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DAVIS, Calif. –
Senior sociology – organizational studies major Keelan Doss
and junior communication major Jake Maier
earned All-America honors from HERO Sports when the outlet announced all three of this year's teams. When revealed, Doss earned a spot on the first team and Maier was selected to the third team.
This is the third All-America honor earned by the wide receiver and first for the third-year quarterback this year. The pair comprised two of UC Davis' three captains, as selected by the team for the 2018 season.
During the 100th year of Aggie football, Doss and Maier were instrumental in helping the team enjoy its most successful season. In addition to winning the program's first Big Sky Conference championship, UC Davis also captured its first-ever FCS playoff bid — it earned a No. 6 seed from the NCAA Selection Committee — and first FCS playoff victory.
Doss led all conference players with his 9.1 receptions per game average, which ranked him No. 3 among all players in the nation — even with opposing defenses focusing their game plans around last season's consensus All-American and Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year. His 102.6 receiving yards per game average was the 13th-highest figure in the country; his nine receiving TDs was another national top-25 total.
No Big Sky quarterback averaged more passing yards per game than Maier, the only league player to post 300 or more yards per game this past season. His 302.4 ypg clip was the fourth-highest in the country.
That was one of seven top-10 NCAA figures posted by Maier; he ended his junior season ranked No. 2 in passing TDs (34), No. 3 in passing yards (3,931) and completions per game (28), No. 6 in points responsible for (230.0), No. 7 in points responsible for per game (17.7) and completion percentage (.654).
In addition to the team's 10 overall, seven league victories, 11 weeks spent as a nationally ranked team (reaching as high as No. 4) and six-game win streak, all new program records, this Aggie duo set a slew of new marks this past season.
Doss, a first team All-Big Sky selection in '18, is now responsible for new career all-time marks in the following categories: receptions (321), receiving yards (4,069) and 100-yard games (19). Doss will also end his college career with another three Big Sky-era program records in receiving touchdowns (28), total touchdowns (29) and all-purpose yards (4,218).
Maier, this season's Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year and unanimous first team all-conference selection, holds new Big Sky-era career records in six categories, and is within striking distance of each of the following all-time marks: passing yards (7,600), 300-yard games (15), pass attempts (1,003), pass completions (670), touchdown passes (60) and total yards (7,562).
The defending Big Sky Conference champions will play five games at Aggie Stadium and face five postseason teams throughout the 2019 season; UC Davis football fans can secure the best seats for the entire year by purchasing season tickets
. If you are a current season ticket holder, you will receive renewal information early next year.
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