July 18, 2013
Phil Steele's College Football Preview | College Football Performance
DAVIS, Calif. - Preseason honors continue to roll in for the UC Davis football team with four Aggies recognized by Phil Steele's College Football Preview, and one of the quartet - cornerback Jonathan Perkins - adding another honor on a College Football Performance Awards Watch List.
Fullback Dalton Turay, named Monday to the preseason All-Big Sky Conference team, was selected to the All-Big Sky first team by Phil Steele's while tight end Taylor Sloat, defensive end Nick King and Perkins were each recognized on the second team.
Additionally, Perkins was named to the CFPA Kickoff Returner Award Watch List. He is the third Aggie to earn recognition by the CFPA this season.
Turay, a 5-foot-10, 220-pound junior from Pleasanton, was named to Phil Steele's team after rushing for 234 yards and seven touchdowns while catching 21 passes for 156 yards and another score. He had two multi-touchdown games.
Sloat, a 6-4, 235-pound senior from Fall River Mills, enjoyed a standout 2012 season for the Aggies, catching 30 passes for 428 yards and a pair of touchdowns. It's the second preseason honor for Sloat who was earlier named to the CFPA Tight End Award Watch List.
King, a 6-3, 245-pound senior from Mill Valley, led UC Davis in both tackles for losses (14.0 for 64 yards) and sacks (6.5 for 42 yards) while tying for the team lead in quarterback hurries with three. He also forced two fumbles and finished with 48 tackles, including 21 solo.
Perkins, a 5-11, 285-pound senior from Gardena in Southern California, was a double-threat for UC Davis last season from both his defensive back position and on special teams. Phil Steele's recognized him this preseason for his defensive play after Perkins posted two interceptions, including one which he returned 69 yards for a touchdown against nationally ranked South Dakota State. He finished with 36 tackles and one fumble recovery which he returned 22 yards. Perkins was named All-Big Sky honorable mention last year.
Perkins was also a force as a kick returner, leading to his preseason recognition from College Football Performance. He led UC Davis in return yards (448), averaging 24.9 yards which ranked him 30th in the FCS.
"Congratulations to Jonathan Perkins on earning a spot on the 2013 CFPA Watch List," said CFPA Executive Director Brad Smith. "As demonstrated on his 81-yard touchdown return against Sacramento State in 2012, Perkins is one of the nation's top kickoff returners."
He's the second special teams player named to a CFPA Awards Watch List this summer, joining placekicker Brady Stuart.
Phil Steele's College Football Preview also announced its preseason position ratings and several Aggies were selected among the top 35 at their respective spots. Earning recognition were Turay (12th, fullbacks), Sloat (18th, tight ends), Perkins (19th, kick returners; 25th, cornerbacks), Stuart (28th, placekickers), Randy Wright (33rd, quarterbacks) and Corey Galindo (35th, wide receivers).
UC Davis will open practice for the upcoming 2013 season on Aug. 5, preparing for the opener at the University of South Dakota on Aug. 31. The schedule features six home games and six on the road. Northern Arizona visits for a nonconference matchup in the home opener on Aug. 14.