Jan. 25, 2008
Eastern Washington University underclassmen Matt Nichols, Greg Peach and Nicholas Ramos have been honored as the Eagle Football players of the year as team awards were recently presented to members of EWU's 2007 team.
Nichols earned the honor on offense after having also been honored as the Big Sky Conference Offensive MVP. Peach was honored on defense and Ramos won the award on special teams. Nichols is a sophomore from Cottonwood, Calif., Peach is a junior from Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen HS '05), and Ramos is a sophomore from Winters, Calif. All three will return for the 2008 season under new head coach Beau Baldwin.
Besides player of the year awards, team captain awards were presented to senior offensive guard Matt Alfred and senior safety Bryan Jarrett. Alfred is a 2003 graduate of Gig Harbor (Wash.) High School and Jarrett graduated from Puyallup (Wash.) High School the same year.
Scout team players of the year were David Miles on offense and twin brothers Matt and Zach Johnson on defense. Miles is from Maplewood, Minn., and the Johnson twins both graduated from Tumwater (Wash.) High School in 2007.
A pair of special honors were also given to present and past football players. Senior center Chris Carlsen won the Pat Roberts Memorial Award, which is an inspirational award given to an Eagle football player with grit and determination on and off the field. Carlsen is a mechanical engineering major from Poulsbo, Wash., and 2003 graduate of North Kitsap HS. He earned honorable mention All-Big Sky honors, was a first team Academic All-District VIII selection and was named to the Big Sky All-Academic team for the fourth time.
Former Eastern defensive lineman Josh Martin was the recipient of the Tom Oswald Memorial Award, given to a former EWU student-athlete who has gone on to follow the creed of the former football coach at Cheney High School of "doing the right thing." Martin played for Eastern from 1997-2000 and now works at Excelsior Youth Center in Spokane.