Wagner, a native of Ontario, Calif. (Colony HS), led the Western Athletic Conference and ranks eighth in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) in tackles with 11.3 per game, ranking tied for third in the FBS in total tackles with 147 on the season. Wagner earned first-team all-WAC accolades for the third-straight season and was a strong candidate for the WAC Defensive Player of the Year in 2011. In the Aggies' 13 games this season, Wagner posted nine double-digit tackle outings, highlighted by a career-high 20 stops against Louisiana Tech on Oct. 22, while adding 18 stops against Colorado State on Sept. 24. For his career, Wagner ended with 446 tackles as an Aggie, the most in the WAC since 1999 and tied for the USU record since 1979. Wagner is just the third Aggie since 1979 and the fourth WAC player since 1999 to reach the 400 tackle milestone. Wagner helped Utah State post a historic season with a 7-6 record, its first seven-win season since 1993, capping its season with the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, losing to Ohio in a 24-23 thriller. Five of USU's losses were by one score or less, and 10 of the Aggies' games were decided by one score this season which are the most in the nation.
First-team All-WAC honoree who led the WAC and was tied for seventh in FBS with 11.1 tackles per game. He ranked second in the WAC with 133 total tackles. Wagner tallied a WAC-best four 15+ tackle outings, including two 17-stop games, a 16-tackle game and a 15-tackle outing. On the season, he logged a total of seven double-digit tackle games, and had at least six stops in all 12 games. Additionally, Wagner added eight tackles for loss with half a sack, as well as four pass breakups and one forced fumble.
First-team All-WAC ... started all 12 games, one of four defensive players and one of eight players overall to do so... Led the WAC with 115 tackles (53 solo, 62 assists), for a 9.6 tackles per game average... In WAC only games, also led the league with 71 total stops (35 solo, 36 assists) for an 8.9 pg average which ranked 22nd in tackles in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS)... Added seven tackles for loss, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one pass break-up... The 115 tackles ranks as the second-most by a USU sophomore, as Johndale Carty holds the top spot with 138 stops as a sophomore in 1996... Was the first sophomore to lead USU in tackles since David Gill's 89 stops led the 1994 Aggies... The 115 stops is the most by an Aggie defender since Robert Watts tallied 118 tackles in 2003... Posted six double-figure tackle outings, led by career-high 13 at Texas A&M and against Boise State... Added 12 stop each in Utah and BYU games, while logging 11 at New Mexico State and 10 against San Jose State... Tallied seven or more stops in 11 of the 12 games, with a season-low four stops coming at Fresno State... Snared interceptions in Louisiana Tech and Idaho games, with the LA Tech oskie coming on a spectacular, one-handed grab... Fumble recoveries came in first and last games of season, at Utah and at Idaho, both of which set up scoring chances, resulting with a missed field goal in the Utah and the go-ahead score in the Idaho game... Lone pass break-up came in Idaho contest.
Played in 11 games, starting last nine games of the season... Was sixth overall on the team in tackles with 51 total stops (20 solo, 31 assists), ranking third among returners... Added two tackles for loss as well as two pass break-ups and one QB hurry... Top outing was career-high 10 stops at Louisiana Tech... Added seven tackles at Nevada and six at Boise State.
Registered 125 tackles (92 solo, 33 assists), including four sacks as a senior... Had one INT for 34 yards... Also played tight end, tallying 37 catches for 595 yards with 11 TD's... Had total of six double-digit tackle outings, highlighted by season-high 14 (11 solo, three assists)... Received all-CIF Central Division honors as well as all-Mount Baldy League accolades... Earned second-team California Division 2 all-state honors after helping lead the Titans to a CIF division title and was named to the all-San Bernardino County team.
Born June 27, 1990 in Los Angeles, Calif... Son of Bobby and the late Phenia Wagner, who passed away after his freshman year... Has two sisters and one brother.