SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly senior-to-be linebacker Kennith Jackson has been named to the Beyond Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision Preseason All-American third team.
Jackson (6-0, 230, Santa Clara, Calif./Archbishop Mitty HS) was Cal Poly's second-leading tackler last fall with 80, including 40 solo stops and 40 assisted tackles. He also recorded 6.0 tackles for lost yardage, including one sack, broke up eight passes, hurried the quarterback twice, recovered a fumble and intercepted a pair of passes.
With Jackson in the middle, Cal Poly's defense finished the 2011 season ranked No. 28 in the nation in rushing defense, allowing just 128.36 yards per game.
Jackson (pictured at right), a first-team All-Great West Conference linebacker last season, finished No. 2 in the conference in passes defended per game (.91) and sixth in tackles.
Cal Poly posted a 6-5 mark in 2011, its eighth winning season in the last nine years, and claimed its fourth Great West title, more than any other school in the eight-year history of the conference.
The Mustangs, who were ranked No. 10 among all 124 NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision teams in the final 2011 Jeff Sagarin rankings published in USA Today, move to the Big Sky Conference this fall.
Cal Poly opens preseason practice on Monday, August 6, in preparation for the Sept. 1 opener against the University of San Diego at 4:05 p.m. in Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
In other Cal Poly football news:
• Three Mustangs have been honored by College Football Performance Awards as they have been placed on positional watch lists.
Senior quarterback Andre Broadous is on the quarterbacks watch list while sophomore Paul Hundley is on the watch list for punters. Junior Sullivan Grosz has landed on the defensive line watch list.
Broadous (6-0, 205, Portland, OR/Grant HS) completed 101 of 171 passes (58 percent) for 1,235 yards and nine touchdowns as a junior en route to second-team All-Great West Conference honors. He has thrown just one interception in 235 career passing attempts.
Broadous was No. 4 in the FCS in scoring (9.82 points per game) and No. 35 in passing efficiency (136.73) a year ago. He also was No. 5 in the Great West in rushing, averaging 65.0 yards per game, and broke a school record last season by rushing for 18 touchdowns, surpassing James Noble's 16 in 2005.
Hundley (6-1, 180, San Diego, CA/St. Augustine HS) averaged 39.8 yards per punt in 2011 with seven touchbacks and 13 that were fair caught. Ten of his punts ended up inside the 20-yard line and his long for the season was 57 yards.
Grosz (6-4, 265, Fresno, CA/San Joaquin Memorial HS) recorded 45 tackles last fall, including 11 for lost yardage and a team-leading 6.5 sacks. He also broke up one pass, hurried the quarterback seven times and recovered a fumble on his way to All-Great West honorable mention praise.
• Cal Poly earned an Academic Progress Rate Award from the Football Championship Subdivision Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) for recording the highest APR score in the Great West Conference for the 2010-11 academic year.
The Mustangs' APR score of 988 for the 2010-11 school year lifted their multi-year APR for the last four seasons to 971, placing Cal Poly in the 80th to 90th percentile among all Division I schools in the nation in football.
A year ago, Cal Poly earned an award from the FCS ADA for posting the most improved APR score in the Great West. Only other school to go from most improved in 2009-10 to recording the highest APR score in its conference in 2010-11 was Sacramento State of the Big Sky Conference.