ASHLAND - The Southern Oregon University football team's late-season surge helped the program garner a school record of four first-team NAIA All-American selections.
Seniors Steve Baker, Garret Gelker, Dusty McGrorty and Todd Wesolowski earned the top individual all-star honor while leading the 23rd-ranked Raiders on a season-ending four-game win streak that clinched the program's fifth consecutive winning year (5-4).
McGrorty, a 6-foot, 220-pound tailback from Warrenton who competed in the 2003 Blue-Gray game, capped his extraordinary career as a three-time All-American by rushing for 1,703 yards and 22 touchdowns in 2003.
The Warrenton prep legend set 10 school and eight regional records, and finished with 5,414 career yards (No. 4 all-time among NAIA players), 79 touchdowns (No. 2 all-time) and 474 points (No. 2 all-time).
The all-time national rushing touchdown leader (75) finished second in the NAIA for both rushing (189.1) and scoring (14.7) in 2003, and also earned first-team American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and third-team Associated Press Little All-American status.
McGrorty is also a finalist for the Oregon Sports male collegiate Athlete of the Year award, which will be announced Jan. 25 at the Nike headquarters in Beaverton.