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Folsom football players select colleges

By: Matt Long Telegraph Sports Editor
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Tanner Trosin set a state record for most passing yards in a season with 5,185 yards. He completed 68 percent of his passes, threw for 49 touchdowns and rushed for 1,179 yards and 20 scores all the while leading Folsom to an 11-3 record and one win away from a second straight section title. And for that body of work, Trosin received one scholarship offer from Cal Poly, showing that stats alone don’t guarantee anything. Trosin accepted Cal Poly’s offer and will attend the school, along with teammate Carson McMurtrey, who also received a scholarship to play for the school. Teammate and fellow wide receiver Doug Vernon will further his education and take his football talents to Cornell. Trosin and McMurtrey visited Cal Poly Jan. 5-7 and had a great time. “We met the players and coaches and took a tour of the school and everyone was nice,” Trosin said. “The weather was great; it’s going to be like a vacation down there.” Trosin is thrilled to have a scholarship in hand and couldn’t care less that he only received one offer. “I’m pretty cool about it,” he said. “It’s not a big deal. Cal Poly is the school that was interested in me and obviously I’m glad to accept their offer. It’s a free education for me. I was talking with them during the season and I was just waiting to see if any other schools were interested and there wasn’t any.” Trosin said with Cal Poly’s quarterback returning next season, he plans on red-shirting his freshman year and hopes to have a chance to compete for playing time the following season. Folsom football coach Kris Richardson said that height was again an issue that hurt Trosin in terms of scholarship offers, much like it did with Dano Graves a year ago. While Trosin is taller than Graves, at 6 feet tall, is shorter than most teams prefer. “It’s just one of those deals where the top teams want a 6-foot-2, 6-foot-3 guy,” Richardson said. “Other coaches have told me that they liked Tanner, but didn’t have any quarterback spots open. Tanner has shown, though, that he’s a leader; that he’s accurate and he can run the ball and he’s tough. He’s got everything you need to be a collegiate quarterback. Cal Poly is getting a heck of a football player.” Height isn’t a problem for McMurtrey, who at 6’3”, 180 pounds, has good size at wide receiver. Despite missing seven games due to a pulled hamstring and then a separated shoulder, McMurtrey hauled in 51 passes for 987 yards and eight touchdowns and was Trosin’s preferred deep threat averaging 19 yards per catch. “Cal Poly offered me a scholarship over the summer and I just love everything about the place,” McMurtrey said. “The location, the people, it’s just awesome.” While Trosin is not sure what he wants to study, McMurtrey said he will focus on business. “Carson is a Division I talent who because of injuries was overlooked, I think,” Richardson said. “It’s a great opportunity for him at Cal Poly. He’s going down there with Tanner, who he’s played with since the Jr. Bulldog days, and Stephen Sippel is down there too. It’s a great place to live and a great place to go to school.” Vernon, a 6’4” 190-pound receiver, is taking his talents to Ithaca, New York, to play at Cornell. He plans to major in applied economics along with a minor in mathematics at the Ivy League school. “Cornell is one of the best campuses I’ve seen and I liked the way the coaches and the players embraced me,” Vernon said. “Because of the way they took care of me, I know it won’t be a hard transition to go there. Ultimately, though, why I chose Cornell is because I knew there wasn’t any other place to get a better education.” UC Davis, Sac State and Texas Christian University also showed interest in Vernon, but Cornell showed the most interest. When he visited the school in November, besides noticing the beautiful buildings, artwork and campus scenery, Vernon saw something he had never seen before. “It’s the first time I saw snow falling from the sky,” he said. Richardson is pleased for Vernon. “Doug’s got an unbelievable opportunity,” Richardson said. “Doug had his mind made up that he wanted to go to a top academic school and you can’t beat Cornell in the Ivy League. Football wise, they are the top passing school in the Ivy League and have a sophomore quarterback who is coming off a great year and Doug is joining that. He’s a very mature young man and if anyone can move across the country and succeed, it’s him.”