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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Jan. 26, 2007

Nine Named to Football Gazette All-America Squads

PITTSBURG, Kan. - Nine Northwest Missouri State football student-athletes earned All-America honors by Don Hansen's Football Gazette, announced Jan. 24 by the national football publication. The nine athletes were the most placed by any school in the national All-America list.

Junior tight end Mike Peterson (Atlantic, Iowa) was the lone Bearcat represented on the first team. Sophomore offensive tackle Reid Kirby (Gladstone, Mo.), senior defensive end Ryan Waters (Independence, Mo.) and senior defensive lineman Kyle Kaiser (Elkhorn, Neb.) picked up second-team honors.

Junior running back Xavier Omon (Beatrice, Neb.) and sophomore wide receiver Kendall Wright (Sulphur Springs, Texas) were named to the third-team offensive squad. Honorable mention honors went to three members of the defensive unit in senior cornerback Diezeas Calbert (Omaha, Neb.), senior linebacker Ben Harness, and senior linebacker Thomas Smith (Denver, Colo.).

This is the 19th year for the Don Hansen Division II All-America list, with All-Americans selected from first and second-team All-Region players by a 25-member national panel. The Don Hansen Football Gazette is the recognized authority on small college football, and honored165 players on this year's All-America list, representing 79 of the 150 football-playing Division II schools. A full listing of the All-America list can be found at www.pittstategorillas.com/footballgazette.

Northwest ended the season No. 2 in national rankings after finishing the season in a 17-14 loss to No. 1 Grand Valley State in the NCAA Division II Championship on Dec. 16. The Bearcats finished 14-1 overall in the second 14-win season in school history.

2006 Diezeas Calbert Awards
* Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-America Honorable Mention
* Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-Southwest Region First Team
* All-MIAA First Team

2006 Ben Harness Awards
* Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-America Honorable Mention
* 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 Kyle Kaiser Awards
* Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-America Second Team
* 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-America Second Team
* 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-America Third Team
* 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-America First Team
* 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-America Honorable Mention
* 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-America Second Team
* 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-America Third Team
* 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
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