November 3, 2004
Jamaica Rector Selected to 59th Hula BowlWAILUKU, Maui -- Northwest Missouri State senior wide receiver/kick returner Jamaica Rector (Celeste, Tex.) has been selected to play in the 59th Annual Hula Bowl Maui All-Star Football Classic with some of the top college football players in the country, announced by Hula Bowl officials. The game, set for Jan. 22, 2005 at 6 p.m. CST, will feature NCAA Division I and II college football athletes. The War Memorial Stadium (16,000) in Wailuku, Maiu will serve as host.
"I think it is a tremendous honor for him being a non-Division I player because there are very few of those that make the all-star game," said head coach Mel Tjeerdsma. "We have been fortunate to have three players in the last ?ve years represented. I am thrilled for him and have no doubt that he can compete with whoever is there."
Rector joins wide receiver Tony Miles (2000) and offensive lineman Seth Wand (2002) as Northwest players represented on the Hula Bowl All-Star team.
Both teams will have approximately 45 players on each side and are still in the process of getting set. Mike Belotti, the head coach from the University of Oregon will be the North Team general while Mark Richt from the University of Georgia is the mentor of the South Team.
Tickets can be purchased by calling (808) 874-9500 or by visiting the Hula Bowl website at www.idatasports.com/hulabowl/.
Rector, a two-time All-America selection has already been honored in 2004 on the Don Hansen's Football Gazette Preseason All-America Team and the D2Football.com 2nd Team All-America offensive squad. The Celeste, Tex. native became the MIAA's all-time leading receiver in yards (regular
season) against Emporia State (Oct. 2) with 3,922 and most recently against Missouri Southern (Oct. 9), he set the MIAA all games tab with 4,188 receiving yards. Also, he stands No. 6 on the NCAA lifetime charts in receiving yards and receptions (266). On the school list, he currently is first in
career punt return yardage (1,354), third in career points (256) and needs one more receiving TD (all games) to tie the school and MIAA mark of 37 career TD's done by Tony Miles.
Currently, Rector is recognized nationally as he ranks in six statistical categories: third in all-purpose yardage (181.2), fourth in punt return yardage (18.8), 10th in receptions per game (7.1), 15th in receiving yards per game (99.1), 19th in kickoff returns (25.5) and 28th in scoring (8.7). He has four
games of 100 or more receiving yards and four contests of 200+ all-purpose yards including 277 yards vs. Missouri Southern (Oct. 9) - his fourth highest such output. The four-year starter has caught at least one TD in 11 of his last 12 games and has at least five receptions in 11 consecutive.
No. 2 Northwest Missouri State battles No. 1 Pittsburg State (10-0, 8-0 MIAA) at Arrowhead Stadium in the Fall Classic at Arrowhead III. Kick-off between the top two teams nationally is set for 2 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 6.
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