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Page named College Football Performance Award Kickoff Returner of the Year

Eric Page returned three kickoffs for touchdowns last season to lead the nation.

Eric Page returned three kickoffs for touchdowns last season to lead the nation.

Toledo sophomore Eric Page has been named the College Football Performance Awards national kickoff returner of the year.

A College Football Performance Awards representative will present Page with a trophy during halftime of the Toledo men’s basketball game Saturday, Feb. 19.

Page recently concluded an outstanding season for the Rockets, earning first-team All-America honors as a kickoff returner by the Sporting News and the Walter Camp Foundation, among others. Page is the first UT football player to make first-team on any All-America team since quarterback Gene Swick was named first-team by UPI in 1975.

Page, who plays wide receiver as well as returns kickoffs and punts for the Rockets, ranked third in the nation in kickoff returns (31.1 average) this past season and was the only player in the Football Bowl Series to return three kickoffs for touchdowns. As a receiver, he was fifth in the nation with 99 receptions and gained 1,105 receiving yards.

He was named the Mid-American Conference’s special teams player of the year, and made first-team All-MAC as both a kickoff returner and wide receiver.

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