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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

June 26, 2007

Northwest Ranked No. 2 in Lindy's Preseason Poll; Four Bearcats on All-Division II Teams

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - Northwest Missouri State football sits No. 2 in the Lindy's Sports Annuals Division II Top 25 poll. Four Bearcats were also mentioned on it's 2007 All-Division II Preseason Team. Senior running back Xavier Omon and senior tight end Mike Peterson earned first team honors while offensive lineman Reid Kirby and linebacker Jared Erspamer were mentioned on the second team.

Northwest was ranked No. 8 in the same poll last season, and finished as national runner-up in its fourth national championship game appearance with a 14-1 record.

Northwest is the only team in the Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association with individuals on the All-Division II Team, and led Division II with four selections on the first and second teams. The only other MIAA team mentioned on the Top-25 poll, Pittsburg State, is No. 15. Defending national champion Grand Valley State is Lindy's preseason favorite.

The Bearcats open the 2007 season against Arkansas Tech at Bearcat Stadium on Thurs., Aug. 23. Kick-off is set for 7:30 p.m.

Lindy's Division II Top 25
1. Grand Valley State
2. Northwest Missouri State
3. Chadron State
4. North Dakota
5. Bloomsburg
6. Nebraska-Omaha
7. Delta State
8. Valdosta State
9. South Dakota
10. Indiana (Pa.)
11. West Chester
12. Midwestern State
13. Bemidji State
14. Shepherd
15. Pittsburg State
16. North Alabama
17. Newberry
18. Ferris State
19. West Texas A&M
20. Northwood
21. Arkansas Tech
22. Abilene Christian
23. Henderson State
24. Tiffin
25. Elizabeth City
2007 opponents

Lindy's 2007 All-Division II Team
Offense - First Team
QB - Willie Copeland (Sr.) - Valdosta State
RB - Xavier Omon (Sr.) - Northwest Missouri State
RB - Danny Woodhead (Sr.) - Chadron State
WR - Weston Dressler (Sr.) - North Dakota
WR - Michael Washington (Jr.) - West Chester
TE - Mike Peterson (Sr.) - Northwest Missouri State
OL - Brandon Barnes (Sr.) - Grand Valley State
OL - Heath Benedict (Sr.) - Newberry
OL - Mackenzy Bernadeau (Sr.) - Bentley
OL - Ben Hochstein (Sr.) - Nebraska-Omaha
OL - Tim McCutcheon (Sr.) - California (Pa.)
AP - Ashton Gronewold (Sr.) - Missouri-Rolla
K - David Chudzinski (Sr.) - Wayne (Mich.) State

Defense - First Team
DL - Andre Bernardi (Jr.) - North Greenville
DL - Kevin Dixon (Jr.) - West Liberty State
DL - Ron Ellington (Sr.) - Catawba
DL - Alex Hall (Sr.) - St. Augustine's
LB - Anthony Adams (Sr.) - Grand Valley State
LB - Scott Hayden (Jr.) - Merrimack
LB - Cody Stutts (Sr.) - Abilene Christian
DB - Brandon Carr (Sr.) - Grand Valley State
DB - Sevohn Greer (Sr.) - Harding
DB - Divon Hughes (Jr.) - Henderson State
DB - Josh Jones (Jr.) - Minnesota State-Moorhead
P - Jason Davis (Sr.) - Western State

Offense - Second Team
QB - Daniel Latorre (So.) - Bloomsburg
RB - Joique Bell (So.) - Wayne (Mich.) State
RB - Ryan Chappell (So.) - North Dakota
WR - Brahin Bilal (Sr.) - Bloomsburg
WR - Jeremy Ricks (Sr.) - Delta State
TE - Kyle Witucki (Sr.) - Edinboro
OL - Chance Galey (Jr.) - Chadron State
OL - Reid Kirby (Sr.) - Northwest Missouri State
OL - Christian Morton (Sr.) - South Dakota
OL - Ryan Pope (Sr.) - Shepherd
OL - Brian Troen (Jr.) - North Dakota
AP - Matthew Moore (Jr.) - North Greenville
K - Sean Sehnem (Jr.) - Western New Mexico

Defense - Second Team
DL - Maurice Baker (Sr.) - C.W. Post
DL - Joe Crawford (Jr.) - Tiffin
DL - Michael Speigelberg (Jr.) - Shepherd
DL - Jake Visser (Jr.) - Ferris State
LB - Louis Corum (Jr.) - Shepherd
LB - Jared Erspamer (Sr.) - Northwest Missouri State
LB - Michael Eubanks (Sr.) - Delta State
DB - Darren Banks (Sr.) - West Liberty State
DB - Troy Brookins (Jr.) - Tiffin
DB - Maurice Leggett (Sr.) - Valdosta State
DB - Kevin Molony (Sr.) - Presbyterian
P - Wayne Durham (Sr.) - Adams State

For more information, please contact:

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

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