3 Aggies named to all WAC team

Seniors Jimmy Cottrell, Paul Dombrowski and Brad Evans were all named to the 2005 All-WAC Football Team as announced by the WAC office Monday afternoon. Cottrell was the only Aggie to be named to the All-WAC First Team, while Dombrowski and Evans earned Second Team honors.

Cottrell (Castle Rock, Colo.) had a fantastic year, leading the nation in total tackles with 179, the most by an Aggie defensive player in a single season. He would record 10 double-digit tackle games, including a career-high 25 in his final game as an Aggie against Utah State (11/26). Cottrell leaves NMSU ranked third all-time in total tackles with 463 and is the only Aggie in school history to lead the team in tackles for four consecutive seasons. He was also named WAC Defensive Player of the Week two weeks in a row to start the season. This is Cottrell's second first team all-conference award, earning first team all-Sun Belt honors in 2004.

Dombrowski (Hesperia, Calif.) left his mark on the Aggie record books this season, catching 78 passes, a school record, breaking the old record by 10 receptions. Dombrowski also set the school record for most receptions in a game with 16 against San Jose State (11/19). Dombrowski finished the season ranked fourth in the conference in receptions per game (6.50) and 23rd in the nation. He recorded four games with over 100 yards receiving and four games with 10 or more receptions. He also caught two touchdown passes and ran for another.

Evans (Southlake, Texas) punted his way into the record books this season, finishing third in the conference in yards per punt with 41.8, ranking him sixth all-time in punting average in a single-season. His 3,345 punting yards ranks second all-time for a single-season. Evans finished 32nd in the nation in punt average and was the first Aggie punter since Andy Kohl in 1999 to average over 41 yards per punt. Evans ranks third all-time in career punt average (40.3).


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