Best-Ever Five Eagles on Academic All-District 8 Football Team

Best-Ever Five Eagles on Academic All-District 8 Football Team

Headlined by 2014 Academic All-American Cooper Kupp, other Eagles honored include Jake Withnell, Todd Raynes, Jake Gall and Andre Lino

Complete Lists of Academic All-District Teams

Five Eastern Washington University football players – senior tight end Jake Withnell, senior defensive back Todd Raynes, junior wide receiver Cooper Kupp, sophomore linebacker Jake Gall and sophomore defensive lineman Andre Lino -- have all been selected to the 2015 Academic All-District 8 Football Team by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

The five honored players – which equal the most in school history – now advance to the national ballot to select Academic All-America honors. A year ago, Cooper Kupp earned second team All-America honors for the Eagles, who have had eight different players win 11 Academic All-America honors since 1989. A total of 65 have been honored since then on the All-District squad, which includes NCAA Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and Bowl Subdivision (FBS) football players from schools in Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Utah, Arizona, Nevada, Alaska, Hawaii and British Columbia.

Withnell (pictured) is an accounting major with a 3.91 grade point average, and is a 2011 graduate of South Salem, Ore., High School. Raynes graduated from Inglemoor High School in 2011, and is from Kenmore, Wash. He has a 3.42 GPA as a mechanical engineering major. Both Withnell and Raynes have been honored three times previously on the Big Sky Conference All-Academic team.

Kupp graduated in 2012 from Davis High School in Yakima, Wash., and is majoring in economics with a 3.54 GPA. Gall is from Cle Elum, Wash, and graduated from Cle Elum/Roslyn HS in 2013. He has a 3.53 GPA as a criminal justice major, and Lino is undeclared with a 3.71 GPA. Lino is from Seattle and graduated from Blanchet HS in 2013. Kupp, Lino and Gall earned their first Big Sky All-Academic honors following the 2014 season.

Withnell has played in 51 of a possible 51 games as an Eagle, and is just two games behind the school record of 53 (Ronnie Hamlin 2011-14). Primarily used as a blocking tight end, he has eight catches for 31 yards and two touchdowns in his career.

Raynes has played in 40 Eastern games (20 as a starter) in his career, and has 141 tackles, four interceptions, eight passes broken up, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He has returned two interceptions for touchdowns, including one this season. He has 44 tackles and three passes broken up in six games played in 2015.

Kupp, twice already an FCS All-America wide receiver for his performances on the field, has started all 36 games he has played in his career with 288 catches for 4,412 yards and 54 touchdowns. He has 91 receptions for 1,290 yards and 17 scores already this season.

Gall is Eastern's second-leading tackler this season, with 55 in seven games played. He has had at least eight tackles in each of his last three games, and has 74 career tackles in 21 games (five starts, all this season).

Lino has started all seven games he has played this season, and has 17 tackles and a pair of quarterback hurries. He has 36 tackles and a pair of sacks in 20 career games.

 
 

COSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-DISTRICT 8 - NCAA DIVISION I (AK, AZ, CA, HI, NV, OR, UT, WA, Canada)

Pos.

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown

GPA

Major

QB

Blake Decker

UNLV

Sr.

Mesa, Ariz.

3.42

Marketing

QB

Jeff Lockie

OREGON

Jr.

Alamo, Calif.

3.82

Business administration

WR

Tim Crawley

SAN JOSE STATE

Jr.

Santa Clara, Calif.

3.81

Business MIS

WR

Mitchell Juergens

BRIGHAM YOUNG

Jr.

Houston, Texas

3.63

Finance

WR

Cooper Kupp

EASTERN WASHINGTON

Jr.

Yakima, Wash.

3.54

Economics

TE

Jake Withnell

EASTERN WASHINGTON

Sr.

Salem, Ore.

3.91

Accounting

RB

Damien Haskins

OREGON STATE

So.

New Boston, Texas

3.47

Public health

RB

Christian McCaffrey

STANFORD

So.

Castle Rock, Colo.

3.31

Undeclared

OL

Jake Brendel

UCLA

Sr.

Plano, Texas

3.47

Economics

OL

Johnny Caspers

STANFORD

Sr.

Glen Ellyn, Ill.

3.38

Earth systems

OL

Justin Northern

FRESNO STATE

Sr.

Lakewood, Calif.

3.79

Mechanical engineering

OL

Wes Schweitzer

SAN JOSE STATE

Sr.

Scottsdale, Ariz.

3.42

Biochemistry

OL

Jacob Vazquez

FRESNO STATE

Jr.

Cottonwood, Calif.

4.00

Agricultural business

K

Conrad Ukropina

STANFORD

Sr.

Pasadena, Calif.

3.63

Science, technology & society

DB

Devyn Bryant

SAN DIEGO

Jr.

San Diego, Calif.

3.47

Mechanical engineering

DB

Sidney Jones

WASHINGTON

So.

Diamond Bar Calif.

3.46

Pre-health sciences

DB

Dallas Lloyd

STANFORD

Sr.

Pleasant Grove, Utah

3.36

Science, technology & society

DB

Todd Raynes

EASTERN WASHINGTON

Sr.

Kenmore, Wash.

3.42

Mechanical engineering

DB

Marcus Williams

UTAH

So.

Corona, Calif.

3.72

Undeclared

LB

Jake Gall

EASTERN WASHINGTON

So.

Cle Elum, Wash.

3.53

Criminal justice

LB

Max Michaels

SAN DIEGO

So.

Poway, Calif.

3.89

Accountancy

LB

Peyton Pelluer

WASHINGTON STATE

So.

Sammamish, Wash.

3.57

History

DL

Hunter Dimick

UTAH

Jr.

Syracuse, Utah

3.30

Communication

DL

Mike Hughes Jr.

UNLV

So.

Las Vegas, Nev.

3.31

Criminal justice

DL

Andre Lino

EASTERN WASHINGTON

So.

Seattle, Wash.

3.71

Undeclared

DL

Kory Rasmussen

HAWAI'I

Jr.

Ewa Beach, Hawai'i

3.34

Communication

P

Matthew Haack

ARIZONA STATE

Jr.

West Des Moines, Iowa

3.47

Business (sports & media)

 
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