Dec. 26, 2008
AP Honors Three Bearcats
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Junior safety Myles Burnsides, senior offensive lineman Jeremy Davis and junior running back LaRon Council were selected to the Associated Press Little All-America Team released recently. Burnsides and Davis were first-team selections, while Council earned third-team honors. It's the first time Northwest has had two AP first-team picks since 1999.
It's the third first-team honor for Davis in three teams which have been released. It's the second All-America honor for both Burnsides and Council.
Council led the nation with 36 touchdowns, while his 1,739 yards rushing ranked third. He scored in 14 consecutive games leading up to the championship game and four times rushed for four scores. He had eight 100-yard efforts, including a career-high 197 yards in the Bearcats' regular-season finale against Missouri Southern.
Northwest (13-2) ranked in the top 20 nationally in scoring and total offense in 2008 and Davis was a big reason why. Davis started all 15 games at right guard and played in 42 games in his career as a Bearcat. Northwest averaged 187 yards rushing, 256 yards passing and averaged 40 points per game.
Only six players nationally recorded more interceptions than the six Burnsides had in 2008. CoSIDA's National Player of the Year, Burnsides' 71 tackles ranked third on the team. He also forced a fumble, blocked a kick and executed a fake punt. He had a career-high 12 tackles in Northwest second-round playoff win against Pittsburg State.
In addition to Northwest's trio, three other MIAA players earned AP honors. Missouri Western senior offensive lineman Roger Allen was a first-team pick. Nebraska-Omaha senior running back Brian McNeill and Pittsburg State senior offensive lineman Kendal Molz earned third-team honors.
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