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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Aug. 8, 2005

Lamberson, Omon and Williams Make Don Hansen's Preseason All-America Team

PITTSBURG, Kan. -- Northwest Missouri State football placed three on the 2005 Don Hansen's Football Gazette Preseason All-America Team, announced last Friday. Senior quarterback Josh Lamberson (Wilber, Neb.), sophomore running back Xavier Omon (Beatrice, Neb.) and senior defensive tackle Steve Williams (Bolingbrook, Ill.) were all mentioned in the annual publication, which announced the awards for the 18th year.

Lamberson, who is expected back to full health after dislocating his right hip against Missouri Western in the eighth game last season, still earned Second Team All-MIAA offensive honors. An ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America College Division Football First Team pick, Lamberson threw for 1,759 passing yards and 19 touchdowns. He was second on the club with 334 rushing yards on 61 attempts (5.5 avg.) despite missing five games. Going into 2005, he is recognized in five career top 10 categories, including seventh in both touchdown passes (32) and completions (251).

Omon was a 2004 Honorable Mention Gazette and D2Football.com All-America running back and Second Team Daktronics All-Southwest Region pick at running back In his season which saw him set the single season rushing mark with 1,575 yards with 249 carries (6.3 average), he was a First Team All-MIAA offensive selection. He added 19 rushing touchdowns and went over 100 yards in six straight contests at one point and seven games overall. In NCAA statistics, Omon ranked 19th with 121.2 rushing yards per contest and 22nd in scoring (9.2). His 120 season points tied David Jansen in 1999 for the most by a non-kicker in school history. In just playoff games, he totaled 149 rushing yards, which puts him fourth on the all-time school list and his three rushing TD's is tied for third. Omon received the team award for the Phil Voge Redshirt Freshman of the Year.

Williams, a 2005 team captain, was the only unanimous pick on the 2004 All-MIAA Defensive First Team. He totaled 52 tackles, seven tackles-for-a-loss, 1.0 sack and recovered three fumbles. Williams picked up his first interception against Pittsburg State in the Fall Classic at Arrowhead, Nov. 6, 2004. The University of Indiana transfer was tabbed on the Daktronics Second Team All-America squad last season. He was an integral member of a defense to set the school record for fewest rushing yards allowed per game (94.0). Earlier in the preseason, Williams was listed on the 2005 Division II Street & Smith's All-America Team on defense.

For a complete listing of the All-America team, please visit www.pittstate.edu/athletics/footballgazette. For information on Don Hansen's Weekly Gazette, please visit www.donhansen.com.

Northwest will open the 2005 season at Minnesota State on Thursday, Aug. 25. Kick-off is set for 6:30 p.m.

2005 Preseason All-America Honors
*Josh Lamberson

Don Hansen's Football Gazette (QB)
*Xavier Omon
Don Hansen's Football Gazette (RB)
*Steve Williams
Don Hansen's Football Gazette (DT)
Street & Smith's (Defense)

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
sid@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

Northwest Athletics
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