TSN tabs Grigsby, Carroll
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[JULY 8, 2004]
PHILADELPHIA -- A
year after earning consensus all-America status, Illinois State
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
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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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,