February 7, 2012 in Sports

Zach Johnson granted another year with Eagles

By The Spokesman-Review
 
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Eastern linebacker Zach Johnson was granted an extra year of eligibility by the NCAA.
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Eastern Washington linebacker Zach Johnson has been granted a sixth year to complete his four years of eligibility, the school announced Tuesday.

In his first five years in the program, the linebacker from Tumwater, Wash., had 19 games wiped out because of the same knee injury - 12 in 2009 and the last seven as a senior co-captain in the 2011 season. He earned second eam All-Big Sky Conference honors in 2010 when he started all 15 games, helping EWU to a 13-2 record and the NCAA Division I National Championship.

“It’s exciting and we’re happy for Zach,” said EWU Head Coach Beau Baldwin. “He’s worked hard since the day he got here and has been a hard worker all his life. He deserved to get a sixth year based on the injuries he suffered and what he’s gone through. We couldn’t be happier to have Zach back with us.

Wide receiver Tyler Hart is also filing a similar appeal, but still has paperwork to complete before he hears back from the NCAA. His appeal has already been approved by the Big Sky Conference, and Baldwin hopes to get a positive decision back just like EWU received on Johnson’s.


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