Dec. 12, 2008
Eastern Washington University senior defensive lineman Greg Peach is one of five Big Sky Conference players to be named to the 2008 Walter Camp Football Foundation 2008 Football Championship Subdivision All-America Team.
Peach, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound senior from Vancouver, Wash., was named the Big Sky Conference Defensive MVP after leading FCS and the league with averages of 1.64 sacks and 2.1 tackles for loss per game. Peach set school records at Eastern for season sacks (18), season tackles for loss (28), career sacks (35 1/2) and career tackles for loss (63).
He is a leading candidate for the Buck Buchanan Award, which will be presented by The Sports Network on Thursday (Dec. 18) in Chattanooga. Tenn., on the eve of the FCS Championship game.
Peach was joined on the All-America defense by Montana safety Colt Anderson and Northern Arizona cornerback KJ Gerard. Lumberjack punter Robbie Dehaze and Montana offensive guard Colin Dow was tabbed to the offense.
The team consisted of just 26 players selected from players on the 118 teams in FCS. The Southern Conference had six players on the team, followed by the Big Sky with five, and the Colonial Athletic Association with four. Elon, James Madison, Northern Arizona and Montana each had two players selected to the squad.
Wide receivers Ramses Barden of Cal Poly and Terrell Hudgins of Elon were the only repeat selections.
Walter Camp, "The Father of American Football," first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp – a former Yale University athlete and football coach – is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries and the restriction of play to eleven men per side. The Walter Camp Football Foundation – a New Haven based all-volunteer group – was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting All-America teams for the Football Bowl and Championship subdivisions.
More on Greg Peach, and a video of some of his 2008 highlights, may be found at:
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