Junior out of Ferris High School in Spokane is honored among NCAA Division I players from nine Western states
Eastern Washington University junior safety Jeff Minnerly is a repeat selection on the Capital One Academic All-District VIII squad as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA). Minnerly is a 2008 graduate of Ferris High School in Spokane, Wash., and currently has a 3.83 grade point average as a finance major.
Eastern football players have now been honored 53 times since 1989 on the All-District VIII squad, and seven players have gone on to win nine Academic All-America honors. A year ago, Minnerly and senior linebacker J.C. Sherritt were both selected to the squad. In 2009, defensive end Jacob Kragt from Ritzville, Wash., earned first team Academic All-America honors after being selected to the All-District VIII team for the third-straight season.
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.
Interestingly, Minnerly’s high school classmate (as well as football and basketball teammate), Jared Karstetter, is also a repeat selection on the All-District VIII team as a receiver for Washington State University.
Minnerly has started six of nine EWU games this season, and is currently ranked second on the team with 55 tackles. He has four tackles for loss, an interception and one pass broken up. In his 29-game Eastern career – 15 as a starter – he has 105 total tackles with four interceptions, seven passes broken up, two forced fumbles and seven tackles for loss.
Minnerly had a diving interception in the end zone to squelch a potential game-tying NAU scoring threat with 2:35 left to play in EWU’s 36-28 victory at Northern Arizona on Oct. 10. He finished that game with a team-high and career-high 12 tackles.
Last season, Minnerly was awarded the “Elite 88” Award by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He received the award for having the highest cumulative grade point average among the participants in the 2010 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. Eastern won that game 20-19, as Minnerly finished with two passes broken up and two tackles.
Earlier in the 2010 season, Minnerly was honored as an honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference selection and was also chosen for the Academic All-District VIII squad. He was selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team for the second time in 2010 and was selected as EWU’s Scholar-Athlete for the month of December. He had 48 tackles, three interceptions and four passes broken up for the year.
Minnerly was a 4.0 student at Ferris where he excelled in football and basketball.