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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

February 15, 2005

Northwest Football Hands Out Team Awards at Annual Banquet

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State University football held its annual banquet this past Sunday in the Student Union. A total of nine team awards were announced during the event as nearly 350 parents, friends and supporters of Northwest athletics were in attendance.

The inaugural "Cory Stanton Walk-on of the Year" was handed out in remembrance of 2004 Bearcat Cory Stanton, who was killed in an automobile accident this past December. Cornerback Andrew McIntyre (Kansas City, Mo.) was recognized with the award. McIntyre saw action in 12 games totaling 30 tackles including 2.0 tackles-for-a-loss (TFL's). He had one interception and tied for fourth on the squad with six passes defensed.

The "Kermie Schneider Freshman of the Year" went to linebacker Jared Erspamer (Omaha, Neb.). Erspamer contributed significantly as a true freshman posting 10 total tackles in 10 games. Kermie Schneider was a Bearcat freshman in 1977 and died in a drowning accident.

The "Phil Voge Red-Shirt Freshman of the Year" was awarded to running back Xavier Omon (Beatrice, Neb.). Omon was a 2004 All-MIAA First Team pick after he set the single-season Northwest rushing mark with 1,575 yards on 249 carries (6.3 average). He compiled 19 rushing touchdowns, which was second on the single season charts and his 120 season points was the most for a non-kicker on the club and tied David Jansen's (1999) single-season tab at Northwest.

The "Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year" went to red-shirt freshman Joel Osborn (Harlan, Iowa). Osborn, who averages 6.0 points and 1.7 assists for the Bearcat basketball team, was the scout team quarterback.

The "Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year" was given to red-shirt freshman Tyson Reich (Ft. Worth, Tex.). Listed as a linebacker, Reich lined up as a defensive back and defensive end on the scout team.

The "Most Valuable Special Teams Player" went to senior placekicker Luis Berlanga (Monterrey, Mex.). A 2004 All-MIAA First Team selection at kicker, Berlanga set a then MIAA record with 11 Point After Attempts (PATs) vs. MSU-Moorhead (Aug. 28). He earned MIAA weekly honors on three occasions and set the NCAA all-Division's (I-A, I-AA, II, III) single season record as he connected on 73 straight PAT attempts. He holds the most points by a kicker in a single season in Northwest history with 122 and his 76 PAT attempts is a school single-season record.

The "Most Valuable Offensive Player" was handed to senior wide receiver/kick returner Jamaica Rector (Celeste, Tex.). Voted to six various All-America post-season teams, Rector finished as the MIAA's all-time leading receiver in yards (regular season and all games) with 4,497 and receptions with 289 (regular season and all games). He finished No. 2 on the NCAA lifetime list in receiving yards and No. 3 in receptions. On the school list, Rector finished tops in career punt return yardage (1,494), punt returns (112), most yards per kick return (27.8) touchdown receptions (38) and third in career points (270) - his 38 TD's (all games) is first on the MIAA charts. To cap his career, he participated in the Hula Bowl where he led all receivers with 50 yards on four receptions.

The "Most Valuable Defensive Player" went to senior linebacker Adam Long (Bennington, Neb.). The 2004 MIAA Most Valuable Defensive Player finished with a team-leading 18.0 TFL's, which put him second on the Northwest single season list. He tied for first on the team with 81 total tackles, tying a team-high with 43 solo stops. The Daktronics First Team All-Southwest Region pick was selected to play at the 2005 Whataburger Cactus Bowl - an elite Division II all-star game in Kingsville, Tex.

The "Spirit of the Bearcat Award" was given to senior linebacker Chad Bostwick (Omaha, Neb.). Bostwick tied for team-high tackling honors (81) with Long and compiled 3.5 TFL's, 1.0 sack, 1 interception and two fumble recoveries. He went for a season-high 13 stops in the 31-13 win over Missouri Western (Oct. 16). In six of his final seven games, Bostwick tallied six or more tackles.

The No. 3 Bearcats ended their season at 11-2 after a NCAA Division II Quarterfinal loss to No. 1 Pittsburg State, 50-34, Nov. 27.

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