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Will Post: The All-American Eagle

Senior offensive tackle Will Post was named an All-American by the AFCA on Tuesday (Photo: EWU Athletics) Senior offensive tackle Will Post was named an All-American by the AFCA on Tuesday (Photo: EWU Athletics)

by EWU Athletics

Eastern Washington University senior offensive tackle Will Post has been chosen to the American Football Coaches Association All-America team, the AFCA announced Tuesday (Dec. 4). The 6-foot-6, 315-pound Post is from Portland, Ore., and graduated from Southridge High School in 2008.

His is the 17th AFCA honor won by 16 different players in Eastern history, but he is the first offensive lineman to be recognized since Michael Roos (now with the Tennessee Titans) in 2004.

The Eagles have now had 19 offensive linemen earn All-America accolades in the last 20 years (1993-2012) while winning 21 first team All-Big Sky Conference honors (1993-2012). Prior to Post, Chris Powers was the latest to earn both awards after helping lead EWU to the NCAA Division I title in 2010 and then earning the same honors as a senior in 2011.

Post has started every game at right offensive tackle in 2012, with a total of 34 career starts in 43 games played. The first team All-Big Sky selection and team co-captain allowed just one sack in the regular season (opponents had a total of 24). He consistently grades out in the high 80's and low 90's according to offensive line coach Aaron Best.

Entering its quarterfinal game this Saturday in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision Playoffs, Eastern ranks second in the league and ninth in the FCS in passing offense (301.2 per game). The Eagles had a season-best 542 total yards versus Cal Poly and are now fourth in the Big Sky and 21st in FCS in total offense (432.3). Eastern is also 22nd in passing efficiency (143.3) and 28th in scoring offense (31.6).

Last week, the initial FCS All-America team for the 2012 season was released by College Sports Madness (collegesportsmadness.com), and three Eagles were named to the team. Junior wide receiver Brandon Kaufman was selected to the first team, senior defensive end Jerry Ceja was selected to the second team and senior kicker Jimmy Pavel was picked for the third team.

A year ago, there were nine All-America teams selected, including those by the AFCA, The Sports Network, Associated Press and the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Others are College Sporting News, Phil Steele Publications, College Sports Journal, Beyond Sports College Network and College Sports Madness.


2012 AFCA FCS Coaches All America Team - First Team

Position Name School
WR Aaron Mellette Elon
WR Erik Lora Eastern Illinois
TE Kyle Juszczyk Harvard
OL Earl Watford James Madison
OL Terren Jones Alabama St.
C Mike Sellers Citadel
OL Randy Richards Missouri St.
OL Will Post Eastern Washington
QB DeNarius McGhee Montana St.
RB Miguel Maysonet Stony Brook
RB Zach Zenner South Dakota St.