Senior defensive end from Ritzville, Wash., receives the ninth such honor since 1989 for an Eagle football player
Joining a select group of Eastern Washington University football players, biology/pre-med major Jacob Kragt has been selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America University Division first team as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA).
Kragt, a 2005 graduate of Ritzville (Wash.) High School, is the seventh Eastern player to receive Academic All-America honors (total of nine honors). The school's last Academic All-American was two-time winner Kyler Randall (2002 & 2003).
Kragt was a three-time member of the All-District VIII squad, joining teammate Chris Thomas on this year's squad. Both players will be selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team for a fourth-straight time this fall.
Kragt has a 3.89 grade point average and will attend Palmer College of Chiropractic in Iowa as he plans on becoming the ninth family member, spanning three generations, to become a chiropractor. He was selected as an honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference selection as a senior.
Having started all 11 games at defensive end, Kragt has 24 total tackles this season with 4 1/2 sacks, three fumble recoveries and six quarterback hurries. He has started 12 career games, and has 67 total tackles with six sacks in his 43-game Eagle career.
Eastern football players have been honored 50 times since 1989 on the All-District VIII squad. The qualifying standards for the Academic All-America program include having a minimum 3.3 grade point average at Eastern and being a significant contributor to the team.
The District VIII University Division includes all NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams from nine western states, including Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
EWU FOOTBALL ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICA HONORS
CoSIDA Academic All-America All-Time Team - 1997 - Kurt Schulz, Defensive Back (played 1988-91)
CoSIDA Academic All-America First Team - 2003 - Kyler Randall, Wide Receiver; 2002 - Kyler Randall, Wide Receiver; 1997 - Steve Mattson, Defensive End; 1997 - Jeff Ogden, Wide Receiver
CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team - 2000 - Lance Ballew, Tight End; 1998 - Mike MacKenzie, Running Back; 1996 - Steve Mattson, Defensive End; 1991 - Kurt Schulz, Defensive Back