Five Eagles Selected Academic All-District VIII

Nov. 8, 2007

Five Eastern Washington University football players, the most in school history, have been selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII team released Thursday (Nov. 8) as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

Those honored on the first team include senior tight end Tom McAndrews, who owns a perfect 4.0 grade point average at EWU. Senior offensive lineman Chris Carlsen and junior defensive lineman Jacob Kragt were also honored on the first team, and join McAndrews as nominees for Academic All-America honors which will be announced later this month.

Second team selections were receiver Tony Davis and defensive back Brett Igbinoba. To qualify, players must have at least a 3.2 grade point average and play in at least half of the team's games, as well as be a significant contributor to the squad.

McAndrews is a double major in finance and economics, and is a 2003 graduate of Mead High School in Spokane, Wash. Carlsen, a mechanical engineering major with a 3.60 GPA, is from Poulsbo, Wash., and graduated from North Kitsap HS in 2003. Kragt is a 2005 graduate of Ritzville, Wash., High School and is a 3.84 student majoring in biology.

Igbinoba is also a biology major and has a 3.21 grade point average after graduating from Cheney, Wash., High School in 2005. Davis is another 2005 graduate from Olympia, Wash., and Capitol High School, and has a 3.27 GPA while majoring in interdisciplinary studies.

District VIII 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.

Eastern football players have now been honored 46 times since 1989 on the All-District VIII squad, and six players have gone on to win eight Academic All-America honors. Eastern has had four players honored previously in a single season but never five.

Eastern nominated one player for every position the Eagles had a student-athlete who qualified. Here is the complete list:

Tight End - Tom McAndrews - Finance and Economics - Senior - Spokane, Wash.
Offensive Line - Chris Carlsen - Mechanical Engineering - Senior - Poulsbo, Wash.
Wide Receiver - Tony Davis - Interdisciplinary Studies - Sophomore - Olympia, Wash.
Linebacker - Marcus Walker - Interdisciplinary Studies - Junior - Pullman, Wash.
Running Back - Toke Kefu - Health and Fitness - Senior - San Mateo, Calif.
Defensive Line - Jacob Kragt - Biology - Sophomore - Ritzville, Wash.
Quarterback - Alex Smart - Interdisciplinary Studies - Junior - North Bend, Wash.
Defensive Back - Brett Igbinoba - Biology - Sophomore - Cheney, Wash.

 

More on McAndrews . . .

4.0 Student Tom McAndrews Semifinalist for Draddy Trophy: Senior 4.0 student-athlete Tom McAndrews was one of 153 semifinalists -- 40 from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision -- for The National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) 2007 Draddy Trophy, presented by HealthSouth.

As one of those 153 student-athletes, he was among the candidates for the NFF 2007 National Scholar-Athlete Awards. However, he was not among the list of finalists announced on Oct. 25.

McAndrews, a 6-foot, 240-pound tight end is a double major in finance and economics at EWU. He will complete his bachelor's degree in December 2007, and then begin work sometime soon on his master's in business administration.

With a perfect 4.0 grade point average, he has been named to the Dean's List 12 out of a possible 12 quarters at Eastern. He is expected to be selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team for the fourth-straight year in 2007. He will be nominated for ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America honors and for a NCAA Postgraduate scholarship.

McAndrews was the 2006 recipient of the "Iron Eagle" Award for EWU Football academic and athletic achievement. He was awarded a Trustee's Scholarship (2006), Washington Promise Scholarship (2003) and Red Reese Scholarship (2003). He also became a member of Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society (2007).

He scored the first touchdown of his Eastern career against UC Davis on Sept. 15, 2007, on an 8-yard reception in the fourth quarter of the 41-31 win. Mainly used as a blocking tight end, fullback and on special teams, he entered the 2007 season with 12 catches for 125 yards in 29 games played (five as a starter). In 2005 he was EWU's Most Improved Player and helped Eastern Washington win Big Sky Conference titles in 2004 and 2005, earning berths in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs both seasons.

His community service activities include serving as a PLUS (Program Leading to Undergraduate Success) Facilitator in business law for the EWU Academic Support Center (2006). He was an intern as Community and Economic Development Assistant for the Cheney community/EWU campus development group called Pathways to Progress (2005). He has also been a volunteer for Harvest Food Bank, Spokane Guild School, Habitat for Humanity and the Cheney School District.

McAndrews was also a 4.0 student at Mead High School in Spokane, Wash., where he was the 2003 Valedictorian.

 

EWU's 2007 Football Academic All-America Nominees

Tight End - Tom McAndrews - 4.0 - Finance and Economics - Senior - Spokane, Wash.

Semifinalist for 2007 Draddy Trophy presented by the National Football Foundation...Will be selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team for the fourth-straight year and will be nominated for a NCAA Postgraduate scholarship...Dean's List 12 out of 12 quarters..."Iron Eagle" Award (2006) for EWU Football academic and athletic achievement...Has received three academic scholarships and active in community service...Mainly used as a blocking tight end and fullback, he has 20 career catches for 198 yards in 37 games played (10 starts), including eight catches for 73 yards and two scores as a senior thus far...4.0 student and valedictorian in high school.

Offensive Line - Chris Carlsen - 3.60 - Mechanical Engineering - Senior - Poulsbo, Wash.

Will be selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team for the fourth-straight year..."Iron Eagle" Award (2006) for EWU Football academic and athletic achievement...Member of Student Athlete Advisory Committee at EWU in 2006...The Eagles have been nationally-ranked for five weeks in 2007 as he has helped Eastern's offense rank ninth in FCS (448.2 yards per game), eighth in passing offense (294.6) and 33rd in scoring offense (29.8)...Has started 16 career games, but missed eight games in 2006 and three games in 2007 with knee injuries...Started nine games as a sophomore to help lead Eagles to FCS Playoffs.

Wide Receiver - Tony Davis - 3.27 - Interdisciplinary Studies - Sophomore - Olympia, Wash.

Will be selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team in 2007...Injured his shoulder on a TD catch in EWU's fourth game and missed next four games...Before his injury, he was ranked among the FCS and Big Sky leaders in receptions, receiving yards and all-purpose yards...He currently has 19 catches for 277 yards and three touchdowns, and has another 97 yards rushing... The Eagles have been nationally-ranked for five weeks in 2007 as he has helped Eastern's offense rank ninth in FCS (448.2 yards per game), eighth in passing offense (294.6) and 33rd in scoring offense (29.8)...Has career totals (16 games) of 67 receptions for 818 yards and five TDs...Honorable mention All-Big Sky in 2006.

Linebacker - Marcus Walker - 3.49 - Interdisciplinary Studies - Junior - Pullman, Wash.

Will be selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team for the fourth-straight year...Member of SAAC at EWU in 2007 and 2006...Was EWU's representative at NCAA Leadership Conference in 2006...Has 33 tackles with a sack and one pass broken up so far in 2007...Had a career-high 10 in a win at Idaho State...The Eagles have been nationally-ranked for five weeks in 2007 as he has helped Eastern's defense rank 19th in FCS in rushing defense (118.4) and 33rd in scoring defense (21.7)...Has career totals (31 games) of 67 tackles, 2 1/2 sacks and one interception...His father coaches at Washington State.

Running Back - Toke Kefu - 3.20 - Health and Fitness - Senior - San Mateo, Calif.

Played in four games before being lost for the season with a hand injury...At the time, he was EWU's starting fullback and a backup running back...Would have been a four-time member of the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team, but will not have played in the minimum number of games to qualify (six)...Will get his year back as an injury redshirt...Had 53 of his 55 rushing yards in EWU's season-opening win over Montana-Western...Has career totals (35 games) of 835 yards and seven TDs, with five receptions for 48 more yards...Has had four rushing performances of between 89 and 98 yards.

Defensive End - Jacob Kragt - 3.84 - Biology - Sophomore - Ritzville, Wash.

Will be selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team for the second-straight year...Has been a backup at defensive end in all nine EWU games in 2007...Equaled his career high with four tackles in the team's season-opening win over Montana-Western...The Eagles have been nationally-ranked for five weeks in 2007 as he has helped Eastern's defense rank 19th in FCS in rushing defense (118.4) and 33rd in scoring defense (21.7)...Has career totals (19 games) of 32 tackles and a pass broken up...Plans to become the ninth family member, spanning three generations, to become a chiropractor.

Quarterback - Alex Smart - 3.41 - Interdisciplinary Studies - Junior - North Bend, Wash.

He will be selected for the first time in his career to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team...A backup quarterback and holder for placekicks, he has a passing efficiency rating of 180.3...He had touchdown passes against Montana-Western (8/31) and Montana State (10/13)...The Eagles have been nationally-ranked for five weeks in 2007 as he has helped Eastern's offense rank ninth in FCS (448.2 yards per game), eighth in passing offense (294.6) and 33rd in scoring offense (29.8)...Has career totals (13 games) of 16-of-30 for 191 yards, three touchdowns, one interception and an efficiency rating of 133.1.

Defensive Back - Brett Igbinoba - 3.21 - Biology - Sophomore - Cheney, Wash.

Will be selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team for the second-straight year...Has played as a backup cornerback and special teams player...He equaled his career high with three tackles against Montana-Western (8/31/07) and BYU (10/20/07)... The Eagles have been nationally-ranked for five weeks in 2007 as he has helped Eastern's defense rank 19th in FCS in rushing defense (118.4) and 33rd in scoring defense (21.7)...Has career total (16 games) of 26 tackles.

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