Redshirt freshman football player Cooper Kupp and sophomore volleyball player Allie Schumacher have been selected by the Eastern Washington University Athletic Department as the December Scholar-Athletes of the Month, announced Wednesday, Dec. 3.
Kupp is an exercise science major with a 3.1 grade-point average after graduating from Yakima's Davis High School in 2012. A 2012 graduate of Puyallup High School, Schumacher is a English major with a 3.2 grade-point average.
Kupp was named the Big Sky Freshman of the Year and was a unanimous First Team All-Big Sky selection after leading the FCS with 18 touchdown catches this season. He owns sole possesion of the FCS record for consecutive games with a touchdown reception, havibng caught at least one TD in all of the games he has played in his 12-game EWU career. He is the favorite to win the Jerry Rice Award, given by The Sports Network to the top freshman in FCS.
In November, he caught 33 passes for 601 yards and a seven touchdowns in leading EWU to a perfect 4-0 record in the month. His 205 yards against Idaho State ranks as the sixth-most all-time at Eastern. He has seven performances this season of at least 100 yards and has earned Freshman of the Week honors from The Sports Network twice this season.
Schumacher earned All-Big Sky Honorable Mention honors this season, averaging a team-best 2.72 kills per set while hitting at a .176 clip. She also finished fourth on the team in digs per set with an average of 1.82 and blocks per set with an average of 0.48. She earned Big Sky Player of the Week honors following the Eagles' stretch of four matches back in September. She hit .330 for the week, reaching double-digit kills in three of Eastern's four matches, highlighted by a win over Big XII member Texas Tech.
She led the Eagles to three wins in November, recording a pair of double-doubles. She went for 14 kills and 12 digs against Northern Colorado on Nov. 15 before tallying 12 kills and 10 digs in EWU's season finale at Weber State on Nov. 23. She also reached double-figure kills against Southern Utah on Nov. 7, finishing with 12.
After a bye last week, Eastern's football team welcomes South Dakota State to Roos Field for a second-round FCS Playoff game. The Eagles earned the third overall seed after winning its first outright Big Sky title since 1997. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN3.
December – Allie Schumacher (volleyball) and Cooper Kupp (football)
November – Katie Mahoney (cross country) and Ronnie Hamlin (football)
October – Cassie Black (soccer) and Ashton Clark (football)