TOLEDO, OH - Toledo sophomore Eric Page (Toledo, OH-Springfield H.S.) was named first-team All-America as a kickoff returner by Sporting News, the magazine announced today.
This is the fourth All-America team that Page has been named to this year, and the second of the five "major" All-America teams recognized by the NCAA (AP, Sporting News, Football Writers, AFCA and Walter Camp). Players who make at least three of the five teams are considered to be "consensus" All-Americans. All five of the teams have now been announced for 2010. Defensive lineman Mel Long (1969-71) is the only Rocket and first-ever player from the Mid-American Conference ever to be considered a consensus All-American.
Previously, Page was named first-team All-America by Walter Camp and Phil Steele Publications, and second-team by SportsIllustrated.com. Page is the only player from the Mid-American Conference to be named to any major 2010 All-America team. He is the first Rocket to make first-team on any All-America team since quarterback Gene Swick was named first-team by UPI in 1975.
"We're just very proud of Eric and everything he has accomplished this season," said UT head coach Tim Beckman. "To make two major All-America teams in one season is a rare achievement. This says a lot about Eric and the work he has put in, as well as the efforts of our kick return team and and coaching staff. Eric is a humble young man so I know he sees this as a team award."
Page, who plays wide receiver as well as returning kickoffs and punts for the Rockets, ranks fourth in the nation in kickoff returns (31.8 avg.) and is the only player in the Football Bowl Series (FBS) to have returned three kickoffs for touchdowns this season. As a receiver, Page is tied for fifth in the nation with 94 receptions, and ranks 18th in the country with 1,081 receiving yards. He was named the MAC's special teams player of the year, and made first-team All-MAC as both a kickoff returner and wide receiver.
Page will lead the Rockets vs. Florida International in the 2010 Little Caesars Pizza Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit on Dec. 26.
SN All-American Team
QB Cam Newton, Jr., Auburn
RB LaMichael James, Soph., Oregon
RB Jordan Todman, Jr., Connecticut
WR Justin Blackmon, Soph., Oklahoma State
WR Ryan Broyles, Jr., Oklahoma
TE Lance Kendricks, Sr., Wisconsin
OL Jake Kirkpatrick, Sr., TCU
OL Rodney Hudson, Sr., Florida State
OL Chase Beeler, Sr., Stanford
OL Gabe Carimi, Sr., Wisconsin
OL Nate Solder, Sr., Colorado
K Josh Jasper, Sr., LSU
KR Eric Page, Soph., Toledo
DT Nick Fairley, Jr., Auburn
DE Ryan Kerrigan, Sr., Purdue
DE Da'Quan Bowers, Jr., Clemson
DT Stephen Paea, Sr., Oregon State
LB Luke Kuechly, Soph., Boston College
LB Greg Jones, Sr., Michigan State
LB Vontaze Burfict, Soph., Arizona State
CB Patrick Peterson, Jr., LSU
CB Prince Amukamara, Sr., Nebraska
S Rahim Moore, Jr., UCLA
S Robert Sands, Jr., West Virginia
P Chas Henry, Sr., Florida
PR Cliff Harris, Soph., Oregon