Cal Poly senior defensive tackle Sullivan Grosz has been named to The Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision Preseason All-America third team, Cal Poly announced Monday.
Grosz has played in 34 games over the past three seasons, including 23 straight.
Grosz also was named to the College Football Performance Awards watch list for defensive linemen, and he enters his senior season with 118 career tackles (72 solo), 13 1⁄2 sacks, 26 1⁄2 tackles for loss, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries.
Grosz led the Mustangs a year ago with six sacks, earning second-team all-Big Sky Conference honors.
Grosz also recorded 58 total tackles as a junior, 13 1⁄2 tackles for loss and five hurries. The San Joaquin Memorial High product recovered two fumbles and blocked a field goal in a 35-17 win at North Dakota.
MISSION PREP PRODUCT HIRED BY REDLANDS
Former Mission Prep football standout Aaron De La Rosa has been hired as a graduate assistant coach at the University of Redlands, an NCAA Division III program in Southern California.
De La Rosa graduated in 2005 from Mission Prep, where he played football and baseball, and he went on to play running back at Fresno State and coach football at Clovis North High.
De La Rosa started in his new position at Redlands on Monday, a university spokesperson said.
LOCALS HELP KINGSMEN TO NATIONAL RANKING
Cal Lutheran’s football program will open the season as the nation’s 14th-ranked team in the Sporting News’ NCAA Division III poll. The Kingsmen had three former San Luis Obispo County prep standouts on their roster last season.
Cal Lutheran’s 2012 roster included Arroyo Grande High product Christian Crichton, San Luis Obispo’s Vance Cramer and Atascadero’s Steven Keezer.
Keezer logged 24 total tackles as a junior defensive end last season.