Chase King Honored as Special Teams Player of the Year at Banquet

Five other Eagles honored with team awards given to players from the 2012 FCS semifinalists

Finally healthy after a nagging knee injury, senior Chase King received his just rewards for playing all 14 games for the 2012 Eastern Washington University football team. As a result of his 10 tackles – many on kick coverage units – King was selected as Special Teams Player of the Year Sunday (Feb. 24) at the annual EWU Football Awards Banquet.

Five other Eagles were given team accolades, including Defensive Player of the Year Ronnie Hamlin, Offensive Player of the Year Brandon Kaufman, Scout Team Defensive Player of the Year Miquiyah Zamora and Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year Cooper Kupp.

Receiving the Pat Roberts Memorial Award for athletic and academic achievement was Grant Williams. Recognized as the recipient of the Tom Oswald Memorial Award for following Oswald’s creed of “doing the right thing for youth” was former Eagle and current EWU Police Department officer Jay Day.

Also recognized at the banquet were Eastern’s 16 seniors, including the team’s four co-captains – linebacker Zach Johnson, defensive end Paul Ena, wide receiver Nicholas Edwards and offensive tackle Will Post. All-America awards won by six players were also presented, as well as three players honored as Freshmen All-Americans. A trio of players were honored for receiving regional and national academic awards, including Academic All-American Jeff Minnerly out of Spokane’s Ferris High School.

The banquet helped conclude a 2012 season which saw the Eagles finish ranked fourth in the final Sports Network NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Top-25 poll. Eastern finished the 2012 season 11-3 won a share of the school’s sixth Big Sky Conference championship. It was the fourth 10+ win in school history (joining the 2010, 1997 and 1967 squads), as Eastern’s season ended with a 45-42 loss to Sam Houston State in the semifinals of the FCS Playoffs.

King, a 2008 graduate of Decatur High School in Federal Way, Wash., played in just 10 career games prior to his senior season because of a knee injury. He played in all 14 games in 2012, and earned honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors as a special teams player. A running back for the Eagles before his injury, he also played linebacker and had 1 1/2 sacks, three total tackles for loss and a forced fumble.

Hamlin and Kaufman both earned All-America honors for the Eagles after sensational 2012 seasons as juniors. Hamlin had 136 tackles to rank fifth in school history, and his average of 9.71 per game ranked 31st in FCS and fourth in the Big Sky. He is from Lacey, Wash., and is a 2009 graduate from Timberline High School.

Kaufman broke the FCS record for single season receiving yards with 1,850, and finished the year with 93 receptions and 16 touchdowns. The Denver, Colo., native is now pursuing professional opportunities, and was not at the banquet. Instead, he was at the National Football League Combine in Indianapolis, Ind., where he had the 19th-best overall grade out of 38 wide receivers.

Kupp and Zamora, a pair of 2012 high school graduates, helped the Columbia Basin Big Nine League (CBBN) sweep the scout team awards. Kupp was an All-State wide receiver at Davis High School in Yakima, Wash., and Zamora was an All-State defensive back at Chiawana High School in Pasco, Wash.

Williams, a 2008 graduate of Rogers High School in Puyallup, Wash., started just 10 games in his Eastern career, but was a versatile player at all three linebacker positions and on special teams. He played in 50 career games – just one behind the school-record set by teammates Tyler Washburn and Ena, and former teammate Matt Martin. Williams closed his career with 156 tackles, three forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.

Also at the banquet, the team, Kaufman and head coach Beau Baldwin were honored by Ed Sharman from the Inland Northwest Sportswriters and Broadcasters Association for winning that association’s awards. In the 64-year existence of the awards, EWU has won the Team of the Year award just three times, including two of the last three years (includes EWU’s 2010 National Championship team). Kaufman was just the fifth Eastern athlete to win Amateur Athlete of the Year honors, but he was the third-straight (Bo Levi Mitchell in 2011 and J.C. Sherritt in 2010). Baldwin has now won Coach of the Year honors twice, joining four other former Eagle coaches to win the award once (Ray Giacoletti in 2004, Dick Zornes in 1992, Curt Byrnes in 1997 and Dave Holmes in 1967).

 

AWARDS WON BY EWU IN 2012

Team
Inland Northwest Sportswriters and Broadcasters (SWABS) Team of the Year

Head Coach - Beau Baldwin
Inland Northwest Sportswriters and Broadcasters (SWABS) Coach of the Year
Big Sky Conference co-Coach of the Year – Coaches
Finalist for Eddie Robinson Award (FCS Coach of the Year) - The Sports Network

Wide Rec. - #1 Brandon Kaufman
6-5 - 215 - Jr. - 3L - Denver, Colo. (Heritage HS ’09)
EWU Offensive Player of the Year
Inland Northwest Sportswriters and Broadcasters Amateur Athlete of the Year
College FB Performance Awards Wide Receiver Award
All-America - “Fabulous 50” - College Sporting News (first team)
All-America - College Sports Journal (first team)
All-America - College Sports Madness (first team)
All-America - Beyond College Sports Network (first team)
All-America - Phil Steele Publications (first team)
All-America - Associated Press (second team)
All-America - The Sports Network (second team)
All-Big Sky - League Coaches (first team - unanimous selection)
All-Big Sky - College Sports Madness (first team)
College FB Perf. Awards FCS Playoffs Off. POW (vs. Illinois St. - 9, 191, 3 TD)
HM Col. FB Perf. Awards FCS WR of the Week (vs. PSU - 9 rec., 161 yds)
HM Col. FB Perf. Awards FCS WR of the Week (vs. SUU - 10 rec., 192 yds)
Col. Sports Madness BSC Off. POW (vs. Montana - 8 rec., 138 yds, 2 TD)
HM Col. FB Perf. Awards FCS WR of the Week (vs. UM - 8 rec., 138 yds, 2 TD)
College FB Perf. Awards FCS WR of the Week (vs. Idaho - 5 rec., 148 yds, 0 TD
HM Col. FB Perf. Awards FCS WR of the Week (vs. Wash. St. 9/8/12 - 5-142-2)

Quarterback - #16 Vernon Adams
6-0 - 180 - Fr. - 1L - Pasadena, Calif. (Alemany HS ’11)
FCS Freshman of the Year on “Fabulous 50” A-A Team - College Sporting News
Finalist for Jerry Rice Award (FCS Freshman of the Year) - The Sports Network
Freshman All-America - College Sports Journal (first team)
Root Sports Big Sky Off. Player of the Week (vs. CP - 19x29, 288, 3 TD, 68 rush)
HM Col. FB Perf. Awards FCS QB of the Week (vs. CP - 19x29, 288, 3 TD, 68 rush)
Col. FB Perf. Awards FCS National Freshman Performer of the Year Watch List
Col. Sports Madness BSC Off. POW (vs. UND - 12x15, 151, 4 TD, 38 rush)
HM Col. FB Perf. Awards FCS QB of the Week (vs. UND - 12x15, 151, 4 TD, 38 rush)
Sports Network FCS Co-Fresh. of the Week (vs. UM - 25x41, 353, 3 TD, 54 rush)
Col. Sports Journal FCS Co-Fres. of the W. (vs. UM - 25x41, 353, 3 TD, 54 rush)
Root Sports Big Sky Off. Player of the Week (vs. UM - 25x41, 353, 3 TD, 54 rush)

Offensive Tackle - #76 Will Post
6-6 - 310 - Sr. - 4L - Portland, Ore. (Southridge HS ’08)
EWU Senior Co-Captain
All-America - Associated Press (first team)
All-America - American Football Coaches Association (first team)
All-America - “Fabulous 50” - College Sporting News (first team)
All-America - Beyond College Sports Network (second team)
All-Big Sky - League Coaches (first team)
All-Big Sky - College Sports Madness (second team)
Big Sky Conference All-Academic Team (Communication Studies major)

Cornerback - #31 - T.J. Lee III
5-9 - 170 - Jr. - 3L- Seattle, Wash. (West Seattle HS ’09)
All-America - “Fabulous 50” - College Sporting News (first team)
All-America - The Sports Network (second team)
All-Big Sky - League Coaches (first team)
All-Big Sky - College Sports Madness (third team)

Kicker - #39 Jimmy Pavel
5-11 - 195 - Sr. - 2L - Molalla, Ore. (Central Catholic HS ‘08 & BSU)
All-America - “Fabulous 50” - College Sporting News (first team)
All-America - College Sports Journal (first team)
All-America - Beyond College Sports Network (first team)
All-America - Phil Steele Publications (first team)
All-America - The Sports Network (second team)
All-America - Associated Press (third team)
All-America - College Sports Madness (third team)
All-Big Sky - League Coaches (first team)
All-Big Sky - College Sports Madness (second team)
Big Sky Conference All-Academic Team (Management major)
HM Col. FB Perf. Awards FCS K of the Week (vs. MSU - FG of 24, 40, 47 yards)
HM Col. FB Perf. Awards FCS K of the Week (vs. MSU - FG of 39 and 40 yards)
Root Sports Big Sky ST Player of the Week (vs. Idaho - FG of 34 & 23 yards)
HM Col. FB Perf. Awards FCS K of the Week (vs. Weber. St. 9/22/12 - 4x4 FG)

Defensive End - #91 Jerry Ceja
6-3 - 220 - Sr. - 4L - Aurora, Colo. (Grandview HS ’09)
All-America - College Sports Madness (second team)
All-Big Sky - League Coaches (second team)
All-Big Sky - College Sports Madness (first team)
College FB Perf. Awards FCS Playoffs Def. POW (vs. Wagner - 2 sacks, 2 qbh)

Linebacker - #39 Ronnie Hamlin
6-2 - 210 - Jr. - Jr. - 2L - Lacey, Wash. (Timberline HS ‘09)
EWU Defensive Player of the Year
All-America - Phil Steele Publications (fourth team)
All-Big Sky - League Coaches (first team)
All-Big Sky - College Sports Madness (second team)
Big Sky Conference All-Academic Team (Tech. Engineering & Const. Mgt. major)
Col. Sporting News National All Star (vs. MSU - 15 tackles, 2tfl, interception)
Root Sports Big Sky Def. Player of the Week (vs. MSU - 15 tackles, 2tfl, int.)
HM Col. FB Perf. Awards FCS LB of the Week (vs. MSU - 15 tackles, 2tfl, int.)
Root Sports Big Sky Def. Player of the Week (vs. Idaho - 8 tackles)
College Sports Madness Big Sky Def. Player of the Week (vs. Idaho - 8 tackles)

Offensive Guard - #70 Steven Forgette
6-4 - 300 - Jr. - 3L- Vancouver, Wash. (Heritage HS ’09)
All-Big Sky - League Coaches (second team)
Big Sky Conference All-Academic Team (Exercise Science)

Safety - #4 Allen Brown
5-10 - 170 - Jr. - 3L- Tacoma, Wash. (Foss HS ’09)
All-Big Sky - League Coaches (second team)

Outside Linebacker - #10 Zach Johnson
6-1 - 225 - Sr. - 4L- Tumwater, Wash. (Tumwater HS ’07)
EWU Senior Co-Captain
All-Big Sky - League Coaches (second team)
HM Col. FB Perf. Awards FCS LB of the Week (vs. PSU - 2 int. in 4th qtr., 3 tackles)

Center - #66 Ashton Miller
6-2 - 300 - Jr. – 3L - Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen HS ’09)
All-Big Sky - League Coaches (honorable mention)
Capital One Academic All-District VIII (selected by CoSIDA)
Big Sky Conference All-Academic Team (Management major)

Running Back - #30 Demitrius Bronson
5-10 - 225 - Jr. - 2L- Kent, Wash. (Kentwood HS ’08 / U. Wash.)
All-Big Sky - League Coaches (honorable mention)

Wide Receiver - #11 Nicholas Edwards
6-3 - 200 - Sr. - 4L- Tacoma, Wash. (Foss HS ’08)
EWU Senior Co-Captain
All-Big Sky - League Coaches (honorable mention)

Wide Receiver - #3 Greg Herd
6-3 - 200 - Sr. - 4L - Tacoma, Wash. (Steilacoom HS ’09)
All-Big Sky - League Coaches (honorable mention)
All-Big Sky - College Sports Madness (second team)

Defensive End - #44 Paul Ena
6-2 - 240 - Sr. - 4L - Kenmore, Wash. (Inglemoor HS ’09)
EWU Senior Co-Captain
All-Big Sky - League Coaches (honorable mention)
HM Col. FB Perf. Awards FCS DL of the Week (vs. MSU - 3 tac., sack, 40-yd. fum. ret.)

Defensive Tackle - #93 Andru Pulu
6-2 - 290 - Jr. - 1L - Federal Way, Wash. (Fed. Way HS ’09 / UW)
All-Big Sky - League Coaches (honorable mention)

Defensive Tackle - #57 Dylan Zylstra
6-4 - 270 - So. - 2L- Kent, Wash. (Kentridge HS ‘10)
All-Big Sky - League Coaches (honorable mention)

Inside Linebacker - #55 Tyler Washburn
6-1 - 230 - Sr. - 4L - Sammamish, Wash. (Skyline HS ’08)
All-Big Sky - League Coaches (honorable mention)

Outside Linebacker - #18 Grant Williams
6-1 - 225 - Sr. - 4L - Puyallup, Wash. (Rogers HS ’08)
Pat Roberts Memorial Award (selected by EWU coaching staff)
All-Big Sky - League Coaches (honorable mention)
Big Sky Conference All-Academic Team (Community Health major)

Cornerback - #24 Ronald Baines
5-10 - 185 - Jr. - 3L- Tacoma, Wash. (Mount Tahoma HS ’09)
All-Big Sky - League Coaches (honorable mention)

Safety - #34 Jordan Tonani
6-0 - 180 - Fr. - 1L - Spokane, Wash. (Ferris HS ‘11)
Freshman All-America - College Sports Journal (first team)
All-Big Sky - League Coaches (honorable mention)
All-Big Sky - College Sports Madness (second team)
Big Sky Conference All-Academic Team (major undeclared)
Col. Sports Madness BSC Def. POW (vs. CP - 8 tackles, 22-yard int. ret.)
Col. Sports Madness FCS Def. POW (vs. MSU - 8 tackles, 21-yard int. ret. TD)
Col. Sports Madness BSC Def. POW (vs. MSU - 8 tackles, 21-yard int. ret. TD)

Return Specialist - #9 Shaquille Hill
5-10 - 180 - Fr. - 1L- Stockton, Calif. (Brookside Chr. HS ’11)
Freshman All-America - College Sports Journal (first team)
All-Big Sky - League Coaches (honorable mention)
All-Big Sky - College Sports Madness (third team)
Root Sports Big Sky ST Player of the Week (vs. UND - KO returns of 99TD, 41)
Col. Sports Journal FCS Spec. Teams POW (vs. UND - KO returns of 99TD, 41)
Col. FB Perf. Awards FCS KR of the Week (vs. UND - KO returns of 99TD, 41)

Special Teams - #32 Chase King
6-1 - 215 - Sr. - 2L - Federal Way, Wash. (Decatur HS ’08)
EWU Special Teams Player of the Year
All-Big Sky - League Coaches (honorable mention)

Safety - #7 Jeff Minnerly
6-1 - 200 - Sr. – 4L - Spokane, Wash. (Ferris HS ’08)
Capital One Academic All-America Second Team (selected by CoSIDA)
Academic All-Star Team (selected by FCS Athletic Director’s Association)
FCS All-Academic Team (selected by College Sports Journal)
Capital One Academic All-District VIII (selected by CoSIDA)
Big Sky Conference All-Academic Team (Finance major)

Quarterback - #2 Kyle Padron
6-4 - 220 - Jr. - 1L - Southlake, Texas (Carroll HS ‘09 & SMU)
Big Sky Conference All-Academic Team (Management major)
College FB Perf. Awards FCS Playoffs Off. POW (vs. Illinois St. - 19x33, 358, 6 TD)
Root Sports Big Sky Off. Player of the Week (vs. PSU - 26x36, 381, 2 TD)
HM Col. FB Perf. Awards FCS QB of the Week (vs. PSU - 26x36, 381, 2 TD)

Running Back - #20 Jordan Talley
5-10 - 180 - So. – 1L - Portland, Ore. (Jesuit HS ’11)
Capital One Academic All-District VIII (selected by CoSIDA)

Punter - #48 - Jake Miller
6-5 - 205 - So. – 2L - Spokane, Wa. (Central Valley HS ’10 / WSU)
Big Sky Conference All-Academic Team (Biology major)
HM College FB Perf. Awards FCS Punter of the Week (vs. Montana. 9/29/12 - 46.0 avg. with long of 53)
HM College FB Perf. Awards FCS Punter of the Week (vs. Wash. St. 9/8/12 - 46.3 avg. with school-record 74-yard kick)

Defensive Back - #49 - Miquiyah Zamora
6-1 - 200 - Fr. - HS/RS - Pasco, Wash. (Chiawana HS ’12)
EWU Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year

Wide Receiver - #80 - Cooper Kupp
6-2 - 180 - Fr. - HS/RS - Yakima, Wash. (Davis HS ’12)
EWU Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year

Other Big Sky Conference All-Academic Selections (total of 21)
Evan Cook - Federal Way, Wash. / Todd Beamer HS ‘08 - Sr. - Criminal Justice
Zack Gehring - Castle Rock, Wash. / Castle Rock HS ‘09 - Jr. - Exercise Science
Rusty Haehl - Bellevue, Wash. / Bellevue HS ‘08 - Sr. – Marketing
Brandon Murphy - Albany, Ore. / West Albany HS ‘09 - Jr. – Technology
McKenzie Murphy - Spokane, Wash. / Ferris HS ‘08 - Sr. - Interdisciplinary Stud.
Todd Raynes - Kenmore, Wash. / Inglemoor HS ‘11 - Fr. - Undeclared/Pre-Med
Ryan Seto - Lynden, Wash. / Lynden HS ‘10 - So. - Interdisciplinary Studies
Miles Weatheroy - Portland, Ore. / Jesuit HS ‘11 - Fr. - Undeclared/Bus. Admin.
Jake Withnell - Salem, Ore. / South Salem HS ‘11 - Fr. - Undeclared/Bus. Admin.

 

2012 SENIORS

13 - Scott Burgett - LB - 6-2 - 210 - Sr. - 4L - Peoria, Ariz. (Centennial HS ’08)
91 - Jerry Ceja - DE - 6-3 - 220 - Sr. - 4L - Aurora, Colo. (Grandview HS ’09)
56 - Evan Cook - DT - 6-3 - 280 - Sr. - 4L  - Federal Way, Wash. (Todd Beamer HS ’08)
11 - Nicholas Edwards - WR - 6-3 - 200 - Sr. - 4L - Tacoma, Wash. (Foss HS ’08)
44 - Paul Ena - DE - 6-2 - 240 - Sr. - 4L - Kenmore, Wash. (Inglemoor HS ’09)
43 - Rusty Haehl - LB - 5-11 - 215 - Sr. - 4L  - Bellevue, Wash. (Bellevue HS ’08)
3 - Greg Herd - WR - 6-3 - 200 - Sr. - 4L - Tacoma, Wash. (Steilacoom HS ’09)
10 - Zach Johnson - LB - 6-1 - 225 - Sr. - 4L - Tumwater, Wash. (Tumwater HS ’07)
32 - Chase King - LB - 6-1 - 215 - Sr. - 2L  - Federal Way, Wash. (Decatur HS ’08)
7 - Jeff Minnerly - S - 6-1 - 200 - Sr. - 4L  - Spokane, Wash. (Ferris HS ’08)
27 - McKenzie Murphy - S - 5-9 - 190 - Sr. - 1L - Spokane, Wash. (Ferris HS ’08/WWU)
99 - Jimmy Pavel - K  - 5-11 - 195 - Sr. - 2L - Molalla, Ore. (Central Catholic HS ’08 / BSU)
76 - Will Post - OT - 6-6 - 310 - Sr. - 4L•  - Portland, Ore. (Southridge HS ’08)
54 - Jake Potter - LS - 6-2 - 200 - Sr. - 3L• - Kennewick, Wash. (Kamiakin HS ’08)
55 - Tyler Washburn - LB - 6-1 - 230 - Sr. - 4L•  - Sammamish, Wash. (Skyline HS ’08)
18 - Grant Williams - LB - 6-1 - 225 - Sr. - 4L•  - Puyallup, Wash. (Rogers HS ’08)

 
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