Dec. 14, 2011
Williams headlines 3 Northwest All-Americans
WICHITA FALLS, Texas – Junior offensive lineman Rod Williams highlighted three Northwest Missouri State players that earned All-America honors released Wednesday afternoon by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America.
Williams earned First-Team All-America accolades, while he was joined on the Second-Team by senior offensive lineman Cody Johnson, and linebacker Chad Kilgore. Williams and Johnson helped a Bearcat offense that led the nation in scoring with 48 points per game and was ranked fourth in total offense. Northwest also had two running backs rush for a combined 2,204 yards.
Kilgore led the Bearcats in tackles for a third straight season, finishing with 123 stops — 11 for loss. The 230-pound weak-side backer makes his first appearance on the AFCA squad after earning second-team honors by another publication as a junior.
The Orrick, Mo., native spearheaded a Northwest defense that returned just two starters and played a key role in propelling the Bearcats to the quarterfinals for the eighth straight season.
Kilgore’s 392 career tackles are the fourth-most in program history.
The team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display system for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The team is voted on by the NCAA Division II members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (D2SIDA), with online nomination and voting process powered by ATHLETICSITE.COM.
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