Sblendorio, Gall & Kreifels Among Those Earning EWU Football Honors

Trio are honored as Eastern Scout Team Players of the Year at Saturday’s Football Awards Banquet, at which retiring EWU President Dr. Rodolfo Arévalo and his wife Nadine were also recognized

Nic Sblendorio, Jake Gall and John Kreifels (pictured from left to right) -- a trio of 2013 redshirts for the Eastern Washington University football team -- were among the players honored Saturday (Feb. 22) at the annual Eastern Washington University Awards Banquet at the Pence Union Building on the EWU campus in Cheney, Wash.

Gall and Kreifels are linebackers and were selected as the team’s co-Defensive Scout Team Players of the Year. Gall is a 2013 graduate of Cle Elum/Roslyn (Wash.) High School, and Kreifels graduated the same year from Thomas Downey High School in Modesto, Calif. Sblendorio, a wide receiver and 2013 graduate of state powerhouse Skyline High School in Sammamish, Wash., won the Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year.

Not surprisingly, All-America quarterback Vernon Adams won the team’s Offensive Player of the Year honor, and All-America linebacker Ronnie Hamlin won the same award on defense. First team All-Big Conference selection Bo Schuetzle was the Special Teams Player of the Year and All-America wide receiver and Jerry Rice Award winner Cooper Kupp won accolades as the team’s Freshman of the Year.

In addition, senior defensive end Jakob Pugsley was given the Pat Roberts Memorial Award for achieving academic and athletic excellence. Pugsley and Schuetzle both graduated in 2009 from Spokane area high schools – Pugsley from East Valley and Schuetzle from Shadle Park.

Receiving team captains awards from the 2013 season were Hamlin, All-America senior center Ashton Miller, senior wide receiver Ashton Clark and safety Allen Brown.

Besides the awards presented, retiring EWU President Rodolfo Arévalo and his wife Nadine were presented framed jerseys by athletic director Bill Chaves and head coach Beau Baldwin.

Other honors won during the 2013 season were recognized at the banquet. Eastern’s large group of 23 seniors were also honored.

 

 

 

 

 

A complete list of honors won are listed below:

 

Scout Team Players of the Year

  • Defense – Linebacker John Kreifels (Modesto, Calif.) & Linebacker Jake Gall (Cle Elum, Wash.)
  • Offense – Wide Receiver Nic Sblendorio (Sammamish, Wash.)

 

Team Players of the Year 

  • Freshman of the Year – Wide Receiver Cooper Kupp (Yakima, Wash.)
  • Offense – Quarterback Vernon Adams (Pasadena, Calif.)
  • Defense – Linebacker Ronnie Hamlin (Lacey, Wash.)
  • Special Teams – Bo Schuetzle (Spokane, Wash.)

 

Pat Roberts Memorial Award

  • Jakob Pugsley (Newman Lake, Wash.)

 

Team Captain Awards

  • Safety Allen Brown (Tacoma, Wash.)
  • Linebacker Ronnie Hamlin (Lacey, Wash.)
  • Wide Receiver Ashton Clark (Vancouver, Wash.)
  • Center Ashton Miller (Vancouver, Wash.)
 
 

2013 SENIORS

41 - J.C. Agen - LB - 6-2 - 210 - 4L - Spokane, Wash. (Central Valley HS ’09)

24 - Ronald Baines - CB - 5-10 - 195 - 4L - Tacoma, Wash. (Mount Tahoma HS ’09)

30 - Demitrius Bronson - RB - 5-10 - 210 - 3L - Kent, Wa. (Kentwood HS ’08 / UW)

70 - Steven Forgette - OG - 6-4 - 300 - 4L - Vancouver, Wash. (Heritage HS ’09)

85 - Zack Gehring - TE - 6-4 - 240 - 4L - Castle Rock, Wash. (Castle Rock HS ’09)

92 - Will Katoa - NT - 6-0 - 295 - 4L - Salt Lake City, Utah (Judge Memorial HS ’09)

19 - Christian Hudnell - CB - 6-0 - 185 - 2L - Sacramento (Jesuit HS ’09 / Kentucky)

83 - Cody Humphrey - TE - 6-5 - 260 - 3L - Hermiston, Ore. (Hermiston HS ’09)

23 - Daniel Johnson - WR - 5-10 - 190 - 4L - San Jose (Valley Christian HS ’09)

1 - Anthony Larry - DE - 6-3 - 250 - 3L - Sacramento (Luther Burbank HS ’09)

31 - T.J. Lee III - CB - 5-9 - 190 - 4L - Seattle, Wash. (West Seattle HS ’09)

68 - Kevin Miller - K - 6-2 - 225 - 4L - Portland, Ore. (Centennial HS ’09)

77 - Brandon Murphy - OG - 6-4 - 305 - 4L - Albany, Ore. (West Albany HS ’09)

25 - McKenzie Murphy - S - 5-9 - 190 - 2L - Spokane, Wash. (Ferris HS ’08 / WWU)

46 - Jakob Pugsley - DE - 6-3 - 235 - 3L - Newman Lake, Wash. (East Valley ’09)

93 - Andru Pulu - DT - 6-2 - 290 - 2L - Federal Way, Wash. (Fed. Way HS ’09 / UW)

52 - Drew Reynolds - OG - 6-1 - 300 - 3L - Tacoma, Wash. (Foss HS ’09)

21 - Bo Schuetzle - CB - 6-0 - 200 - 4L - Spokane, Wash. (Shadle Park HS ’09)

12 - Anthony Vitto - QB - 6-1 - 195 - 4L - Simi Valley, Ca. (Chaminade Col. Prep ’09)

 

2013 Co-Captains . . .

4 - Allen Brown - S - 5-10 - 170 - 4L - Tacoma, Wash. (Foss HS ’09)

15 - Ashton Clark - WR - 5-11 - 185 - 3L - Vancouver, Wash. (Heritage HS ’09)

39 - ^Ronnie Hamlin - LB - 6-2 - 235 - 3L - Lacey, Wash. (Timberline HS ’09)

66 - Ashton Miller - C - 6-2 - 300 - 4L - Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen HS ’09)

^Has appealed to the NCAA to receive a sixth year because of two previous seasons wiped out because of injuries.

 
 

2013 INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS

 

Beau Baldwin

Inland Northwest Coach of the Year (Spokane Sportswriters & Broadcasters)

Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year

On Voting List for the Eddie Robinson Award Given to Top Coach in FCS

 

3 - Vernon Adams

QB - 6-0 - 190 - So. - Pasadena, Calif. (Alemany HS ’11)

FCS National Performer of the Year (College Football Performance Awards)

Runner-up for the Walter Payton Award Given to Top Player in FCS

First Team All-America (College Sporting News “Fabulous 50”)

First Team All-America (College Sports Journal)

First Team All-America (Beyond Sports Network)

Second Team All-America (The Sports Network)

Second Team All-America (Associated Press)

Second Team All-America (College Sports Madness)

Finalist for Geico Play of the Year (game-winning TD versus Oregon State)

Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Year

First Team All-Big Sky Conference (unanimous, first-team vote on all 12 ballots)

 

10 - Cooper Kupp

WR - 6-2 - 195 - Fr. - Yakima, Wash. (Davis HS ‘12)

Winner of Jerry Rice Award Given to Top Freshman in FCS

FCS Wide Receiver Award (College Football Performance Awards)

Freshman of the Year on “Fabulous 50” (College Sporting News)

Freshman of the Year (College Sports Journal)

Freshman of the Year (College Sports Madness)

First Team All-America (American Football Coaches Association)

First Team All-America (The Sports Network)

First Team All-America (Associated Press)

First Team All-America (College Sporting News “Fabulous 50”)

First Team All-America (College Sports Journal)

First Team All-America (Walter Camp Football Foundation)

First Team All-America (College Sports Madness)

First Team All-America (Beyond Sports Network)

Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year

First Team All-Big Sky Conference (unanimous, first-team vote on all 12 ballots)

EWU Athletics Scholar-Athlete for Month of December

 

31 - T.J. Lee III

CB - 5-9 - 170 - Sr. - Seattle, Wash. (West Seattle HS ’09)

First Team All-America (American Football Coaches Association)

First Team All-America (College Sporting News “Fabulous 50”)

First Team All-America (College Sports Journal)

First Team All-America (College Sports Madness)

First Team All-America (Beyond Sports Network)

Second Team All-America (The Sports Network)

Second Team All-America (Associated Press)

First Team All-Big Sky Conference (only three in school history and 48 in the 50-year history of the Big Sky Conference with at three)

 

66 - Ashton Miller

C - 6-2 - 300 - Sr. - Vancouver, Wash. (Evergreen HS ’09)

First Team All-America (Associated Press)

First Team All-America (Walter Camp Football Foundation)

First Team All-America (College Sports Journal)

First Team All-America (Beyond Sports Network)

Second Team All-America (College Sports Madness)

First Team All-Big Sky Conference

FCS Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team

Big Sky Conference All-Academic (business administraton/MBA)

EWU Athletics Scholar-Athlete for Month of January

 

39 - Ronnie Hamlin

LB - 6-2 - 235 - Sr. - Lacey, Wash. (Timberline HS ’09)

12th in Voting for the Buck Buchanan Award Given to Top Def. Player in FCS

Second Team All-America (College Sports Madness)

Second Team All-Big Sky Conference

FCS Athletics Directors Association (FCS ADA) Academic All-Star Team

Big Sky Conference All-Academic (technology major)

EWU Athletics Scholar-Athlete for Month of November

 

91 - Samson Ebukam

DL - 6-3 - 230 - Fr. - Portland, Ore. (David Douglas HS ‘13)

Second Team Freshman All-America (College Sports Journal)

Big Sky Conference All-Academic (major undeclared)

 

21 - Bo Schuetzle

CB - 6-0 - 200 - Sr. - Spokane, Wash. (Shadle Park HS ’09)

First Team All-Big Sky Conference (special teams)

 

15 - Ashton Clark

WR - 5-11 - 185 - Sr. - Vancouver, Wash. (Heritage HS ’09)

Second Team All-Big Sky Conference

Big Sky Conference All-Academic (recreation management major)

EWU Athletics Scholar-Athlete for Month of October

 

70 - Steven Forgette

OG - 6-4 - 300 - Sr. - Vancouver, Wash. (Heritage HS ’09)

Second Team All-Big Sky Conference

Big Sky Conference All-Academic (exercise science major)

 

78 - Clay DeBord

OT - 6-6 - 290 - So. - Asotin, Wash. (Asotin HS ’11)

Second Team All-Big Sky Conference

 

93 - Andru Pulu

DT - 6-2 - 290 - Sr. - Federal Way, Wash. (Federal Way HS ’09 /UW)

Second Team All-Big Sky Conference

 

85 - Zack Gehring

TE - 6-4 - 240 - Sr. - Castle Rock, Wash. (Castle Rock HS ’09)

Third Team All-Big Sky Conference

Big Sky Conference All-Academic (exercise science major)

 

22 - Quincy Forte

RB - 5-11 - 185 - Jr. - Fairfield, Calif. (Vacaville HS ’11)

Third Team All-Big Sky Conference

 

1 - Anthony Larry

DE - 6-3 - 250 - Sr. - Sacramento, Calif. (Luther Burbank HS ’09)

Third Team All-Big Sky Conference

 

7 - Tevin McDonald

S - 5-11 - 190 - Jr. - Fresno, Calif. (Edison HS ’10 & UCLA)

Third Team All-Big Sky Conference

 

9 - Shaq Hill

WR/KR - 5-10 - 180 - Jr. - Stockton, Ca. (Brookside Christian HS ’11)

Honorable Mention All-Big Sky Conference (wide receiver)

 

4 - Allen Brown

S - 5-10 - 170 - Sr. - Tacoma, Wash. (Foss HS ’09)

Honorable Mention All-Big Sky Conference

 

6 - Cory Mitchell

WR - 6-2 - 195 - Jr. - Katy, Texas (Katy HS ‘06)

Honorable Mention All-Big Sky Conference

 

79 - Cassidy Curtis

OT - 6-7 - 290 - So. - Denver, Colo. (Cherry Creek HS ’11)

Honorable Mention All-Big Sky Conference

 

77 - Brandon Murphy

OG - 6-4 - 305 - Sr. - Albany, Ore. (West Albany HS ’09)

Honorable Mention All-Big Sky Conference

Big Sky Conference All-Academic (technology major)

 

92 - Will Katoa

DT - 6-0 - 295 - Sr. -  Salt Lake City, Utah (Judge Memorial HS ’09)

Honorable Mention All-Big Sky Conference

 

57 - Dylan Zylstra

DT - 6-4 - 270 - Jr. - Kent, Wash. (Kentridge HS ‘10)

Honorable Mention All-Big Sky Conference

 

90 - Evan Day

DE - 6-3 - 245 - Jr. - Sammamish, Wash. (Skyline HS ‘10)

Honorable Mention All-Big Sky Conference

 

47 - Cody McCarthy

LB - 6-1 - 230 - Jr. - Boise, Idaho (Bishop Kelly HS ’11)

Honorable Mention All-Big Sky Conference

 

24 - Ronald Baines

CB - 5-10 - 195 - Sr. - Tacoma, Wash. (Mount Tahoma HS ’09)

Honorable Mention All-Big Sky Conference

 

68 - Kevin Miller

K - 6-2 - 225 - Sr. - Portland, Ore. (Centennial HS ’09)

Honorable Mention All-Big Sky Conference

Big Sky Conference All-Academic (marketing major)

 

Other Big Sky Conference All-Academic Selections (total of 19)

J.C. Agen - Spokane, Wash. / Central Valley HS ‘09 - Sr. - Technology

Blair Bomber - Lynden, Wash. / Lynden HS ‘10 / WSU - Jr. - Interdisciplinary Stud,

Jase Butorac - Sammamish, Wash. / Skyline HS ‘10 - Jr. - Business (Economics)

Terry Jackson II - Sacramento, Calif. / Bella Vista HS ‘11 - So. - Criminal Justice

Jake Miller - Spokane, Wash. / Central Valley HS ‘10 - Jr. - Finance

Todd Raynes - Kenmore, Wash. / Inglemoor HS ‘11 - So. - Mechanical Engineering

Matthew Sommer - Salem, Ore. / West Salem HS ‘13 - Fr. - Undeclared

Jordan Talley - Portland, Ore. / Jesuit HS ‘11 - So. - Chemistry

Miles Weatheroy - Portland, Ore. / Jesuit HS ‘11 - So. - Management

Zach Wimberly - Tumwater, Wash. / Tumwater HS ‘12 - Fr. - Undeclared

Jake Withnell - Salem, Ore. / South Salem HS ‘11 - So. - Management

 
 

2013 NATIONAL & BIG SKY PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS

 

3 - Vernon Adams

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– Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week

– College Sports Madness Big Sky Off. POW

 (vs. Portland St. 11/23/13 - 34-of-56, 457 yards, 5 TD; game-winner with 31 sec. left)

 

– Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week

– Sports Network FCS National Offensive Player of the Week

– College Sports Madness National FCS Off. Player of the Week/Big Sky Off. POW

– College Sporting News National All Star (5 chosen/FCS)

– College FB Performance Awards FCS QB Performer Of The Week

 (vs. Montana State 11/9/13 - 16-of-18, 300 yards, 4 TD, 302.2 eff.; 75 rushing/1 TD)

 

– College Sports Madness Big Sky Off. POW

 (vs. Idaho State 11/2/13 - 26-of-44, 432 yards/12th all-time at EWU, 5 TD)

 

– Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week

– College Sports Madness National FCS Off. Player of the Week/Big Sky Off. POW

– College Sporting News National All Star (5 chosen/FCS)

– One six recipients of Beyond Sports Network FCS Offensive Player of the Week

– USA Football FCS Offensive Player of the Week

 (vs. Montana 10/26/13 - 27-of-40, 457 yards/5th all-time at EWU, 6 TD/school record)

 

– College Sporting News National All Star (5 chosen/FCS)

(vs. Weber State 10/5/13 - 16-of-23, 194 yards, 4 TD, plus 66 rushing and 1 TD)

 

– Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week

– Sports Illustrated College FB Breakout Performer ((in Sept. 2 issue and on SI.com)

– Sports Network FCS National Offensive Player of the Week

– College Sporting News National All Star (4 chosen/FCS)

– CBSSports.com Player of the Week (4 chosen/all classifications)

– Yahoo! Sports College Football Best (20 chosen/all classifications)

– College Sports Madness National FCS Off. Player of the Week/Big Sky Off. POW

– College Football Performance Awards FCS National Performer Of The Week

– College Football Performance Awards FCS Quarterback Performer Of The Week

– One six recipients of Beyond Sports Network FCS Offensive Player of the Week

– One of Five “Stars of the Week” on SVP & Russillo Show on ESPN

– One of Four FCS/FBS Nominees for Capital One Impact Performer of the Week

– One of Eight FCS/FBS Nominees for Manning Award Player of the Week

– Nominee for Geico Play of the Year (game-winning 2-yard TD run vs. OSU)

(vs. Oregon State 8/31/13 - School-record 518 yards total offense & 6 TD; 23-of-30 passing, 411 yards, 4 TD, 235.7 efficiency; 107 rushing, 2 TD)

 

 

10 - Cooper Kupp

 

– One six recipients of Beyond Sports Network FCS Offensive Player of the Week

(vs. Cal Poly 11/16/13 - 8 receptions, 132 yards, 2TD; Set two FCS receiving records)

 

– One six recipients of Beyond Sports Network FCS Offensive Player of the Week

 (vs. Idaho State 11/2/13 - 8 receptions, 205 yards (8th all-time at EWU), 2 TD)

 

– Sports Network FCS Co-Freshman of the Week

– College FB Performance Awards FCS WR Performer Of The Week

– One six recipients of Beyond Sports Network FCS Offensive Player of the Week

(vs. Montana 10/26/13 - 11 receptions (12th all-time at EWU), 182 yards (18th), 2TD)

 
 

15 - Ashton Clark

 

– One six recipients of Beyond Sports Network FCS Offensive Player of the Week

 (vs. Oregon State 8/31/13 - 9 receptions, 155 yards, 1 TD)

 
 

4 - Allen Brown

 

– One of six recipients of Beyond Sports Network FCS Defensive Player of the Week

(vs. Western Ore. 9/7/13 - 2 interceptions, 2 tackles, 217 yards allowed in 43-14 win)

 

 

EWU Offensive Line

 

– Selected as the FCS Offensive Line of the Week by Beyond Sports Network

(vs. Idaho State 11/2/13 - School-record 743 yards of total offense in 55-34 win)

 

– Selected as the FCS Offensive Line of the Week by Beyond Sports Network

(vs. Oregon State 8/31/13 - 625 yards of total offense in 49-46 win over #25 Beavers)

 
 
 
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