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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Dec. 20, 2006

Eight Bearcats Honored on D2Football.com All-Southwest Region Teams

LIBERTY, Mo. - Eight Northwest Missouri State football student-athletes were honored on the D2Football.com All-Southwest Region teams, announced today by the national staff at D2Football.com. Senior linebacker Ben Harness (Jefferson City, Mo.), senior defensive tackle Kyle Kaiser (Elkhorn, Neb.), sophomore offensive lineman Reid Kirby (Gladstone, Mo.), junior tight end Mike Peterson (Atlantic, Iowa), senior linebacker Thomas Smith (Denver, Colo.) and senior defensive end Ryan Waters (Independence, Mo.) all were of the first-team variety at their respective positions. On the second team was junior running back Xavier Omon (Beatrice, Neb.) and sophomore wide receiver Kendall Wright (Sulphur Springs, Texas).

A complete listing of the team can be found on www.D2Football.com.

Northwest received the most individual awards of any program in the Southwest Region. Chadron (Neb.) State and Abilene Christian (Texas) had the second highest amount with five players each. Players will now advance to the national ballot for an opportunity at D2Football.com All-America status.

The Bearcat football team ended its season with a 17-14 loss to No. 1 Grand Valley State in the NCAA Division II National Championship last Saturday. Northwest finished 14-1 overall and had its second 14-win season in history (1998 season was 15-0).

2006 Ben Harness Awards
* D2Football.com All-Southwest Region First Team
* Daktronics All-Southwest Region First Team
* All-MIAA First Team (unanimous)
* Don Hansen's Preseason All-America Team

2006 Kyle Kaiser Awards
* D2Football.com All-Southwest Region First Team
* All-MIAA First Team

2006 Reid Kirby Awards
* Daktronics All-America First Team
* Daktronics All-Southwest Region First Team
* D2Football.com All-Southwest Region First Team
* All-MIAA First Team

2006 Xavier Omon Awards
* D2Football.com All-Southwest Region Second Team
* Daktronics All-Southwest Region Second Team
* All-MIAA First Team
* Don Hansen's Football Gazette Preseason All-America
* MIAA Offensive Player of the Week (Oct. 30)

2006 Mike Peterson Awards
* D2Football.com All-Southwest Region First Team
* Little AP All-America Second Team
* AFCA All-America
* Daktronics All-America First Team
* Daktronics All-Southwest Region First Team
* All-MIAA First Team
* Don Hansen's Football Gazette Preseason All-America

2006 Thomas Smith Awards
* Daktronics All-America Second Team
* Daktronics All-Southwest Region First Team
* D2Football.com All-Southwest Region First Team
* All-MIAA First Team
* MIAA Defensive Player of the Week (Sept. 11)

2006 Ryan Waters Awards
* D2Football.com All-Southwest Region First Team
* All-MIAA First Team
* Don Hansen's Football Gazette Preseason All-America
* D2Football Preseason All-America Second Team

2006 Kendall Wright Awards
* D2Football.com All-Southwest Region Second Team
* Daktronics All-Southwest Region Second Team
* All-MIAA First Team
* MIAA Special Teams Player of the Week (Oct. 3)

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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