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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Jan. 10, 2006

Northwest Places 10 on 2006 Don Hansen's All-Southwest Region Teams

WINONA, Minn. - Northwest Missouri State football landed 10 student-athletes on the 2006 Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-Southwest Region teams, released yesterday (Jan. 9) by the national football publication. The amount is the most of any region program which includes conferences such as the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA), Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference (RMAC) and the Lone Star Conference (LSC).

There were eight first-team selections, including five from a defensive unit to rank in the top-10 nationally in scoring defense (11.5 ppg) and rushing defense (75.3 ypg). Senior defensive back Diezeas Calbert (Omaha, Neb.), senior linebacker Ben Harness (Jefferson City, Mo.), senior defensive lineman Kyle Kaiser (Elkhorn, Neb.), senior linebacker Thomas Smith (Denver, Colo.) and defensive lineman Ryan Waters (Independence, Mo.) earned nods defensively while sophomore offensive lineman Reid Kirby (Gladstone, Mo.), junior tight end Mike Peterson (Atlantic, Iowa) and sophomore wide receiver Kendall Wright (Sulphur Springs, Texas) were listed on the first-team offense.

Junior running back Xavier Omon (Beatrice, Neb.) was mentioned on the second-team offense and senior offensive lineman Joe Holtzclaw (Sedalia, Mo.) was honored on the third-team offense.

This marks the fifth year Football Gazette has selected NCAA Division II All-Region teams. The national publication, an authority on small college football, has selected NCAA Division II All-America teams since 1998. The first and second teamers advance to the national ballot for a chance at All-America status, which is determined later this month.

Northwest, who earned the No. 2 ranking in the final D2Football.com Media Poll, ended its 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 Diezeas Calbert Awards
* Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-Southwest Region First Team
* All-MIAA First Team

2006 Ben Harness Awards
* Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-Southwest Region First Team
* 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 Joe Holtzclaw Awards
* Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-Southwest Region Third Team
* All-MIAA Second Team

2006 Kyle Kaiser Awards
* Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-Southwest Region First Team
* D2Football.com All-America First Team
* D2Football.com All-Southwest Region First Team
* All-MIAA First Team

2006 Reid Kirby Awards
* Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-Southwest Region First Team
* 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
* Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-Southwest Region Second Team
* 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
* Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-Southwest Region First Team
* 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
* Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-Southwest Region First Team
* 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
* Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-Southwest Region First Team
* 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

2006 Kendall Wright Awards
* Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-Southwest Region First Team
* 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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