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[JULY 8, 2004]  PHILADELPHIA -- A year after earning consensus all-America status, Illinois State middle linebacker Boomer Grigsby has started the 2004 campaign where the last one left off. On Wednesday the Canton, Ill., native was named to The Sports Network's Preseason I-AA Football All-America Team. Joining Grigsby on TSN's preseason team was the Redbirds' senior kicker Stephen Carroll.

Grigsby was one of five Gateway Football Conference players to earn first-team honors, a recognition he earned prior to the 2003 season, while Carroll was named to the second team. In all, the Gateway had 11 players selected to the all-America team, which led all I-AA football conferences.

"This is really a tribute to the hard work that both Boomer and Stephen have done on and off the field," head coach Denver Johnson said. "Both Boomer and Stephen are coming off of tremendous junior seasons and are deserving of this great honor. Hopefully, it will be the first piece to a very memorable senior season for both of them."

Grigsby enters the 2004 season with 451 career tackles, which ranks No. 3 in the Redbird record books. With 49 more stops, Grigsby will become only the second player in Illinois State history to surpass the 500-tackle mark. He needs 115 to claim the conference record and 149 to pass the school record of 579 tackles by current assistant coach Galen Scott.


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There are also some milestones on the horizon for Carroll, an O'Fallon, Ill., product. Carroll heads into the season with 84 consecutive PATs. He is just one made extra point away from tying the school record and 18 from breaking the league mark. Carroll is not only consistent with chip shots; he owns ISU's best career field goal percentage at 72.7 percent. He also ranks No. 5 in career scoring and needs 54 points this season to set the school standard.

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

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