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Royals and Larsen were also recognized as first-team all-Mountain West performers for the season.
Royals’ achievement marks him as the first Aggie wide receiver to earn All-America honors since Kevin Curtis in 2001. He is also only the eighth receiver in school history to be named an All-American. Additionally, he is just the third Aggie wide receiver to be named at least a third-team All-American.
Larsen, who was named a College Football News Honorable Mention Freshman All-American in 2022, joins a select group of defensive backs to earn All-America honors in school history.
Royals, a 6-0, 195-pound wide receiver, has had a remarkable season, with 68 catches for 1,023 yards and 14 touchdowns. He has posted four 100-yard receiving games, becoming just the 13th player in school history with a 1,000-yard receiving season.
In addition, Royals leads the nation with seven touchdown receptions of at least 50 yards and ranks second in the nation in total touchdown receptions with 14.
Larsen, a 5-10, 185-pound safety, leads the team in multiple defensive categories, including blocked kicks, interceptions, and tackles, further establishing him as a standout in the sport.
Utah State will participate in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 23, at 1:30 p.m. where they will face Georgia State. The game will be televised on ESPN.
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