Eastern senior tight end joins J.C. Sherritt, Matt Nichols and Taiwan Jones on The Sports Network FCS All-America Squad
Becoming the Eastern Washington University football program's fourth All-American from the 2009 season, senior tight end Nathan Overbay has been selected as a third team selection on The Sports Network's NCAA Football Championship Subdivision All-America Football Team released Wednesday (Dec. 23).
Junior linebacker J.C. Sherritt earned first team honors, senior quarterback Matt Nichols was named to the second team and sophomore running back Taiwan Jones joined Overbay on the third team. All four players were first team All-Big Sky Conference selections, with Nichols earning Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors in both 2009 and 2007.
Previously, Sherritt was a first team selection by the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press and the Walter Camp Football Foundation after his record-breaking 170-tackle season. Nichols was also on the AFCA first team and AP third team, and Jones was a third team choice by Associated Press.
A huge target at 6-foot-5, 270 pounds, Overbay caught 51 passes for 588 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior. A 2005 graduate of W.F. West High School in Chehalis, Wash., he is the nephew of Toronto Blue Jays major league baseball player Lyle Overbay.
Overbay will play in the 85th-Annual East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 23, 2010, at the Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Fla. The game will be televised on ESPN2 starting at noon Pacific time.
Thanks to the play of its four All-Americans, Eastern made its fourth appearance in the FCS Playoffs in the last six seasons and finished 8-4.
Nichols is a 2005 graduate of West Valley High School in Cottonwood, Calif., and Sherritt graduated in 2006 from Pullman (Wash.) High School. Nichols passed for 3,830 yards and 33 touchdowns, giving him a total of 12,616 yards and 96 touchdowns in his career. His career yardage total ranks sixth in FCS history and his touchdown total is 10th.
Sherritt finished the 2009 season as the leader in NCAA Football Championship Subdivision statistics with an average of 14.17 tackles per game. His 170 total tackles were an EWU and Big Sky Conference record.
Jones, who is from Antioch, Calif., and graduated from Deer Valley High School in 2007, finished with 1,213 rushing yards in 2009 to rank as the sixth-most in school history.
More on Sherritt may be found at: http://goeags.com/sports/m-footbl/2009-10/releases/09fbDec14SherrittAAHonors
More on Nichols may be found at: http://goeags.com/sports/m-footbl/2009-10/releases/09fbDec3NicholsRecords
More on Overbay may be found at: http://goeags.com/sports/m-footbl/2009-10/releases/09fbDec2OverbayShrineGame
More on Jones may be found at: http://goeags.com/sports/m-footbl/2009-10/releases/09fbDec16Jones-Sherritt-NicholsAA