Jan. 7, 2007
Ten Bearcats Honored By Don Hansen's Football Gazette
PITTSBURG, Kan.-National runner-up Northwest Missouri State had a team-best 10 players selected to Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-Southwest Region Team released Dec. 28. The total equals the 10 selections the Bearcats had a year ago.
Abilene Christian of the Lone Star Conference also boasted 10 selections, but had just three named to the first team. Northwest had seven first-team selections.
All 10 Northwest student-athletes were 2007 first-team all-MIAA selections. Four earned All-America honors by Don Hansen a year ago.
Northwest first-team all-region selections include: senior running back Xavier Omon, senior tight end Mike Peterson, junior offensive linemen Jeremy Davis and Reid Kirby, senior defensive end Dallas Flynn, senior defensive tackle Terry Bilbro and senior linebacker Jared Erspamer.
Junior wide receiver Kendall Wright and sophomore safety Myles Burnsides earned second-team honors. Junior placekicker Tommy Frevert was a third-team selection.
Peterson, Kirby and Wright were first-team Don Hansen selections in 2006 and went on to earn All-America honors. Omon was a second-team all-region selection a year ago who was also later named an All-American.
This is the fourth time Don Hansen has honored Omon with an all-region selection and the third time Peterson has been selected to the team. Davis, Flynn, Bilbro, Burnsides and Frevert are all-region honorees for the first time in their collegiate careers.
A total of 94 players earned some form of Football Gazette All-Southwest Region honors. Players from 25 of the 35 football-playing schools in the Southwest Region earned All-Southwest Region accolades.
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