Page one of nation’s 12 ‘Players to Watch in 2011’

January 10, 2011 | News, UToday
By Paul Helgren



Toledo sophomore Eric Page will be honored as one of the nation’s 12 “Players to Watch in 2011” by the Touchdown Club of Columbus at its annual awards banquet Saturday, Feb. 5.

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. He 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 returning kickoffs and punts for the Rockets, ranks third in the nation in kickoff returns (31.1 average) and is the only player in the Football Bowl Series to have returned three kickoffs for touchdowns this season. As a receiver, Page is seventh in the nation with 99 receptions, and ranks 18th in the country with 1,105 receiving yards. He was named the MAC’s special teams player of the year, and made first-team All-MAC as both a kickoff returner and wide receiver.

The Touchdown Club of Columbus was founded in 1956 at the request of then State Auditor (and later Gov.) James Rhodes as a venue to honor achievements in football and other sports from around the country. Since then, the Touchdown Club of Columbus has honored more than 2,000 of the world’s finest athletes, as well as the greatest football players to take the field. Athletes in various categories are selected each year by the Touchdown Club’s committees, which consist of coaches, sportswriters and former players.

More information about the Touchdown Club of Columbus can found here.

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