Nov. 30, 2005
Four Bearcats Land on Daktronics All-Southwest Region Team
RICHARDSON, Texas -- Northwest Missouri State football landed four players on the 2005 Daktronics Division II All-Southwest Region Team, announced today. On the First Team Defense is senior Dave Tollefson (Concord, Calif.), who is selected as a defensive lineman. Tollefson advances to the national ballot for an opportunity to get All-America status. On the Second Team Offense is senior Josh Lamberson (Wilber, Neb.) at quarterback, sophomore Xavier Omon (Beatrice, Neb.) at running back and senior Andre Rector (Celeste, Tex.) at wide receiver. The four selections tied for the third-highest amount of any program. Pittsburg State totaled six while Tarleton State had five. As a conference, the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) took second behind the Lone Star Conference with a total of 16 picks.
"I am thrilled for all four of them," said head coach Mel Tjeerdsma. "Dave has gotten a lot of honors this season and deservedly so but I am especially happy for Josh, Xavier and Andre because they only got Second Team in the conference. For those three to get Second Team All-Region speaks highly of them and their impact that they have on this football team."
Northwest is prepping for its third ever NCAA Division II National Semifinals with a date at North Alabama on Dec. 3. Kick-off is scheduled for 10:04 a.m. with the game televised live nationally on ESPNU.
Tollefson is the 2005 MIAA Defensive Player of the Year and unanimous First Team All-MIAA pick as he leads the league and is ranked ninth nationally with 1.0 sacks per game. He has currently matched the school's single-season record with 11.5 sacks in 2005. On the team list, he is first with five quarterback hurries and second with 12.5 TFL's and has also posted 46 total tackles. His 20.0 career sacks is just 1.5 away from the school record. Tollefson came up .5 sacks shy of the single-game school record with 4.0 against Missouri Western (Sept. 17). In that game, he added a blocked punt and six tackles which earned him MIAA Defensive Player of the Week honors. The 2005 Gene Upshaw Lineman of the Year nominee (given to Division II's top defensive or offensive lineman) has been invited to the Hula Bowl, which is a senior all-star game in January predominately played by Division I athletes. Tollefson was named recently to the D2Football.com Southwest Region First Team as a defensive lineman.
Lamberson was a 2005 Harlon Hill nominee as he ranks 11th in the country in pass efficiency (156.0) and 31st in total offense (248.1). Lamberson has passed for 3,195 yards and 30 touchdowns against just seven interceptions. The 67.0 completion percentage would give him the school's single-season top mark and his touchdown total is third and passing yards output is second. The 2005 Second Team All-MIAA selection was a semifinalist for the Draddy Trophy, which is referred to as the Division II Academic "Heisman". Lamberson has currently thrown for at least one touchdown in 24 straight games (not including injured game in Week 8 of 2004) and 10 straight with two or more. As a starter, Lamberson is 23-5 and holds five career games of 300-plus passing yards including 311 against Washburn (Nov. 19) in the playoffs. In that same game, he hit for his fourth career four-touchdown contest. Lamberson earned Homecoming MVP (Don Black Award) honors for his record-setting effort against Central Missouri (Oct. 22) as he torched a Mule defense, which was No. 1 in the MIAA going into the game in total defense and passing defense, as he finished with a career-high 378 yards on 28-of-43 passing and three touchdowns. On the career charts, Lamberson is first in Northwest annals (all games) with a 65.9 completion percentage, completions (517) and is within range to take over first in total offense (7,541) as he needs 22 more yards.
Omon is a 2005 Second Team All-MIAA honoree currently with totals of 1,479 rushing yards and 12 rushing touchdowns. He is just 96 yards away from the Northwest single-season best of 1,575 yards he set in 2004. Omon is currently riding a four-game streak of at least 100 rushing yards for an average of 185.5 per game during that stretch. Despite being hobbled with an ankle injury in Week 3 and 4, Omon is nearing the career mark for rushing yards (3,054), which is fourth, and rushing touchdowns (31), which is third at Northwest. In 26 career games, Omon has 14 contests of 100-plus rushing yards including seven this season. Omon became just the third running back since 1965 to have consecutive 1,000 rushing seasons. He posted a season and career-high 225 yards on 24 carries in the playoff win against Angelo State (Nov. 12). Known as a playoff threat, he stands with the most career playoff rushing yards (692) and rushing touchdowns (7) at Northwest. Last season, Omon was the first Bearcat in five seasons to go over 200 rushing yards in a game with his 221-yard effort versus Central Missouri (Sept. 11, 2004). Omon was honored on the Daktronics Second Team a season ago.
Rector earned 2005 Second Team All-MIAA recognition as he is the league's top receiver in catches per game (6.58) and receiving yards per game (92.2). Rector ranks seventh all-time on the MIAA career list with 2,899 yards receiving (all games) and currently is third at Northwest with 199 career receptions. The three-time second team all-conference selection has caught at least one TD in six straight games going into the Semifinals and has averaged 106.8 yards during that streak. This season, he has five games of 100-plus receiving yards with a season and career-best of 200 on 13 catches against Pittsburg State (Oct. 29). He is tops on the team in receiving yards (1,147), catches (84) and touchdowns (10) and needs 95 yards and three catches to take over the top single-season spot in both categories at Northwest. Recently, Rector was voted to the D2Football.com Southwest Region Second Team as a wide receiver.
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