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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

May 3, 2005

Northwest Football Announces 2005 Captains

MARYVILLE, Mo. -- Northwest Missouri State football quarterback Josh Lamberson (Wilber, Neb.), wide receiver Andre Rector (Celeste, Tex.), defensive end Dave Tollefson (Concord, Calif.), offensive center Jordan Wilcox (Springfield, Neb.) and defensive tackle Steve Williams (Bolingbrook, Ill.) will be the 2005 captains, announced today by head coach Mel Tjeerdsma. All five players will be seniors next fall.

"Being a captain is the highest honor because you are voted on by the team," said Tjeerdsma. "All five are very deserving and have showed leadership, especially this spring. They have distinguished themselves from the group."

Lamberson is expected to return in 2005 after suffering a season-ending hip injury against Missouri Western, Oct. 16, 2004. Dispite missing the final five games, "Lambo" earned Second Team All-MIAA honors as he totaled 1,759 passing yards and 19 TDs. Setting the Northwest single-season completion percentage mark (72.0), Lamberson was second on the team with 334 rushing yards and addded four rushing TDs.

"Being a leader and being able to motivate people is one of the greatest responsibilities we have," said Lamberson. "Putting on that Bearcat uniform and all it represents is a great honor for all of us."

Rector, the younger brother of All-America wide receiver Jamaica who signed with the Dallas Cowboys in April, was second on the receiver charts last season in yards (613), receptions (39), yards/game (55.7) and average/catch (15.7). He earned Honorable Mention All-MIAA recognition after Second Team honors as a sophomore.

"Being a captain is worth a thousand words because you always have something to say," said Rector.

Tollefson earned Second Team All-MIAA laurels after an injury-riddled sophomore season. The Los Medanos Community College transfer ranked first on the team charts with 8.5 sacks and second with 13.0 tackles-for-a-loss. Tollefson was just three sacks shy of the school's record set in 1995. He was a member of a defensive unit to set the Northwest season record for fewest rushing yards allowed per game (85.2).

"All of my best friends were captains last year, so it is special for me to follow in their footsteps," said Tollefson. "It is a big responsibility and for us to be captains is an honor."

An anchor on the offensive line to start at center, Wilcox helped pave the way for redshirt freshman Xavier Omon, the school's single-season rushing recordholder (1,575 yards). Overall, the rushing game improved from a 2003 team that totaled 1,348 yards to 2,932 yards last season. A Second Team All-MIAA pick, Wilcox helped engineer an offense second in the NCAA in scoring (44.5).

"Being a captain means to always be committed, enthusiastic and an example to follow," said Wilcox. "These five guys have been chosen by the team and we have to exemplify what our team is all about."

A transfer from the University of Indiana, Williams was a unanimous First Team All-MIAA honoree tallying 52 tackles and 7.0 tackles-for-a-loss. He was recognized on the Daktronics First Team All-Southwest Region Team as he was part of a defense to rank 26th in turnover margin (0.8). He notched his first career interception against No. 1 Pittsburg State (Nov. 6) in the Fall Classic at Arrowhead III.

"It feels good to be a captain because people respect you enough to follow your lead." said Williams.

The Bearcats open up the 2005 campaign by visiting Minnesota State on Thursday, Aug. 25. Kickoff from Blakeslee Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
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