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[JULY 29, 2004]  WEST CHICAGO -- Illinois State middle linebacker Boomer Grigsby and kicker Stephen Carroll were named to the 2004 Preseason I-AA All-America Team on Wednesday.

Grigsby was named to the first team defense, while Carroll claimed second team specialist honors. Junior punter Ryan Hoffman also received special mention accolades for the Redbirds.

The Gateway Football Conference placed five players on the first team list, including Grigsby. In all, the league had 14 players recognized among the two teams and special mentions.

Grigsby, from Canton, 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 product. He heads into the season with 84 consecutive PATs made. He is just one made extra point away from tying the school record and 18 from breaking the league mark. Not only is Carroll consistent with chip shots, he also 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.

In 2003, Hoffman led the conference in punting with an average of 43.6 yards per kick, which also ranked No. 6 nationally. As a team, the Redbirds were the best in the nation in net punting with a 39.2 average. The Stevens Point, Wis., native went on to earn second team all-conference honors.

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

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