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Toledo sophomore Eric Page was named to the Walter Camp All-America first team as a kickoff returner, the organization announced yesterday.

Page is the first Rocket ever to be named to the Walter Camp All-America team, and 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.

“I’m very proud to be named All-American,” Page said. “It’s a great honor for me, for my team and for The University of Toledo. I would also like to thank my family and all the people who have helped me throughout my whole life.”

Added UT Head Coach Tim Beckman, “Eric Page is a fine young man and a terrific football player who truly deserves to be an All-American. The entire Rocket football family is proud of Eric and everything he has accomplished.”

Page will join fellow All-Americans for the Walter Camp Awards Weekend in New Haven, Conn., Jan. 13-15. The weekend will culminate with the National Awards Dinner, which will recognize the 121st annual college All-America team and major award winners, Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Yale University Commons at 5 p.m.

Page, who plays wide receiver as well as returning kickoffs and punts for the Rockets, ranks fourth in the nation in kickoff returns (31.8 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 tied for fifth in the nation with 94 receptions, and ranks 18th in the country with 1,081 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. He is the first player from the Mid-American Conference to make Walter Camp first-team All-America since 2000 when Akron defensive back Dwight Smith made the prestigious team. He is the first offensive player from the MAC to be named to the team since Randy Moss of Marshall in 1997.

The Walter Camp All-America team is the oldest and arguably the most prestigious of all the All-America teams. Walter Camp, “the father of American football,” first selected an All-America team in 1889. Camp, a former Yale University athlete and football coach, also is credited with developing play from scrimmage, set plays, the numerical assessment of goals and tries, and the restriction of play to 11 men per side.

The Walter Camp Football Foundation, a New Haven-based all-volunteer group, was founded in 1967 to perpetuate the ideals of Camp and to continue the tradition of selecting annually an All-America team.

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