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Two Viking football players honored

Portland State’s football team had two players honored for their contributions in the 2002 season.

Senior quarterback Juston Wood was selected to play in the East-West Shrine All-Star Football game this last Saturday. Wood was two of nine for 16-yards in the West’s loss to the East, 20-17. Wood was originally going to play in the Paradise Bowl Senior All-Star Game in St. George, Utah. With Iowa State’s Seneca Wallace not participating, it gave Woods the opportunity to play in the premier All-Star game in the country. Wood played with Ken Dorsey (East’s quarterback) and Malaefou MacKenzie (West’s running back).

Along with the All-Star game, Wood was honored for a second year in a row as a second-team Academic All-American by Division I-AA Athletic Directors Association. He is also one of 10 finalists for I-AA ADA Inagural 5,000 dollar Post-Graduate Scholarship.

The other Viking honored from the gridiron is offensive lineman Devan Kelley. Kelley was selected to the Don Hansen Football Gazette All-West Team. The All-Star team consists of players from seven conferences, including the Big Sky.

Kelley was also named first team All-Big Sky lineman and the Viks Most Valuable Lineman earlier this season. The 6-foot-1, 270-pound senior was a key blocker for both Wood and Ryan Fuqua, who both had successful seasons.

Men’s basketball takes to the Coliseum

Tomorrow the struggling Vikings take on the nationally ranked Oregon Ducks at the Memorial Coliseum at 6 p.m. It will be the sixth meeting in seven years between the Viks and Ducks. Oregon leads the series 4-1, 2-0 in Portland.

The Vikings, 3-12, have struggled at home and away. The Ducks, ranked 22nd nationally, have lost three of it’s last four Pac-10 games and fallen to 10-4.