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Galloway, Zamberlin Receive GNAC's Top Football Honors

November 8, 2004

ELLENSBURG, Wash. - Central Washington University defensive end Jacob Galloway (Shelton, Wash.) and head coach John Zamberlin have been named the Defensive Player of the Year and Coach of the Year, respectively, for the Great Northwest Athletic Conference in football for 2004, the conference announced Monday.

Central Washington had 18 total all-conference selections, with nine on both the first and second teams. Two players - junior Brian Potucek (Tacoma, Wash./Clover Park HS) and sophomore Coby Sadler (Ellensburg, Wash.) were selected to the team at multiple positions.

Galloway became the fifth consecutive Wildcat student-athlete to earn the conference's Defensive Player of the Year honors. He led the GNAC and ranked among the national leaders in tackles for loss (25.5), quarterback sacks (14.5) and forced fumbles (four) this season. Galloway joins previous winners John Hallead (2000), Jason Patterson (2001), Lance Gibson (2002), and Levi Teasley (2003).

Zamberlin was named the conference's Coach of the Year after leading the Wildcats to their second Great Northwest Athletic Conference championship in the last three years. Following a 1-4 start, Central Washington won six consecutive games to end the season to finish at 7-4. Zamberlin earned his third coach of the year award, as he also won the award in 1998 and in 2002 - the Wildcats' last two post-season appearances.

Joining Galloway on the first team defense were two of his teammates on the defensive line - seniors Dustin Hawkins (Spanaway, Wash./Bethel HS) and Mike Romero (Spokane, Wash./Lewis & Clark HS). Hawkins earned all-conference accolades for the third time in his career, and joined Galloway as a unanimous first team choice. Romero was selected to the squad for the first time in his three seasons with the Wildcats.

Linebacker Blake Walker (Everett, Wash./Cascade HS), the team leader and school's career-record holder in tackles, earned first team all-GNAC honors for an unprecedented fourth consecutive season. He finished his senior season with an even 100 tackles, and had 370 tackles over the course of his career.

Offensively, senior running back Emilio Iniguez (Puyallup, Wash./Bethel HS) joined Potucek and offensive tackle Evan Picton (Manson, Wash.) as unanimous first team choices. Iniguez became just the second player in CWU history with consecutive 1,000-yard rushing seasons, finishing his senior campaign with seven 100-yard games and 1,306 total rushing yards to lead the GNAC.

Potucek, who missed the final three games of the season, ranked among the conference and national leaders in receiving with 826 receiving yards on a team-high 68 receptions. He was also a first team selection at punt returner.

Picton was a first team all-GNAC selection for the third consecutive season. Fellow offensive lineman Zach Hubbell (Mukilteo, Wash./Woodinville HS) rounded out the Wildcats' first team selections, earning a spot on the all-conference squad for the first time in his career. Picton and Hubbell started all 11 games on the strong side of the CWU offensive line.

Earning second team all-conference honors on offense were senior fullback Aaron Hineline (Woodinville, Wash.), junior wide receiver Nate Brookreson (Lacey, Wash./North Thurston HS), junior offensive lineman Mike Don (Prosser, Wash.), and kicker Coby Sadler. On defense, Sadler was tabbed as the second-best punter in the conference, while senior defensive tackle Marlo Airhart (Mountlake Terrace, Wash.), senior linebacker J.R. Ross (Bremerton, Wash.), and sophomore defensive backs Ryan Andrews (Marysville, Wash./Lake Stevens HS) and Adam Jackson (Spanaway, Wash./Spanaway Lake HS) also picked up second team honors.

Central Washington finished the 2004 season on Saturday with its sixth consecutive victory. The Wildcats conclude the year with their second GNAC championship in the past three seasons, going 5-1 in conference play and 7-4 overall.

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Central Washington University is a master's degree-granting institution with approximately 10,000 students and 1,500 faculty and staff. More than 160 undergraduate and master's degrees are offered. Founded in 1891, the Ellensburg campus is located in the heart of Washington State, nestled between the Cascade Mountains and the Columbia River. Since 1975, CWU has served the needs of placebound students at six university centers throughout the state. CWU is an AA/EEO Title IX Institution.

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