Central QB Reilly named Preseason All-AmericanPosted: Updated:
ELLENSBURG, Wash. -- Although Wednesday is the first official day on the practice field for the 2007 Central Washington University football team, quarterback Mike Reilly already has some lofty expectations to fill, as he was named to the D2football.com Preseason All-American First Team on Tuesday.
Reilly, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound junior from Kalispell, Mont., was the lone quarterback named to the preseason All-American first team by the web site on Tuesday. A total of five players from the North Central Conference were named to the first team, occupying nearly one-fifth of the 26 spots on the squad.
Reilly has had an impressive first two seasons with the Wildcats, completing 64.5 percent of his passes (454 of 704) for 5,356 yards and 51 touchdowns. He has also thrown for more than 200 yards in 18 of 21 appearances -- all starts -- since coming to CWU prior to the 2005 season. In 2006, when he had a 65.8 percent completion percentage (231 of 351) and totaled 2,660 yards with 21 touchdowns, Reilly was selected to the all-North Central Conference second team as well as its Academic All-Conference Team.
In addition to his numbers on the field, Reilly has been selected as one of the Wildcats' team captains for a second consecutive season. In the classroom, the mechanical engineering technology major carries a 3.49 grade-point average.
Central Washington opens its preseason camp this evening with a workout, and will continue with practices until its season-opening game on Sept. 8 against Humboldt State. The Wildcats, who finished 6-5 overall and 3-5 in the North Central Conference last season, are in their first season under the guidance of head coach Beau Baldwin.
2007 D2FOOTBALL.COM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN TEAM
Quarterback: Mike Reilly, Jr., Central Washington
Running Back: Xavier Omon, Sr., Northwest Missouri State; Danny Woodhead, Sr., Chadron State (Neb.)
Wide Receiver: Dwayne Croker, Sr., Upper Iowa; Weston Dressler, Sr., North Dakota
Tight End: Mike Peterson, Sr., Northwest Missouri State
Offensive Line: Heath Benedict, Sr., Newberry (S.C.); Mackenzy Bernadeau, Sr., Bentley (Mass.); Christian Morton, Sr., South Dakota; Brandon Barnes, Sr., Grand Valley State (Mich.); Ben Hochstein, Sr., Nebraska-Omaha
Defensive Line: Alex Hall, Sr., St. Augustine's (N.C.); Kurt Hout, Sr., Ferris State (Mich.); Tywain Myles, Sr., Tarleton State (Texas); Andre Bernardi, North Greenville (S.C.)
Linebacker: Anthony Adams, Sr., Grand Valley State (Mich.); Lateef Ferguson, Sr., West Chester (Pa.); Jared Brock, Jr., West Texas A&M; Michael Eubanks, Sr., Delta State (Miss.)
Defensive Back: Brandon Carr, Sr., Grand Valley State (Mich.); Kendall Ricketts, Sr., Central Missouri; Jermaine Moye, Sr., California (Pa.); Brian Witherspoon, Sr., Stillman (Ala.)
Kicker: David Chudzinski, Sr., Wayne State (Mich.)
Punter: Wayne Durham, Sr., Adams State (Colo.)
All-Purpose: Ryan Chappell, So., North Dakota
Quarterback: Billy Malone, Jr., Abilene Christian (Texas)
Running Back: Joique Bell, So., Wayne State (Mich.); Jamar Brittingham, Sr., Bloomsburg (Pa.)
Wide Receiver: Ashton Gronewold, Sr., Missouri-Rolla; Brahin Bilal, Sr., Bloomsburg (Pa.)
Tight End: Kyle Witucki, Sr., Edinboro (Pa.)
Offensive Line: Reid Kirby, Jr., Northwest Missouri State; Tim McCutcheon, Sr., California (Pa.); Ryan Pope, Sr., Shepherd (W.Va.); Nathan Young, Sr., Abilene Christian (Texas); Mike Butterworth, Sr., Slippery Rock (Pa.)
Defensive Line: Ron Ellington, Sr., Catawba (N.C.); Jake Visser, Jr., Ferris State (Mich.); Kyle Clement, Sr., Northwood (Mich.); Casey Larson, Sr., Saint Anselm (N.H.)
Linebacker: Shane Simmons, Sr., Western Washington; Will Newell, Jr., Newberry (S.C.); Cody Stutts, Sr., Abilene Christian (Texas); Steve Allen, Sr., West Texas A&M
Defensive Back: Monterio James, Jr., Delta State (Miss.); Sevohn Greer, Sr., Harding (Ark.); Josh Jones, Jr., Minnesota State-Moorhead; Darren Banks, Jr., West Liberty State (W.Va.)
Kicker: Sean Sehnem, Jr., Western New Mexico
Punter: Randy Allen, Sr., Albany State (Ga.)
All-Purpose: Brandon Toles, Sr., Southern Connecticut State
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