For the third-straight year, senior safety out of Ferris High School in Spokane is honored among NCAA Division I players from nine Western states
Eastern Washington University senior safety Jeff Minnerly has “three-peated” on the Capital One Academic All-District VIII squad, joining teammates Ashton Miller and Jordan Talley on the team selected by members of the College Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA).
Minnerly is a 2008 graduate of Ferris High School in Spokane, Wash., and currently has a 3.78 grade point average with a double major in finance and electrical engineering. Miller, a junior offensive center who has a 3.66 GPA and is majoring in management, graduated in 2009 from Evergreen High School in Vancouver, Wash. Talley is a pre-medicine major with a 3.49. The sophomore running back is from Portland, Ore., and graduated from Jesuit High School in 2011.
Eastern football players have now been honored 56 times since 1989 on the All-District VIII squad, and seven players have gone on to win nine Academic All-America honors. In 2009, defensive end Jacob Kragt from Ritzville, Wash., earned first team Academic All-America honors after being selected to the All-District VIII team for the third-straight season.
The qualifying standards include having a minimum 3.3 grade point average at Eastern and being a significant contributor to the team. The District VIII university division 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.
DB - Jeff Minnerly – Senior - Finance & Electrical Engineering
Previously earned Capital One All-District VIII honors in 2011 and 2010 as selected by CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) and has earned three previous Big Sky Conference All-Academic awards…Two-time All-BSC honorable mention...Headed for another honor-filled season in 2012 when he suffered a fractured collarbone against Montana (9/29) and has been out since…In the four games he played, he had 15 tackles, an interception and a pass broken up…In his 35-game career (21 starts), he has 142 tackles, five interceptions, nine passes broken up, two forced fumbles and 10 tackles for loss, and has been EWU’s holder on placekicks four seasons…In 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 2010 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. Minnerly was a 4.0 student at Ferris where he excelled in football and basketball.
OL - Ashton Miller – Junior - Management
Will be selected to the Big Sky All-Academic team for the first time in 2012…After suffering a season-ending Achilles injury as a starter in EWU’s first game of the 2011 season, he has started every game in 2012…Eastern’s offense ranks 15th in FCS in passing (286.9), 17th in total offense (439.1), 38th in scoring (21.7) and 59th in rushing (152.2)….Eastern had a season-high 542 yards in a 34-17 win against Cal Poly.
RB - Jordan Talley – Sophomore - Pre-Med
Was selected to the Big Sky All-Academic team for the first time as a true freshman in 2011… A starter early in the year, he has missed four games and five total starts with a concussion…He is currently EWU’s fourth-leading rusher for the season with 218 yards and three touchdowns…He had a season-high 71 yards and a TD versus Washington State (9/8)…Had a season-high four catches in a 32-26 win over Weber State (9/22)…Has 631 yards and eight touchdowns rushing in his 16-game career (nine starts), as well as 33 catches for 241 yards.