Protheroe Earns Preseason All-America Honor from Hero Sports

Protheroe Earns Preseason All-America Honor from Hero Sports
SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. — Cal Poly senior fullback Joe Protheroe has been named to Hero Sports' 2018 Preseason Football Championship Subdivision All-America third team.
A recipient of numerous preseason honors the last two years, Prothoeroe missed the final nine games of the 2017 season due to injury and was granted a medical redshirt. He rushed for 164 yards and one touchdown on 48 carries in the first two games of the 2017 campaign.
Those numbers raised his career totals to 2,461 yards, No. 8 on Cal Poly's all-time career rushing chart, and 22 touchdowns. 
Protheroe became Cal Poly's 20th 1,000-yard rusher for a single season in 2016, accumulating 1,334 yards, tops in the Big Sky Conference, and scoring 13 touchdowns. Both numbers are No. 5 in Cal Poly football history
A graduate of Clayton Valley Charter School in Concord, Calif., Protheroe was honored by his teammates as Cal Poly's most valuable offensive back in 2016. His postseason honors also included first-team All-America honors by STATS FCS and Hero Sports and first-team All-Big Sky Conference for the second straight year. He produced eight 100-yard games as a junior and has 14 for his Mustang career.
Protheroe was a third-team All-American by STATS FCS as a sophomore after rushing for 779 yards and six touchdowns.
He played in all 12 games as a true freshman and rushed for 184 yards on 29 carries and two scores.
Players from other Big Sky schools named to Hero Sports' first team were Montana linebacker Josh Buss, North Dakota defensive back Deion Harris, Weber State special teams player Brady May and UC Davis wide receiver Keelan Doss.
On the second unit are Montana State utility player Chris Murray, North Dakota return specialist John Santiago, Southern Utah offensive lineman Zach Larsen, Weber State linebacker LeGrand Toia and offensive lineman Iosua Opeta and UC Davis tight end Wes Preece.
Third-team honorees include Eastern Washington quarterback Gage Gubrud, Northern Arizona wide receiver Emmanuel Butler, Sacramento State defensive lineman George Obinna and Weber State placekicker Trey Tuttle and return specialist Rashid Shaheed.
Hero Sports also released its preseason top 25 poll. North Dakota State is No. 1, followed by James Madison and Kennesaw State. From Big Sky schools, Eastern Washington is No. 4, Weber State No. 18, UC Davis No. 22 and Idaho No. 23 with Montana, Montana State, Sacramento State and Northern Arizona receiving votes.
Cal Poly opens its 2018 season Sept. 1 at North Dakota State.