Dec. 17, 2009
Three Bearcats Featured on AP's All-America List
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State junior offensive lineman Brett Grozinger, sophomore wide receiver Jake Soy and senior safety Myles Burnsides have been selected to the Associated Press Little All-America Team.
The team, which is made up of players from Division II and III, along with NAIA, was released Thursday.
Grozinger was a first-team choice while Soy and Burnsides earned second-team recognition. Burnsides has been listed on all three All-America teams released this month. Grozinger and Soy have twice appeared on All-America listings.
Grozinger was the top lineman for a team that produced a program-record 632 points. The Bearcats averaged 42 points and 474 yards of total offense per game, which ranked second and seventh in the nation, respectively. Grozinger also paved the way for a ground game that averaged 175 yards per game and produced the nation's fourth-leading rusher in LaRon Council.
Soy led the nation and set conference records with 1,559 yards receiving and 27 touchdowns - the third-highest season total in Division II history. Soy had nine 100-yard receiving efforts and caught a program-record four touchdown passes in a game twice. He had six games of three touchdown catches or more. His 92 receptions are the second-highest total in program history.
Burnsides, last year's national defensive player of the year, finished as the eighth-leading tackler in program history with 294. His 82 stops this season ranked second on the team. He also had five interceptions and two tackles-for-loss.
Burnsides' 16 career picks are the third-most in program history. He played in all of Northwest's 59 games in the last four seasons and had 53 starts, the last 47 of which were consecutive.
The Bearcats won 14 consecutive games following a season-opening loss and captured their third national title and first since 1999. Northwest has played in five consecutive national championship games, a first in Division II history.
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