4 - Jason Belford
Jason Belford
Height: 6-1
Weight: 240
Year: RS Senior
Hometown: Tacoma, Wash.
High School: Lincoln HS '04
Position: DL
Experience: 3L*

Career: He has the second-most starts among returning players with 25.

2008: Listed as a starter at left defensive end on EWU's preseason depth chart.

2007: Earned honorable mention All-Big Sky Conference honors. Started all 13 games at left defensive end. He was the Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week when he had eight tackles and an interception returned for a touchdown in EWU's 52-24 win over Northern Arizona (11/10/07). He had a career-high eight tackles versus both Portland State (9/29/07) and Northern Arizona (11/10/07), and had four tackles with 1 1/2 sacks against Montana State (10/13/07). He was the team's defensive captain against Sacramento State (10/27/07) and was the team's defensive player of the week versus PSU and NAU. He also had the team's big hit of the week once and the big play of the week twice.

2006: Started 10 games at left defensive end. He won the team's defensive player of the game award against NorthernArizona (10/28/06) when he had four tackles and a half-sack. He had a season-high five tackles and a sack versus Montana (10/7/06). He was one of five Eagles given off-season strength and conditioning awards.

2005: Started two games at left end before he was lost for the final nine games of the season with a calf injury. He won the team's big play of the week award against Idaho State (9/24/05) before he was injured. He earned a starting position in the spring after moving from linebacker.

2004: Redshirted. Was twice selected as the team's defensive scout team player of the week.

HS: Graduated from Lincoln HS in 2004. Earned honorable mention Associated Press 4A All-State honors as a linebacker as selected by sports editors and writers. WashingtonPreps.com named him to its 4A All-State honorable mention list as a linebacker. Selected to play in the East-West All-Star Football Game. The Tacoma News Tribune selected him to its All-Area first team as a linebacker. Selected by the Seattle Times as a "White Chip" selection as one of the top 100 recruits in the state of Washington. Was named to the Ron Siegel Preseason All-State second team as a linebacker. He earned All-Narrows League Bay Division honors for the third-straight season as a senior by being named as a first team linebacker. He finished the season with 110 tackles and was voted his team's MVP. Lincoln finished 9-3 overall and 6-1 in the Narrows League Bay Division and advanced to the State 4A Playoffs, where it lost in the quarterfinals to eventual runner-up Ballard. Former Eagle Harrison Nikolao ('02) also attended Lincoln.

Personal: Born 1/4/86 in American Samoa. Interdisciplinary studies major.

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