HSU players named to the D2Football all-decade team


Humboldt State Athletics – Alex Cappa

Former Humboldt State players Alex Cappa and Ja’Quan Gardner have both been named to the’s 2010-19 All-Decade Second Team. 

The 50-man roster is selected by the staff of with input from coaches across the country.

Cappa was a record four-time Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Offensive Lineman of the Year and three-time All-American. 

He would go on to be drafted by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft, and has since established himself as a starter with the team.

He will play this fall with legendary NFL quarterback Tom Brady.

Gardner’s four years at HSU from 2014-17 put him at the top of the program leaderboards in career rushing yards, touchdowns scored and points. 

He appeared in 42 career games, finishing with 5,495 yards and 72 rushing touchdowns on 880 carries.

As a senior, he had 206 carries for 1,322 yards and 21 touchdowns as well as 20 receptions for 212 yards and two touchdowns. 

Gardner was runner-up for the prestigious Harlon Hill award, the “D2 Heisman Trophy,” in 2015. 

He would go on to sign with the San Francisco 49ers in the summer of 2018, before spending 2019 with the Alliance of American Football and then joining the Seattle Dragons of the XFL for this year’s inaugural campaign.

The two HSU players were key members of the 2015 GNAC Championship Team that advanced into the NCAA postseason. 

To be eligible for the All-Decade Team, a student athlete must have played during any season from 2010-19 and must have completed his eligibility prior to the 2020 season. 

He must also have been named a All-American.

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