Senior linemen are the 49th and 50th Eastern players since 1989 to be honored by the College Sports Information Directors Association and ESPN The Magazine
Eastern Washington University football biology/pre-med majors Chris Thomas and Jacob Kragt have been honored again on the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII squad as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA). Their names are now forwarded to the national ballot for Academic All-America honors.
Kragt, a 2005 graduate of Ritzville (Wash.) High School, was also selected in both 2007 and 2008. Thomas was chosen to the squad last season and is a 2005 graduate of Sumner (Wash.) High School. 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. Thomas has a 3.78 grade point average and is currently applying to medical schools, but is also hoping to get an opportunity to play professional football.
Having started all nine games this season at defensive end, Kragt has 18 total tackles this season with 4 1/2 sacks, three fumble recoveries and five quarterback hurries. He has started 10 career games, and has 61 total tackles with six sacks in his 41-game Eagle career.
Thomas, a 6-foot-5, 300-pound offensive lineman, has started 27 of the 36 EWU games he's played at Eastern. He earned honorable mention All-Big Sky honors as a junior and was given EWU's "Triple-Threat Citizen" award for academics and community service in spring 2008.
Eastern football players have been honored 50 times since 1989 on the All-District VIII squad, and six players have gone on to win eight Academic All-America honors.
The qualifying standards 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.
Here are EWU's 2009 nominees (only one Eastern player per
position was nominated among those who met the criteria):
WR - Tony Davis - Interdisciplinary Studies - 3.414 - 5-9 - 185 - Sr. - 3L* - Olympia, Wash. (Capital HS '05)
OL - Chris Thomas - Biology/Pre-Med - 3.782 - 6-5 - 300 - Sr. - 3L* - Sumner, Wash. (Sumner HS '05)
DL - Jacob Kragt - Biology/Pre-Med - 3.888 - 6-3 - 235 - Sr. - 3L* - Ritzville, Wash. (Ritzville HS '05)
LB - J.C. Sherritt - Health & Fitness - 3.346 - 5-10 - 220 - Jr. - 2L* - Pullman, Wash. (Pullman HS '06)
TE - Matt Martin - Communication Studies - 3.795 - 6-2 - 240 - Jr. - 2L* - La Crosse, Wash. (La Crosse-Washtucna HS '06)