Dec. 17, 2010
Three Bearcats earn AP All-America honors
|Brett Grozinger||Ryan Jones||Josh Baker|
MARYVILLE, Mo.-Northwest Missouri State seniors Brett Grozinger (first team), Ryan Jones (first team) and Josh Baker (second team) were selected to the Associated Press Little All-America Team released Thursday.
It's the fourth year in a row that at least three Bearcats have made the team, which is comprised of players representing NCAA Divisions II and III along with programs that compete in NAIA.
Grozinger is a first-team All-American for the second consecutive season. The announcement comes days after Grozinger learned he had finished fourth in the Gene Upshaw Award balloting given annually to the top lineman in Division II.
A native of Chillicothe, Mo., Grozinger started the first nine games of the 2010 season before missing three with an injury. He returned for NCAA playoff games against Central Missouri and Minnesota Duluth.
The Associated Press is the third publication to name Jones an All-American cornerback this week. The 2010 MIAA Defensive Player of the Year, led the MIAA and ranked ninth in the nation with six interceptions this season, two of which he returned for touchdowns.
Jones played in 56 of Northwest's 58 games the last four seasons. He had a career-high 56 tackles this season, 199 for his career and his 14 collegiate interceptions rank fifth in program history.
Tight end Josh Baker arrived at Northwest Missouri State following five years as a member of the football team at the University of Delaware. Baker played in 26 games for the Blue Hens, caught 24 passes for 377 yards and scored three touchdowns. Some of his catches came from current NFL quarterback Joe Flacco.
In his only season as a Bearcat, Baker caught 66 passes for 838 yards and scored a touchdown in nine of the team's 14 games. He often lined up as Northwest's "Wildcat" back and had three rushing touchdowns on the year. Two of those were scored on direct snaps as the up man on Northwest's fake punt team. He even completed a pass for 10 yards.
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