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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Jan. 8, 2007

Seven Named to D2Football.com All-America Teams; Northwest Finishes Second in Final Media Poll

LIBERTY, Mo. - Seven Northwest Missouri State football student-athletes were named to the D2Football.com All-America teams released today by the national staff of D2Football.com. Senior defensive lineman Kyle Kaiser (Elkhorn, Neb.), senior linebacker Ben Harness (Jefferson City, Mo.) and senior linebacker Thomas Smith (Denver, Colo.) were each named to the All-America first-team. Junior running back Xavier Omon (Beatrice, Neb.), offensive lineman Reid Kirby (Gladstone, Mo.) and junior tight end Mike Peterson (Atlantic, Iowa) earned second-team honors, while defensive lineman Ryan Waters (Independence, Mo.) was named to the honorable mention squad.

National champion Grand Valley State was the only other institution with seven athletes named All-Americans. A complete listing of the All-America teams can be found at www.d2football.com. The list recognizes the top-100 athletes in Division II in 2006.

Northwest also earned the No. 2 ranking in the final D2Football.com Media Poll released today. The Bearcats ended their season with a 17-14 loss to No. 1 Grand Valley State in the NCAA Division II National Championship on Dec. 16. 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-America First Team
* 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-America First Team
* D2Football.com All-Southwest Region First Team
* All-MIAA First Team

2006 Reid Kirby Awards
* D2Football.com All-America Second Team
* 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-America Second Team
* 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-America Honorable Mention
* 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
* D2Football.com All-America First Team
* 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-America Honorable Mention
* 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

For more information, please contact:

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

Northwest Athletics
Lamkin Activity Center | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468