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Northwest Bearcats

Press Release


Dec. 5, 2013

Northwest places five on All-Region team

Daktronics All-Super Region 3 Team (PDF)

BURNSVILLE, Minn. – The Northwest Missouri State football team placed five individuals on the Daktronics Super Region #3 team. Junior defensive end Matt Longacre, who earned first-team honors, was also named the Defensive Player of the Year. Cornerback Brandon Dixon and offensive lineman Cody Carlson were named first-team performers and linebackers Eric Reimer and D.J. Gnader each earned second team honors. All five honorees were also first-team All-MIAA performers.

Longacre was the MIAA Defensive Player of the Year, recording 53 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, 8.5 sacks and three forced fumbles. He also has 15 quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery that he returned for a touchdown against Nebraska-Kearney on Sept. 28.

Carlson has started all 12 games for the Bearcats at left guard. Northwest has given up just 14 sacks on the season and is ranked fourth in NCAA Division II with a 45.8 point per game average.

Dixon has recorded 26 tackles, seven pass breakups, one field goal block and one interception on the season. Consistently charged with defending the opponent’s top receiver, Dixon and the Bearcats rank sixth nationally in total defense (283.4) and 16th in pass defense (181.9).

Reimer has started all 12 games this season for Northwest, recording 89 tackles, 12.0 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks, five quarterback hurries, two pass breakups and has forced a fumble. He was named to the Capital One Academic All-America team this season.

D.J. Gnader leads the Bearcats with 90 tackles on the season. He has also recorded 5.0 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, six pass breakups, two interceptions, two quarterback hurries and has recovered one fumble. He has started all 12 games for Northwest this year.

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

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