Barsi Earns Another All-America Honor; Aggies Ranked No. 24 In Final Coaches Poll

Jonathan Barsi was named to The Sports Network All-America second team on Monday. <br> (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 
Jonathan Barsi was named to The Sports Network All-America second team on Monday.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

Dec. 18, 2006

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DAVIS, Calif. -- UC Davis free safety Jonathan Barsi was named on Monday to The Sports Network 2006 I-AA/FCS All-America second team - his second All-America honor in the past week - while the Aggies earned a No. 24 ranking in the final College Sports News (CSN) Coaches Poll, it was announced.

Barsi, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior from Los Altos, was named last week to the Associated Press All-America I-AA first team last week for his first career- All-America honor. He led the Aggies with six interceptions this season, including three against Sacramento State during the 53rd annual Causeway Classic on Nov. 18. He returned one 44 yards for a touchdown. He also had a key 72-yard kickoff return, helping set up UC Davis' first score in its 30-16 win.

Barsi led the team with 61 total tackles this past season, including 34 solo, while also breaking up three passes and recovering a fumble. Besides Sacramento State, he posted interceptions in the Aggies' two prior games against South Dakota State and North Dakota State. Barsi also had a pick in the season opener at Northern Colorado. His interception return yardage totaled 102 yards for the season.

Barsi is the second Aggie to be honored on The Sports Network All-America team in as many years, joining teammate Tony Kays who was named to the third team last year after his 93-catch campaign.

The Sports Network is the administrator of one of the primary weekly top 25 polls as well as the major individual awards, including the Payton Award for the top Football Championship Subdivision/I-AA player and the Buck Buchanan Award for the top defensive player. New Hampshire quarterback Ricky Santos won the Payton Award this season while linebacker Kyle Shotwell of Cal Poly captured the Buchanan Award.

The Sports Network All-America team, individual awards and weekly poll are voted on by the media and sports information directors. The final TSN poll was also released on Monday with UC Davis earning 50 points for an unofficial ranking of No. 29.

The final CSN Coaches Poll was released on Monday with the Aggies finishing at No. 24 after beating No. 18 San Diego 37-27 in their final game of the season. It was UC Davis' first appearance in the national poll since Oct. 23. The Great West Conference - which also featured No. 5 North Dakota State (10-1), No. 14 Cal Poly (7-4) and No. 21 South Dakota State (7-4) - was one of three conferences with four schools in the poll, joining the Big Sky and Gateway Conferences.

National champion Appalachian State was the No. 1 team in both the major polls.

UC Davis finished the season with a 6-5 record, its 37th consecutive winning campaign.