November 26, 2022

The season may be over, but prices for Eastern Washington football have been piling up. Eight players for Eastern earned Big Sky All-Conference awards announced today (Nov. 23) by the conference.

The Eagles’ punter Nick Kokich earned Second Team All-Big Sky honors after becoming a key special team player for the team this season.

Wide receivers Efton Chism III and Freddy Roberson were both selected on the third-team All-Big Sky. Marlon Jones Jr. gave Eastern three third team selections after the redshirt sophomore developed into a key member of the secondary.

Redshirt senior Shooter Talkington earned an honorable mention after taking over at quarterback in his final season at Cheney. Wyatt Hansen, Joshua Jeroen and Mitchell Johnson all joined Talkington with honorable mentions for the season.

Nick Kokich | Juniors | P
Kokich put up an outstanding season for Eastern, averaging 43.8 yards per punt with a length of 61 yards. The junior’s 61-yard long came against Montana (11/12) and he also recorded a 60-yard punt in the season opener against Tennessee State (9/3). Kokich punted 55 times for 2,407 yards and dropped 14 inside the opposing team’s 20-yard line. The Tacoma, Washington native had 14 punts of 50 or more yards during the season.

Kokich ranked second in the conference and sixth in the nation in punt average.

Efton Chism III | Sophomore | WR
Chism earns his second straight third-team All-Big Sky award after making 62 passes for 607 yards this season. The sophomore scored six touchdowns and finished second on the team. Chism got his second career 100-yard game against Sacramento State (10/15) with nine catches for 129 yards, the second most in a single game for his career. The nine catches were a career-high for Chism, a mark he tied against Portland State (10/29). During the game against the Hornets, Chism also recorded his longest career reception of 50 yards

In addition to contributing to the offense, Chism was the main kick and punt return for the Eagles. Chism had 408 kick return yards to average 100.9 universal yards per game. His stat was ranked seventh in the Big Sky.

Chism averaged 6.2 receptions per game and ranked 3rd in the Big Sky and 17the in the nation for the season. After this season, Chism now averages 4.7 receptions per game for his career, placing him sixth on the program’s all-time leaderboard.

Freddy Roberson | Redshirt Junior | WR
Roberson earns his third All-Big Sky honor and second straight on the third team, earning second team honors for the 2020-21 season. He led Eastern with seven touchdowns and 797 receiving yards this season, fifth in the conference and 35e in the nation. He placed second on the team, behind Chism, with 45 receptions. Roberson tied his career high with nine receptions against Portland St. for 145 yards for his sixth career 100-yard and one touchdown. For the season, Roberson had three plays of 40 or more yards, highlighted by an 80-yard reception against Montana State (9/24).

The redshirt junior eclipsed 2,000 career receiving yards and now has 2,266 total as an eagle. He goes to 18e place on the program’s all-time reception yard list.

Marlon Jones Jr. | Redshirt sophomore | CB
Jones Jr. became a regular starter in Eastern’s secondary this season and tied for the team lead with three interceptions. With the help of Jones Jr. the Eagles placed third in the Big Sky and 16e in the country on team interceptions. The redshirt sophomore scored a total of 52 tackles, including one for a loss, and added four pass breakups. He was sixth on the team in total tackles. Jones Jr. had three games in 2022 with a total of seven tackles.

The third team roster is Jones Jr. the first in his career. The Tacome, Washington native now has six career interceptions

Shooter Talkington | Redshirt-Senior | QB
Talkington was named the starting quarterback for the 2022 season, earning his chance to lead the team in his senior season. Talkington started 10 games and passed for 2,447 yards with a 63.5 completion percentage. He threw for 22 touchdowns to rank second in the Big Sky and 15e in nation. The redshirt senior averaged 244.7 yards per game and had an efficiency rating of 139.5. Against Portland St., Taklington had his career game, throwing for 394 yards and three touchdowns, while completing 36 of 60 pass attempts. In his first start of the season, Talkington passed for 348 yards and had five touchdown passes against Tennessee St., earning Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week honors. The Battle Ground, Washington native had seven passes over 40 yards, including an 87-yard touchdown pass to Nolan Ulm that ranks as the ninth-longest completion in the program’s history.

Talkington has a career completion percentage of 61.4, ranking seventh on the program’s all-time career leaderboard.

Wyatt Hansen | Sophomore | LT
Hansen played all 11 of Eastern’s games this season, cementing a key position for the offense. Hansen has now started in all 29 games he played for the Eagles during his career.

Joshua Jeroen | Redshirt Junior | DT
Jerome made nine starts in the nine games he played for the Eagles in the trenches. The redshirt junior made a total of 39 tackles, with 1.5 for a loss, earning his third All-Big Sky honor. Jerome was a third-team All-Big Sky honoree in 2021 and an honorable mention for the 2020-21 season. He recovered a fumble against Tennessee St. Jerome made a season-high six tackles against both Tennessee St. and Portland St.

For his career, Jerome now has a total of 182 tackles, with 24.0 for loss, plus 11.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and three fumbles to recover.

Mitchell Johnson | Redshirt-Senior | THE
Johnson now has four All-Big Sky honors to his credit, adding a second consecutive third team honor. He was a first team All-Big Sky honoree for the 2020–21 season and second team in the 2018 season. In 2022, Johnson made a total of 53 tackles to reach fourth on the team. The redshirt senior continued to be a disruptive force in opposing backfields, recording 12.5 tackles for losses and 5.0 sacks. He averaged 1.1 tackles for loss per game and ranked third in the Big Sky. Johnson forced two fumbles and recovered one in his final season at Cheney.

Johnson finishes his Eastern career with 58 games played, ranking second all-time in the program’s history and first for defensive lineman, while making 41 career starts. The West Linn, Oregon native has 18.5 sacks that equals 12e in program history and his six forced fumbles is one shy of the school record. Johnson accounted for 201 tackles during his six seasons with Eastern.

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