Newswire: All-star MVP for future Cougar hoss

OFFENSIVE LINEMEN don't take home Most Valuable Player awards in all-star games. It just isn't done. And certainly not when your team scores 32 points, the defense holds the opponent to seven, and there are plenty of offensive backs, receivers and defensive stoppers to choose from. Future Cougar hoss Steven Ayers out of Bellingham, however, is not your typical student-athlete.

Ayers (6-4, 275), playing primarily at right offensive tackle in the Earl Barden Classic All-State game for Class 2A, 1A and 1B, was named the West's Most Valuable Player according to the Bellingham Herald. Ayers and his West teammates defeated the East 32-7 on Saturday .

"Steven was just unbelievable," Sehome High coach Kevin Johnson told the newspaper. "Every time they ran over the right side they were getting huge chunks of yards. It's the first time an offensive lineman has been named the most valuable player. He was pretty impressive."

Ayers, who arrives at Washington State a little later this summer, has had a prolific senior year -- in three sports.

He was an Associated Press and Seattle Times all-state selection for his work on the football gridiron this past season. He then won the 2A state wrestling title in the 285-pound weight class at Washington's Mat Classic XIX. And he captured the Class 2A state titles in the shot put (64-07 ½) and discus (171-00) in track and field.

A pleased WSU offensive line coach George Yarno noted the spring accomplishments of Ayers, Kevin Freitag and Andrew Roxas in a wide-ranging lunchtime chat with CF.C subscribers earlier this month. The prep trio will join Cougar lineman Vaughn Lesuma, already in Pullman, and his brother Reed Lesuma, due also to arrive at WSU in a few short weeks. Fall camp at Washington State opens August 3.

The East squad was represented by J.T. Levenseller, who will delay his enrollment at WSU until January, a process known as grayshirting. The son of Cougar offensive coordinator Mike Levenseller, the Pullman High graduate signed with the Cougs in February as a quarterback, although coach Bill Doba has been clear there's a possibility he could still play elsewhere.

Randy Affholter, the East coach and Ellensburg head man, said the younger Levy has diverse talents on the gridiron.

"Levenseller, he can definitely play. He's legit. He could probably play wide receiver, quarterback, running back, safety, linebacker. He's quick, he's athletic and he's smart. He's the real deal," Affholter told the Yakima Herald.

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