Wide receiver Cooper Kupp and offensive linemen Aaron Neary and Clay DeBord are on the list of 100 players from 63 different schools honored by STATS
With all three originally hailing from east of the Cascade Mountains, a trio of offensive standouts from the Eastern Washington University football team have been selected to the 2015 STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team.
Junior wide receiver Cooper Kupp, a consensus All-American his first two seasons in the program, was named to the first team. Senior offensive guard Aaron Neary was a second-team choice and senior offensive tackle Clay DeBord was on the third team. Kupp is a 2012 graduate of Davis High School in Yakima, Wash.; Neary is a 2011 graduate of Hanford HS in Richland, Wash.; and Debord is a 2011 graduate of Asotin (Wash.) High School.
The three teams consisted of 100 players from 63 FCS schools and 13 leagues. Eastern tied for the fourth-most selections among the schools, while the Big Sky Conference had the second-most among leagues with 15.
Kupp has averaged a touchdown reception every 5.3 catches in his career, with totals of 197 receptions for 3,122 yards and 37 touchdowns. He is just nine TDs behind the school and Big Sky record of 46 held by Eric Kimble (2002-05). Kupp has scored at least once in 24 of the 28 career games he has played, with 15 performances of at least eight catches and 15 with at least 100 receiving yards.
Neary was a first team All-Big Sky Conference selection in 2014 and earned second team All-America honors from Beyond Sports Network. DeBord was a honorable mention all-league pick as a junior, and a second-team choice as a sophomore. Neary started all 13 games he played last season in his first year as a starter. DeBord was a starter in all 14 Eagle games to increase his career total to a team-best 41.
Together on the left side of the line in 2014, Neary and DeBord were the team’s co-offensive players of the week after helping EWU rush for 224 yards and finish with 582 total yards in a 52-51 win at Montana State (9/20/14).
They helped lead Eastern’s offense to new heights in 2014, especially on the scoreboard. For the first time in school history, Eastern scored at least 50 points in six games, including outings of 56, 54, 52, 52, 56 and 56. Only once previously in school history – 105 previous years – has EWU scored 50 or more three times. The Eagles were first in FCS in scoring offense (44.1 per game) and first downs (361 total), second in passing efficiency (163.52), third in total offense (513.4) and second in passing offense (328.2).