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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

December 9, 2004

Rector Repeats as AFCA All-America

WACO, Tex. -- The 2004 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II All-America Team was announced today and Northwest Missouri State senior wide receiver/kick returner Jamaica Rector (Celeste, Tex.) was one of two repeat First Team selections. Rector, who is a Daktronics All-Southwest Region First Team pick at all-purpose back announced yesterday (Wednesday), teams up with linebacker Kevin Myers of Ferris State as the only players to claim back-to-back AFCA honors. The AFCA team has been a staple since 1945 and comprises honors in all four of its divisions.

Rector joins Pittsburg State offensive lineman Nathan Baker as the only league selections.
Rector was the first in reported Northwest history to be a four-time All-MIAA First Team selection after being a unanimous selection at both kick returner and wide receiver in 2004. He was one of 26 Harlon Hill finalists as a junior and senior. The 2004 Don Hansen's Football Gazette Preseason All-America and D2Football.com 2nd Team All-America pick became the MIAA's all-time leading receiver in yards (regular season and all games) as he finishes his career with 4,497 yards and 289 receptions - those career totals are good for No. 2 on the NCAA yardage list and No. 3 in receptions. On the school list, he ended tops in career punt return yardage (1,404), punt returns (112), most yards per kick return (27.5) touchdown receptions (38) and third in career points (270) - his 38 TD's (all games) is first on the MIAA charts. Also, the Hula Bowl participant holds season and career school records in receptions, receiving yardage, punt returns and kick return average.

This year, Rector was recognized nationally as he ranked in five national categories: fifth in punt return yardage (16.6), seventh in all-purpose yardage (172.4), eighth in receptions per game (7.3), 16th in receiving yards per game (100.3) and 26th in kickoff returns (24.0). He had at least five receptions in 13 of his final 15 games and at least 1 TD catch in 11 of his last 13. Against. Missouri-Rolla (Sept. 18), he came away with his second-highest all-purpose yardage output with 296 - it was his 13th career game of 200+ all-purpose yards. He totaled five contests in 2004 with 100 receiving yards and five matches with at least 2 TD's scored. He was an integral member of an offense ranked 2nd in the NCAA in scoring offense (44.5 points), 13th in total offense (450.0 yards), 33rd in rushing offense (197.4 yards) and 29th in passing offense (252.6 yards)

The No. 4 Bearcats ended their season at 11-2 after a NCAA Division II Quarterfinal loss to #1 Pittsburg State, 50-34, Nov. 27.

2004 AFCA Division II Coaches' All-America Team
OFFENSE

• Jamaica Rector - WR, Northwest Missouri State
• Chris Samp - WR, Winona State
• Leonard Weaver - TE, Carson-Newman
• Joe Berger - OL, Michigan Tech
• Jahri Evans - OL, Bloomsburg
• Nathan Baker - OL, Pittsburg State
• Todd Herremans - OL, Saginaw Valley State
• Vinnie Olson - OL, Sioux Falls
• Chad Friehauf - QB, Colorado Mines
• John Kuhn - RB, Shippensburg
• Derrick Wimbush - RB, Fort Valley State
DEFENSE
• Keyonta Marshall - DL, Grand Valley State
• Justin Brown - DL, East Central
• Chris Wilson - DL, Northwood
• Ken Triplett - DL, North Alabama
• Joe Gangemi - LB, C.W. Post
• Kevin Myers - LB, Ferris State
• Jeff Howard - LB, Eastern New Mexico
• Digger Anderson - LB, North Dakota
• Walt Williams - DB, Fayetteville State
• Bubba Stutzer - DB, Central Methodist
• DeDe Dorsey - DB, Lindenwood
SPECIALISTS
• Jeff Williams - P, Adams State
• Will Rhody - PK, Valdosta State
• Danieal Manning - RS, Abilene Christian

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
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