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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Feb. 12, 2007

Northwest Football Announces 2006 Team Awards

MARYVILLE -- The 2006 Northwest Missouri State University football team handed out awards in a ceremony and celebration program held yesterday (Sunday) at Mary Linn Performing Arts Center on the Northwest campus. Northwest was recognized for earning the NCAA Division II National Runner-up spot and Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association Championship.

The "Kermie Schneider Freshman of the Year" went to freshmen Blake Bolles (Lincoln, Neb.) and Ryan Jones (Liberty, Mo.). Bolles and Jones both spent the season on the Northwest scout teams.

Redshirt freshman Myles Burnsides (Maryville, Mo.) eared the "Phil Voge Redshirt Freshman of the Year" award. Burnsides led the defensive backfield with 56 tackles, standing fourth overall. He earned All-MIAA Honorable Mention honors and was named the Don Black Homecoming MVP after posting six tackles, two for a loss, and one interception. He took over the starting strong safety position on Oct. 7 vs. Emporia State.

"The Cory Stanton Walk-on of the Year" award was handed out in remembrance of Norhwest football player Cory Stanton, who was killed in an automobile accident in December 2004, went to redshirt-freshman Ike Urum-Eke (Lee's Summit, Mo.). Urum-Eke notched is first career interception in the NCAA playoff game against Chadron (Neb.) State that led to a Northwest touchdown on the next play. He recorded at least four tackles in four of the last six games, and led the defensive backfield with 7.0 tackles-for-loss throughout the season

Freshman running back Clint Moore (Princeton, Mo.) picked up the "Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year" award. Freshman Willie Horn (Lee's Summit, Mo.) earned the "Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year" honors.

The "Most Valuable Special Teams Player" honors went to senior cornerback Diezeas Calbert (Omaha, Neb.) for the second consecutive season. Calbert was named to the All-MIAA First Team and was named MIAA Special Teams Player of the Week on Nov. 13 after recording two blocked kicks against Southwest Baptist on Nov. 13. He was also named to Don Hansen's Football Gazette Honorable Mention All-American team and the Gazette's All-Southwest Region First Team.

Junior running back Xavier Omon (Omaha, Neb.) earned the "Most Valuable Offensive Player" award. Omon ended the season ninth in NCAA Division II with 1,518 rushing yards to finish fifth in Northwest season records. He ended the season as the school's all-time leading rusher with 4,736 yards and 899 attempts. He was named to the All-MIAA First Team, D2Football.com All-America Second Team, Football Gazette All-America Third Team, Daktronics Southwest Region Second Team, Football Gazette Southwest Region Second Team, D2Football.com Southwest Region Second Team, Harlon Hill Southwest Region Finalist and the MIAA Offensive Player of the Week on Oct. 30 after rushing for a season-high 166 yards on 23 carries against Central Missouri.

The "Most Valuable Defensive Player" award went to senior linebacker Ben Harness (Jefferson City, Mo.). Harness was a unanimous selection to the All-MIAA First Team and earned D2Football.com All-America First Team, Football Gazette All-America Honorable Mention, Daktronics Southwest Region First Team, Football Gazette Southwest Region First Team and D2Football.com Southwest Region First Team honors. Harness ended the season tied for third on the team with 56 tackles and stood alone in third with 13.0 tackles-for-loss. He recorded a season-high seven tackles against Nebraska-Omaha on Sept. 9 and started in 14 games, missing one due to injury. During the season, he made at least five tackles in five games.

The "Spirit of the Bearcat" award went to senior running back Zach Sherman (Platte City, Mo.). Sherman was a starting fullback in six games and was the primary blocking back for Omon. He tallied a season-high 39 yards on four rushes against Fort Hays State, including one two-yard touchdown rush in the fourth quarter.

For more information, please contact:

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

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