What started as an eight-team bracket has dwindled down to two.
Fresno State and Texas A&M face off in the final round in our quest to determine which school has the top alumni trio of current pro stars in football, baseball and basketball. The Bulldogs cruised to the finals with 85 percent of the social media vote against Arizona State on Monday, while the Aggies eliminated Michigan with 73 percent of the votes on Tuesday.
Read below to see who represents these two schools’ trios, then submit your vote on Twitter with the hashtags #FresnoTrio or #TAMUTrio.
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Derek Carr, Oakland Raiders | 2009-13
Carr was a three-year starter and back-to-back Mountain West Conference Offensive Player of the Year under center for the Bulldogs. In his senior season, he became only the fourth FBS quarterback to register 5,000 passing yards and 50 touchdowns in a single season. Carr was drafted with the first pick of the second round in the 2014 NFL Draft by the Oakland Raiders, with whom he’s developed into one of the league’s premier passers. Carr is a two-time Pro Bowler and currently ranks ninth in the NFL with 11 touchdown passes this year.
Aaron Judge, New York Yankees | 2011-13
Before Judge became the face of baseball’s most historic franchise, the 6-7, 230-pound right fielder was a solid for two Fresno State NCAA tournament teams. Judge finished with a .345 batting average and .988 OPS with 18 home runs in his three years as a Bulldog. His power first blossomed his sophomore year when he won the College Home Run Derby. In his first full season with the Yankees in 2017, the MVP and Rookie of the Year candidate crushed 52 home runs, including one 495-foot moonshot.
Paul George, Oklahoma City Thunder | 2008-10
George was an electric two-time Second-Team All-WAC selection who soared for dazzling dunks and showed defensive tenacity at Fresno State. The forward averaged more than 15 points, six rebounds and two steals per game over two seasons. In 2010, George was selected 10th overall by the Indiana Pacers, where he became a four-time NBA All Star, 2014 All-Defensive second teamer and a 2016 Team USA Olympic gold medalist. This season marks his first with the Thunder.
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Von Miller, Denver Broncos | 2007-10
Before Miller became one of the most terrorizing pass rushers in the NFL, he was a four-year stud within the Aggies’ front seven. He tallied 33 sacks and had 50.5 tackles for loss while shifting between defensive line and linebacker at Texas A&M. His 17 sacks in 2009 led the nation. Now with the Broncos, who drafted him No. 2 overall in 2010, Miller has recorded double-digit sacks in five of his first six seasons. This year, he’s already gotten to the quarterback seven times and has one forced fumble. In the Broncos’ Super Bowl 50 victory in 2016, Miller had 2.5 sacks and was named the game’s MVP.
Michael Wacha, St. Louis Cardinals | 2010-12
Wacha was 18-7 with 336 strikeouts in 348.2 innings pitched in three seasons with the Aggies. In his 2011 sophomore season, he helped lead Texas A&M to its first CWS appearance in 12 years. Wacha started one game in Omaha, pitching 6.2 innings of four-run ball, earning the loss against Cal. Wacha was a first-round draft pick after his 2012 junior season and debuted with the Cardinals just one year later. He emerged as a playoff hero and was named NLCS MVP in 2013. In 2015, Wacha went 17-7 and earned his lone All-Star nod to date.
DeAndre Jordan, Los Angeles Clippers | 2007-08
Jordan finished his one season at College Station with 7.9 points, six rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game as a part-time starter for the 25-win Aggies who advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament. Jordan then declared for the NBA draft and was selected 35th overall (second round) by the Clippers. In nine full NBA seasons, Jordan is averaging 9.1 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. The 6-11 center is a two-time All-Defensive selection and was a first-time All-Star last season.