Knutson makes first career reception (Football)
It took four years and two dozen games, but Anchorage’s Tate Knutson finally fulfilled a lifetime dream by catching a ball during an NCAA football game.
The senior wideout etched his name in the UNLV record book Saturday when he hauled in his first two receptions of his college career during a 41-21 loss to No. 12 Wisconsin in Vegas.
Knutson, of East High fame, collected 18 yards on his two fourth-quarter catches, including a 13-yarder on second-and-14.
The 5-foot-10 Alaskan went from walk-on in 2006 to scholarship player in 2008 to bona fide college receiver in 2010. The three-year letterman has one start among his 25 appearances, mostly on special teams.
Even better, Knutson is a member of the UNLV Dean’s List and earned All-Mountain West Conference Academic honors in 2007 and 2009 and was the only UNLV football player to win a MVC Scholar-Athlete Award last season.