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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release

June 9, 2009

Osborn, Nelson Inducted into the NFF Honor Society

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Joel Osborn Matt Nelson

MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State student-athletes Joel Osborn and Matt Nelson have been inducted into the 2009 National Football Foundation Hampshire Honor Society in recognition of outstanding accomplishments in the classroom, in the community and on the playing field.

Osborn and Nelson are the first Bearcat inductees in the third year of the society. The list is comprised of football players from all divisions who each maintained a 3.2 cumulative grade point average or better during their careers. The players must be a starter or significant substitute in one's last year of eligibility.

Osborn, a quarterback from Harlan, Iowa, and Nelson, an offensive center from Maryville, helped lead the Bearcats to a 13-2 record and the team's third straight MIAA championship. Osborn was named the league's Most Valuable Offensive Player - the second Northwest quarterback to earn the award. Nelson started every game in the last three seasons and earned honorable mention honors from the league's head coaches.

Osborn and Nelson graduated in May with grade point averages of 3.61 and 3.60, respectively. Osborn earned a degree in mathematics education while Nelson earned his in corporate recreation.

For more information, please contact:

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

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