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Just Peachy: EWU lineman named best defensive player

Greg Peach won the Buck Buchanan Award (Photo: EWU Athletics) Greg Peach won the Buck Buchanan Award (Photo: EWU Athletics)

CHENEY, Wash. - The leading quarterback sacker in the NCAA Football Championship Division just found out he won a major national award.  The Sports Network awarded the Buck Buchanan award to Eastern Washington defensive lineman Greg Peach.

The Buck Buchanan Award is given annually to the best defensive player in what was formerly known as NCAA Division I-AA football.  Peach received the award at the Sports Network's annual awards banquet in Tennessee on the eve of the Championship game between Montana and Richmond.

Peach led the FCS with 18 sacks in the 2008 season.  He finished his career with

35-½ sacks, enough to set school records for both single season and career sacks.  He is a two -two FCS All-American and hopes to continue playing football professionally.

"It's a very prestigious award, and I would have never thought coming in here that I could receive it," said Peach.   "It's an amazing, once in a lifetime honor."

Eagles coach Beau Baldwin said he wasn't surprised Peach won the award. 

"I'm repeating myself, but everything that has come his way he's earned." Baldwin said. 

Peach was honored Dec. 12 as a first team All-American by the Walter Camp Foundation, and the American Football Coaches Association also named him to its All-American team.  The Associated Press also awarded him to its first team All-American list.

The senior from Vancouver, Washington was named the Big Sky Conference MVP after leading the FCS and the league with averages of 1.64 sacks and 2.1 tackles for loss per game.  He set school records at Eastern for season tackles for loss (28) and career tackles for loss (63).