Page named pre-season All-America by Phil Steele

May 31, 2011 | News, UToday
By Paul Helgren



Toledo junior Eric Page was named second-team pre-season All-America at kickoff returner by Phil Steele publications in its annual college football preview magazine.

Page is the only player from the Mid-American Conference to make it on Phil Steele’s pre-season list.

And he was named the 91st best player in the country by

As a sophomore, Page earned first-team All-America honors as a kickoff returner from Phil Steele, as well as from the Sporting News and the Walter Camp Foundation. Page was 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, 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, Page was fifth in the nation with 99 receptions and gained 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.

A total of 12 Rockets were named pre-season All-MAC by Steele. Page also was listed as a pre-season first-team All-MAC selection as a wide receiver and kickoff returner. Other Rockets on Steele’s All-MAC first-team list were senior running back Adonis Thomas and junior linebacker Dan Molls. Making the second-team were senior offensive lineman Mike VanDerMeulen and junior defensive end T.J. Fatinikun.

Senior defensive tackle Malcolm Riley made third team, while fourth-teamers were senior running back Morgan Williams, junior wide receiver Cordale Scott, senior tight end Danny Noble, senior offensive lineman Phillipkeith Manley, senior cornerback Desmond Marrow and senior safety Mark Singer.

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