July 26, 2010

More Preseason Honors for Eagle Trio

Linebacker J.C. Sherritt, running back Taiwan Jones and defensive lineman Renard Williams named to The Sports Network Preseason All-America team


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The list of preseason accolades keeps on getting longer for a trio of Eastern Washington University football players as the 2010 season approaches.

Senior linebacker J.C. Sherritt, junior running back Taiwan Jones and junior defensive lineman Renard Williams were all named to The Sports Network Preseason NCAA Football Championship Subdivision All-America team. Sherritt and Jones were both selected to the first team and Williams was picked for the second team as they added to the list of honors each has already won.

Earlier in July, Sherritt was selected as the 2010 Big Sky Conference preseason defensive player of the year and was named to the watch list for the Buck Buchanan Award given to the top defensive player in FCS. Jones received similar accolades, landing a spot on the preseason All-BSC team and a place on TSN’s watch list for the Walter Payton Award given to the top player in FCS.

Williams also earned a spot on the All-BSC preseason squad as all three players earned first team All-Big Sky honors a year ago.

Sherritt, a 2006 graduate of Pullman (Wash.) High School, averaged 14.17 tackles per game as a junior in 2009 to lead FCS. He finished second in the voting for the Buck Buchanan Award a year ago after earning a clean sweep as a member of all six post-season All-America teams.

Since 2000 when the Big Sky and FCS began keeping statistics as a record, Sherritt’s total was a league record and the seventh-most in FCS, and his average of 14.17 was also a league record and 13th in FCS history. Besides his 170 tackles, Sherritt had 14 tackles for loss, four passes broken up, three forced fumbles, four fumble recoveries and an interception he returned for a touchdown.

Jones, who averaged an impressive 7.5 yards per carry as a sophomore, is the top player from the offense returning after a 1,000-yard season helped him earn All-America honors. His talent should also be augmented by the addition of a synthetic turf surface at Woodward Field, which will be re-named Roos Field upon project completion. The red turf is being installed this summer in time for the 2010 season.

Jones started and ended his season with a 100-yard game, finishing with a total of six for the season to earn first team All-Big Sky Conference honors. He was a third team selection on The Sports Network’s NCAA Football Championship Subdivision All-America Football Team, and was a third team choice as an all-purpose back on the Associated Press All-America squad.

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. He ranked in the top 10 in FCS in rushing (ninth, 101.1 per game), scoring (sixth, 9.50 per game) and all-purpose yards per game (second, 195.4). His 2,345 all-purpose yards (rushing, receiving, returns) were the second-most in school history, and his 19 touchdowns and 114 total points both rank fourth.

In all, Jones had 14 plays (seven rushes, three receptions and four kickoff returns) of at least 38 yards in 2009, including nine of at least 50. Besides his 87-yard touchdown run on his first career carry, he had a school-record 96-yard touchdown run versus Idaho State and an 80-yard reception for a TD versus Northern Arizona.

Jones averaged 6.1 yards per carry at home on the grass surface of Woodward Field, but that was boosted to 8.2 in EWU’s other eight games on fields that featured seven artificial surfaces as well as one grass field at Sacramento State with excellent footing.

Williams had 35 tackles as a sophomore, including 9 1/2 sacks and 16 total tackles for loss. He is a 2007 graduate of South Kitsap High School and is from Port Orchard, Wash.

 

Eastern Washington University Football Preseason Honors

Walter Payton Award Watch List (20 players)
#22 - Taiwan Jones - RB - 6-1 - 200 - Jr. - 2L* - Antioch, Calif. (Deer Valley HS ’07)

Buck Buchanan Award Watch List (20 players)
#4 - J.C. Sherritt - LB - 5-10 - 220 - Sr. - 3L* - Pullman, Wash. (Pullman HS ’06)

The Sports Network Preseason All-America First Team
#22 - Taiwan Jones - RB - 6-1 - 200 - Jr. - 2L* - Antioch, Calif. (Deer Valley HS ’07)
#4 - J.C. Sherritt - LB - 5-10 - 220 - Sr. - 3L* - Pullman, Wash. (Pullman HS ’06)

The Sports Network Preseason All-America Second Team
#98 - Renard Williams - DL - 6-2 - 300 - Jr. - 2L* - Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS ’07)

Phil Steele College Football Preview Magazine Preseason All-America First Team
#22 - Taiwan Jones - RB - 6-1 - 200 - Jr. - 2L* - Antioch, Calif. (Deer Valley HS ’07)
#4 - J.C. Sherritt - LB - 5-10 - 220 - Sr. - 3L* - Pullman, Wash. (Pullman HS ’06)

Consensus Draft Services Preseason All-America First Team
#22 - Taiwan Jones - RB - 6-1 - 200 - Jr. - 2L* - Antioch, Calif. (Deer Valley HS ’07)
#4 - J.C. Sherritt - LB - 5-10 - 220 - Sr. - 3L* - Pullman, Wash. (Pullman HS ’06)

Phil Steele College Football Preview Magazine Preseason All-America Second Team
#98 - Renard Williams - DL - 6-2 - 300 - Jr. - 2L* - Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS ’07)

Consensus Draft Services Preseason All-America Honorable Mention
#98 - Renard Williams - DL - 6-2 - 300 - Jr. - 2L* - Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS ’07)

Big Sky Conference Preseason Team
#22 - Taiwan Jones - RB - 6-1 - 200 - Jr. - 2L* - Antioch, Calif. (Deer Valley HS ’07)
#4 - J.C. Sherritt - LB - 5-10 - 220 - Sr. - 3L* - Pullman, Wash. (Pullman HS ’06)
#98 - Renard Williams - DL - 6-2 - 300 - Jr. - 2L* - Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS ’07)

Phil Steele College Football Preview Magazine Preseason All-Big Sky Conference First Team
#22 - Taiwan Jones - RB - 6-1 - 200 - Jr. - 2L* - Antioch, Calif. (Deer Valley HS ’07)
#4 - J.C. Sherritt - LB - 5-10 - 220 - Sr. - 3L* - Pullman, Wash. (Pullman HS ’06)
#98 - Renard Williams - DL - 6-2 - 300 - Jr. - 2L* - Port Orchard, Wash. (South Kitsap HS ’07)

Phil Steele College Football Preview Magazine Preseason All-Big Sky Conference Second Team
#5 - Matt Johnson - DB - 6-1 - 205 - Jr. - 2L* - Tumwater, Wash. (Tumwater HS ’07)
#79 - Brice Leahy - OL - 6-7 - 295 - Sr. - 2L* - Gig Harbor, Wash. (Gig Harbor HS ’06)
#78 - #Chris Powers - OL - 6-2 - 270 - Jr. - 1L* - Black Diamond, Wash. (Tahoma HS ’07)

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