May 26, 2010
Northwest Football Announces Team Captains
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State seniors Blake Bolles (QB), Aldwin Foster-Rettig (S), Brett Grozinger (OL), Willie Horn (LB), Shayne Shade (DL) and junior Jake Soy (WR) have been named team captains for the 2010 football season as selected by their teammates and announced by head coach Mel Tjeerdsma Tuesday.
The Bearcats, 14-1 last season, are coming off their fifth straight appearance in the national championship game and the program's third national championship in 12 seasons. Northwest has won four straight MIAA titles and will enter 2010 with a string of 37 consecutive wins in conference play.
Five of the six captains are returning starters from a year ago. Bolles, Soy and Grozinger are returning first-team All-Americans on the offensive side of the ball. Horn, Shade and Foster-Rettig represent the defense.
Bolles was the second-most efficient passer in the nation last season. He set program records with 42 touchdown passes and 4,145 yards passing, numbers that ranked second and fourth in the nation, respectively.
Soy, named the nation's top wide receiver in 2009, was on the receiving end of 26 Bolles' touchdowns and caught 27 in all - third-most in NCAA Division II history. In addition to leading the nation in touchdown receptions, he led the nation with 1,559 receiving yards on 92 receptions. Soy caught a touchdown in 12 of 15 games last season and had three or more scores six times.
Grozinger, a 2009 finalist for the Gene Upshaw Award given to the nation's top lineman, helped lead an offense that averaged 42 points and 475 yards per game, which ranked second and seventh in the nation, respectively. Grozinger helped pave the way for a ground game that averaged 175 yards per game and produced the nation's fourth-leading rusher in LaRon Council. Northwest scored a program-record 632 points last season.
Shade was a second-team all-conference pick last season. He started all 15 games, had 50 tackles, three sacks and 4.5 tackles-for-loss. He was also credited with five quarterback hurries and forced a fumble. Shade has five sacks and 88 tackles in his three seasons.
Foster-Rettig earned second-team All-MIAA honors following his sophomore season in 2008. He matched Shade's 50 tackles last season, had two interceptions and broke up nine passes. Foster-Rettig also forced and recovered a fumble in 2009. In 43 collegiate games, Foster-Rettig has 144 tackles and seven interceptions - three of which he's returned for touchdowns.
Horn, who started all 15 games in 2008, finished as the team's fifth-leading tackler in 2009. Horn had 63 stops, 3.5 sacks and six tackles-for-loss. He also forced a fumble and broke up two passes. Horn has 136 career tackles in 31 collegiate games.
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