85 Tony Kays
2006 PRESEASON: ALL-AMERICA SECOND TEAM by The Sports Network and I-AA.org.
2005: TRIPLE ALL-AMERICAN by Associated Press (second team), The Sports Network (third team) and Don Hansen's Football Gazette (second team)... ALL-GREAT WEST FOOTBALL CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM.. Won team's JERRY NORRIS AWARD as most valuable and inspirational player... Won university's COLBY E. "BABE" SLATER AWARD as outstanding male athlete of the year... Became first underclassman to win Slater Award since swimmer Tea Austin won it (also as a junior) in 2000... Only other junior football player to capture the Slater Award was current Aggie offensive coordinator Mike Moroski, who shared the award as a junior then won it outright as a senior...
Shattered school record with 93 receptions, breaking Michael Oliva's old mark of 75, set in 13 games in 2001... That total would have led all I-AA players if UC Davis were eligible for NCAA statistical leaders... Also would have ranked 6th nationally in receiving yards (1,213), 7th in receiving yards per game (110.3), T35th in all-purpose yards (124.3) and 48th in punt-return average (8.22)... Tied school record for single-game receptions (12) in opener vs. New Hampshire, then broke it with 15 catches vs. Portland State one week later... Twice earned GWFC Offensive Player of the Week honors... First award was for his 15-for-165 outing vs. Portland State... Repeated the honor after catching 13 passes for 212 yards vs. Cal Poly... Became just the 4th player in school history to break double-century mark for single-game receiving yards... Had six other games with 100 or more yards and enjoyed five total games with 10 or more catches... Followed UNH-PSU start with 10-for-115 night at Stanford... Among the receptions in that historic upset was an acrobatic grab in the final moments of the quarter that put Aggies on the Cardinal 6-yard line and set up Blaise Smith's winning TD... Followed Stanford game with 10 grabs, 182 yards and one of season's 3 TDs at Sacramento State.
CAREER RECORD WATCH: Needs 54 receptions to surpass Charley Enos' mark of 194, set from 1998-2001... Stands more than 1,500 yards from Oliva's career receiving yards total of 3,379, but should become just the 6th player in school history to break the 2,000-yard milestone... With 1,873 heading into 2006, needs just 127 to do so.
2004: ALL-GWFC HONORABLE MENTION... Won team's T. PALMER MOODY AWARD as outstanding sophomore of the year... Started all 10 games at slot... Finished 2nd on team with 38 receptions for 511 yards and 5 TDs... Hauled in season-high 6 passes in 4 different games... Caught game-winning TD against Cal Poly, bringing in 14-yarder from Jon Grant with 13 seconds left... Finished that game with 6-for-116 receiving numbers.
2003: Recipient of MIKE WISE AWARD as team's outstanding freshman... Started 8 of 10 games played... Caught 10 passes for 149 yards and a TD... First collegiate reception was 8-yarder from Ryan Flanigan midway through 3rd quarter at North Dakota State... Lone TD was for 9 yards at 3:19 in 1st quarter vs. Saint Mary's... Had 9-yard rush vs. Western Washington.
2002: Redshirted... Co-winner (with Clayton O'Kane) of GEORGE BELENIS AWARD as outstanding redshirt... Named Scout Offense Player of the Week for Cal Poly and second Central Washington game.
ELK GROVE HS '02: Earned first-team All-Delta League honors... Caught 62 passes for 1,024 yards and 9 TDs as a senior... Member of Thundering Herd team that went 14-0 and captured Sac-Joaquin Section title... Described in Cal-Hi Sports as having "one of the best pair of hands of any wideout in Northern California" (Oct. 23, 2001 issue)... Nominated for that magazine's Receiver of the Year honors.
PERSONAL: Born in Sacramento, Calif.... Economics major... Parents are Jerry Kays & Christine Tsukamoto... Career highlight was scoring a 72-yard touchdown against local dynasty Nevada Union in the section playoffs.