Bulldog football signs 14 prep standouts

UMW News Bureau

Bulldog football coach Rich Ferris completed his 2010 recruiting class with the signing of 14 prep standouts from Idaho, Montana and Washington. By Wally Feldt
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University of Montana Western head football coach Rich Ferris announced the signing of 14 new recruits. Ricardo Araujo, of Grand View, Idaho; Dylan Bloyed of Lovelock, Nev.; Kris Bragg of Kennewick, Wash.; Jahu Coleman of Snohomish, Wash.; Shawn Taylor Evans of Seeley Lake, Mont.; Brendan Gallacher of Lynnwood, Wash.; Nolan Leifer of Renton, Wash.; Corbin Newbary of Florence, Mont.; Gage Orosco of Spokane, Wash.; Mike Riley of Priest River, Idaho; Cody D. Stewart of Puyallup, Wash.; Zachery Lynn Stinson of Leadore, Idaho; and Tucker Taylor and Tony Wilson of Fernley, Nev. all signed Frontier Conference/NAIA letters of intent to play with the Bulldogs. Araujo, a 2010 graduate of  Rimrock High School, is a 5-foot-8, 168-pound running back. During his prep career, he played both quarterback and running back, earning all-conference honors at both positions. In his senior season, Araujo rushed for 1,899 yards and 19 touchdowns on 196 carries. He passed for 947 yards and seven touchdowns. In his career, he rushed for 5,195 yards and 66 touchdowns on 543 carries. He passed for 947 yards and seven touchdowns. Araujo was selected to all-scholastic teams in all sports. “Ricardo is a tremendous athlete who possesses both a strong arm and tremendous mobility,” Ferris said. “He is a good decision maker and a good competitor.” Araujo is the son of Martin and Linda and plans to major in health and human performance. Bloyed, a 2010 graduate of Pershing CountyHigh School, is a 5-10, 155-pound quarterback. In his senior season, he passed for 1,796 yards and 19 touchdowns and rushed for 843 yards and 12 touchdowns on 134 carries. Bloyed was named the conference’s most valuable offensive player, earned first-team all-state honors and was selected to play in the Sertoma Classic All-Star game. He also participated in basketball and baseball. In the classroom, Bloyed maintained a 3.9 GPA and was selected to his school’s honor roll and the National Honor Society. “A dual threat at quarterback, Dylan can definitely run and throw,” Ferris said. “We cannot wait to see what he can do once he arrives in Dillon. He is truly a student-athlete.” Bloyed is the son of Darin and Margaret Bloyed and plans to major in business. Bragg, a 2010 graduate of Kamiakin High School, is a 6-4, 215-pound tackle and long snapper. He was elected team captain his senior season. In his senior season, Bragg recorded 61 tackles and nine quarterback sacks. He received all-conference honors as both an offensive tackle and defensive tackle and all-area honors as an offensive lineman. Bragg was selected his team’s lineman of the year. “We are pleased to have Kris become a Bulldog,” Ferris said. “He has a lot of potential in becoming a good player in the future. His work ethic, intelligence and intensity are all valuable intangibles that will enable Kris to be successful.” Bragg also participated in track. He maintained a 3.45 GPA and will major in biology. He is the son of Katy and Rob Bragg. Coleman, a 2010 graduate of Glacier Peak High School, is a 5-10, 180-pound cornerback and running back. In his senior season, he rushed for 228 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. He caught one pass for 25 yards and a touchdown. Defensively, he recorded 22 tackles and two interceptions. “Jahu is a tall defensive back with speed and quickness,” Ferris added. “He is a big hitter  who comes to Montana Western with a tremendous amount of potential.” Coleman is the son of Winfred and Candace and will major in business. Evans, a 2010 graduate of Seeley Swan High School, is a 5-11, 175-pound running back and outside linebacker. In his senior season, he rushed for 561 yards and 12 touchdowns on 84 carries. For his career, he rushed for 1,096 yards and 22 touchdowns on 140 attempts. In his senior season, he recorded 42 tackles, two quarterback sacks and one interception. For his career, he recorded 94 tackles. He was also a kicker and was 45 of 50 in points after touchdown. “Kick, run, pass or catch, Shawn does it all,” Ferris said. “We are excited to have Shawn join us at Montana Western. He is just a well-rounded athlete competitive in three sports. Shawn will compete for playing time right away.” Evans earned all-conference honors in football, basketball and track. He is the son of David and Cheryl and is undecided on his major. Gallacher, a 2004 graduate of Bothell High School, is a 6-1, 240-pound tight end. He earned first-team all-King county honors. In his career, he caught 39 passes for 583 yards and five touchdowns. From the defensive side, he recorded 40 tackles, three quarterback sacks and one interception. “Brendan will add depth to our much-needed tight end depth,” Ferris noted. “A good athlete, Brendan blocks well and can catch the ball in traffic. He is a competitor and a team leader on the field.” Gallacher is the son of Joel and Alison Gallacher and will major in tourism and recreation.
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Leifer, a 2010 graduate of Liberty High School, is a 6-3, 275-pound defensive tackle. He recorded 28.5 tackles and two quarterback sacks and received honorable mention all-conference honors. “Nolan is a strong run-stuffing defensive tackle,” Ferris said. “He has great hands and plays with great toughness. Nolan’s biggest strengths will be his size and quickness.” Leifer is the son of Randy and Rosemary Leifer and will major in business. Newbary, a 2010 graduate of Florence-Carlton High School, is a 5-6, 140-pound wide receiver. In high school, he rushed for 185 yards and seven touchdowns, catching 18 passes for 285 yards and eight touchdowns. Defensively, he recorded 35 tackles, one quarterback sack and three interceptions. Newbary earned all-conference honors as a cornerback, running back and return specialist. “We are always pleased to have versatile athletes join our program,” Ferris said. “Corbin is definitely an individual who fits that profile as he can play multiple positions equally well. Pound for pound, Corbin Newbary is a player.” Newbary also competed in wrestling where he earned all-state honors in each of his four prep seasons. He is the son of Ben and Jamie Newbary and will major in biology. Orosco, a 2010 graduate of Joel E. Ferris High School, is a 5-11, 175-pound running back. In his senior season, he rushed for 1,084 yards, six touchdowns on 149 carries, and caught 21 passes for 451 yards and three touchdowns. Orosco also earned second-team all conference honors. “Gage is a great player from a great school,” Ferris said. “He has excellent vision and speed. He brings a lot of winning experience to the Bulldog program after playing in three straight 4A semi-finals and in the state championship game in 2oo9.” Orosco was the recipient of the Chase Youth Award. He is the son of John and Melissa Orosco and is undecided on his major. Riley, a 2010 graduate of Priest River Lamanna High School, is a 6-foot, 197-pound linebacker. He recorded 89 tackles, two quarterback sacks and one interception. Riley received all-conference and all-state honors and was nominated for the all-north Idaho football player of the years. “I was very impressed with Mike’s ability on film, but having listened to him talk football, I realized that he really understands the game,” Ferris stated. “He has studied film and has been coached beyond his high school years.” Riley also competed in wrestling. He is the son of Mike and Camille and will major in business. Stewart, a 2010 graduate of Puyallup High School, is a 6-3, 205-pound tight end. He was selected his team’s most valuable player and captain, and earned second-team all-district honors. “Cody is a dual threat tight end who can both block and catch,” Ferris said. “A big, strong target who comes from a very competitive conference, Cody will come in with a variety of skills.” Stewart was actively involved in his school’s business and marketing Decca program. He is the son of Terry and Cindy Stewart and will major in business education. Stinson, a 2010 graduate of Leadore High School, is a 5-9 running back. In his senior season, he rushed for 1,006 yards and 13 touchdowns on 68 carries. He caught 50 passes for 480 yards and five touchdowns. In his career, he rushed for 2,766 yards and 31 touchdowns in addition to catching 82 passes for 1,398 yards and 19 touchdowns. Defensively, Stinson recorded 155 tackles, four quarterback sacks and five interceptions his senior season. He also recorded 372 tackles, 13 quarterback sacks and 16 interceptions. Stinson received the ESPN Rise award for recording 204 tackles in eight games in 2008. He earned first-team all-West 6-man football honors. “Zach definitely made the most of his high school football career,” Ferris said. “Playing well both on offense and defense gives him a big decision when he arrives in the fall. A well-rounded student-athlete, Zach will be a welcome addition to UMW.” Stinson also participated in basketball and track. He is the son of Dallas Clark and will major in biology. Taylor, a 2010 graduate of Fernley High School, is a 5-8, 175-pound wide receiver. In his senior season, he caught 48 passes for 528 yards and seven touchdowns. For his career, he caught 65 passes for 702 yards and 11 touchdowns. Taylor earned all-conference honors and was selected the most valuable wide receiver at the Nevada football camp. “Tucker is a a true possession receiver,” Ferris said. “He runs good routes, catches the ball well. Tucker definitely gets the most out of his size. We feel Tucker will remind the Bulldog faithful of Wes Welker.” Taylor also participated in baseball and wrestling. In baseball, he earned all-conference honors as both a pitcher and all-conference and all-state honors as a utility player. He placed third at the Nevada state wrestling championship. Taylor is the son of Heather Moyle and Rick Taylor and will major in elementary education. Wilson, a 2010 graduate of Fernley High School, is a 6-0, 205-pound tight end. In his senior season, he caught 10 passes for 83 yards and two touchdowns. As a linebacker, he recorded 48 tackles and 1.5 quarterback sacks. Wilson earned all-conference and all-state honors as a tight end. “Tony is exactly what we are looking for in a tight end,” Ferris said. “He is an outstanding route runner and blocker with very good hands.” Wilson is the son of Brian and Sharron Wilson and will major in mathematics.