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  Eric Barriere threw for one touchdown and ran for another and the Eastern Washington defense continually came up with big plays in a 19-9 win over Northern Iowa in the first round of the FCS playoffs on Saturday. The Eagles (10-2) advance to a second-round game on Friday night at conference rival Montana, the sixth-seed in the playoffs and a team they beat 34-28 in a battle of Top 10 teams in the middle of the season. Barriere connected with Nolan Ulm for a 26-yard touchdown to open the scoring. Barriere then spun out of a sack, weaved his way past several defenders and raced around the left in for an 18-yard score that made it 16-7 midway through the third quarter.

Three times the Panthers (6-6) stopped Eastern Washington on fourth down and out-gained the Eagles 423-412 but couldn't come up with clutch plays. Keshaun King had two of Eastern's three interceptions and linebacker Ty Graham's 13 tackles led a defense that held Northern Iowa to 2 of 15 on third down and 2 of 5 on fourth down. Two of the fourth down stops were in the fourth quarter, one at the EWU 3. All three picks were in the second half, the last two in the fourth quarter at the EWU 9 and 15. Theo Day threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Sam Schnee in the last minute of the second quarter to make it a 9-7 game. But on their first two possessions of the second half the Panthers missed a field goal and King had a 20-yard return on an interception to the UNI 27 to set up Berriere's run. - Western Kentucky/AP College Football


(DS#23 QB) rSr/2022 QB Eric BarriereEastern Washington
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  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): QB Eric Barriere, EWU,...After being named to the Third-Team in consecutive years, Barriere earns his second-straight First Team quarterback nod and his second-straight Big Sky Player of the Year Award. He leads the FCS with 40 touchdown passes, and is second in passing efficiency (176.0), total offense (406.0 per game) and passing yards (385.6). He is second in points responsible for (266 with 40 TDs through the air, three on the ground and four two-point conversions) and points responsible for per game (24.2). In recent weeks, he has re-written the Big Sky Conference and EWU record books, breaking a trio of major records.

He established two major career records during his performance versus UC Davis on Nov. 13 that included a 34-of-54 passing performance for 411 yards and three touchdowns, plus another 42 yards on the ground. His 10th career passing performance of 400+ yards and his 16th with 400 yards of total offense earned him ROOT Sports Big Sky Conference Offensive Player of the Week for a record sixth time this season, and 12th time overall in his illustrious career. With 49 total games of experience, he is 29-11 in 40 career games as a starter (16-2 at home), with 12,996 passing yards, 115 touchdown passes, 1,587 yards rushing and 14,583 total yards of offense as an Eagle. - Eastern Washington Football


(DS#23 QB) rSr/2022 QB Eric BarriereEastern Washington
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  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): MLB Ty Graham, EWU,...Ty Graham earns an Honorable Mention nod for second-straight season. In Eastern's season-opener at UNLV, he had a career-high 14 tackles for his first performance in double figures and has four in his career. In 17 career games with the Eagles (17 starts), he has 136 total tackles, three sacks, 13 total tackles for loss and one interception that he returned 43 yards for his first career touchdown. - Eastern Washington Football

(DS#999 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Ty GrahamEastern Washington
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  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (COACHES): DB Calin Criner, EWU,...This is the first All-Big Sky award of Calin Criner's career. In his career, Criner now has nine interceptions (including a 30-yard return for a touchdown versus Northern Colorado on Oct. 9, 2021 and another pick against Montana State on Nov. 6), 265 tackles (16th in EWU history), 18 passes broken up, three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries in his 52-game career (30 as a starter). He has six performances in his career with at least 10 tackles. The 2016 graduate of Rocky Mountain High School in Boise, Idaho, missed EWU's first four games of the 2020-21 spring season, then started in the final three to close the year with seven tackles and a pass broken up. - Eastern Washington Football

(DS#85 FS) rSr/2022 FS Calin CrinerEastern Washington
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  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (COACHES): MLB Jack Sendelbach, EWU,...A three-year co-captain, Sendelbach is honored by the league for the first time in his career. Sendelbach now has 272 tackles (14th in school history) in his 48-game career (27 as a starter), and has had 14 performances in double figures. He also has six career sacks, 31 total tackles for loss, four fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles. - Eastern Washington Football

(DS#999 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Jack SendelbachEastern Washington
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  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (COACHES): DE Mitchell Johnson, EWU,...This is Mitchell Johnson's third career honor after being named to the first-team in 2020-21 and the second-team as a freshman in 2018. Johnson has been an opportunistic player as EWU's "Buck" defensive end, and he now has 140 tackles in his 45-game career (28 as a starter). He has 13 1/2 sacks, five interceptions, 14 quarterback hurries, seven passes broken up, three fumble recoveries and four forced fumbles.

In the 2020-21 season when he was awarded first team All-Big Sky accolades, Johnson had 26 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, four quarterback hurries and a pass broken up. Included was his first career touchdown on a 34-yard interception return, and his fifth career interception with a leaping/twisting pick on fourth down with 1:29 remaining in a playoff-clinching victory over Idaho. He burst on the scene as a redshirt freshman in 2018 and earned second team All-Big Sky honors and freshman All-America accolades. - Eastern Washington Football


(DS#999 DE) rJr/2023 DE Mitchell JohnsonEastern Washington
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  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): OL Tristen Taylor, EWU,...Taylor was honored by the league for the fifth-time in his career, the most by any Eagle in program history. He was a first-team selection in 2020-21, second-team selection in 2019, and honorable mention in 2016 and 2017. Entering his seventh season with the Eagles, Taylor, a Stockton, Calif., native and a 2015 Stagg HS graduate, has started all 58 games he's played in to own sole possession of the school record for both games played and career starts. Last year, he helped Eastern rank third in total offense in the FCS with an average of 522.7 yards per game.

Eastern was also fourth nationally in passing (366.7) and eighth in scoring offense (37.7). The Eagles led the FCS in total offense during the regular season. Taylor missed the last 12 games in 2018 with a knee injury, but has started all 30 Eagle games since then. He had started 28-of-28 games as an Eagle until the season-ending injury kept him out of the lineup on Sept. 22, 2018, versus Cal Poly. He tied broke the school record for games played (55, Shaq Hill, 2012-14) and has also broken the record for games started (52, Chris Schlichting, 2016-19 and Cooper Kupp, 2013-16). Now a five-time All-Big Sky selection, Taylor entered the 2021 season with the most starts on the offense and the most overall. - Eastern Washington Football


(DS#78 OT) rSr/2022 OT Tristen TaylorEastern Washington
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  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): WR Talolo Limu-Jones, EWU,...This is the second career honor for Talolo Limu-Jones after a unanimous first team selection last season. He now has 51 games of experience (18 as a starter), and has 145 career catches for 2,489 yards and 19 touchdowns – an average of 17.2 per reception. Jones currently ranks 11th in school history for career receiving yards, seventh for average per reception, 13th in TD catches and 20th in career grabs. He has averaged a touchdown every 7.7 career catches. Jones has had 16 receptions of at least 40 yards in his career, including five in 2021, six as a junior in 2019 and three more in the abbreviated 2020-21 campaign.

He caught 11 passes (tied for 25th in school history) for 231 yards (eighth) in EWU's 34-28 victory versus fourth-ranked Montana on Oct. 2, 2021, including catches of 58, 51 and 40 yards. The two longest catches set-up EWU touchdowns, including the 58-yarder in the fourth quarter which gave EWU the lead for good. Limu-Jones earned second team All-America honors in 2020-21 from three organizations. He ended the regular season with three-straight performances with at least 140 receiving yards, and had a least a 66-yard catch in all three games. - Eastern Washington Football


(DS#150 WR) rSr/2022 WR Talolo Limu-JonesEastern Washington
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  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (COACHES): DT Josh Jerome, EWU,...Jerome earns an Honorable Mention nod for the second-straight year. He has played just 32 career games (18 as a starter), but already has 132 career tackles with 11 sacks, 28 total tackles for loss, five quarterback hurries, a pass broken up, three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. - Eastern Washington Football

(DS#999 DT) rSo/2024 DT Joshua JeromeEastern Washington
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  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (COACHES): OL Wyatt Musser, EWU,...Musser earns the second All-Big Sky honor of his career and the second consecutive after being named to the second team last season. A mainstay on the EWU offensive line, he has 44 games worth of experience in his career with 18 starts. - Eastern Washington Football

(DS#999 OT) rJr/2023 OT Wyatt MusserEastern Washington
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  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (COACHES): WR Freddie Roberson, EWU,...Roberson is honored for the second time in his career after earning second-team honors in 2021-21. He now has 27 games of experience (17 starts) in his career with totals of 88 receptions for 1,317 yards and 10 touchdowns, with a quartet of 100-yard receiving performances, including a career-high 192 versus Idaho on Oct. 16, 2021. This season, he has racked up 672 receiving yards on 41 catches to go with six receiving touchdowns. - Eastern Washington Football

(DS#999 WR) rSo/2024 WR Freddie RobersonEastern Washington
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  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE THIRD TEAM (COACHES): WR Efton Chism III, EWU,...After bursting on to the scene as a true freshman in 2020-21, Chism is honored for the first time in his young career. This season, Chism has scored a team-high nine touchdowns. He's caught 46 passes for 677 yards and two multi-score games this season. - Eastern Washington Football

(DS#143 WR) rFr/2025 WR Efton Chism IIIEastern Washington
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  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR: Andrew Boston, EWU,...This is the second career honor for Boston after being named to the third team in 2019. A freshman All-America selection in 2018, Boston has 170 receptions (ninth in EWU history) for 2,443 yards (13th) and 20 touchdowns (19 receiving to rank 13th all-time at EWU, plus one rushing) in 43 career games (33 as a starter) as an Eagle. He's now had six games with at least 100 yards receiving, including a career-high 175 versus Idaho on Oct. 16, 2021. - Eastern Washington Football

(DS#99 WR) rJr/2023 WR Andrew BostonEastern Washington
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  2021 ALL-BIG SKY CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM (COACHES): RB Dennis Merritt, EWU,...Merritt earned honorable mention honors in 2020-21, making this his second All-Big Sky award. He passed the 1,000 career rushing yards mark against Central Washington on Sept. 11, 2021, when he had what was then a career-high 120 yards (he followed that with a career-high 148 at Western Illinois on Sept. 18). He now has 1,673 career yards (5.38 average per rush to rank 11th in school history) and 22 touchdowns rushing, and another 46 catches for 609 yards and seven scores in 48 games (12 as a starter). Merritt has also averaged 20.7 yards on 30 career kickoff returns. His 22 rushing touchdowns rank 10th in EWU history, and his total of 29 TDs scored is 11th. - Eastern Washington Football

(DS#88 RB) rSr/2022 RB Dennis MerrittEastern Washington
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  2021 BIG SKY OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Eric Barriere, QB, EWU,...EWU's Eric Barriere was once again selected as the league's Offensive Player of the Year, becoming the first player to win the award in back-to-back seasons since fellow Eagle Cooper Kupp achieved the feat in 2015 and 2016. Barriere became the Big Sky's all-time leader in career passing yards, passing touchdowns and total offense this season, as the senior threw for 4,242 yards and 40 touchdowns this year to add to his record totals. Barriere, who was named the preseason favorite to win the award, earns his second career Big Sky Football Offensive Player of the Year honor after winning this past spring. - Big Sky Football

(DS#23 QB) rSr/2022 QB Eric BarriereEastern Washington
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