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NAU's Gerard, Dehaze named All-Americans
The NAU duo were two of four Lumberjacks to earn the honor.
The Sports Network released its FCS All-American team on Friday and NAU landed four players on the three combined teams.
Lumberjack cornerback K.J. Gerard and punter Robbie Dehaze were named to the first team. Senior safety Cyrus Igono and tight end Shaun Fitzpatrick were named to the third-team. “We are excited to be honored by four student-athletes on the Sports Network team,” NAU coach Jerome Souers said. “They are great representatives of our program on and off the field.”
Gerard enters the 2008 season ranked second in interceptions among active career leaders in the FCS with 14. He was a third team All-American by the Associated Press and the Sports Network following last year. His six interceptions as a junior led the Big Sky Conference and he was second on the team with 57 tackles.
Dehaze, who was named to the Sports Network All-America honorable mention squad after the 2007 season, was fifth in the nation, averaging 43.3 yards per punt and had 23 punts inside the opponents 20-yard line. The senior out of Sherwood, Ore., also made 40-of-54 field goal attempts last season.
“It’s exciting. I always thought I would be recognized as a kicker more than a punter,” Dehaze said. “I will take anything I can get.
“There is some pressure. But I would rather have people looking at me, having pressure on my back to make me practice harder and train harder. It will keep me on point to get me where I want to be at the end.”
Igono and Fitzpatrick were honorable mention All-American picks last season by the Sports Network.
In all, the Big Sky landed 18 players on the three teams. Montana’s Colin Dow and Colt Anderson along with Montana State’s Bobby Daly and Sacramento State’s Cyrus Mulitalo were named to the first team.
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