Kruger, Sorensen, Williams drafted in 7th round

Kruger, Sorensen, Williams drafted in 7th round

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Utah defensive end Joe Kruger, Southern Utah quarterback Brad Sorensen and Utah State running back Kerwynn Williams were all selected in the 7th round of the NFL Draft.
SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - Utah defensive end Joe Kruger, Southern Utah quarterback Brad Sorensen and Utah State running back Kerwynn Williams were all selected in the 7th round of the NFL Draft Saturday.

With BYU's Ziggy Ansah and Utah's Star Lotulelei going in the 1st round, and Utah State's Will Davis being picked in the 3rd round, all told, six local players were drafted this year.

Kruger, who bypassed his senior year at Utah to enter the 2013 NFL Draft, was taken with the sixth selection of the seventh round by Philadelphia. He becomes the second Ute defensive lineman taken in this year’s draft. Defensive tackle Star Lotulelei was drafted in the first round as the 14th overall pick by Carolina on Thursday.

Including Kruger and Lotulelei, there are now 24 Utes on current NFL rosters. Kruger is the sixth Ute in history drafted by the Eagles, the last being John Frank in 2000 in the sixth round.

Kruger (6-7, 280), a two-year starting defensive end and a three-year letterman, was honorable mention all-Pac-12 in 2012. Kruger played in 37-of-38 games from 2010-12 with 14 starts.

His older brother Paul was a second-round draft pick of Baltimore in 2009 and a starting linebacker for the 2013 Super Bowl champion Ravens. Paul signed a five-year contract with Cleveland last month. Brother-in-law Tony Bergstrom, a 2011 all-Pac-12 offensive lineman for the Utes, was selected in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders. Older brother Dave, a four-year starting defensive tackle for Utah from 2009-12, also hopes to land an NFL contract.

Sorensen was take in the 7th round with the 221st overall pick by the San Diego Chargers. Sorensen is the first player from Southern Utah University to ever to get drafted.

“That’s great, it’s exciting,” SUU Coach Ed Lamb said. “The key is, he’s good, he’s got legitimate ability and he’s going to get a shot. He was going to get a shot whether he got drafted or not, I knew that.”

A 2012 and 1013 Payton Award finalist, Sorensen threw for 3,139 yards and 23 TDs in 2012 to give him three straight seasons with over 3,000 passing yards. He finished his career as the school’s all-time leading passer, holding all of the school’s career and single-season passing records as well as all of its career total yards records.

Sorensen finished his three-year career at SUU with 9,445 passing yards and 61 touchdowns. This past season he also set the single-season pass attempts record with 439, his 273 completions are second on the school's list (behind his own 288 in 2011) and hte 3,139 passing yards are third (also behind his own 3,163 in 2010 and 3,143 in 2011). His 23 TD passes were the most during his career and they rank third on the SUU single-season list.

In 2012 Sorensen earned the FCS Elite Quarterback Award from College Football Performance Awards, was a second-team all-Big Sky honoree and received all-America recognition from the College Sports Journal. He also participated in the 2013 NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

This past season Sorensen completed 273-of-439 passes for 3,139 yards and 23 touchdowns while working with largely his third set of receivers in three years. He threw for over 300 yards five times, at Portland State (311), vs. Sacramento State (327), vs. Weber State (320), vs. Eastern Washington (392) and at North Dakota (363), had a pair of four-touchdown games, at Cal and at Portland State; and completed over 60 percent of his passes six times, at Cal (.689), at Portland State (.750), vs. Sacramento State (.625), vs. Weber State (.702), vs. Eastern Washington (.767) and at North Dakota (.655).

In 2011 he was named the Great West Conference's Offensive Player of the Year and he earned first-team all-GWC honors from both the coaches and media for the second straight season. In 2010 as a sophomore he completed 261-of-390 passes for a school-record 3,163 passing yards and 21 touchdowns.

Williams became the second Aggie picked in the 2013 NFL draft as he was selected in the seventh round by the Indianapolis Colts with the 230th pick. Williams joins USU All-American defensive back Will Davis who was taken in the third round by the Miami Dolphins with the 93rd overall pick. All-time, Utah State has now had 116 players selected in the NFL Draft.

With its two NFL Draft picks in 2013, Utah State has now had six players selected in the past three years. USU has also now had three running backs drafted into the NFL in the last two years, which is the most by any football program in the nation. During the 2012 NFL Draft, USU running back Robert Turbin was taken in the fourth round by the Seattle Seahawks with the 106th pick and fellow running back Michael Smith was taken by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the seventh round with the 212th pick. Overall, USU is the first program to have three running backs drafted in a two-year span since USC in 2010-11.

All-time, Williams is the fourth Utah State player to be drafted by the Colts organization joining running back Jack Hill in 1956 (13/151), offensive guard Gary Lund in 1958 (30/356) and defensive back Ocie Austin in 1968 (10/257). However, Williams is the first Aggie to be drafted by the Colts since it moved to Indianapolis in 1984.

Williams, a 5-8, 189-pounder from Las Vegas, Nev. (Valley HS), was named an honorable mention All-America by and a first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honoree during his senior season in 2012 as he finished the year ranking 10th in the nation in all-purpose yards (171.2 ypg), 13th in rushing (116.3 ypg) and tied for 20th in scoring (9.2 ppg). Williams rushed for 1,512 yards in 2012 to rank fourth all-time at USU for a single-season. He also ranked second all-time in school history in a single-season in points scored (120), second in total touchdowns (20), third in rushing touchdowns (15) and third in rushing average (6.9 ypc).

Williams also finished his senior season ranking second on the team in both receptions (45) and receiving yards (697), while tying for first in receiving touchdowns (5), and set the single-season school record for receiving yards by a running back, while his 45 receptions are the second-most by a running back in a single-season in school history. Williams also had 29 explosive plays (20-plus yards) on the year with 21 runs and eight receptions, including eight rushes and three receptions of 50-plus yards.

In his final collegiate game, Williams was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 Famous Idaho Potato Bowl as he rushed for a career-high 235 yards on just 18 carries (13.1 ypc) with three touchdowns in Utah State's 41-15 win against Toledo. Williams, who ended the 2012 season with four-straight 100-yard rushing games, was also named to the 2012-12 All-Bowl team for his performance against the Rockets.

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