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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Jan. 7, 2008

Davis Runner-Up For Gene Upshaw Award

MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State senior offensive lineman Jeremy Davis finished second in the ballot for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award. Abilene Christian center Sam Collins was declared the winner.

The Upshaw Award winner is selected by the Sports Information Directors of the 150 Football Playing NCAA Division II institutions and is named in honor of the late Gene Upshaw, former Executive Director of the National Football League Players Association. Upshaw passed away Aug. 20, 2008.

Davis has been named a first-team All-American by three publications with two still to come. He led the Bearcats to a 13-2 mark and the team's fourth straight championship game appearance.

Davis started all 29 games at right guard the last two seasons 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 in 2008. Davis paved the way for running back LaRon Council, who led the nation with 36 touchdowns.

Jake Visser, a defensive tackle for Ferris State University, finished third in the voting. Five other finalists were nominated for the award.

For more information, please contact:

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

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