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Bronson, Spevak Named to Little All-America 1st Team

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Three Central Washington University football players have been named Associated Press Little All-Americans, including two on the first team, it was announced late last week.

Senior tight end Jared Bronson (Kent, Wash./Thomas Jefferson HS) and junior wide receiver Johnny Spevak (Edgewood, Wash./Puyallup HS) received first-team recognition, while senior quarterback Mike Reilly (Kalispell, Mont./Flathead HS) was named a third-team Little All-American.

The AP's Little All-American Team is comprised of players from NCAA Division II, Division III, and NAIA institutions. 2008 marks the first time in school history that CWU has had three selections, and the trio joins previous first-team selections Jason Patterson (2001) and Brian Potucek (2002), and third-team honoree Jacob Galloway (2004) as AP Little All-Americans.

Bronson had previously been named a Daktronics, Inc. Division II second team All-American and first team all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference. He had a standout senior campaign for the Wildcats despite missing nearly five full games due to injury, ranking second on the team in receiving yards (502) and receiving touchdowns (6), and fourth in pass receptions (28).

Spevak, who is also in his fourth season as a starter for the Wildcats' nationally-ranked basketball team this winter, had a record-setting campaign on the gridiron in 2008. He tied a school record with 20 touchdown catches and set a single-season mark with 1,442 receiving yards. His 91 receptions were also the third-highest total in school history and he will enter his final football campaign in 2009 needing just one receiving touchdown for the school's career record.

Reilly was the co-runner-up for the Harlon Hill Award as the top football player in Division II. He was named to the Daktronics, Inc. Division II All-American first team, was the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year, and broke virtually every career passing record in CWU history. As a senior, he threw for 3,706 yards with 37 touchdowns and just six interceptions while completing 65.2 percent of his passes.

In addition to their on-field successes, all three of the Wildcats' Little All-Americans have been standouts in the classroom. Each was named to the CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District VIII College Division Team this year, including Reilly who graduated this past quarter with a degree in mechanical engineering technology.

Bronson and Reilly will both represent Central Washington University in the prestigious East-West Shrine Game in Houston, Texas, on Jan. 17. Reilly had originally been tabbed for the Texas vs. the Nation all-star game in El Paso, Texas, on Jan. 31, but has since declined that invitation in lieu of the East-West Game.


QUARTERBACK: Ted Schlafke, Sr., Minnesota Duluth. RUNNING BACK: Bernard Scott, Sr., Abilene Christian (Texas); Nate Kmic, Sr., Mount Union (Ohio). WIDE RECEIVER: Charly Martin, Sr., West Texas A&M; Johnny Spevak, Jr., Central Washington. OFFENSIVE LINE: Bill Eisenhardt, Sr., Grand Valley State (Mich.); Roger Allen, Sr., Missouri Western State; Jeremy Davis, Sr., Northwest Missouri State; Thomas Battle, Sr., Carson-Newman (Tenn.); Sean James, Sr., Cortland State (N.Y.). TIGHT END: Jared Bronson, Sr., Central Washington. ALL-PURPOSE BACK: Dyshaun Edwards, Sr., Tiffin (Ohio). KICKER: Tom Schneider, Sr., North Alabama.

DEFENSIVE LINE: Jake Visser, Sr., Ferris State (Mich.); Dan Skutta, Sr., Grand Valley State (Mich.); Troy Pribnow, Sr., Wayne State (Neb.); Jacob Calderon, Sr., California Lutheran. LINEBACKER: Jared Brock, Sr., West Texas A&M; Jeffrey Cargile, Sr., Morehouse (Ga.); Jace Rindahl, Sr., Wisconsin-Whitewater. DEFENSIVE BACK: Sherard Reynolds, Sr., Valdosta State (Ga.); Darren Banks, Sr., West Liberty State (W.Va.); Peter Ittersagen, Sr., Wheaton (Ill.); Myles Burnsides, Jr., Northwest Missouri State. PUNTER: Nick Krut, Sr., East Stroudsburg (Pa.).


QUARTERBACK: Jason Boltus, Sr., Hartwick (N.Y.). RUNNING BACK: Tunde Ogun, Jr., Christopher Newport (Va.); Jerry Seymour, Sr., Glenville State (W.Va.). WIDE RECEIVER: Mike Washington, Sr., West Chester (Pa.); Jack Phelan, Sr., Hartwick (N.Y.). OFFENSIVE LINE: Sam Hathorn, Jr., North Alabama; Terence Crosby, Jr., Catawba (N.C.); Sam Collins, Sr., Abilene Christian (Texas); Yancy Edwards, Sr., Kenyon (Ohio); Nate Baier, Sr., Minnesota Duluth. TIGHT END: Jarrell NeSmith, Jr., Tusculum (Tenn.). ALL-PURPOSE BACK: Larry Beavers, Sr., Wesley (Del.). KICKER: Jeff Schebler, Jr., Wisconsin-Whitewater.

DEFENSIVE LINE: Louis Ellis, Sr., Shaw (N.C.); Jarrell Chandler, Sr., Salisbury (Md.); D.J. DeWitt, Sr., Waynesburg (Pa.); Ricky Hope, Sr., Texas A&M-Commerce. LINEBACKER: Terrence Jackson, Sr., Indiana (Pa.); Owen Koeppen, Sr., Carroll (Mont.); Lardester Hicks-Green, Jr., Delta State (Miss.). DEFENSIVE BACK: Terrence Johnson, Jr., California (Pa.); Matt Meyer, Sr., Aurora (Ill.); Darnell Brown, Sr., Langston (Okla.); David Raymond, Sr., North Alabama. PUNTER: T.J. Grzesikowski, So., Ferrum (Va.).


QUARTERBACK: Mike Reilly, Sr., Central Washington. RUNNING BACK: LaRon Council, Jr., Northwest Missouri State; Brian McNeill, Sr., Nebraska-Omaha. WIDE RECEIVER: Travis Poole, Sr., American International (Mass.); Michael Jennings, Jr., Illinois College. OFFENSIVE LINE: Beau Weiss, Sr., Bethel (Tenn.); Tony Washington, Jr., Abilene Christian (Texas); Nick Urban, Sr., Winona State (Minn.); Blaine Westemeyer, Jr., Augustana (Ill.); Kendall Molz, Sr., Pittsburg State (Kan.). TIGHT END: Brian Weverberg, Sr., Ithaca (N.Y.). ALL-PURPOSE BACK: Samuel Tranks, Jr., Seton Hill (Pa.). KICKER: Jared Keating, Sr., Mesa State (Colo.)

DEFENSIVE LINE: Brock Arndt, Sr., Redlands (Calif.); Tighe Burk, Sr., Knox (Ill.); Marcus Kennedy, Sr., St. Augustine's (N.C.); John Jacobs, Jr., Saginaw Valley State (Mich.). LINEBACKER: Eric Henri, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor (Texas); Mark Meng, Sr., Fort Lewis (Colo.); Matt Freed, So., East Stroudsburg (Pa.). DEFENSIVE BACK: Bobby Bott, Jr., Case Western (Ohio); Drew Ziller, Sr., Carleton (Minn.); Tyler Yelk, Sr., Minnesota Duluth; Jabir Perkins, Sr., Texas A&M-Kingsville. PUNTER: Will Batson, Jr., North Alabama.