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Spevak is GNAC Male Athlete of the Year

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ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Former Central Washington University football player Johnny Spevak (Edgewood, Wash./Puyallup HS) has been selected as the 2009-10 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Male Athlete of the Year in a vote conducted by the conference's nine athletic directors, the conference office announced on Wednesday.

Spevak, who completed degree requirements for his bachelor's degree in accounting from CWU in December, is the second consecutive Central football player to earn GNAC Male Athlete of the Year honors. Former teammate Mike Reilly was selected as the 2008-09 GNAC Male Athlete of the Year award winner.

A two-sport standout for the Wildcats, Spevak was the 2009 GNAC Offensive Player of the Year in football as Central Washington completed an undefeated regular season and ascended to number one in the NCAA Division II football national polls prior to the postseason. Spevak set virtually every pass receiving record in school history and finished second in NCAA Division II history with 318 career receptions. He also totaled 4,426 receiving yards and 54 touchdowns over the course of his four football seasons in the Crimson and Black.

In addition to his laurels on the football field, which included four first-team all-conference honors (two each in the GNAC and the now-defunct North Central Conference), Spevak was a four-year letterman in basketball for the Wildcats from 2005-09. He was an honorable mention all-conference basketball player as a senior on the hardwood, had a better than 2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio, and was a defensive standout for the CWU hoop squad. Academically, Spevak was twice named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII College Division Team in football and was a four-time academic all-conference honoree.

Spevak edged out Montana State Billings men's soccer player Sam Charles for the Male Athlete of the Year honor, although Charles was selected as the 2009-10 GNAC Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year.