Deyo earns all-conference nod

December 27, 2001|By CHRIS GRANT, Sports Editor

Seth Deyo certainly knows how to make an entrance.

The former Central Union High School football and basketball standout and current Sacramento State tight end was recently named honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference for the recent season, his first with the team.

The selection was even more impressive considering Deyo didn't even get the chance to play in the team's first game.

"Things started off kind of rocky," said Deyo, a junior listed at 6 feet 3 inches and 266 pounds in the Hornets' media guide. "I didn't have the first game under my belt and that hurt, so I started off slow and it took me a couple games to come around. By week four I had caught on and then I started to progress and play better and better."

The reason the 20-year-old Deyo missed his team's first game was a problem with his transcripts. He played his first two years at Palomar College in San Marcos before transferring to Sacramento State. Unfortunately, Deyo got to Sacramento before his transcripts and he had to sit out the first game. He almost missed the Hornets' second game but was able to turn in the transcripts the day before the game, allowing him to suit up.


The paperwork problems Deyo had did not follow him onto the field. He finished the season with 23 catches and one touchdown for a Sacramento State team that went 2-9. While his personal game did not suffer, it was hard for Deyo to take the losses.

"That was the worst season I've had ever," he said. "We had a seven-game losing streak and you can just about lose it over seven weeks of losing."

Deyo said it was easier to deal with the team's struggles because he roomed with two of his former Palomar teammates.

"My roommates made it easier to cope," he said. "You just have to keep busy. The more time you have to think about losing the more it eats at you."

After playing two years of junior college ball for Palomar, this was Deyo's first playing for the Division I-AA Hornets. He felt the jump was not that hard.

"Consistency is the key," he added. "You're allowed to make a lot more mistakes on the junior college level. Here you're graded on every play. At this level you're not allowed to take a play off."

One thing that made it easier for Deyo was the tough competition in the Mission Conference in which Palomar plays. As a tight end he usually matched up against the opposing team's linebackers and he said the linebackers he saw in the Mission Conference were quicker than the ones he faced this year.

"The linebackers were a little slower than they were in the Mission Conference," he said. "That made the biggest difference. When the linebackers are slower it makes you more effective."

While earning all-conference honors would be nice for most players, Deyo thinks he could have done better.

"I'm not necessarily happy," he said of his season. "I took nine units of summer school and that hurt my training. It took me four weeks to get acclimated, but it progressed into a positive season. In my eyes I should have been the first team all-conference tight end."

Not only is Deyo eyeing the first-team, he has an even bigger goal in the back of his mind for next season.

"I set goals for myself back when I was working at Trader Joe's (in San Diego)," he added. "I told them that I'd be a Division I-AA All-American and that is my goal and that has been my goal."

And what does he think he needs to do to attain this honor?

"My blocking is fine," he continued. "As a receiver I took until game four and then I broke out with four or five catches. I need to increase my speed and that will give me the overall package."

Deyo, majoring in communication studies, has one other goal that he, like all football players, keeps in the back of his mind. That is the goal of the NFL.

Before he came home for the Christmas break, Deyo had an evaluation with his tight end coach, who used to play for the Washington Redskins. The results were positive for Deyo.

"He feels like I've got a shot," Deyo said. "He told me to come to spring ball ready to play and that scouts would take a look."

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