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‘Big Mac’ earns first-team All-WAC honor

Steve Yingling

Fresno State University junior defensive tackle Garrett McIntyre received something that soothed two ailing knees on Tuesday: a first-team All-Western Athletic Conference selection.

“It means a lot,” McIntyre said. “That’s what I work for every day. All the hard work and everything I’ve been through this year, it pays off when you get to see something like that.”

McIntyre, who played his prep football at South Tahoe High, was one of three Bulldogs to make the first team. Junior strong safety James Sanders and senior offensive tackle Logan Mankins also made the first team.

“These three young men are very deserving of being selected first-team All-WAC,” said Fresno State coach Pat Hill in press release on the school’s Website. “There wasn’t a better offensive lineman in the WAC than Logan Mankins. Both Garrett and James were the leaders of our defense. I wish we would have had more first-team selections, but having 20 players honored overall shows this is a great team that gave a great team effort all season long.”

The former walk-on led the Bulldogs with 11 tackles for losses and seven quarterback sacks. McIntyre’s 44 tackles rank fifth on the the team. He was a second-team selection a year ago.

McIntyre played with a sprained medial collateral knee ligament against San Jose State last year. He has also been bothered by an inflammation on the outside of his knee.

“It’s nice because we have a little down time now, but they’ll take time to heal,” he said.

The Bulldogs accepted an invitation to play in the MPC Computers Bowl in Boise, Idaho, on Dec. 27. Because Bulldogs coaches are recruiting during the week, the team will only practice on weekends for a while.

The 20-year-old McIntyre will receive his WAC award during the team’s banquet on Sunday.

“It’s not a big award – it’s a certificate – but knowing I made team is best part about it,” he said.

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