September 25, 2006

Eneberg and Bergstrom Win Big Sky Honors

Sept. 25, 2006

A week ago, Eagle senior linebacker and team co-captain David Eneberg helped organize a closed-door, players-only team meeting. This week, he and kicker Brett Bergstrom are reveling in the results.

Eneberg was selected as the Big Sky Conference Defensive Player of the Week on Monday (Sept. 25) and Bergstrom earned the same award on special teams. Eneberg had 13 tackles and Bergstrom kicked four field goals in Eastern's 19-10 league victory at Montana State Saturday (Sept. 23).

Eastern takes its 1-0 Big Sky record into a pair of home games at Woodward Field in Cheney, Wash. The Eagles play Sacramento State Saturday (Sept. 30) before hosting Montana on Oct. 7. Kickoff in both games is 2:05 p.m.

Eneberg is from Mukilteo, Wash., and is a 2002 graduate of Kamiak High School. Bergstrom is from North Bend, Wash., and graduated the same year from Mount Si High School before playing two seasons at Shasta Junior College in California.

The honors were the first player of the week honors for both players. Eneberg was an honorable mention All-Big Sky selection last year and Bergstrom is in his first year as Eastern's placekicker after previously spending time at safety, wide receiver and defensive end in the Eagle program. The last time Eastern had a kicker win a Big Sky Player of the Week award came in 2001 when Troy Griggs was honored twice, including after he kicked a school-record five field goals versus Weber State.

"Both are deserving of those awards," said Eagle head coach Paul Wulff. "David had a great week of practice and it showed in the ballgame. Without a question he's one of our best team leaders."

Eneberg also had a sack and pass broken up against the Bobcats, and both came on third down plays that forced punts in the first half as EWU opened a 9-0 lead at halftime it wouldn't relinquish. Eastern won for the fourth-straight time over MSU and the 5-foot-11, 210-pound Eneberg has played big roles in all four.

As a freshman in 2003, he intercepted a pass that helped seal Eastern's 35-25 win at Albi Stadium in Spokane. A year later, he batted-down a fourth-and-goal pass in overtime to secure Eastern's come-from-behind 51-44 victory that gave Eastern a NCAA Division I-AA Playoff berth. He had four tackles and broke-up a pass in last year's 35-14 victory at Woodward Field.

Eneberg's peformance helped Eastern's defense allow just 10 points and 235 yards versus MSU. In the first three games, Eastern allowed an average of 43.0 points and 471.0 yards per game.

"Our defense was much-improved," added Wulff. "We're still not playing championship football yet. But it was an improved effort and now we need to step it up that much more going into game five."

A senior who had never attempted an EWU field goal prior to this season, Bergstrom kicked field goals of 21, 53, 39 and 30 yards versus the Bobcats, with his 53-yarder ranking as the fourth-longest in school history. Three of the kicks came in the first half to give Eastern a 9-0 lead at halftime. His fourth helped Eastern re-gain a nine-point lead in the second half.

So far this season, Bergstrom has made all six of his field goal attempts and all three of the extra points he's kicked.

"He's a veteran player and has a strong leg," said Wulff. "We really feel like we have a player that can help us win games. And he did against Montana State."

The strong-legged Bergstrom specialized in kickoffs in 2005 before edging out fellow senior Sheldon Weddle for this year's placekicking chores. He averaged 61.0 yards per kickoff as a junior with 23 touchbacks. So far this season, he is averaging 61.0 yards with six touchbacks.

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