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EWU's Jim Townsend on ballot for Piesman Trophy


Last updated 12/6/2018 at 6:11pm

Little did Jim Townsend know that his 62-yard fumble return for a touchdown against Cal Poly in September would be up for an award in December.

The Eastern Washington University junior defensive end out of Okanogan, Wash. High School is one of 18 finalists nationally for the Piesman Trophy (rhymes with Heisman), an annual award given by SB Nation to a “lineman who does something special with the ball in his hands.”

Fans may vote for up to five of the finalists at: Among the 18 finalists are just three from NCAA Football Championship Subdivision schools (Incarnate Word and Northern Iowa).

Townsend, a first-year starter, had a career-high seven tackles, a quarterback hurry and a key fumble recovery for a touchdown in EWU’s 70-17 win over Cal Poly on Sept. 22 in EWU’s Big Sky Conference opener. Eastern led 28-10 when the Mustangs were driving. But with eight seconds left in the half, a sack and forced fumble by Mitchell Johnson led to a 62-yard fumble recovery for a touchdown by Townsend to give EWU a 35-10 lead at halftime. Eastern scored 35 points in the second half as Townsend’s Eagle teammate Cole Karstetter also returned a fumble for a touchdown for the Eagles.


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