Junior linebacker Andrew Katzenberger, from Lynnwood, has made 42 tackles for the Eastern Washington University football team this season. (Eastern Washington University photo)

Junior linebacker Andrew Katzenberger, from Lynnwood, has made 42 tackles for the Eastern Washington University football team this season. (Eastern Washington University photo)

Local players help Eastern Washington to championship game berth

Ten players from Snohomish County are on the Eagles’ roster.

The Eastern Washington University football team wants to bring home a trophy, and players from Snohomish County are trying to help the Eagles lift it.

Eastern plays for the Football Championship Series national title at 9 a.m. (PST) Saturday, and when the third-seeded Eagles (12-2) take the field against the top-seeded North Dakota State Bison (14-0) at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas, there will be a strong contingent of players from Snohomish County on Eastern’s sideline.

Here are the 10 players from Snohomish County high schools who are on the Eagles’ roster:

Henderson Belk

Henderson Belk

HENDERSON BELK

Hometown: Mukilteo

High school: Kamiak

Position: Tight end

Year: Senior

Role: Belk is one of Eastern’s two starting tight ends, earning third-team All-Big Sky Conference honors as a fullback. He’s caught 15 passes for 288 yards and three touchdowns this season — including earning Eagles Offensive Player of the Week honors in their quarterfinal victory over UC Davis, when he had five catches for 73 yards and a TD — and he plays a key role in run blocking.


Andrew Katzenberger

Andrew Katzenberger

ANDREW KATZENBERGER

Hometown: Lynnwood

High school: Lynnwood

Position: Linebacker

Year: Junior

Role: Katzenberger may be a back-up at middle linebacker, but he sees plenty of time on the field on defense. This season he’s appeared in all 14 games and is tied for 11th on the team in tackles with 42, 26 of which are solo. He also has 2.5 tackles for loss, 2.0 sacks and one forced fumble.


Anthany Smith

Anthany Smith

ANTHANY SMITH

Hometown: Everett

High school: Mariner

Position: Safety

Year: Freshman

Role: Smith, a redshirt freshman, plays primarily on special teams, but he also sees some snaps on defense on passing downs — he had an important interception in Eastern’s quarterfinal victory over UC Davis. This season he has 18 tackles, including eight the past two games, and he’s also cropped up in other roles, completing one pass for 30 yards and serving as punter in one game.


Curtis Billen

Curtis Billen

CURTIS BILLEN

Hometown: Everett

High school: Mariner

Position: Long snapper

Year: Senior

Role: Billen is in his fourth season as the Eagles’ long snapper, handling all snapping duties on punts and kicks, and this year he was named third-team All-Big Sky.


Joshua Jerome

Joshua Jerome

JOSHUA JEROME

Hometown: Monroe

High school: Monroe

Position: Defensive tackle

Year: Freshman

Role: The true freshman has appeared in four games this season, registering 15 tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss. He most recently appeared in Eastern’s semifinal victory over Maine, when he had two tackles.


Isaiah Lewis

Isaiah Lewis

ISAIAH LEWIS

Hometown: Monroe

High school: Monroe

Position: Running back

Year: Freshman

Role: The true freshman has appeared in three games this season, registering seven carries for 52 yards, and he has one tackle on special teams. He most recently appeared against UC Davis in the quarterfinals, though he didn’t have a carry.


Keshaun King

Keshaun King

KESHAUN KING

Hometown: Marysville

High school: Marysville Pilchuck

Position: Cornerback

Year: Freshman

Role: The redshirt freshman has appeared in three games this season, registering one tackle. He last played on Oct. 6 against Southern Utah.


Anfernee Gurley

Anfernee Gurley

ANFERNEE GURLEY

Hometown: Everett

High school: Archbishop Murphy

Position: Safety

Year: Sophomore

Role: Gurley was expected to be a major contributor for Eastern this season after earning freshman All-American honors and third-team All-Big Sky honors last year, when he was a key special teams performer and the Eagles’ nickel back. He’s redshirting this season after suffering of a knee injury.


Nicholas Blair

Nicholas Blair

NICHOLAS BLAIR

Hometown: Everett

High school: Everett

Position: Guard

Year: Sophomore

Role: Blair has not appeared in a game this season.


Emmanuel Osuoha

Emmanuel Osuoha

EMMANUEL OSUOHA

Hometown: Seattle

High school: Archbishop Murphy

Position: Linebacker

Year: Freshman

Role: Osuoha, a true freshman, has not appeared in a game this season.

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