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Peach top defender in Big Sky

Peach top defender in Big Sky
Beau Baldwin has long been a firm believer that talent, character, work ethic and heart - when displayed in any endeavor - deserves to be rewarded.

So Eastern Washington University's first-year head Football coach was understandably elated Tuesday morning after learning that Eagles defensive end Greg Peach had been named the Big Sky Conference defensive MVP for 2008.

"No question, he's very deserving of that," Baldwin said of Peach, a 6-foot-2, 250-pound senior whose 18 sacks and 22 tackles for losses are tops among Football Championship Subdivision defenders. "Everything that has come his way since the day he got on campus, he's earned.

"He works hard during the off-season, works hard preparing each week during the season and plays hard each game. He's also a great teammate and the kind of leader you want to have in your program for young players to see - so they can watch how he does things, how he works and how he practices and see that, OK, that is how it's supposed to be done."

Peach, who fell one sack short of equaling the Big Sky career record of 19 set by Montana's Andy Petek in 2000, was the only Eastern player named to the first all-conference team that also included Weber State sophomore quarterback Cameron Higgins, the offensive MVP.

Higgins, who threw for 3,791 yards and 34 touchdowns, was one of a record 12 first-team selections for the Wildcats, who shared this year's regular-season conference title with Montana and earned the Big Sky's automatic bid to the FCS playoffs.

Among the others was junior running back Trevyn Smith, who joined Montana senior safety Colt Anderson as the Big Sky Conference coaches' only unanimous first-team selections.

Northern Arizona freshman running back Deonte Williams was named the Big Sky newcomer of the year.

Eastern won its last three regular-season games to finish 6-5 overall and tie Montana State for third place in the Big Sky standings with a 5-3 record.

The Eagles placed seven players - including seniors Lance Witherspoon and Jason Belford, a pair of Peach's counterparts on the Eagles' veteran defensive line - on the second team, and 13 more on the honorable mention list.

Among EWU's other second-team selections were junior wide receivers Aaron Boyce and Brynsen Brown, senior fullback Alexis Alexander, senior place-kicker Felipe Macias and senior punter Fritz Brayton.

Junior quarterback Matt Nichols, the 2007 Big Sky offensive MVP, was named to the honorable mention list after throwing for 3,293 yards and 21 touchdowns, finishing second to Higgins in passing (299.4 yards per game) and total offense (306.9 yards per game).

Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: November 27, 2008

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