Dec. 22, 2007
Senior offensive guard Matt Alfred and sophomore wide receiver Aaron Boyce were among the 50 players in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision to be honored on the College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty FCS All-America team. The Eagles were one of just 10 teams to have multiple selections.
Alfred is a four-time All-Big Sky Conference selection who graduated from Gig Harbor (Wash.) High School in 2003. He closed his career with 46-straight starts and earned first team All-Big Sky honors twice (2007 and 2005) and second team accolades twice (2006 and 2004). Recently, he was a third team All-America selection by the Associated Press.
Alfred was coached the last five years by former EWU head coach Paul Wulff, who was named on Dec. 11 as the new head coach at Washington State University. Wulff will now get to coach Matt Alfred's younger brother Kenny Alfred, who starts on the offensive line for the Cougars.
Boyce, a 2005 graduate of Kentwood High School in Kent, Wash., was selected after catching 85 passes (second in school history) for 1,308 yards (fourth) and 10 touchdowns (eighth). He ranked sixth in FCS in receiving yards per game (100.6) and was 14th in receptions (6.5). Boyce earned second team AP All-America accolades.
Boyce and Alfred helped Eastern's offense finish the season with an average of 462.3 yards of offense per game (fifth in FCS), including 295.4 passing (eighth) and 166.8 rushing (50th). The Eagles were 10th in passing efficiency (155.6) and 18th in scoring offense (33.6).
The Eagles finished the 2007 season with a 9-4 record after advancing to the quarterfinals of the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs for the fourth time in school history. The advancement to the "Elite Eight" was a complete reversal from a year prior when EWU was just 3-8.
The Eagles overcame a 1-2 start in Big Sky Conference play to finish second in the league with a 6-2 record after being picked to finish fifth. A four-game winning streak to end the regular season helped the Eagles garner an at-large playoff berth.
An impressive 44-15 first-round victory over second-seeded McNeese State helped the Eagles finish the season ranked eighth in the final Sports Network FCS Top-25 poll. The Eagles ended the regular season ranked 14th.
More on the College Sporting News 2007 Fabulous 50 FCS All-American Team
CHICAGO, ILL. -- Three-time national champion Appalachian State and runner-up Delaware dominated the selections of the College Sporting News Fabulous Fifty FCS All-American team released Dec. 21 along with with six major award winners.
In all, 37 teams and 13 conferences are represented on the team. Appalachian State landed four players on the squad, Delaware had three, while eight other teams also had multiple selections -- Eastern Washington, Elon, James Madison, Montana, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, Richmond and San Diego.
Unlike other All-American teams, the CSN honor's squad is designed to be like a real team, capable of taking the field and competing in a game. It includes everything from quarterbacks, who can run or pass and often-overlooked fullbacks, to long snappers and other special teams performers. The Fabulous Fifty also emphasizes players who have exhibited character and other team-oriented traits, not just lofty statistics, or talent.
Henry Frazier III, who led Prairie View A&M to its first winning season in over three decades and most wins since 1964, was named as the coach of the year. Now in his 4th year at PVAMU, Frazier has turned around a Panther program that at one point had lost an NCAA record 80-plus games.
Beginning the season 4-2 for the first time since 1966, Frazier then led the Panthers over eventual Southwestern Athletic Conference champion Jackson State to ensure the first PVAMU winning season since 1976. Prairie View finished 2007 with a 7-3 record and a second place finish in the SWAC's Western Division. For his efforts, Frazier received a contract extension that will keep him on "The Hill" thru 2012.
Walter Payton award winner Jayson Foster, quarterback from Georgia Southern was named as CSN's offensive player of the year. Giving opposing defenses fits all year long, Foster rushed for an NCAA all-divisions quarterback record of 1,844 yards and led his Eagles to within a couple points of a Southern Conference championship and into the playoffs. In addition quarterback, Foster lined up as wide receiver, kick returner and holder. He completed 109-of-170 passes for 1,203 yards and six touchdowns and did not throw an interception over the final six games. Foster was selected to the team in 2006 as a return specialist.
Named to his third consecutive CSN All-American team, Appalachian State safety Corey Lynch was honored as CSN's defensive player of the year for 2007. Beginning with a blocked kick versus Michigan that has become one of the most watched plays in FCS history, Lynch finishes his career with 52 pass breakups, capturing the NCAA Division I record for career passes defended. A dedicated ball hawk (31 takeaways including 24 interceptions), Lynch is ASU's first three-time All-American since two-time Buchanan Award winner Dexter Coakley (1994-96).
Appalachian State standout offensive guard Kerry Brown was named as CSN's offensive lineman of the year. Brown helped pave the way for a Mountaineer offense that ranked among the nation's top 10 in scoring, total offense, rushing and pass efficiency. Brown is another repeat recipient of CSN honors being named to the team in 2006 as well.
Quarterback Armanti Edwards of Appalachian State garnered the playoff most valuable player nod for his astounding performances while leading the Mountaineers to their historic third straight crown. Edwards accounted for 727 yards on 50 of 70 passing and eight touchdowns to go with his eight rushing touchdowns and 660 yards on the ground. All without a turnover. His seven touchdowns against Richmond in the semi-finals (four rushing and three passing) and 495 yards of total offense set many records. Most notably, his 313 rushing yards in the game set a new NCAA Division I record for most rushing yards by a quarterback.
Freshman of the year honors went to Elon quarterback Scott Riddle. Riddle established new Elon and SoCon single-season milestones for completions, passing attempts, passing yards, touchdown passes, plays of total offense, yards of total offense and touchdowns responsible for. He also ended up with NCAA freshman records for touchdown passes, total offense average and yards of total offense. Riddle led the nation in total passing yards, passing yards per game and completions per game while ranking third in both total offense and points responsible for.
Ten players were repeat selections on the team, including four-time recipient Ricky Santos of New Hampshire; three-time picks Lynch and Furman's Jerome Felton; and repeaters Ramses Barden of Cal Poly, Josh Johnson of San Diego, Foster, Brown, Edwards, Brennan Carvalho of Portland State and Bryan Smith of McNeese State.
FABULOUS FIFTY FCS ALL-AMERICAN TEAM
NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision All-American Team
Coach of the Year: Henry Frazier III, Prairie View A&M
Offensive Player of the Year: Jason Foster, Georgia Southern, QB, 5-9, 164, Sr., Canton, GA
Defensive Player of the Year: Corey Lynch, Appalachian State, S, 6-0, 205, Sr., Cape Coral, FL
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Kerry Brown, Appalachian State, G, 6-6, 310, Sr., Marietta, GA
Playoff Most Valuable Player: Armanti Edwards, Appalachian State, QB, 6-0, 175, So., Greenwood, SC
Freshman of the Year: Scott Riddle, Elon, QB, 6-0, 201, Fr., Ramseur, NC
WR Ramses Barden, Cal Poly, 6-6, 228, Jr., Altadena, CA
WR Terrell Hudgins, Elon, 6-2, 226, So., Rocky Mount, NC
WR Charles Sullivan, Hofstra, 6-1, 202, Sr., Nanuet, NY
WR Clyde Edwards, Grambling State, 5-10, 175, Sr., Houston, TX
WR Aaron Boyce, Eastern Washington, 6-2, 205, So., Kent, WA
TE Matt Champa, Dayton, 6-3, 219, Sr., Sagamore Hills, OH
TE Blake Martin, Sam Houston State, 6-3, 236, Sr., Hemphill, TX
T Mike Byrne, Delaware, 6-6, 295, Sr., Lititz, PA
T Chad Rinehart, Northern Iowa, 6-5, 308, Sr., Boone, IA
G Matt Alfred, Eastern Washington, 6-3, 300, Sr., Gig Harbor, WA
G Mitch Erickson, South Dakota State, 6-6, 285, Sr., Hutchinson, MN
C Brennan Carvalho, Portland State, 6-1, 310, Sr., Kapaa, HA
OL Demetrius Bell, Northwestern State, 6-6, 283, Sr., Summerfield, LA
QB Josh Johnson, San Diego, 6-3, 200, Sr., Oakland, CA
QB Ricky Santos, New Hampshire, 6-2, 215, Sr., Bellingham, MA
RB Tim Hightower, Richmond, 6-1, 225, Sr., Waldorf, MD
RB Tyler Roehl, North Dakota State, 5-10, 232, Jr., West Fargo, ND
AB Omar Cuff, Delaware, 5-10, 195, Sr., Landover, MD
FB Jerome Felton, Furman, 6-0, 246, Sr., Madisonville, TN
DE Kroy Biermann, Montana, 6-3, 241, Sr., Hardin, MT
DE Bryan Smith, McNeese State, 6-3, 230, Sr., Newton, TX
DT Mark Huygens, Northern Iowa, 6-6, 277, Jr., Sergeant Bluff, IA
DT Michael Dungey, Albany, 6-2, 275, Sr., Rochester, NY
DL Brian Johnston, Gardner-Webb, 6-5, 280, Sr., San Diego, CA
DL Eric Bakhtiari, San Diego, 6-4, 260, Sr., Burlingame, CA
DL Matt Marcorelle, Delaware, 6-2, 250, So., Ft. Pierce, FL
DL John Baranowsky, James Madison, 6-3, 290, Sr., Sudbury, MA
CB Derrick Huff, Eastern Kentucky, 5-11, 188, Sr., Hamilton, OH
CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, Tennessee State, 6-2, 170, Sr., Brendenton,
S Ladarius Webb, Nicholls State, 5-11, 205, Jr., Opelika, AL
S Colt Anderson, Montana, 5-10, 185, Jr., Butte, MT
DB Tony LeZotte, James Madison, 6-0, 200, Sr., Augusta, GA
DB Bobbie Williams, Bethune-Cookman, 6-0, 212, Sr., Miami, FL
DB Jarmaul George, Southern, 6-1, 190, Sr., New Orleans, LA
DB Jerome Touchstone, Appalachian State, 5-7, 170, Sr., Riverdale, GA
LB Mike Gallihugh, Colgate, 6-0, 200, Sr., Midlothian, VA
LB Kye Stewart, Illinois State, 6-0, 210, Sr., Nashville, TN
LB Bobby Daly, Montana State, 6-1, 215, Jr., Helena, MT
LB Zach East, Prairie View A&M, 6-2, 230, Sr., Houston, TX
LB Jason Hatchell, Massachusetts, 6-0, 240, Sr., Mullica Hill, NJ
K Taylor Rowan, Western Illinois, 6-0, 185, Jr., Melbourne, FL
P Mike Dragosavich, North Dakota State, 6-5, 215, Sr., Oak Lawn, IL
KR Justin Rogers, Richmond, 5-10, 165, Fr., Baton Rouge, LA
PR Jeremy Gilchrist, Hampton, 5-10, 174, So., Virginia Beach, VA
LS Dan Pope, Liberty, 6-3, 200, Jr., Palm City, FL
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