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October 9, 2012

Hubbard Among Four Players from Big Sky Suspended This Weekend

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. -- Cal Poly junior defensive back Alex Hubbard was one of four football players from Big Sky Conference schools issued suspensions by Big Sky Conference Commissioner Doug Fullerton on Tuesday as a result of actions that occurred in games last week.

Hubbard has been suspended one game for a high hit on a defenseless player. The play occurred with 13:57 remaining in the first quarter of the Mustangs' win over Weber State on Friday, Oct. 5. Hubbard will serve the suspension on Saturday, Oct. 13, when the Mustangs play Northern Colorado.
 
Idaho State's Nick Beckman, a sophomore offensive lineman, has been suspended for the first half of his team's game Saturday, Oct. 13, against UC Davis. Beckman's suspension is the result of throwing a punch with 2:33 remaining in the third quarter of the Bengals' game against Portland State on Oct. 6.
 
Idaho State freshman defensive back Taison Manu has been suspended a full game for tackling using the crown of his helmet. The hit occurred with 3:30 remaining in the second quarter of the Bengals' game against Portland State. Manu will serve the suspension on Saturday, Oct. 13.
 
UC Davis sophomore linebacker Stephen Pitts has been issued a one-game suspension for tackling using the crown of his helmet. The play occurred with 3:35 remaining in the third quarter of the Aggies' game against Montana State on Oct. 6. Pitts will serve the suspension on Saturday, Oct. 13, when the Aggies play at Idaho State.

In other Cal Poly football news:

• In addition to their No. 14 national ranking by FCS coaches and No. 15 in the Sports Network media poll this week, the Mustangs also are ranked in the top 20 by several other organizations.

Cal Poly is ranked No. 13 by College Sports Journal, No. 18 by College Sports Madness and No. 9 by Any Given Saturday, its first top-10 ranking of the 2012 season.

In the Jeff Sagarin rankings published by USA Today, Cal Poly is the fifth-rated FCS school, behind North Dakota State, Eastern Washington, Georgia Southern and Harvard.

The Mustangs are 86th among all 249 NCAA Division I football teams, ahead of such FBS schools as Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, Houston, Navy, Washington State, Wake Forest, Kansas, Rice, UNLV, Hawaii, Colorado State, Colorado and Army.

• The initial Grid Power Index list for the 2012 season has been released by College Sporting News and Cal Poly is ranked No. 5 with a 6.57 rating.

North Dakota State tops the list with a 1.00 rating, followed by Montana State (5.00), Eastern Washington (5.43), Old Dominion (6.00) and the Mustangs.

The Gridiron Power Index is an index ranking for the NCAA Division I FCS and a top indicator of at-large playoff selection. The Missouri Valley Football Conference has six teams in the top 25; the Big Sky and Southern Conferences have four teams each; the Colonial Athletic Association and Southland Conference have three each; the Ohio Valley Conference has two; Northeast and Big South conferences plus the Ivy League each have one.

For conference average rankings, the Missouri Valley Football Conference has a clear lead with the Southern and Big Sky conferences knotted close behind. Also the Colonial Athletic Association plus the Southland and Ohio Valley Conferences are hovering tightly within reach.

The Final 2012 GPI will be released after the FCS Championship Game in January 2013. The GPI is an exclusive property of College Sporting News, maintained since 2001 and has been used officially by the NCAA since 2008 for selecting specific Division I Football National Championship tournament participants.

• Cal Poly junior placekicker Bobby Zalud and sophomore slotback Kristaan Ivory were honored as performers of the week by College Football Performance Awards.

Zalud was perfect on his six PAT kicks, connected on his only field goal attempt, spanning 44 yards in the third quarter, averaged 44.0 yards on three punts and seven of his eight kickoffs resulted in touchbacks in Cal Poly's 45-23 Big Sky Conference win at Weber State last Friday.

Ivory was honored for his all-purpose performance. In addition to rushing 10 times for 89 yards and one touchdown, Ivory also caught a 30-yard pass from Andre Broadous for another score and returned one kickoff 31 yards.