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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Nov. 28, 2007

Four Featured on Daktronics All-Region Team

MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State had an MIAA best four student-athletes listed on the 2007 Daktronics All-Southwest Region Football Team as announced by a regional panel of Sports Information Directors. Junior Reid Kirby and seniors Xavier Omon and Jared Erspamer were first-team selections while senior Mike Peterson gained second-team recognition.

Kirby and Peterson are both 2006 Daktronics All-Americans. It's the second time the two have been named to the all-region team. Omon has earned second-team all-region honors in each of his first three seasons before being named a first-team selection this season. All first-team members will be placed on the national ballot with the opportunity to earn All-America honors.

Omon, a running back from Beatrice, Neb., is the MIAA's Most Valuable Offensive Player and the first player in NCAA history to rush for 1,500 yards in four seasons. Omon is the nation's second-leading scorer with 30 touchdowns and sixth-leading rusher with 1,673 yards despite having one game cancelled due to weather.

Omon is the seventh-leading rusher in Division II history with 6,409 yards. He needs one touchdown to become Division II's fourth-leading scorer of all-time. Omon has 90 career touchdowns and 542 career points.

Erspamer, a linebacker from Omaha, Neb., is the MIAA's Most Valuable Defensive Player and the Bearcats' leading tackler with 91 stops. Erspamer leads the team with 10 tackles for loss. He also has two sacks and has forced a fumble.

Erspamer had a career-high 16 tackles in Northwest's win against Pittsburg State. He set a program record with his four stops behind the line-of-scrimmage against Washburn. Erspamer was also named the Don Black Award winner, given annually at homecoming to the game's Most Valuable Player.

Kirby, a native of Gladstone, Mo., has earned first-team all-region honors for the second year in a row. He was a unanimous first-team All-MIAA selection and has paved the way for the nation's ninth-ranked scoring offense and the league's second-best rushing attack.

Reid and his teammates have allowed 10 sacks in 11 games for the fifth-best sack against average in the nation. The Bearcats are averaging 442.5 yards of offense per game this season, which ranks second in the MIAA and 22nd nationally.

Peterson, a tight end from Atlantic, Iowa, was also a unanimous first-team All-MIAA selection this season and a five-time All-American last season. He's caught 128 passes for 1,793 yards and 16 touchdowns in his four-year career at Northwest, all of which rank in the top 10 in career lists at Northwest.

Peterson has 31 catches for 512 yards and four touchdowns this season. His 82-yard reception against Nebraska-Omaha in the season opener is the Bearcats' longest play from scrimmage this season. He's also been an instrumental part of the Northwest ground game, which has averaged 214.7 yards this season.

Daktronics has sponsored the Division II football All-America and all-region teams for more than a decade. Daktronics, with headquarters in Brookings, S.D., is an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programming display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition.

For more information, please contact:

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

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