Hall named Colorado Offensive Player of the Year
Jan. 18, 2008
University of Colorado's Jordon Dizon was voted as the 2007 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame - Colorado Chapter Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year. United States Air Force Academy's Chad Hall was the unanimous choice for the organizations Offensive Player of the Year. Jared Keating of Mesa State and head coach Joe Ramunno were selected as this years Special Teams Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.
The 2007 NFF All-Colorado Team was voted on by the organization's board members and the sports information directors from each of the 10 Colorado football-playing institutions.
A consensus first team All-American, a unanimous first team All-Big 12 performer and the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year, Dizon was the nation's leading solo tackler (12) and second overall (160). He had a school record 19 third down stops and had 25 for zero or minus yardage.
Hall was the only player in the nation to lead his team in rushing (1,415) and receiving (488) this season in 2007. He led the nation in all-purpose yards over the last seven weeks with an average of 257.5 yards per game and was ranked second nationally in rushing yards over the last seven weeks with an average of 179.5 yards per game. Hall set a school-record with 275 rushing yards and 333 all-purpose yards vs. Army. He has recorded four of the top six single-game all-purpose yardage marks in school history. Hall rushed for 1,415 yards this season (second most in school history) and he set a new single-season Academy record for all-purpose yards with 2,504. Hall led the Mountain West Conference in rushing with a 117.9 average and in all-purpose yards with an average of 208.7.
The 2007 Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Year, Keating ranked first in Division II in field goals per game and 37th overall in scoring. He led the RMAC in field goals (22), field goal percentage (66.7) and scoring (kicks) with 7.8 points per game and was second overall. He also ranked fourth overall in point-after touchdowns (84.8 percent). Keating was named to the 2007 Daktronics All-Southwest Region First Team and was selected as the RMAC Special Teams Player of the Week on Sept. 3, 2007, and the D2football.com Special Teams Player of the Week on Aug. 28, 2007.
Head coach Joe Ramunno led the Mavericks to a second place league finish (7-1) and to a berth in the NCAA playoffs. Mesa State, who finished the season ranked 19th in the American Football Coaches Association, suffered their only two losses (10-2) to NCAA playoff contenders Chadron State and Abilene Christian. In his 10 years at Mesa State, Ramunno has led the Mavericks to the NCAA playoffs three times (1-3) and to two RMAC titles (2003, 2000). MSC's 10 victories marks the third time in his Maverick career (62-52) the team has won 10 games in a season. This season, his team ranked third in Division II in interceptions (23), fifth in rushing defense (71.3), seventh in total defense (260.1), 10th in scoring defense (16.4), 11th in turnover margin (1.3), and 12th in turnovers gained (33.0).
Air Force quarterback Shaun Carney, offensive linemen Blaine Guenther (senior) and Nick Charles (sophomore), along with seniors Drew Fowler (linebacker) and Carson Bird (cornerback) were also first-team selection. Senior linebacker John Rabold, sophomore safety Chris Thomas and junior defensive Ryan Kemp were named second-team.