Jan. 5, 2008
Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-Region Team Released
PITTSBURG, Kan.-NCAA National runner-up Northwest Missouri State had a team-best 11 players selected to Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-Super Region Four Team released late last week. The total is the highest for Northwest in the seven years Don Hansen has published an all-region team. The Bearcats had 10 picks in 2006 and 2007.
Abilene Christian also had 11 selections, including seven first-team picks. Northwest had four first-team picks, four second-team picks and three third-team selections.
All 11 Northwest student-athletes were 2008 all-MIAA honorees. Four earned all-region honors by Don Hansen a year ago and two were 2007 Don Hansen All-Americans.
Northwest first-team all-region selections include: junior running back LaRon Council, senior offensive guard Jeremy Davis, junior defensive end Sean Paddock and junior safety Myles Burnsides. Davis was a first-team All-American a year ago. Burnsides earned second-team all-region honors in 2007.
Northwest second-team all-region selections include: senior quarterback Joel Osborn, senior wide receiver Kendall Wright, senior offensive guard Tom Pestock and senior offensive tackle Reid Kirby. Wright is a three-time Don Hansen all-region honoree. Kirby earned All-America honors in 2006 and 2007.
Senior tight end Josh Gannan, senior cornerback Brandon Clayton and sophomore safety Aldwin Foster-Rettig were third-team selections. All three are first-team Don Hansen honorees.
A total of 98 players earned some form of Football Gazette All-Super Region Four honors. Players from 27 of the 31 football-playing schools in Super Region Four earned all-region honors.
The first- and second-team picks advance to the national ballot from which the 2008 NCAA Division II Football Gazette All-America team will be named later this month.
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