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Former Eagles Meyer, Stuckey Crack Top-15 Of Big Sky's Top Male Athletes

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Erik Meyer and Rodney Stuckey have both found success at the professional level after leaving EWU Erik Meyer and Rodney Stuckey have both found success at the professional level after leaving EWU
A duo of former Eastern Washington University standouts earned the honor of being named to the Top-50 male athletes in Big Sky Conference history today. Former football player and starting quarterback for the Spokane Shock, Erik Meyer, and former basketball star and guard for the Detroit Pistons, Rodney Stuckey, cracked the top-15 today on the BSC's list. 

Below are the releases from EWU on the honors their former players received. 

Erik Meyer, No. 12 

His records are gradually falling, but not his legacy.

Former Eastern Washington University quarterback Erik Meyer has been recognized among the best 50 male athletes all-time in the Big Sky Conference, ranking No. 12 on the list compiled by the league in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

As an Eagle from 2002-2005, Meyer won the 2005 Walter Payton Award winner given to the top player in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision. He was selected to Eastern’s “100 for 100” All-Time Team in 2008, and a public vote selected Meyer as the top quarterback in school history. Active in the professional ranks since his EWU career ended, he also helped coach in Eastern’s program in 2012 and was quarterbacks coach at Central Washington in 2013.

Meyer was a two-time All-American at EWU and was named the Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year as a junior and senior. At the time, Meyer became just the 12th player in FCS history to throw for at least 4,000 yards in a single season (he finished with 4,003 in 2005). He also had 30 touchdowns, just five interceptions and a passing efficiency rating of 169.3.

With a completion percentage of .657, 10,261 yards, 84 touchdowns and just 17 interceptions in 42 career games, Meyer set the FCS record for efficiency rating by quarterbacks with at least 400 completions with a rating of 166.47 (since broken). Meyer became just the 17th player in FCS history to pass for more than 10,000 yards in his career.

He still holds the school’s career record for passing efficiency, but the career rating of 176.3 by current Eagle Vernon Adams exceeds that mark. At one time, Meyer also held records for attempts, completions, yards and touchdown passes that were broken by Matt Nichols (2006-09), who had 12,616 yards and 96 touchdowns in his career. Meyer also held the team’s total offense record with 10,942 yards, but that was broken by the 13,308 of Nichols.

Meyer still holds all three school records for completion percentage – 90.5 percent versus Northern Arizona on Oct. 9, 2004, 67.8 percent in 2004 and 65.7 percent in his career. Meyer had his single season efficiency record at 171.4 in 2004 broken by Adams this season with a rating of 183.1, and Meyer had his 2004 school records of 4,003 passing yards and 333.6 yards per game both broken by Bo Levi Mitchell in 2011.

He has played since 2010 for the Spokane Shock in the Arena Football League. In 18 regular season games in 2013, he completed 403 of 591 passes (68.2%) for franchise records of 4,667 yards and 112 touchdowns with only 11 interceptions. He helped lead the Shock to a 14-4 record and a playoff berth.

He began the 2013 season by attempting his first 193 passes without an interception, with a remarkable 40 touchdowns and 5-0 record in that span. In a 66-43 victory over Iowa on April 5, 2013, he completed 24-of-34 passes for 330 yards and nine TD.

He also spent some time professionally on rosters with the Utah Blaze (AFL), Hamilton Tiger-Cats (CFL), Oakland Raiders (NFL), Seattle Seahawks (NFL) and the Cincinnati Bengals (NFL), but he received the majority of his pro experience in spring and summer 2007 for the Cologne Centurions in NFL Europa. He took over as the starter in the third game of the season and helped the team to a 6-4 record. He had 1,612 yards and 13 touchdowns, and completed 68.8 percent of his passes to set a NFL Europa record that will never be broken (the NFL decided to cease existence of the league shortly after the season).

He was NFL Europa’s Player of the Week after his performance for the Centurions in a key victory over the Amsterdam Admirals on June 9. He completed 21-of-29 passes for 287 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions during Cologne’s 31-13 victory.

MORE ON THE BIG SKY’S 50th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION & EWU FOOTBALL RECIPIENTS
After 50 years of competition, the Big Sky Conference has begun a year-long journey celebrating the league’s success both on and off the playing field by honoring 50 years of men’s athletics and 25 years of women’s athletics.
The 50th anniversary will celebrate the all-time individuals, teams and moments in the Big Sky’s history, including the selection of the league’s Top 50 male student-athletes and the top 25 female student-athletes. Along with the lists, the league will unveil the most memorable moments for both men’s and women’s competition.
For links to stories of the Top 50 Male Athletes and Top 50 Men’s Moments revealed thus far, go to: http://www.bigskyconf.com. Here are EWU’s choices thus far from the football program:
Top 50 Athletes
#12 Erik Meyer (2002-03-04-05) – ’05 Walter Payton Award Winner
#20 Michael Roos (2001-02-03-04) - All-American & FCS Lineman of the Year
#22 Bo Levi Mitchell (2010-11) - ‘11 Walter Payton Award Winner
#37 J.C. Sherritt (2007-08-09-10) - ‘10 Buchanan Award Winner
#39 Greg Peach (2005-06-07-08) - ‘08 Buchanan Award Winner
#47 Matt Nichols (2006-07-08-09) - EWU & Big Sky record 12,616 career yards and 96 touchdowns
Top 50 Moments
#30 Former Eagle offensive tackle Michael Roos and former Idaho State defensive end Jared Allen were both honored on the as NFL All-Pro selections in 2008.
#37 EWU 2013 Comeback vs. Sam Houston State, a 45-42 loss in the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs after trailing 35-0 at halftime
#42 Bashir Levingston’s 3 Kickoff Returns for TD vs. Sacramento State in 1998

Rodney Stuckey, No. 13 

After 1,438 points as an Eagle and more than 6,000 points as a pro, Rodney Stuckey has scored again.

The former Eastern Washington University men’s basketball standout has been recognized as No. 13 among the best 50 male athletes all-time in the Big Sky Conference. He is the lone basketball representative from EWU on the list thus far announced by the league in celebration of its 50th anniversary.

A 2004 graduate of Kentwood High School in Kent, Wash., Stuckey was an All-American at Eastern – both athletically and academically – after averaging 24 points per game in each of his two seasons. He helped EWU win 30 games in two seasons and had a 3.34 grade point average. He had his No. 3 jersey retired on Jan. 11, 2008, in ceremonies at Eastern.

Now in his seventh season playing for the Detroit Pistons in the National Basketball Association, Stuckey has scored 5,879 points in 440 regular season games (260 as a starter), with averages of 13.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, 4.1 assists and nearly one steal per game. He was a second team All-Rookie Team selection in 2007-08 and twice has earned NBA Player of the Week accolades.

He also scored 199 points in 21 playoff games in the 2007-08 and 2008-09 seasons for Detroit. This season, in 30 games off the bench for the 16-22 Pistons, Stuckey has averaged 13.3 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists.

Making Eastern history every step of the way, Stuckey had his dream of playing professional basketball realized on June 28, 2007. That day, the Pistons selected Stuckey as the 15th pick overall in the NBA Draft at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Stuckey is EWU’s highest draft pick ever and just the second in school history, and is also the third-highest selection in the now 50-year history of the Big Sky Conference. He was even picked higher than Spokane’s favorite son and NBA All-Star and Hall of Famer, John Stockton. Stuckey is believed to be the second-highest local player ever selected, surpassed only by former Gonzaga star Adam Morrison who was the third pick in 2006 by the Charlotte Bobcats. Stockton, also a Gonzaga standout, was selected 16th by the Utah Jazz when he was drafted in 1984.

Eastern’s only previous NBA draftee is Ron Cox, a sixth-round draft choice by the Cleveland Cavaliers in 1977. Although he never played a game in the NBA, Cox is EWU’s all-time leading scorer with 1,741 points as Stuckey finished fourth in school history with 1,438 points.

Until Stuckey was chosen, the only other first-round draft choice in Big Sky history was Michael Ray Richardson from Montana. He was the fourth pick overall by the New York Knickerbockers in 1978. Weber State’s Damian Lillard was the sixth pick overall in the 2012 NBA Draft.

After 50 years of competition, the Big Sky Conference is continuing a year-long journey celebrating the league’s success both on and off the playing field by honoring 50 years of men’s athletics and 25 years of women’s athletics. The 50th anniversary will celebrate the all-time individuals, teams and moments in the Big Sky’s history, including the selection of the league’s Top 50 male student-athletes and the top 25 female student-athletes. Along with the lists, the league will unveil the most memorable moments for both men’s and women’s competition.

For links to stories of the Top 50 Male Athletes and Top 50 Men’s Moments revealed thus far, go to: http://www.bigskyconf.com


RODNEY STUCKEY’S EWU HIGHLIGHTS
• Former Eastern Washington University men’s basketball All-American and current Detroit Piston Rodney Stuckey had his EWU jersey retired in ceremonies that took place on Sunday, Jan. 11, 2008, at Reese Court in Cheney, Wash. The 2008-09 season would have been Stuckey’s senior season at EWU had he played all four seasons.
• EWU’s highest draft pick ever and the second-highest in the history of the Big Sky Conference.
• All-American at Eastern – both athletically and academically – after averaging 24 points per game in his career. He helped EWU win 30 games.
• As a sophomore, he ranked seventh in NCAA Division I in scoring with an average of 24.6 points per game. He was eighth as a freshman with a  24.2 average.
• As both a freshman and sophomore, he was given honorable mention All-America honors by the Associated Press.
• With a 3.34 cumulative grade point average, he was a third team selection on the 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America team and twice received All-District VIII honors.
• In just two seasons, he broke 10 school records and scored a total of 1,438 points. He had nine games with at least 30 points (out of 59 career games).
• He was a preseason candidate for the John R. Wooden Award  in the 2006-07 season.
• In his freshman season, Collegeinsider.com voted Stuckey its National Freshman of the Year.
• Big Sky Conference MVP and Freshman of the Year in 2005-06.
 
RODNEY STUCKEY’S YEAR-BY-YEAR NBA CAREER
Stuckey made his NBA debut in the 2007 Summer League in Las Vegas, Nev., helping the Pistons to a 4-1 record with averages of 30.6 minutes, 19.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.2 steals per game. But he injured his hand during the preseason and missed the first 25 games of the regular season. He finally made his NBA debut on Dec. 21, 2007, and his first start in the NBA was on March 1, 2008, in a 103-73 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.
He was impressive as a rookie, earning second team NBA All-Rookie Team honors as selected by the league’s head coaches. He finished his first season with averages of 19.8 minutes, 7.8 points and 2.9 assists per game as the Pistons advanced to the Eastern Conference Finals where it lost to eventual NBA champion Boston. His minutes increased in the playoffs as he averaged 8.2 points and 3.4 assists, while making 87.9 percent of his free throws, in 17 playoff games.
In his second season in 2008-09, Stuckey started 65 of 79 games, averaging 31.9 minutes, 13.4 points, 4.9 assists, 1.0 steals and 3.5 rebounds. In his third season, he was a starter in all but six of the 73 games he played and averaged 34.2 minutes, 16.6 points, 4.8 assists, 1.4 steals and 3.8 rebounds. In the 2010-11 season – his fourth – he started 54 of 70 games and averaged 15.5 points, 3.1 rebounds, 1.1 steals and a career-high 5.2 assists. In 2011-12 – his fifth season as a pro – Stuckey started 48 of 55 games and averaged 14.8 points, 2.6 rebounds, 0.8 steals and a 3.8 assists. His sixth NBA season in 2012-13 ended with him starting 24 of 76 games and averaging 11.5 points, 3.6 assists, 2.2 rebounds and 0.7 steals.
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