Dec. 9, 2009
Four Bearcats Receive All-America Honors
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Sophomore wide receiver Jake Soy, junior offensive lineman Brett Grozinger, senior running back LaRon Council and senior safety Myles Burnsides are featured on the 2009 Daktronics, Inc. Division II All-America Team released Tuesday. The Bearcats' four selections are second to West Liberty State, which had five honorees.
In addition, Burnsides was the coaches' pick for the AFCA All-America Team, which allows one representative per school. The Bearcats have had an AFCA honoree for 14 consecutive seasons dating back to 1996.
Council and Burnsides are two-time All-Americans as selected by Daktronics. Both are second-team selections this season after receiving first-team honors last season.
Soy and Grozinger are first-time honorees and first-team selections. Soy, the nation's leader in receiving yards and receiving touchdowns, was the leading vote-getter at his position. He's the fifth Bearcat wide receiver to appear on any All-America list and the third to receive that distinction by Daktronics, joining Tony Miles and Jamaica Rector.
Grozinger continues a string of All-American offensive linemen at Northwest. The Bearcats have had a representative at the position in 11 of the last 13 seasons with 2003 and 2005 being the exceptions. Ten Bearcat linemen have received All-America status by Daktronics since 1997.
Council is the second-leading rusher and scorer in program history. He ranks fifth in the nation with 1,610 yards this season and his 20 rushing scores ranks sixth. He led the MIAA in both categories and was named the league's Offensive Player of the Year. He ran for a career-high 216 yards in Saturday's national semifinal win against California (Pa.).
Burnsides leads the Bearcats with five interceptions and his 75 tackles rank second. He's the eighth-leading tackler in program history and his 16 career picks rank third. Burnsides was last year's national defensive player of the year. He's also a two-time Academic All-American who graduated with a 3.9 grade point average.
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