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Jeremy McNichols ‘14 was selected in the fifth round of the NFL Draft (162nd overall) by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the 2017 NFL Draft. In his Jr. year at Boise State was also a Doak Walker Award Semi-finalist, finished the season with 27 touchdowns which ranked him second in the nation and third all-time in a single season at Boise State. He finished his 3 year career at Boise State with 3,205 yards rushing and 103 receptions for 1,089 yards. Jeremy is the 5th Eagle to be drafted into the NFL.
Kris Farris '95 & Carson Palmer '98 named to the Pac-12 All-Century Team
Max Tuerk ‘12 was selected #66 (3rd round) in the 2016 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. Max made the 2014 All-Pac-12 first team as well as the ESPN.com All-Pac-12 first team, Athlon All-Pac-12 first team, Phil Steele All-Pac-12 first team and CollegeSportsMadness.com All-Pac-12 first team. He won USC's Offensive Lineman of the Year Award. Max was a 2x team captain for the USC Trojans.
Gavin Escobar ‘09 was drafted as the 47th overall pick (2nd round) by the Dallas Cowboys in the 2013 NFL Draft. Escobar, the 6-foot-6 254 pound San Diego State University tight end, was drafted the third tight end off the board and will be suiting up as a Dallas Cowboy receiving catches from Tony Romo. His three-year successful career at SDSU ended with 122 catches, 1,646 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns. He was also named a two-time first team all Mountain West Conference selection and a two-time honorable mention All-American.
AJ Cruz ‘09 went on to play at Brown University where he was a team captain, a first-team FCS All-American by the American Football Coaches Association and a three time First Team All-Ivy athlete. AJ played in the Arena League for the Arizona Rattlers and the LA Kiss where he was on the AMC TV show "4th and Loud" which followed the LA Kiss through their inaugural football season. AJ was then called up to the NFL where he played for the Chicago Bears and the Miami Dolphins.
Logan Harrell ‘08 played at Fresno State University where he was a two time first team All-WAC defensive lineman for the Bulldogs. Tied for second on the team with 71 tackles and was second in the WAC and tied for 16th in the FBS with 17.0 tackles for a loss, which also tied for the third-most in a year in school history. He was also named the team's most valuable defensive lineman. He went on to play for the LA Kiss, Toronto Argonauts (CFL) and the San Diego Chargers.
Mark Restelli ‘04 earned a scholarship to Cal Poly (2005-2008), where he started 44 of his 46 games. He had 267 tackles (137 solo), including 16.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, two fumble recoveries, one forced fumble, three interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), 14 passes defended and one blocked kick in 46 games. His 267 career tackles is No. 10 on Cal Poly's all-time career tackles list. He earned 2007 All-Great West honorable mention as a roving defensive back. He went on to play for the Edmonton Eskimos (CFL) and the Miami Dolphins.
Carson Palmer ‘98 won the 2002 Heisman Trophy Award as the top collegiate football player in the nation. After leading USC to a regular season record of 10-2 and a ranking of 4th in the nation, Carson was named the CNNSI College Football Player of the year, CNNSI 1st Team All-American, Football Writers Association of America's 1st Team All-American, CBS Sportsline.com 1st Team All-American, ESPN.com 1st Team All-American, Pac-10 Co-Offensive Player of the Year, USC's Most Valuable Player, and also won the prestigious Unitas Golden Arm Award given to the top Sr. Quarterback in the nation. Carson was selected as the number 1 pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in the 2003 NFL Draft. Carson went on to play for the Cincinnati Bengals, Oakland Raiders and Phoenix Cardinals in the NFL.
Kris Farris ‘95 won the 1998 Outland Trophy Award as an athlete at UCLA. The Outland Trophy celebrates the nations top collegiate interior lineman. Kris was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft (74th overall) by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1999 NFL Draft.
Brian Finneran ‘94 won the 1997 Walter Payton Award as a Wide Receiver at Villanova University. The Walter Payton Award recognizes the top Division I-AA Football player in the nation. Brian went on to play for the Atlanta Falcons.