<span style=”text-decoration: underline;”><strong>Nick Vigil selected 87th overall by the Cincinnati Bengals</strong></span>
Utah State all-conference linebacker Nick Vigil became the ninth Aggie selected to play professional football in the past six years as he was taken in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft with the 87th overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals.
In all, Vigil is the highest drafted Utah State player since fellow linebacker Bobby Wagner was selected in the second round (47th) of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.
Overall, Utah State has now had 119 players selected in the NFL Draft, including seven linebackers.
Vigil also joins older brother Zach Vigil in the NFL, as Zach is in his second-year as a linebacker for the Miami Dolphins.
Vigil is the sixth Aggie ever to be drafted by the Bengals organization joining defensive end Bill Staley (2/28) in 1968, defensive tackle Rich Zecher (expansion) in 1968, tight end Orlando Nelson (6/176) in 1976, defensive back Larry Hogue (10/278) in 1982 and wide receiver Kendal Smith (7/194) in 1989.
Vigil will join 13 other former Aggies who are currently on NFL rosters, including safety Maurice Alexander, who is with the Los Angeles Rams; defensive back Will Davis, who is with the Baltimore Ravens; defensive back Tay Glover-Wright, who is with the Indianapolis Colts; wide receiver Chuck Jacobs, who is with the Baltimore Ravens; offensive guard Tyler Larsen, who is with the Carolina Panthers; defensive back Nevin Lawson, who is with the Detroit Lions; long snapper Patrick Scales, who is with the Chicago Bears; offensive tackle Donald Penn, who is with the Oakland Raiders; tight end D.J. Tialavea, who is with the Atlanta Falcons; running back Robert Turbin, who is with the Indianapolis Colts; linebacker Zach Vigil, who is with the Miami Dolphins; linebacker Bobby Wagner, who is with the Seattle Seahawks; and running back Kerwynn Williams, who is with the Arizona Cardinals.
Vigil, a 6-2, 234-pound linebacker from Plain City, Utah (Fremont HS) earned first-team all-Mountain West honors for the second straight year this past season as a junior as he ranked first in the conference and sixth in the nation in tackles with 144 (11.1 pg), tied for fourth in the MW and tied for 26th in the nation in fumbles recovered with two (0.15 pg), and eighth in the MW in tackles for loss with 13.5 (1.04 pg).
In 2015, Vigil led the team with 144 tackles and was second overall with both 13.5 tackles for loss and four quarterback hurries, while tying for fourth on the team with 3.0 sacks and tying for first with two forced fumbles. He also tied for fourth on the team with two pass breakups, to go along with two fumble recoveries, which ranked tied for second on the team. His 144 tackles rank eighth all-time in school history as he led the team in tackles in 10 of its 13 games and was the only player in the nation to record at least nine tackles in every game during the regular season.
During his junior campaign, he recorded a career-high 20 tackles against Air Force (11/14), which ranked tied for the fourth-most at the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) level during the year, and had seven double-digit tackle outings on the season, including five during Mountain West play.
Vigil also earned first-team all-Mountain West honors as a sophomore in 2014 as he ranked first in the conference and tied for seventh in the nation in fumbles forced with five (0.38 pg), fourth in the MW and tied for 29th in the nation in tackles with 123 (9.5 pg), fourth in the MW and tied for 30th in the nation in tackles for loss with 16.5 (1.27 pg), and sixth in the MW in sacks with 7.0 (0.54 pg), while adding a team-best six quarterback hurries, two pass breakups and one interception.
As a redshirt freshman in 2013, Vigil tied for sixth on the team with 57 tackles, which included a team-leading 5.5 sacks, to go along with 8.5 tackles for loss. He also had three quarterback hurries, one pass breakup and his first career interception. Vigil was also named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week against Wyoming as he recorded seven tackles, which included a career-high 3.5 sacks and a career-best 4.0 tackles for loss.
In 40 career games at Utah State, which included 30 starts, Vigil ranks third all-time in school history with 38.5 tackles for loss and 13th all-time in school history with 324 career tackles. Vigil also had 15.5 career sacks, seven career forced fumbles, five career fumble recoveries and two career interceptions as he recorded 13 career double-digit tackle games. Vigil also spent time on offense during his sophomore and junior seasons, as he carried the ball 47 times for 169 yards (3.6 ypc) with four touchdowns.
<strong><span style=”text-decoration: underline;”>Kyler Fackrell selected 88th overall by the Green Bay Packers</span></strong>
Utah State All-American linebacker Kyler Fackrell became the second Aggie picked in the 2016 National Football League Draft as he was selected in the third round by the Green Bay Packers with the 88th overall pick.
With its two draft picks in 2016, Utah State has now had 10 players selected into the NFL in the past six years, including three linebackers.
Fackrell is the eighth Aggie ever to be drafted by the Packers organization joining guard Lionel Aldridge (4/54) in 1963, defensive tackle Doug Gosnell (8/194) in 1969, defensive back Bob Fuhriman (13/321) in 1975, quarterback Keith Myers (9/228) in 1978, wide receiver Ron Cassidy (8/193) in 1979, tight end John Thompson (9/235) in 1979 and defensive back Ed Berry (7/183) in 1986.
Fackrell joins Utah State’s Nick Vigil, who was also taken in the third round of the 2016 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 87th overall pick, marking the first time in USU history that it has had two players drafted into the NFL in back-to-back picks.
All-time, USU has now had 120 players selected in the NFL Draft.
Fackrell will join 14 other former Aggies who are currently on NFL rosters, including Nick Vigil, safety Maurice Alexander, who is with the Los Angeles Rams; defensive back Will Davis, who is with the Baltimore Ravens; defensive back Tay Glover-Wright, who is with the Indianapolis Colts; wide receiver Chuck Jacobs, who is with the Baltimore Ravens; offensive guard Tyler Larsen, who is with the Carolina Panthers; defensive back Nevin Lawson, who is with the Detroit Lions; long snapper Patrick Scales, who is with the Chicago Bears; offensive tackle Donald Penn, who is with the Oakland Raiders; tight end D.J. Tialavea, who is with the Atlanta Falcons; running back Robert Turbin, who is with the Indianapolis Colts; linebacker Zach Vigil, who is with the Miami Dolphins; linebacker Bobby Wagner, who is with the Seattle Seahawks; and running back Kerwynn Williams, who is with the Arizona Cardinals.
Fackrell, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound linebacker from Mesa, Ariz. (Mesa HS), earned fourth-team All-American honors from Phil Steele’s Magazine and was named a first-team all-Mountain West selection as a senior as he finished the season ranking first in the nation with five fumble recoveries, while also ranking first on the team with his 15.0 tackles for loss, first on the team with his school-record 12 quarterback hurries and second with his 4.0 sacks.
Facrkrell was also a semifinalist for the Butkus Award in 2015, honoring the nation’s best linebacker, and earned College Football News Sophomore Honorable Mention All-America honors in 2013, along with being the first player in school history to be named a Football Writers Association of America Freshman All-American in 2012.
Overall, Fackrell ranked sixth in the Mountain West in tackles for loss (1.15 pg) and 27th in the MW in tackles with 82 (6.3 pg) in 2015, which were the second-most on the team, as were his three games with double-digit tackles, all of which came against conference opponents. He also tied for first on the team with his two forced fumbles, to go along with a defensive touchdown on a fumble recovery in the end zone against Nevada (11/21).
Along with earning All-America and first-team all-conference honors as a senior, Fackrell was also named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Week twice after performances against No. 21 Boise State (10/16) and Nevada (11/21). Against the Broncos, he had 11 tackles, including 2.5 tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. Against the Wolf Pack, he recorded 10 tackles, including 0.5 tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries and a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown.
In all, Fackrell earned conference player of the week honors five times during his career.
In 2015, Fackrell recorded double-digit tackles in three games, including a season-high 11 stops against Boise State. He also had 10 tackles against both San Diego State (10/23) and Nevada, and recorded at least five tackles in 11 of the 13 games he played in. He also posted a career-high 3.0 tackles for loss against Colorado State (10/3), to go along with a career-high six quarterback hurries, and had tackles for loss in nine games.
Fackrell was named an honorable mention Sophomore All-American by College Football News and earned second-team all-Mountain West honors as he finished the 2013 season ranking first on the team with 13.0 tackles for loss, tied for first with two forced fumbles and second with 5.0 sacks, while ranking fourth on the team with 82 tackles.
As a redshirt freshman in 2012, Fackrell earned first-team all-Western Athletic Conference honors and was named a Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) Freshman All-American as he finished the year ranking second on the team and eighth in the WAC with three interceptions (0.23 pg), third on the team and 13th in the WAC with 8.0 tackles for loss (0.62 pg), and fourth on the team and 13th in the WAC with 87 tackles (6.7 pg), which ranks tied for third all-time at USU among freshmen. Fackrell also finished second on the team with seven quarterback hurries, to go along with 3.0 sacks and three pass breakups.
Fackrell, who started all 41 games he played at Utah State, concluded his career with nine double-digit tackle games and is one of just 15 players in school history to earn first- or second-team all-conference honors three times. Overall, he had 253 tackles, which included 12.0 sacks and 36.0 tackles for loss, while adding seven fumble recoveries, five forced fumbles, four interceptions and three total touchdowns, with an interception return and fumble recovery on defense, to go along with a touchdown reception on offense.
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