Cal Poly junior fullback Joe Protheroe was selected as a preseason second-team All-American by HERO Sports on Thursday morning.
The 6-foot, 225-pound Protheroe rushed for 779 yards and six touchdowns in nine games as a sophomore in 2015, earning first-team all-Big Sky Conference and third-team All-American honors.
This summer, Protheroe was a preseason all-conference honoree and also was named a preseason All-American by STATS FCS and College Sports Madness.
HERO Sports also selected Eastern Washington wide receiver Cooper Kupp, Portland State cornerback Xavier Coleman, Northern Arizona receiver Emmanuel Butler and Montana defensive end Caleb Kidder as preseason All-Americans from the Big Sky.
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Cal Poly is scheduled to play a controlled scrimmage at 2 p.m. Saturday at Alex G. Spanos Stadium. The Mustangs open the season Sept. 2 at Nevada.
No. 1 Stanford outlasts Mustangs
The Cal Poly men’s soccer team played the first of two preseason exhibition matches Wednesday night and fell, 2-1, against top-ranked Stanford inside Alex G. Spanos Stadium.
Junior forward Adam Olsen scored the Mustangs’ lone goal in the 66th minute, just 98 seconds after Cardinal defender Tanner Beason broke a scoreless tie.
Stanford, the defending NCAA national champion, went on to score the game-winner in the 90th minute, when Foster Langsdorf finished off a pass from Tomas Hilliard-Arce.
The Cardinal outshot Cal Poly 10-6 overall, including a 6-2 edge in corner kicks.
The Mustangs have another home exhibition game scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday against Loyola Marymount.
Cal Poly adds transfer PG
Cal Poly men’s basketball coach Joe Callero completed the Mustangs’ 2016-17 recruiting class Thursday when the school announced point guard Donovan Fields will transfer in from Odessa College.
A native of Newburgh, New York, Fields will have three years of eligibility remaining and can compete immediately. During his freshman year in Odessa, Texas, the 5-foot-10 Fields averaged 7.1 points, 3.2 assists and 1.1 steals per game.
Callero said in a news release Cal Poly wanted to add more ball-handling and competitiveness to the point guard position, and he believes Fields will provide more depth and stability to the back court.
“We now have three or four points guard who can handle the ball at any time or we can play two points if we need extra ball-handling at the end of a game,” Callero said. “We need to put more focus on our end-of-game performances and Donovan will help with that.”