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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

Jan. 23, 2009

Don Hansen Announces Postseason Awards

MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State Head Football Coach Mel Tjeerdsma and junior safety Myles Burnsides headline postseason awards announced by Don Hansen's Football Gazette Friday.

Tjeerdsma, who led the Bearcats to their fourth straight appearance in the Division II national championship game shared National Coach of the Year honors with Minnesota-Duluth's Bob Nielson. It's the second publication to name Tjeerdsma its Coach of the Year this season.

Burnsides was named Defensive Back of the Year and is one of four Bearcats named to the 2008 Don Hansen's Football Gazette NCAA Division II All-America team. It's the fourth first-team All-America honor granted to Burnsides for his play this past season.

Northwest senior offensive lineman Jeremy Davis ran the gauntlet and was awarded his fifth All-America award out of five publications. Don Hansen is the fourth to make him a first-team selection.

Junior running back LaRon Council, who led the nation with 36 touchdowns in 2008, earned second-team All-America honors. Junior defensive end Sean Paddock, who led Northwest with six sacks and 13.5 tackles-for-loss, earned third-team honors.

Honorable mention selections included Northwest senior left tackle Reid Kirby, senior quarterback Joel Osborn, senior left guard Tom Pestock and senior wide receiver Kendall Wright.

This marks the 21st year Don Hansen's Football Gazette, a recognized authority on small college football, has selected an NCAA Division II All-America team. A total of 158 players from 69 of the 150 football-playing schools in Division II, earned some form of Football Gazette All-America honors.

For more information, please contact:

Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics
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