Preece Named Big Sky Scholar-Athlete Of The Year
DAVIS, Calif. — Senior tight end Wes Preece was named as the UC Davis recipient for the 2019-20 Big Sky Conference Scholar-Athlete of the Year awards program, the league office announced Tuesday. The Aggies compete in the Big Sky as an associate member for football.
To qualify for the award, student-athletes must be a graduating senior (or have exhausted his/her final year of athletic eligibility), hold a grade-point average of 3.2 or higher, have completed at least two years of intercollegiate competition, and have earned a letter in his/her current sport. Each honoree is selected by his or her respective institution, based upon athletic and academic performances during the previous academic year.
This adds to a list of scholar-athlete honors for Preece, a managerial economics major from nearby Rocklin. He was one of five Aggies named to the National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society, a two-time FCS Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star and a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection.
On the field, Preece became just the third UC Davis tight end to break the century mark in career receptions (109) while his 24 Aggie touchdowns set a school record for the position. He also made Phil Steele’s FCS All-America third team and plus two different All-Big Sky Conference squads in 2019, while a panel of Aggie coaches and program experts selected him as the tight end on UC Davis football’s “All-Decade” team for 2010-19.
The 2020 season begins with a road game at Nevada on August 29. The first home contest is slated for one week later against San Diego. Season tickets are now on sale through the UC Davis Ticket Office by visiting https://bit.ly/2InVyIc.
2019-20 BIG SKY CONFERENCE SCHOLAR-ATHLETES
Cal Poly: David Chellsen, Football,
Eastern Washington: Mason Peatling, Men’s Basketball; Madison Doepker, Women’s Track & Field
Hartford: Elias Gross, Men’s Golf
Idaho: Connor Vrba, Football; Emily Wesseling, Track & Field/Cross Country
Idaho State: Katie Hogarth, Women’s Soccer; Dakota Wilson, Football
Montana: McKenzie Johnston, Women’s Basketball; Dante Olson, Football
Montana State: Derek Marks, Football; Fallyn Freije, Women’s Basketball
Northern Arizona: Abby Stomp, Volleyball; Brooks DeBisschop, Men’s Basketball
Northern Colorado: Luke Nelson, Football; Kylie Chavez, Track and Field
Portland State: Kenton Bartlett, Football; Eszter Lador, Women’s Tennis
Sacramento State: Mikayla Reed, Women’s Soccer; Andrew Fowler, Men’s Track & Field
Southern Utah: Zach Larsen, Football; MaKenzie Lawrence, Women’s Soccer
UC Davis: Wes Preece, Football
Weber State: Jonah Williams, Football; Takesha Saltern, Softball
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DON’T MISS OUT: Season and single-game tickets for all UC Davis sports are now on sale by contacting the Athletics Ticket Office at (530) 752-AGS1 or by visiting us online at tickets.ucdavis.edu.