Butler, Corbett and Reed named to the first team.
Austin Corbett and Malik Reed represented on the second team, while James Butler, Wyatt Demps and Asauni Rufus grab honorable mentions.
Seau is MVP
Defense has the upper hand with specialized spring game scoring format.
The Wolf Pack emerged victorious in a hotly contested, back-and-forth game.
JUNIOR (2017) - Earned preseason All-Mountain West honors from Athlon Sports ... Became an all-conference performer last season and established himself as one of the top defensive backs in the nation, ranking in the top 20 in solo tackles per game ... Will be one of the leaders in the Pack’s defensive backfield along with Dameon Baber.
SOPHOMORE (2016) – Earned honorable mention honors in All-Mountain West selections … Recorded a total of 95 tackles on the year, including 67 solo … His 5.6 solo tackles per game ranked 17th in the nation and was third in the Mountain West … Forced a career-high two fumbles at Purdue (9/24) … Finished the year with three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries … Recorded his season high of 11 tackles against Wyoming (10/22) … Put up double-figure tackles in four games of the season … Blocked a kick for the first time in his career against San Diego State (11/12) … Posted two pass breakups during the year … Recorded a sack against San Diego State (11/12) … Made at least five tackles in each of the 12 games … Had 2.5 tackles for loss on the year … Started all 12 games of the season … Named Nevada’s defensive player of the game following the UNLV game (11/26) where he posted five tackles and picked off a pass to seal the win for the Pack … Letter winner.
REDSHIRT FRESHMAN (2015) - Played in all 13 games with 12 starts at safety … Led the team in tackles with 105 stops, becoming the first freshman to post 100 tackles in a single season since DeShone Myles in 1994 … Ranked ninth in the Mountain West in total tackles and second among defensive backs … Ranked third in FBS among freshmen in total tackles … On the season, posted 105 tackles, three passes defended, one interception and one forced fumble … Co-winner of Nevada’s Newcomer of the Year Award … Opened the season with a game-high 12 tackles in Nevada’s win over UC Davis … Posted a game-high 10 tackles with one pass breakup against Pac-12 foe Arizona … Tallied one forced fumble in Nevada’s victory over New Mexico … Recorded his first career interception and returned it 29 yards, leading Nevada past Hawai’i … Set a career-high with 13 tackles and one pass breakup at Utah State … Posted at least seven tackles in all but three games on the season … Tallied nine tackles in Nevada’s victory in the 2015 Arizona Bowl … Letter winner.
FRESHMAN (2014) - Did not see action in the regular season … Redshirted … Letter winner.
HIGH SCHOOL - From Bakersfield (Calif.) High School ... Had a standout season as a senior, rushing for 1,857 yards and throwing for 1,504 and accounting for a total of 44 touchdowns as he led his team to a state championship ... Was Central Valley MVP and the CIF Section Player of the Year ... Named a finalist for state Player of the Year honors and earned first-team all-state accolades ... As a junior rushed for 1,085 yards and 12 touchdowns while throwing for 1,733 yards and 16 touchdowns ... Also lettered in track and field.
PERSONAL - Born Asauni Robert Rufus ... Son of Tina Garza and Curtis Rufus ... Majoring in psychology ... Was also recruited by Cal Poly and UC Davis ... Enjoy spending time with family and playing other sports.