July 12, 2014
PARK CITY, Utah - UC Davis opens preseason football practices in three weeks but football moves to center stage Monday and Tuesday when the Aggies travel to the annual Big Sky Summer Kickoff at Park City, Utah.
Second-year head coach Ron Gould, strong safety Charles Boyett, Director of Athletics Terry Tumey and administrative staff will participate in the event which will feature media interviews with players on Monday and head coaches on Tuesday.
The league will also announce its preseason All-Big Sky team and preseason coaches and media polls during the event. Conference meetings and social activities will also take place. Big Sky Commissioner Doug Fullerton, Director of Football Officials Karl Richins and Mark Jorgensen of ROOT SPORTS will address participants on Monday morning.
Boyett, a 6-foot, 205-pound senior from Napa, will represent the Aggies after leading the team with 86 total tackles, including 51 solo, last season. He added an interception which he returned 27 yards, four pass-breakups and forced two fumbles.
He will be joined by linebacker Nick Dzubnar (Cal Poly), quarterback Vernon Adams (Eastern Washington), quarterback Justin Arias (Idaho State), quarterback Jordan Johnson (Montana), linebacker Na'a Moeakiola (Montana State), safety Baylee Carr (North Dakota), linebacker Austin Hasquet (Northern Arizona), defensive tackle (Northern Colorado), wide receiver Kasey Kloss (Portland State), quarterback Garrett Safron (Sacramento State), defensive end James Cowser (Southern Utah) and defensive tackle (Weber State).
ROOT SPORTS will interview the players on Monday for use during its 11-game broadcast season this fall. The Aggies will appear twice on the schedule, facing Portland State on the road on Oct. 4 before hosting Montana State a week later. It'll be their first appearance on the regional network since 2012.
This week's event will help teams build excitement for the start of fall camp which begins on Aug. 4 for UC Davis. The Aggies will practice most days in preparation for the season opener at Stanford on Aug. 30. They'll start a five-game home schedule the following week against Fort Lewis (Colo.).
UC Davis returns 18 starters (8 offense, 6 defense, 4 special teams) from last year's team that won five of its last eight games to finish 5-7 overall and 5-3 and in a tie for fourth in the Big Sky Conference. Returning running back Gabe Manzanares was named the Big Sky Newcomer of the Year and was joined on the all-conference third team with kicker Brady Stuart. Nine Aggies return after earning All-Big Sky recognition last year.
Season tickets are currently on sale through the UC Davis Ticket Office at (530) 752-AGS1 or here
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