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Grigsby named Defensive Player of the Year

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[JAN. 4, 2005]  NORMAL -- For the second straight season Illinois State's Boomer Grigsby has been tabbed as's Defensive Player of the Year to headline the 40-man all-star team selected by, the worldwide leader in I-AA news distribution.

Grigsby, the only three-time defensive player of the year in conference history, capped off his storied career with the NCAA, Gateway and Illinois State career tackle records with 580 stops. He has received all-America honors from the American Football Coaches Association, Associated Press,, The Sports Network and the Walter Camp Foundation.

Only five other players have been repeat selections on the team. The all-star squad puts a premium not only on performance, but also on excellence in the classroom, character off the field and other intangibles.

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

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