Nov. 9, 2006
Eastern Washington University senior safety Nick Denbeigh has been selected to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII squad as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
Denbeigh is a communications studies major with a 3.63 grade point average. He is a 2002 graduate of Lewis & Clark High School in Spokane, Wash. His name is now forwarded on to the national committee that selects the Academic All-America squad.
Eastern football players have now been honored 41 times since 1989 on the All-District VIII football team. The squad includes NCAA Division I-AA and I-A football players from schools in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Alaska, Hawaii and British Columbia. Six players have gone on to win eight Academic All-America honors.
Denbeigh will be named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic Team for the fourth time this fall. He has a team-leading 34 career starts and earned honorable mention All-Big Sky honors as a junior.
The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Denbeigh has 29 tackles this season, and has an interception, one pass broken up, a fumble recovery and a blocked field goal.
He suffered two injuries early in the year, but hasn't missed a game or a start. He played four games with a cast because of a broken bone suffered in the season opener. He had an interception against Montana, but later in the game he injured his elbow and has worn a brace ever since.
He helped lead Eastern to a pair of Big Sky titles and I-AA Playoff berths the past two seasons. In his career he has 144 tackles, including 7 1/2 for loss and a pair of sacks. He also has three interceptions, 10 passes broken up, two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick.
ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District
District VIII Winners - University Division
Punter - Kyle Stringer - BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY - Sr. - Humble, Texas - 3.39 - Finance
Quarterback - Alex Brink - WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY - Jr. - Eugene, Ore. - 3.54 - Sport Management
Receiver - Nathan Meikle - BRIGHAM YOUNG UNIVERSITY - Sr. - Idaho Falls, Idaho - 3.80 - Business
Receiver - Wes Doyle - SAN DIEGO, UNIVERSITY OF - Jr. - Phoenix, Ariz. - 3.62 - Business Administration
Tight End - Zach Miller - ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY - Jr. - Phoenix, Ariz. - 3.84 - Marketing
Running Back - Jayson Bird - IDAHO, UNIVERSITY OF - So. Shelley, Idaho - 3.71 - Biology
Running Back - Byron Storer - CALIFORNIA, UNIVERSITY OF - Sr. - Modesto, Calif. 3.44 - Mass Communications
Offensive Line - Chris Joseph - CALIFORNIA, UNIVERSITY OF LOS ANGELES (UCLA) - Jr. - Solvang, CA - 3.96 - Geography
Offensive Line - Dane Uperesa - HAWAII, UNIVERSITY OF AT MANOA - Sr. - Hau`ula, Hawai`i - 3.63 - Communication
Offensive Line - Matt Roan - SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY - Jr. - Dublin, Va. - 3.90 - Political science
Offensive Line - Alex Mack - CALIFORNIA, UNIVERSITY OF - So. - Santa Barbara, Calif. - 3.47 - Legal Studies
Offensive Line - Patrick Justman SAN DIEGO STATE UNIV. - Gr. - Palo Alto, Calif. - 3.49 - Public Admin.(grad)/Criminal Justice
Kicker - Clint Stitser - FRESNO STATE - Jr. - Reno, Nev. 4.0 - Business
Defensive Back - Kenneth Patton - HAWAII, UNIVERSITY OF AT MANOA - Sr. - Altadena, Calif. - 3.75 - English
Defensive Back - Nick Denbeigh - EASTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY - Sr. - Spokane, Wash. - 3.63 - Communications Studies
Defensive Back - Patrick O'Neill SAN DIEGO, UNIVERSITY OF - So. - Mission Viejo, CA - 3.80 - Business Administration
Defensive Back - Brian Kofoed - SOUTHERN UTAH UNIVERSITY - Sr. - Salt Lake City, Utah - 3.57 - Marketing
Linebacker - Kyson Hawkins - SAN DIEGO, UNIVERSITY OF - Sr. - Fallbrook, CA - 3.66 - Business Administration
Linebacker - Jordan Senn - PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY - Jr. - Beaverton, Oregon - 3.84 - Physical Activity and Exercise
Linebacker - Spencer Larsen - ARIZONA, UNIVERSITY OF - Jr. Gilbert, Ariz. - 3.51 - Regional Development
Defensive Line - Nick Schlekeway BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY - Jr. Eagle, Idaho - 3.85 - Business Management
Defensive Line - Cole Smith - PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY Jr. - Springfield, Oregon - 3.39 - Civil Engineering
Defensive Line - Jacob Hales - UNLV - So. - Las Vegas, Nev. 3.72 - Spanish
Defensive Line - Andrew Browning BOISE STATE UNIVERSITY - Sr. Lake Oswego, Oregon - 3.31 - Communication
Defensive Line - Kenneth Lombard CALIFORNIA, UNIVERSITY OF LOS ANGELES (UCLA) - So. - Los Angeles, CA 3.48 - History