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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release


Jan. 18, 2013

Three Bearcats garner All-America honors

MARYVILLE, Mo. – Three players from one of the nation’s top defensive units earned All-America praise for the Northwest Missouri State football team Thursday announced by

Junior cornerback Brandon Dixon was named Second-Team All-America in his first season with the Bearcats. Dixon recorded five interceptions on the season and added 10 passes defended this year after transferring from Joliet Junior College (Ill.).

Seniors Nate DeJong and Collin DeBuysere also earned All-America honors being named Honorable Mention. DeJong and DeBuysere combined for 12 interceptions on the year as Northwest led NCAA Division II with 28. DeJong led the team with seven picks while DeBuysere was the second leading tackler with 74 and added a team-high nine tackles for a loss.

The honors from the three defensive players continue to solidify the Bearcats as one of the top defensive teams in the nation in 2012. Northwest held teams to just 13 points per game – third best in NCAA Division II – and also led the nation in interceptions with 28.

The Bearcats finished the season 10-3 and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division II playoffs for the ninth consecutive year. The streak is currently the longest postseason streak in NCAA II football as Northwest completed the season ranked No. 8 by in the final poll of the season.

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Media Relations Department, Northwest Athletics | 660.562.1118 | Fax: 660.562.1582

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