Dec. 21, 2009
Burnsides, Paddock Selected to Cactus Bowl
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State seniors Sean Paddock and Myles Burnsides have been invited to participate on the West squad for the 16th Valero Cactus Bowl Division II Senior All-Star Game.
The game will take place Jan. 8 at Javelina Stadium on the campus of Texas A&M-Kingsville. Kickoff is set for 6:35 p.m., CST.
Paddock and Burnsides are two of eight MIAA players selected to the West team (Southwest Baptist also has two selections). The Bearcats have sent two players to the game in each of the last three seasons with Jared Erspamer and Matt Robertson competing in 2007 and Reid Kirby and Tom Pestock participating in 2008.
The West team won last year's contest 28-27 in front of a crowd of 6,112 in what is the closest Cactus Bowl in 15 prior events. The West leads the all-time series 9-5-1.
Paddock and Burnsides pieced together two of the most decorated careers in program history. The duo played in each of the last four national championship games one the title in its final appearance. They are part of a senior class that won 53 games, never lost in MIAA play (36-0) and was 28-1 on its home field.
Burnsides is a two-time All-American, a two-time Academic All-American and in 2008, was named the national defensive player of the year. His 294 career tackles are the most by a defensive back and eight-highest tally in program history. His 16 career interceptions are the third-most in Northwest history and two he returned for touchdowns.
Paddock earned All-America honors as a junior and added the title Academic All-American this past November. He recorded more sacks (27.0) and more tackles-for-loss (43.5) than any player in Northwest history. His career line also includes 184 tackles, 10 forced fumbles, five recoveries and even a blocked kick.
The Cactus Bowl started as the Snow Bowl in 1991, when it was played at the Fargodome in Fargo, N.D. The game moved to Kingsville in 2001 where it became the Cactus Bowl. The bowl was suspended in 2006, but resumed in 2007.
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