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The Nest Of Eagles Honors Grows Larger

by EWU Athletics Media Relations

The awards keep coming in for Eastern Washington University football players, and this time senior center Ashton Miller won top honors.

He and redshirt freshman wide receiver Cooper Kupp were both first team selections on the Associated Press and Walter Camp Foundation All-America football teams for players in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, the two organizations announced Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Also honored on the AP second team was sophomore quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. and T.J. Lee III. Walter Camp only announces a first team.

The Eagles have now had 21 offensive linemen earn All-America accolades in the last 21 years (1993-2013) while winning 22 first team All-Big Sky Conference honors (1993-2013). Miller became the 22nd first team All-Big Sky selection and the 21st All-American in 2013. The Eagles have now won 106 first-team All-America honors in the past 17 seasons (1997-2013).

Earlier Tuesday, Kupp (first team), Adams (second team) and Lee (second team) were named to The Sports Network All-America squad. And previously, the first FCS All-America team was released on Dec. 6 by College Sports Madness and five Eagles were selected to the first and second teams. Kupp was a first team selection and was the FCS Freshman of the Year, and Lee also earned first team accolades. Named to the second team were Adams, as well as center Ashton Miller and linebackerRonnie Hamlin.

Adams, Kupp, Miller and Lee also earned first team All-America honors from Beyond Sports Network.

The 12-2 Eagles host Towson this Saturday at 11 a.m. Pacific time in the semifinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs.

EAGLE NATIONAL AWARD WINNERS AT A GLANCE

Ashton Miller, Center, Senior – All-American

-A first team All-America center as selected by Associated Press, Walter Camp Foundation and Beyond Sports Network. He was also a second team choice by College Sports Madness.
-First team All-Big Sky Conference selection and one of four team co-captains.Has started 29 of 32 career games for the Eagles.Has helped Eastern score a Big Sky and school-record 561 points this season and has out-scored opponents by a 41-24 average score during its 10-game winning streak. As a team, EWU is leading FCS in passing efficiency (185.3), and is fourth in total offense (530.1 per game), fourth in passing (346.6), 42nd in rushing (183.5) and sixth in scoring (40.1).

Cooper Kupp, Wide Receiver, Freshman – Jerry Rice Award Winner

-The Sports Network First Team All-America wide receiver -- one of only five freshmen to earn first team honors since 1990 and the second wide receiver (Randy Moss 1996).
Was also a first team All-America selection by Associated Press, Walter Camp Foundation and Beyond Sports Network, and was the College Sports Madness FCS Freshman of the Year and second team All-America wide receiver.
-Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year and one of two unanimous first team All-BSC selections (the other was teammate Vernon Adams as both received first-team votes on all 12 ballots as selected by the league’s head coaches).
-The redshirt freshman broke the FCS all-time record for receptions, yards and touchdowns by a freshman with current totals of 85 catches, 1,567 yards and 21 TDs (previously held by Randy Moss). His yardage is 13th overall in FCS history and his TD catches are fourth.His 111.9 average per game leads all Big Sky receivers and ranks fifth in the nation.Broke the all-time FCS record with a TD catch in 14 consecutive games. Has caught two TD passes in seven games and one in the other seven games of his collegiate career. One of the former record holders was Randy Moss.
-Has seven 100-yard receiving games, including a 205-yard game, with at least eight catches in six of his last eight games.
-Twice earned Sports Network FCS Freshman of the Week honors after Montana and Cal Poly wins.

Vernon Adams Jr., Quarterback, Sophomore – Walter Payton Award Runner-Up

-A second team All-America quarterback on teams selected by The Sports Network and Associated Press. He also received first team honors from Beyond Sports Network and second team accolades from College Sports Madness.
-Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year and one of two unanimous first team All-BSC selections (the other was teammate Cooper Kupp as both received first-team votes on all 12 ballots as selected by the league’s head coaches).
-Leads the nation in pass efficiency at 185.7 and is on pace to set a Big Sky single-season record (currently fourth all-time in FCS history).
-Big Sky and school-record 53 touchdown passes lead the nation and are third all-time in FCS.Second in the nation with an average of 367.1 yards of total offense per game with a Big Sky and school record total of 5,140 yards (third in FCS history).
-One of four FCS QBs in history to engineer an upset of a top 25 FBS team. Amassed 411 passing yards and four TDs, 107 rush yards and 2 TDs in an upset of Oregon State.Led team to Big Sky Championship and No. 3 national ranking. Only losses to FBS Toledo and Sam Houston State.
-Twice earned Sports Network National Offensive Player of the Week honors after Oregon State and Montana State wins.

T.J. Lee III, Cornerback, Senior – All-American

-Beyond Sports Network first team All-America cornerback, and a second team choice by Associated Press and College Sports Madness
-Only the third player in school history and 45th in the 50-year-old Big Sky Conference to win first team All-Big Sky Conference honors three times.
-Has 105 tackles this season to rank 21st in school history, and his 254 career tackles are currently 13th.
-Lee is in sole possession of the school record for career forced fumbles with seven and has four this season to rank 22nd in FCS in average per game (0.29). He is 26th in fumble recoveries per game (0.29), with a total of four.Lee also has four interceptions, 25 passes broken up and 3 1/2 sacks in his 48-game career (34 starts). He is just the 35th Eagle in school history to have 200 career tackles.
-Lee earned All-America honors in 2012 from The Sports Network (second team), and was also honored on the College Sporting News “Fabulous 50” All-America squad.

Ronnie Hamlin, Linebacker, Senior – Buck Buchanan Award Candidate (12th in the Voting)

-College Sports Madness Second Team All-America linebacker.
-Second team All-Big Sky Conference selection and one of four team co-captains.
-Has picked off two passes with 77 return yards and one touchdown.
-Has registered at least 10 tackles in seven games (16 in career).
-Currently ninth in school history with 129 tackles in 2013, and third with 350 career total tackles.Earned first team All-Big Sky and All-America honors in 2012.

ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-AMERICA TEAM

FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Jimmy Garoppolo, senior, 6-foot-3, 222 pounds, Eastern Illinois.

Running backs — Terrance West, junior, 5-11, 223, Towson; Zach Zenner, junior, 6-0, 220, South Dakota State.

Linemen — Billy Turner, senior, 6-6, 314, North Dakota State; Eric Pike, senior, 6-5, 298, Towson; Dakota Dozier, senior, 6-5, 303, Furman; Ashton Miller, senior, 6-2, 300, Eastern Washington; Danny Kistler, senior, 6-8, 315, Montana.

Receivers — Erik Lora, senior, 5-11, 190, Eastern Illinois; Cooper Kupp, redshirt freshman, 6-2, 195, Eastern Washington.

Tight End — MyCole Pruitt, junior, 6-3, 250, Southern Illinois.

All-purpose player — Fabian Truss, senior, 5-9, 185, Samford.

Kicker — Seth Sebastien, senior, 5-10, 180, Southeastern Louisiana.

DEFENSE

Linemen — Brad Daly, senior, 6-1, 240, Montana State; Shaquille Riddick, junior, 6-7, 240, Gardner-Webb; Davis Tull, junior, 6-3, 240, Chattanooga; Sullivan Grosz, senior, 6-4, 295, Cal Poly.

Linebackers — Stephon Robertson, senior, 5-11, 230, James Madison; Justin Shade, senior, 5-11, 229, Samford; Jordan Tripp, senior, 6-3, 235, Montana.

Backs — Daniel Fitzpatrick, junior, 6-2, 210, Tennessee State; Marcus Williams, senior, 5-11, 192, North Dakota State; Caleb Schaffitzel, junior, 6-0, 214, Missouri State; Jerome Couplin, senior, 6-2, 215, William & Mary.

Punter — Kyle Loomis, junior, 6-2, 210, Portland State.

SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Vernon Adams, sophomore, Eastern Washington.

Running backs — Timothy Flanders, senior, Sam Houston State; Lorenzo Taliaferro, senior, Coastal Carolina.

Linemen — Kadeem Edwards, senior, Tennessee State; Chris Elkins, senior, Youngstown State; Bryan Witzmann, senior, South Dakota State; Arinze Agada, senior, McNeese State; Garrett Frye, junior, Georgia Southern.

Tight End — AC Leonard, junior, Tennessee State.

Receivers — Sam Ajala, junior, Fordham; Lee Kurfis, senior, Lehigh.

All-purpose player — Xavier Roberson, sophomore, Southeastern Louisiana.

Kicker — Ray Early, senior, Furman.

DEFENSE

Linemen — Zach Hodges, senior, Harvard; Terrence Fede, senior, Marist; Anthony Bass, junior, Tennessee State; Ryan Drevlow, senior, North Dakota State.

Linebackers — Quinn Backus, junior, Coastal Carolina; Joe Thomas, senior, South Carolina State; Tyler Starr, senior, South Dakota.

Backs — Kendall James, senior, Maines; Jaquiski Tartt, junior, Samford; T.J. Lee, senior, Eastern Washington; Nick Addison, junior, Bethune Cookman.

Punter —Chad Zinchini, senior, Tennessee Tech.

THIRD TEAM

OFFENSE

Quarterback — Brock Jensen, senior, North Dakota State.

Running backs — Kyle Harbridge, senior, St. Francis, Pa.; D.J. Adams, senior, Portland State.

Linemen — Dominic Pagliara, senior, Eastern Illinois; Jamey Cheatwood, senior, Coastal Carolina; Collin Seibert, junior, Eastern Illinois; Jared Singleton, senior, Wofford; Robert Booker, sophomore, Missouri State.

Tight end — Justin Perillo, senior, Maine.

Receivers — Jeremy Butler, senior, Tennessee-Martin; Lee Doss, senior, Southern University.

All-purpose player — Greg Hardin, senior, North Dakota.

Kicker — Colton Cook, senior, Southern Utah.

DEFENSE

Linemen — Caraun Reid, senior, Princeton; Colton Underwood, senior, Illinois State; Robert Simpson, senior, Mississippi Valley State; Mike Reilly, junior, William & Mary.

Linebackers — Lynden Trail, junior, Norfolk State; Tony Bell, junior, Tennessee-Martin; Grant Olson, senior, North Dakota State.

Backs — Lucky Dozier, senior, Northern Arizona; Jacob Hagen, junior, Liberty; J.D. Roussel, junior, Sacred Heart; Qua Cox, senior, Jackson State.

Punter — Justin Weldon, senior, Sacramento State.



WALTER CAMP FOUNDATION ALL-AMERICA TEAM 

OFFENSE

Pos.

Name, School

Hgt

Wgt

Class

Hometown

WR

Erik Lora, Eastern Illinois #   

5-10

190

Sr.

Miami, FL

WR

Cooper Kupp, Eastern Washington

6-2

195

Fr.

Yakima, WA

TE

Andrew Robustelli, Jacksonville

6-3

210

Jr.

Sarasota, FL

OL

Dakota Dozier, Furman   

6-5

303

Sr.

West Columbia, SC

OL

Eric Pike, Towson

6-5

298

Sr.

Landover, MD

OL

Billy Turner, North Dakota State #

6-6

314

Sr.

Shoreview, MN

OL

Danny Kistler, Jr., Montana   

6-8

315

Sr.

Seattle, WA

C

Ashton Miller, Eastern Washington

6-2

300

Sr.

Vancouver, WA

QB

Jimmy Garoppolo, Eastern Illinois

6-3

222

Sr.

Arlington Heights, IL

RB

Terrance West, Towson   

5-11

223

Jr.

Baltimore, MD

RB

Zach Zenner, South Dakota State #

6-0

220

Jr.

Eagan, MN

PK

Griffin Thomas, Jacksonville State

6-0

198

Sr.

Snellville, GA

DEFENSE

Pos.

Name, School

Hgt

Wgt

Class

Hometown

DL

Shaquille Riddick, Gardner-Webb

6-7

240

Jr.

Akron, OH

DL

Davis Tull, Chattanooga   

6-3

240

Jr.

Knoxville, TN

DL

Brad Daly, Montana State   

6-1

240

Sr.

Helena, MT

DL

Terrance Fede, Marist   

6-5

270

Sr.

Nyack, NY

LB

Justin Shade, Samford   

5-10

229

Sr.

Birmingham, AL

LB

Stephon Robertson, James Madison #

5-11

230

Sr.

Alexandria, VA

LB

Quinn Backus, Coastal Carolina

5-10

215

Jr.

Greenwood, SC

DB

Jerome Couplin, William & Mary

6-2

215

Sr.

Upper Marlboro, MD

DB

Caleb Schaffitzel, Missouri State

6-0

214

Jr.

Fair Grove, MO

DB

Marcus Williams, North Dakota State *

5-11

192

Sr.

Minneapolis, MN

DB

Daniel Fitzpatrick, Tennessee State

6-2

210

Jr.

Fort Wayne, IN

P

Kyle Loomis, Portland State

6-2

210

Jr.

Roseburg, OR

KR

Xavier Roberson, Southeastern Louisiana

5-9

170

Soph.

Atlanta, GA

* - 2011 and 2012 Walter Camp FCS All-America selection # - 2012 Walter Camp All-America selection
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