All-America Teams.

Browner earned second team mention after being named the Pac-10 Conference's Freshman of the Year last season. The Sylmar, Calif., native co-led the team with six interceptions and made 43 tackles. Browner, a sophomore, earned Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Week honors after making three interceptions in a victory over Arizona State.

Swancutt, a senior from Salem, Ore., is a third team mention. The defensive end already holds the school record for quarterback sacks with 25.5. Swancutt was an honorable mention All-Pac-10 Conference selection last season and enters the 2004 slate with 26 consecutive starts.

Meeuwsen, a safety, earned fourth team acclaim. The senior from Forest Grove, Ore., is one interception short of tying the school record of 15 for a career. He co-led the club with six picks last season on his way to honorable mention All-Pac-10 mention. Meeuwsen has started 28 games for his career.

In addition, the publication rated senior Derek Anderson 10th overall for quarterbacks at the Division I level, while senior Matt Brock was 11th on the list at center, sophomore Joe Newton 20th for tight ends, junior Trent Bray 33rd for inside linebackers, senior Doug Nienhuis 37th for tackles, senior Jonathan Pollard 43rd for outside linebackers and senior Aric Williams 58th for cornerbacks.

Oregon State's defensive back unit was selected seventh in the nation, with the quarterback corps 14th and the linebackers 21st.

Oregon State begins the season Sat., Sept. 4 at defending Bowl Championship Series national champion LSU. The game will be carried live by ESPN.

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