January 19, 2007

Alexander, Eneberg and Bergstrom Earn Player of the Year honors

Jan. 19, 2007

In just his first season on the Eastern Washington University football team and only two years removed from professional baseball, sophomore fullback Alexis Alexander was honored as the team's Offensive Player of the Year for the 2006 season.

Also, senior linebacker David Eneberg was selected as the team's Defensive Player of the Year and senior kicker Brett Bergstrom earned Special Teams Player of the Year as EWU held its annual Football Awards Banquet on Jan. 13.

Also winning team awards were Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year Lorenzo Lomack and Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year Austin Hobbs. Both linemen, Lomack is from San Diego, Calif., and Hobbs is a 2005 graduate of Cheney, Wash., High School.

Brandon Nicholson, a wide receiver who sat out for more than a year with a broken femur, won the Pat Roberts Memorial Award. Originally from Long Beach, Calif., Nicholson returned from surgery that included having a rod inserted in his leg to catch a pass in his final game as a senior.

A new award also made its debut at the banquet in memory of former Cheney High School coach Tom Oswald, who succumbed to cancer on Aug. 4, 2006. The Tom Oswald "Doing the Right Thing" Award was given to former EWU punter Ryan Chicoine and his wife Amy for adopting three foster children. Chicoine played in 1998 for EWU after graduating from Lakeside High School in Nine Mile Falls, Wash., in 1996.

Alexander, a 2001 graduate of Medical Lake High School, made his Eagle debut against Oregon State on Aug. 31 when he played in his first football game in six years dating back to his senior season in high school in 2000. He transferred from Washington State where he was a scout team linebacker and prior to that played three seasons of minor league baseball. He finished the year with 58 rushing yards and a touchdown on 12 carries and also caught four passes for 33 yards.

Eneberg, who missed the last two games with a shoulder injury, finished his 42-game career with 208 tackles to rank 20th. He finished second on the team in the 2006 season with 64 tackles. He earned honorable mention All-Big Sky honors as a junior and senior.

In just his first season as Eastern's placekicker, Bergstrom became only the second Eastern kicker to earn first team All-Big Sky honors since Eastern became a member of the league in 1987. The 2002 graduate of Mount Si High School in North Bend, Wash., finished the year making 15-of-18 field goals and 21-of-22 extra points.

Bergstrom's field goal total equaled EWU's single season record and his average of 1.36 field goals per game ranked sixth in NCAA Division I-AA. His field goals included three of the nine longest in school history with efforts of 56, 53 and 52 yards. His lone misses in 2006 were from 36, 35 (blocked) and 32 (muddy field conditions).

This was his only season as Eastern's placekicker, but he handled kickoffs in both 2005 and 2006. He averaged 60.6 yards on 45 kickoffs with 16 touchbacks in 2006, and in 2005 he averaged 61.6 yards with 22 touchbacks on 75 kicks.

Eneberg and junior offensive guard Matt Alfred were also honored at the banquet for serving as team co-captains for the 2006 season. Alfred, a 2003 graduate of Gig Harbor, Wash., High School, was honored for the third-straight year as a second team All-Big Sky selection in 2006.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Alfred received second team honors as a freshman in 2004 and first team accolades a year ago. He was selected as an All-American in 2005 and team co-captain in 2006. Alfred, whose brother Kenny is a starter on the offensive line at Washington State, has started 33-straight games for the Eagles.

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