Dec. 13, 2007
Omon, Kirby, Erspamer Named Daktronics All-Americans
WICHITA FALLS, Texas-Northwest Missouri State placed three players on the first team of the 2007 Daktronics, Inc. Division II All-America Football team released Thursday as selected by the sports information directors at NCAA Division II members.
Senior running back Xavier Omon, senior linebacker Jared Erspamer and junior offensive tackle Reid Kirby were each selected to the team. Omon was the leading vote getter at his position.
Kirby, a native of Gladstone, Mo., is a repeat first-team selection by Daktronics, having also been selected to last year's team. Kirby was a three-time All-American a year ago and is receiving his first selection this season.
Kirby was a unanimous first-team All-MIAA selection and has paved the way for the nation's 14th-ranked scoring offense and the league's second-best rushing attack.
Reid and his teammates have allowed 12 sacks in 13 games for the 10th-best sack against average in the nation. The Bearcats are averaging 456.7 yards of offense per game this season, which leads the MIAA and ranks 18th nationally.
Erspamer, of Omaha, Neb., is a first-time All-American who leads the Bearcats with 99 tackles this season. Erspamer was named the league's Most Outstanding Defensive Player and is a captain on the MIAA's top scoring defense. His next tackle will make him the first Bearcat to record 100 tackles since 1999.
Erspamer has two sacks this season and is second on the team with 12 tackles for loss. He's had 10 or more tackles in four games this season, including a career-best 16-tackle effort against Pittsburg State. Erspamer was also this year's Don Black Award winner, given annually to the MVP of Northwest's homecoming game.
Omon, a native of Beatrice, Neb., is the leading rusher in Division II and the second-leading rusher in the nation this season with 2,274 yards. He's the first back in NCAA history to rush for 1,500 yards in four seasons and the second Division II athlete to rush for 7,000 yards. Omon is the third-leading scorer and third-leading rusher in NCAA history.
Omon was a regional finalist for the Harlon Hill Award, but was not one of nine national finalists for the honor. He's responded by averaging 236 yards and by scoring 10 touchdowns in three playoff games, leading the Bearcats to the national championship game for the third straight season.
Omon, this year's MIAA Offensive Player of the Year, holds 32 of Northwest's 34 records for rushing and scoring including all season, career and postseason records.
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