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Grigsby garners first all-America honor of 2004

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[DEC. 11, 2004]   NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- Illinois State's Boomer Grigsby received the 11th postseason all-America honor of his career and the first this season on Friday, when he was one of the 25 players named to the 2004 Walter Camp I-AA All-America Team.

Grigsby, from Canton, Ill., was one of three Gateway Football Conference selections, joining Western Kentucky's Buster Ashley and Southern Illinois' Elmer McDaniel. The only three-time defensive player of the year in the league, Grigsby finished his career with Gateway, NCAA and Illinois State career tackle records with 580 stops.

The team of honorees is selected by the head coaches and sports information directors of the Division I-AA football schools and certified by UHY Advisors, a New Haven-based accounting firm. With the selection, Grigsby became the first Redbird to be named a Walter Camp All-American since punter Mike McCabe was honored in 1988.

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Walter Camp, "the father of American football," first selected an all-America team in 1889. A former Yale athlete and football coach, he is also credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries, and the restriction of play to 11 men per side.

The Walter Camp Football Foundation, a New Haven-based all-volunteer group, was founded in 1967 to perpetuate Camp's ideals by continuing the tradition of selecting all-America teams for I-A and I-AA.

[Todd Kober, assistant athletics director, media relations,
Illinois State University]

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