7 - Jeff Minnerly
Jeff Minnerly
Height: 6-1
Weight: 200
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Spokane, Wash.
High School: Ferris HS '08
Position: DB
Experience: 3L*

*** Honors Candidate ***

*** Academic Honors Candidate ***

Career: An Academic All-America candidate, Minnerly has 17 career starts to rank fourth among returning defensive players. In his 31-game Eastern career he has 127 total tackles with four interceptions, eight passes broken up, two forced fumbles and 10 tackles for loss. A friendly wager between teammates is now entering year three. During the 2010 season, Minnerly and linebacker Ronnie Hamlin challenged each other to see who could go the longest without cutting their hair. Linebacker Zach Johnson was also in on the wager, but dropped out after EWU won the NCAA Division I title.

2012: He is ranked No. 5 among all FCS free safeties by Phil Steele’s FCS College Football Preview. Phil Steele lists him as a first team preseason All-Big Sky selection. Listed as a starter at safety on preseason depth chart. He will also be the holder for extra points and field goals for the fourth-straight season.

2011: Earned honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors for the second-straight season. Was a repeat selection on the Capital One Academic All-District VIII squad as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA). Was also named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team for the third-straight season. Minnerly started eight of 11 EWU games in 2011, and ranked second on the team with 77 tackles. In Eastern’s 38-26 victory at Northern Arizona (10/8/11) in which the Eagles won the turnover battle 4-0, Minnerly preserved the victory with a diving interception in the end zone with just 2:35 left in the game. He finished that game with a team-high 12 tackles to earn team defensive player of the week honors. He closed his junior campaign with a career-high 13 tackles in a 42-14 victory over Idaho State (11/19/11). He broke-up a pass and had two tackles for loss, as the Eagles out-gained ISU 578-363 in total offense. Minnerly also had a pass broken up against Northern Colorado (10/15/11). Earned preseason All-Big Sky Conference honors as selected by the league’s media and sports information directors, and was also a first team All-BSC selection by Phil Steele’s FCS College Football Preview.

2010: Minnerly was awarded the “Elite 88” Award by the National Collegiate Athletic Association. He received the award for having the highest cumulative grade point average among the participants in the 2011 NCAA Division I Football Championship Game at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas. Eastern won that game 20-19, as Minnerly finished with two passes broken up and two tackles. Earlier in the 2010 season, Minnerly received honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference accolades after playing in all 15 Eagle games, including nine as a starter. He was chosen for the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII squad as selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA). He was selected to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team for the second time in 2010 and was chosen as EWU’s Scholar-Athlete for the month of December. He had 48 tackles, three interceptions and four passes broken up for the year in his first time playing defense since middle school. He helped the Eagle defense rank first nationally in interceptions (total of 26) and turnovers gained (47), and finish sixth nationally in red zone defense, as it allowed just 38 scores in 58 opponent trips inside the Eagle 20-yard line. He had four tackles, a forced fumble and an interception he returned 65 yards (16th-longest in school history) to set-up Eastern’s first touchdown in a 21-14 win over Northern Arizona (10/9/10), as he earned honorable mention accolades nationally by the College Football Performance Awards. A quarterback in March 2010 when spring drills began for the Eagles, less than six months later Minnerly found himself as the team’s leading tackler in Eastern’s 49-24 loss at Nevada (9/2/10) when he made his first career start. He had what was then a career-high 10 tackles in a 36-27 victory over Montana (9/18/10) in the debut of Eastern’s red Sprinturf surface at Roos Field. Minnerly had an interception and two passes broken up against Sacramento State (10/23/10), and his third pick came in the semifinals of the playoffs in a 41-31 win over Villanova (12/17/10) when he also broke-up a pass. Minnerly moved from quarterback to defense in the spring, but continued as Eastern’s holder for place kicks. He had 13 tackles in the three spring scrimmages he played during his debut as a safety.

2009: Named to the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team. Played in four games as EWU’s backup quarterback, and also was EWU’s holder on kicks. He finished the year 4-of-8 for six yards, including a 3-of-4 performance against California (9/12/09).

2008: Redshirted. Was selected as EWU’s Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year after earning scout team offensive player of the week honors twice during the season.

HS: Graduated from Ferris HS in 2008. Earned first team 4A All-State honors as a quarterback from WashingtonPreps.com. Selected to play in the 4A/3A East-West All-State Game. He directed a game-winning, 93-yard drive in the final 3:31 as the East prevailed 17-14. He was selected as the MVP for the East as he tossed a game-winning 2-yard touchdown pass in the final seconds. He finished with 119 yards of total offense and also led the East on two scoring drives in the second quarter. Minnerly was the Offensive Most Valuable Player in the Greater Spokane League after throwing for 27 touchdowns and just one interception as a senior. He completed 65 percent of his passes (171-of-264) for 2,438 yards, and also rushed for 394 yards and three scores. Minnerly earned Seattle Times Player of the Week honors after he led a remarkable comeback in a 28-27 playoff win over Moses Lake. He completed 19-of-31 passes for 224 yards, and scrambled 49 yards to the 1-yard line with 16 seconds left to set up the winning score. Ferris finished the season 12-1, losing to Bothell 17-14 in the semifinals of the State 4A Playoffs. As a junior, he earned first team All-GSL honors after completing 126-of-191 passes for 1,631 yards, 16 touchdowns and eight interceptions. He also rushed for 266 yards and a score. He was also a starter for the two-time State 4A Champions in basketball, who were 29-0 both seasons. Ferris was the first 4A school to go unbeaten two consecutive seasons. He was a 4.0 student in high school and was his school’s male recipient of the prestigious Greater Spokane League Scholar-Athlete award. Eagle teammates Jordan Tonani (’11) and McKenzie Murphy (’08) also attended Ferris.

Personal: Finance major with a 3.78 grade point average. Born 12/6/89 in Spokane, Wash. His community service endeavors include taking part in the Jefferson Elementary “Everyday Hero” Book Reading in February 2010, and a food drive at North Central High School during his freshman season. Both of his parents, Jeff and Kathleen, attended EWU. The elder Jeff was a next-door neighbor of Pat Ogden, who lettered for Eastern from 1986-89. Pat’s younger brother, Jeff (1995-97), also came to Eastern and was an All-America wide receiver for the Eagles in 1997 before playing five years in the NFL with Dallas, Miami and Baltimore. During their time at EWU, the Ogden brothers were close friends with the Minnerly family and spent considerable time helping raise Jeff.

 

Year

GP

TT

Hi

S

TL-Yds

FF-FR

PBU

I-Yds

2009

5

Played as a backup quarterback

2010

15

50

10

0

3-22

2-0

6

3-80

2011

11

77

13

0

7-13

0-0

2

1-0

Totals

31

127

13

0

10-35

2-0

8

4-80












 
 
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