BERNARD REEDY, WIDE RECEIVER/KICK RETURNER
Reedy has filled the slot receiver and kick return positions that made former Rocket Eric Page a star and hes done it seemlessly.
Reedy was named first-team All-MAC as a wide receiver and punt returner and second-team All-MAC as a kickoff returner. He averages 12.8 yards per catch, 11.4 yards per punt return and 26.7 yards per kickoff return. He has six TD catches, one punt-return TD and two kickoff-return TDs.
Hes really made some big plays for us, coach Matt Campbell said. He has really come into his own as a pass receiver. Hes really got the ability to accelerate and run when the football is out there and go catch it.
Reedy, who started at a different receiver spot last year, has enjoyed this role.
You get tired a lot, catch a lot of balls, score touchdowns, he said.
DAN MOLLS, LINEBACKER
Molls leads the nation with 166 tackles. He has made at least 13 tackles in 10 games and at least 16 in each of the past three. He only played half a season last year, but he finished 10th in the nation in tackles in 2010 with 143.
Dan Molls is everywhere, Utah State running back Kerwynn Williams said.
Molls also has seven career interceptions, including three this year, so hes not just a between-the tackles grunt.
Hes the guy that kind of engineers everything that we do defensively, coach Matt Campbell said. And he has the ability to make the big play when needed.
Molls, like a 1,000-yard running back, credits the linemen in front of him.
Its more than just me making the tackles, he said. Its everyone being in the right spot at the right time and everyone playing fast.
TERRANCE OWENS/AUSTIN DANTIN, QUARTERBACKS
Dantin, a senior, and Owens, a junior, have shared playing time and competed for the starting job for three seasons. Owens pulled away this season, after Dantin started the opener, but Owens missed the regular-season finale with an ankle injury. Dantin tossed five TD passes in relief.
That has led to some doubt about who will get the majority of the snaps in the bowl game.
Both of those guys have competed at such a high level that we as a coaching staff and really our players have such great faith in both of them, coach Matt Campbell said. Both have done such a tremendous job for us.
Both quarterbacks are accurate passers who can run. They have combined for a 62.7 percent completion rate and 430 rushing yards this season.