Redlands’ Aubrey semifinalist for national award

Univrsity of Redlands senior wide receiver/kick return specialist Tyler Aubrey has been named as a semifinalist for the 2011 National Football Foundation William V. Campbell Trophy, which honors the sport’s best scholar-athlete in the nation.

Aubrey aksi remains in the running as one of possible 16 recipients of the NFF Scholar-Athlete Postgraduate Award of $18,000. The Campbell Trophy, endowed by Health South, increases the amount of the recipient’s grant by $7,000 for a total postgraduate scholarship of $25,000.

Aubrey joins 126 other candidates from all levels of collegiate football, including 29 from NCAA Division III. He is the sole representative of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) and the West Coast.

Candidates for these awards must be in their final year of eligibility, boast a minimum GPA of 3.2, possess outstanding football ability as a significant contributor, and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

With a cumulative GPA of 3.563, Aubrey continues his work toward a degree in Financial Economics while pursuing minors in Accounting and Business Administration. Among his scholarly achievements, the six-time Dean’s List member landed on the 2010 College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District First Team and collected his third of likely four UR Scholar-Athlete awards.

As a football player, Aubrey played an integral role in the Bulldogs’ historical 8-1 run during the 2010 campaign. He made 20 catches for 183 yards, including a long of 41 and one touchdown. He also led the team with 12 kick returns for a total of 300 yards. Among these, he uncorked an impressive 83-yard return into the end zone during the team’s 21-17 victory over Chapman University.

Earlier this season, Aubrey made strong contributions to the Redlands’ upset win over then-third-ranked North Central College (IL), as well as the solid road victory of familiar foe Whitworth University (WA).

Beyond football, Aubrey consistently gives back to the community while revealing his compassionate leadership skills. During the 2010 May Term break, he organized and participated in Bulldog football’s Strong Hands, Soft Hearts campaign for Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times. He specifically coordinated housing, meals, and work crews for 75 teammates whose work continues to benefit 1,700 children with cancer and their families each year.

He also served as an active participant in the Benevolent Bulldog program, which takes $100 seed money and grows it into as much as possible for a worthy cause. Aubrey joined forces with three teammates to raise a combined $5,900 for the Susan G. Komen San Diego Breast Cancer Research Fund during the past two summers.

Redlands penned Aubrey as its nominee earlier this September and looks forward to the official announcement of the NFF Scholar-Athletes on October 26. All honorees will attend the 54th Annual NFF Awards Dinner on December 6 in New York City at the Waldorf-Astoria where one member of the group will be announced live as the winner of the coveted Campbell Trophy.

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CPP’s Gonzalez earns weekly honor

Senior forward Luis Gonzalez of Cal Poly Pomona has been named the Wilson/CCAA Soccer Player of the Week for games ending Sept. 25.

The 2010 All-American scored the lone goal in Cal Poly Pomona’s 1-0 win over Sonoma State and concluded the weekend with three goals, including the game-winner, in a 5-1 victory over Humboldt State.

Gonzalez played just 18 minutes Sunday in the rout of the Lumberjacks and scored three times in that short span, raising his season total of goals to a conference-best eight and his career total to 20 for a tie for fourth on the Broncos’ all-time leaderboards.

This marks the second time that Gonzalez has earned the CCAA weekly honor. Last year he received selection for the week of Oct. 18 to Oct. 24 after setting a new single-match record for the conference in points with 10 against Cal State East Bay.

Cal Poly Pomona is next in action on Friday when it hosts Cal State L.A. in a battle of the South Division’s top two teams.

Wilson/CCAA Men’s Soccer Player of the Week

Aug. 29 – Sept. 4: Antti Arvola (Cal State L.A.)

Sept. 5-11: Trevor Hurst (Sonoma State)

Sept. 12-18: Taylor Varnadore (Sonoma State)

Sept. 19-25: Luis Gonzalez (Cal Poly Pomona).

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Redlands moves up, braces for Cal Lutheran

The University of Redlands football program moved up the and American Football Coaches Association Top-25 polls, marking improvement on every poll so far this season.

Redlands gains its highest ranking in its NCAA Division III history by rising two spots to No. 13 on the third list of 2011. The Bulldogs also jumped into the No. 18 position on the second AFCA poll of the season, improving four spots during their idle week.

Redlands enjoyed a bye week this past weekend after defeating regional opponent Whitworth University (Wash.), 30-20, on September 17.

Against the Pirates, junior quarterback Chad Hurst and sophomore wide receiver Taylor Irwin headlined the offense attack with Hurst tossing four touchdowns and Irwin leading the team with 99 yards on eight catches and one score.

On the defensive side of the ball, Redlands forced three Whitworth fumbles, two of which led to scores for the Bulldogs. Junior linebacker Jordan Garcia came up with a team-leading 10 hits, including two for a loss of six yards.

The Bulldogs (2-0) travel to Thousand Oaks for the opening Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) game of the season on Saturday. Redlands kicks off against Cal Lutheran University, which boasts a ranking of 20th on the aforementioned polls.

Game time is set for 7 p.m.


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