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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

October 5, 2004

Rector Honored by the MIAA for Record-Setting Effort

OVERLAND PARK, Mo. -- After a three-week absence, Northwest Missouri State football was once again recognized by the league offices as senior wide receiver Jamaica Rector (Celeste, Tex.) was named the Wilson® / Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) Offensive Player of the Week, announced today. Northwest opened 2004 with at least one player on the MIAA weekly honor roll for three straight weeks.

With his 113 yards on seven catches and two TD's last Saturday against Emporia State, Rector moved himself in the top spot for MIAA receiving yardage (regular season games) with 3,512 yards. He needs just 112 receiving yards to take over tops on the MIAA all-time receiving list (all games) - former Bearcat Tony Miles holds the highwater mark of 3,890 yards. Also, Rector is tied with Miles' school record of 30 career TD receptions. The Celeste, Tex. native has least five receptions in seven consecutive games and at least 1 TD catch in seven of his last eight.

Since returning from a one-game suspension in the season-opener, Rector has been nearly unstoppable averaging 97.0 receiving yards per game, good for 19th in the country. Also, his 6.6 receptions per game (19th) and 166.2 all-purpose yards per game (13th) rank him on the national list. He holds Northwest career records in receiving yards, receptions, punt returns and yards per kick return.

The other MIAA honorees include Robert Spinks (Defense) of Missouri Southern and Michael Cooper (Special Teams) from Missouri Western.

Northwest Missouri State MIAA Weekly Honors
• Jamaica Rector - Offense, Oct. 5
• Joel Mathews - Special Teams, Sept. 14
• Xavier Omon - Co-Offense, Sept. 14
• Troy Tysdahl - Defense, Sept. 7
• Luis Berlanga - Special Teams, Aug. 31

•• Northwest Grabs Top Spot in Southwest Region; Move up One Tab in National Polls

In the second Southwest Region poll (Oct. 4) of 2004, the Bearcats hold on to the No. 1 spot. MIAA-members Pittsburg State (4th) and Central Missouri State (10th) get recognized as well. The top six of 12 teams in the region advance to NCAA post-season play with the first two seeds having a first round

The 'Cats moved up one tab in both the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and (media) polls for the week of Oct. 5. Starting the season No. 19 in the AFCA and No. 18 in the media poll, the Bearcats are No. 4 in the AFCA and No. 5 in the list. The
Bearcats have their highest ranking since they were fourth in the 2003 preseason poll.

Northwest is one of three MIAA teams (Pittsburg State, Central Missouri State) tabbed in both the AFCA and polls.

Northwest travels to Missouri Southern for an MIAA battle against the Lions, Oct. 9. Kick-off from Fred G. Hughes Stadium is set for 6:00 p.m.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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