Football – NSU’s Eagan among FCS elite as Demons prepare for first practice Thursday AM

11-23 Ed Eagan

The returning College Sporting News FCS Special Teams Player of the Year, Northwestern State senior All-American Ed Eagan, has been included on the CSN 2015 Preseason Fabulous Fifty FCS All-America team.

The 5-10, 193-pounder was earlier this summer named on the 22-man STATS FCS Offensive Player of the Year Watch List to highlight other 2015 preseason honors as the Demons prepare for their first preseason practice Thursday morning at 8:30 in Turpin Stadium.

Unlike other All-America lists, the CSN roster is designed like an actual team’s composition, said Kent Schmidt, a CSN senior columnist. There are 39 teams and 13 conferences represented.

Eagan is one of five individual postseason award winners from 2014 back this year, along with Offensive Player of the Year John Robertson, Villanova’s quarterback; the CSN Offensive Lineman of the Year Joe Haeg of four-time FCS national champion North Dakota State, CSN Freshman of the Year Carson Wieneke, a receiver from South Dakota State; and NDSU’s quarterback Carson Wentz, the FCS Playoff MVP named by CSN.

The other Southland Conference players on the CSN Preseason Fabulous Fifty: senior offensive tackle Donald Jackson of Sam Houston State, senior defensive end Jonathan Woodard of Central Arkansas, and cornerback Harlan Miller from Southeastern Louisiana, which opens the season at NSU on Thursday, Sept. 3.

Eagan was second nationally in all-purpose yards per game (180.8) as the New Orleans-Holy Cross standout earned second-team Associated Press All-America honors. He broke five individual school records, tied another and contributed to 24 other individual and team marks set in 2014 by the Demons.

He has 119 career receptions and is only eight away from breaking the career mark set by Derrick Doyle from 2002-06. Eagan ranks fifth in career all-purpose yards at NSU (3,861) with the record 5,025 by receiver/returner Toby Zeigler from 2002-05.

Eagan played cornerback and returned kickoffs as a true freshman in 2012 before being shifted to receiver after Jay Thomas became head coach for the 2013 season. At Holy Cross, he made a state record five interceptions in one game as a junior in the secondary.