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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

June 28, 2007

Bearcats Sit No. 2 in Street & Smith's Preseason Poll; Omon Earns Preseason All-America Honors

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Northwest Missouri State football garnered the No. 2 spot in the Street & Smith's Division II Preseason Top 25 poll. Senior running back Xavier Omon (Beatrice, Neb.) also placed on it's All-America Preseason Team.

It is the second such ranking for the Bearcats, who also sit No. 2 in the Lindy's Sports Annuals preseason poll.

Missouri Western came in at No. 18 and Pittsburg State grabbed the No. 20 spot for other Mid-America Intercollegiate Athletics Association schools represented. Grand Valley State is Street & Smith's 2007 favorite.

This is the second preseason honor for Omon, who was selected to the Lindy's All-Division II First Team.

Northwest opens the 2007 season against Arkansas Tech on Aug. 23. Kick-off from Bearcat Stadium is slated for 7:30 p.m.

Street & Smith's Division II Preseason Top 25 Poll
1. Grand Valley State
2. Northwest Missouri State
3. North Dakota
4. North Alabama
5. Nebraska-Omaha
6. Chadron State
7. Shepherd
8. Delta State
9. West Texas A&M
10. Bloomsburg
11. South Dakota
12. Elizabeth City State
13. Newberry
14. Northwood
15. Midwestern State
16. West Chester
17. Bryant
18. Missouri Western
19. Abilene Christian
20. Pittsburg State
21. Wayne (Mich.) State
22. Valdosta State
23. Winona State
24. California (Pa.)
25. Edinboro
2007 Opponents

Street & Smith's Division II All-America Preseason Team
Offense
QB Zach Miller (Sr.) - Nebraska-Omaha
RB Joique Bell (So.) - Wayne (Mich.) State
RB Danny Woodhead (Sr.) - Chadron State
RB Xavier Omon (Sr.) - Northwest Missouri State
OL Brandon Barnes (Sr.) - Grand Valley State
OL Christian Morton (Sr.) - South Dakota
OL Ben Hochstein (Sr.) - Nebraska-Omaha
OL Heath Benedict (Sr.) - Newberry
OL Tim McCutcheon (Sr.) - California (Pa.)
WR Weston Dressler (Sr.) - North Dakota
WR Ashton Gronewold (Sr.) - Missouri-Rolla
WR Brahin Bilal (Sr.) - Bloomsburg
RS Brandon Toles (Sr.) - Southern Connecticut
PK David Chudzinski (Sr.) - Wayne (Mich.) State

Defense
DL Travis Carpenter (Sr.) - Abilene Christian
DL Ron Ellington (Sr.) - Catawba
DL Andre Bernardi (Jr.) - North Greenville
DL Jake Visser (Jr.) - Ferris State
LB Michael Eubanks (Sr.) - Delta State
LB Jared Brock (Jr.) - West Texas A&M
LB Anthony Adams (Sr.) - Grand Valley State
LB Lateef Ferguson (Sr.) - West Chester
DB Brandon Carr (Sr.) - Grand Valley State
DB Josh Jones (Jr.) - Minnesota State-Moorhead
DB Kendall Ricketts (Sr.) - Central Missouri
DB Quincy Skiners (Sr.) - Arkansas Tech
P Wayne Durham (Jr.) - 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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