Junior prop Connor Cudeback, senior #8 Dustin Mollard and junior inside center Alex Wormer all earned spots on the California All-Conference 2nd team.
For Cudeback and Mollard, this is their first time getting All-Conference honors. Cudeback was also named an All-American Honorable Mention last season.
For Wormer, this is his second time receiving a spot on the All-Conference list, after being named to the 1st team last season. Both Cudeback and Wormer figure to be prominent leaders in the forward pack and back line respectively for next season.
Dustin Mollard will graduate with a Communications Studies degree in June. He has a job lined up with Altec Construction Inc. in Sacramento. Mollard doesn’t have immediate plans to continue his rugby career, but says that if the USA Eagles contact him, he “wouldn’t be able to say no”.
Mollard battled injury throughout the season, but still proved to be an impact player throughout the season. Hard, elusive running and big hits were not uncommon when Mollard was on the pitch.
Connor Cudeback is currently unsure of his plans for the summer, but will surely be training for the following season. Cudeback missed most of last fall recovering from an ankle break and ensuing surgery from last March. Cudeback returned in January to bolster an already-strong forward pack and helped make the front three one of the most formidable in the conference. He will lead the front three next year with prop Nate Sylvia and hooker Eddie McFarland graduating.
“It’s awesome to be acknowledged as one of the best in California after injury keeping me out for about 10 months,” Cudeback said. He also gives credit to SDSU’s Gil Covey and Saint Mary’s Henry Hall for earning first team honors.
Alex Wormer will intern with Ball Aerospace in Boulder, Colo. over the summer. He plans to practice with the Denver Barbarians 7s squad, hoping to earn some selections in a very competitive pool of players.
“I was pretty surprised when I heard,” Wormer said about earning an All-Conference spot, “I’m honored to be selected for the second year in a row.”
Wormer will be the most veteran player in the back line for next season, with the departures of scrumhalf Chris Codding, flyhalf Corey McGrillen and center/fullback Mark Grzanich.
As senior players, Connor Cudeback and Alex Wormer will hope to lead the Mustangs back into the playoffs next season.