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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Sept. 11, 2006

Linebacker Thomas Smith Earns MIAA Defensive Player of the Week Honors

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Northwest Missouri State senior linebacker Thomas Smith, a 6-foot-0, 230-pound senior from Denver, Colo., has earned Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) Defensive Player of the Week honors, announced the league offices this afternoon. In his second career game at Northwest, Smith logged 12 tackles (nine solos) in leading the No. 2 Bearcats to a 31-0 win over No. 10 Nebraska-Omaha Saturday afternoon (Sept. 9).

The 12 stops were the most in a single game by a Northwest defender since current Bearcats graduate assistant Chad Bostwick recorded 13 in 2004. Smith also registered his first career quarterback sack early in the second quarter.

Northwest limited the Mavericks to 313 yards -- just 133 through the air -- as it blanked UNO for the first time in the series since 1947.

Smith is a graduate of Montbello High School, and transferred to Northwest from the University of Northern Colorado following his junior season.

Smith and the Bearcat open up the conference season with at trip to Truman State on Saturday, Sept. 16. Kick-off from Stokes Stadium is scheduled for 12 p.m.

For more information, please contact:

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

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