Linebacker Bobby Gentry and running back/special teams standout Darriell Beaumonte honored with coveted "Iron Eagle" Award
Six Eastern Washington University football players have been honored for their off-season performances for the Eagles, head coach Beau Baldwin has announced.
Senior linebacker Bobby Gentry (#47 in picture) and senior running back/special teams standout Darriell Beaumonte were given "Iron Eagle" Awards for their off-season academic and athletic achievements. Honored with most improved awards were defensive lineman Will Katoa, cornerback T.J. Lee, offensive lineman Caleb Worthington and wide receiver Cory Mitchell.
Eastern, the defending NCAA Division I champion, began its high school summer camp program on Wednesday (June 15) at EWU, and players report for fall practices in mid-August. The Eagles open the season at Washington on Sept. 3.
Gentry is a three-year letter winner for the Eagles and has played in 35 career games after graduating from Kennedy High School in Seattle in 2007. The management major has been a member of the Big Sky Conference All-Academic squad three times already in his career. In four scrimmages this past spring, he had 14 tackles to rank second on the team.
He saw significant action on Jan. 7, 2011, in the NCAA Division I Championship Game in Frisco, Texas, when 15-game starter Tyler Washburn was limited with a knee injury. Gentry finished with five tackles, including a pair for losses, in the come-from-behind 20-19 win over Delaware. Earlier in the season, he had a season-high seven tackles versus Central Washington (9/11/10) and had his first career interception against Idaho State (11/20/10).
Beaumonte, a 2007 graduate of Clover Park High School in Tacoma, Wash., has been a kickoff and punt coverage special teams standout for the Eagles. Last season, the interdisciplinary studies major was a first-team All-Big Sky Conference selection on special teams and was also the team's Special Teams MVP. In four spring scrimmages, he rushed for 145 yards and a touchdown, including a 63-yard scoring run to finish with 110 yards in EWU's Red-White Spring Game.
He has been credited with 26 tackles in his career, and had a pair of blocked punts that were turned into scores in the 2010 season. Beaumonte has also rushed for 379 yards and three touchdowns in his career, and has caught 16 passes for 132 yards and one more score.
Katoa is a 2009 graduate of Judge Memorial High School in Salt Lake City, Utah., and played in 14 games as a redshirt freshman in 2010. He had 10 tackles for the season, including three against Northern Colorado and two versus Sacramento State, earning him his lone career start the following week versus Portland State. He didn't have any tackles versus the Vikings, but he did have a quarterback hurry in the 50-17 win.
Lee, in a battle for a starting cornerback position for the Eagles, is a 2009 graduate of West Seattle High School. He had six tackles in EWU's first three spring scrimmages, then exploded with an interception, a pair of sacks and six total tackles in helping the Red beat the White 28-14 in the Red-White Game. Last fall, he finished with 11 tackles and two passes broken up for the Eagles, and returned a blocked punt for a score in a 50-17 win over Portland State.
Worthington is a 2009 graduate of Mountain View High School in Boise, Idaho, and lettered as a backup offensive lineman in 2010. He helped Eastern's offense finish the 2010 season ranked 22nd in the Football Championship Subdivision in total offense (397.1 yards per game).
Mitchell, the older brother of Eastern starting quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell, redshirted for the Eagles last fall. But the 2006 graduate of Katy, Texas, burst onto the scene to catch 14 passes for 240 yards and three touchdowns in four spring scrimmages. In the team's third scrimmage, he caught six passes for 148 yards and a score.