Champion Northwest has 10 first-team choices; Omon, Erspamer claim MVP awards
(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) -- Conference champion and No. 5-
ranked Northwest Missouri State had 10 first-team selections
to the All-MIAA Football Team, as chosen by the conference's
The Bearcats (9-1, 9-0 MIAA) had four unanimous selections
to the first-team, including the conference's Most Valuable
Offensive Player in senior RB Xavier Omon and the
league's Most Valuable Defensive Player in senior LB Jared
Omon leads the MIAA in rushing (156.6 ypg -- 4th in NCAA
Division II), scoring (15.6 ppg -- 2nd in NCAA-II) and all-purpose
yards (168.2 ypg -- 13th in NCAA-II).
He became the first player in NCAA history to log four
1,500-yard rushing seasons. Omon is a three-time first-team
All-MIAA choice (2004, 2006).
Erspamer was the Bearcats' leader on defense, with a teambest
8.1 tackles per game (6th in the MIAA), 6.7 solo tackles
per game and 10 tackles for loss.
Northwest's other unanimous selections were senior TE
Mike Peterson and senior OL Reid Kirby. Both are repeat selections
The remaining first-team Bearcats include junior WR
Kendall Wright, junior OL Jeremy Davis, junior K Tommy
First Team Offense
Mark Smith, PSU QB 5-11 183 Jr. Pittsburg, Kan.
*‡Xavier Omon, NWMSU RB 5-11 220 Sr. Beatrice, Neb.
Caleb Farabi, PSU RB 5-7 178 Jr. Pittsburg, Kan.
Colin Bado, MSSU WR 5-7 185 Sr. McKinney, Texas
Nick Smart, SBU WR 6-1 185 Sr. Marionville, Mo.
Kendall Wright, NWMSU WR 5-11 170 Jr. Sulphur Springs, Texas
*†Mike Peterson, NWMSU TE 6-3 250 Sr. Atlantic, Iowa
*†Roger Allen, MWSU OL 6-3 315 Jr. Raytown, Mo.
*Eric Eisenbarth, WU OL 6-2 285 Sr. Holton, Kan.
*†Reid Kirby, NWMSU OL 6-4 300 Sr. Gladstone, Mo.
Jeremy Davis, NWMSU OL 6-3 300 Jr. Port Neches, Texas
†Zac Robinson, PSU OL 6-5 275 Sr. Jenks, Okla.
Tommy Frevert, NWMSU K 6-0 210 Jr. Lee's Summit, Mo.
Cary Williams, WU KR 6-2 190 Sr. Miami, Fla.
Three wide receivers selected due to a tie in voting
First Team Defense
Terry Bilbro, NWMSU DL 6-2 295 Sr. Eagan, Minn.
Eric Butler, WU DL 6-2 305 Sr. Leawood, Kan.
Dallas Flynn, NWMSU DL 6-5 280 Sr. Blair, Neb.
Albert Rodriguez, FHSU DL 6-1 300 Sr. Council Bluffs, Iowa
B.J. Russow, MSSU DL 6-0 245 Sr. Seneca, Mo.
John Wood, UCM DL 6-3 265 Jr. Miami, Fla.
*Jared Erspamer, NWMSU LB 6-0 235 Sr. Omaha, Neb.
Adrian Singletary, UCM LB 5-9 220 Jr. Kansas City, Mo.
Zach Watkins, WU LB 6-0 230 So. Independence, Mo.
*††Kendall Ricketts, UCM DB 5-10 182 Sr. Raytown, Mo.
*Cary Williams, WU DB 6-2 190 Sr. Miami, Fla.
Myles Burnsides, NWMSU DB 5-11 195 So. Maryville, Mo.
†J.R. Graham, MWSU DB 6-0 210 Sr. Plattsburg, Mo.
Jamie Hanson, MWSU P 5-11 192 Jr. Hamilton, Mo.
Six linemen selected due to a tie in voting
†=Repeat first-team choice from 2006
††=Repeat first-team choice from 2005 & 2006
‡=Repeat first-team choice from 2004 & 2006
Frevert, senior DLs Terry Bilbro and Dallas Flynn, along with
sophomore DB Myles Burnsides.
Playoff qualifier and 25th-ranked Washburn (8-3, 7-2 MIAA)
was the second-most represented with four players earning
five first-team honors.
Senior Cary Williams picked up awards for both defensive
back (a unanimous choice) and kick returner.
He was joined by one other unanimous choice in senior OL
Eric Eisenbarth, along with senior DL Eric Butler and sophomore
LB Zach Watkins (the MIAA leader in tackles at 11.8 per
There were a total of eight unanimous selections to the All-
MIAA first team. Rounding out the list are junior OL Roger
Allen of Mineral Water Bowl qualifier Missouri Western (8-3,
6-3 MIAA) and senior DB Kendall Ricketts of Central Missouri
(7-4, 6-3 MIAA).
Western QB Drew Newhart was selected as MIAA Freshman
of the Year. He is the MIAA's fourth-rated passer (148.4
efficiency rating -- third-best among freshman signal-callers
in Division II).
Northwest's Mel Tjeerdsma was his peers' choice as Coach
of the Year. It is the ninth time he has been so honored, second
time in as many seasons.
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Second Team Offense
Matt Ticich, TSU QB 6-0 199 Jr. Temecula, Calif.
Glenn Milner, UCM RB 6-0 220 Jr. Renton, Wash.
La'Darrian Page, MWSU RB 5-7 170 Fr. Lee's Summit, Mo.
Brandon Walker, WU RB 6-1 205 Jr. Garland, Texas
Cedric Houston, MWSU WR/KR 6-0 185 So. Kissimmee, Fla.
Jake Lebahn, WU WR 6-4 215 Sr. Salina, Kan.
LaMarcus Windham, SBU WR 6-1 185 Sr. Mason, Mo.
Kyle Dunn, NWMSU OL 6-3 285 Sr. St. Louis, Mo.
Craig Harrison, UCM OL 6-6 315 Jr. Napa, Calif.
Kendall Molz, PSU OL 6-4 270 Jr. Kiowa, Kan.
Jeff Rickard, WU OL 6-3 296 Sr. Westminster, Colo.
Patrick St. Louis, MWSU OL 6-3 300 Sr. Belton, Mo.
Mickey Masucci, TSU K 6-0 165 So. Wildwood, Mo.
Three running backs and three wide receivers selected due to ties in the voting
Second Team Defense
Soane Etu, MWSU DL 6-2 235 Jr. Haywood, Calif.
Les Hammers, TSU DL 6-3 265 Jr. Jacksonville, Ill.
Jason Hill, FHSU DL 6-2 240 Sr. Chandler, Ariz.
Eric Lawrence, WU DL 6-2 255 Jr. Belle Glade, Fla.
Robert Bishop, MWSU LB 5-11 215 Sr. St. Louis, Mo.
Jared Brawner, MSSU LB 6-1 230 So. Kirksville, Mo.
Joey Cotten, FHSU LB 6-0 220 Sr. Hoisington, Kan.
Matt Robertson, NWMSU LB 6-2 235 Sr. Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Nick Dellasega, PSU DB 6-0 195 Sr. Pittsburg, Kan.
Travis Lee, ESU DB 5-10 180 So. Greenville, Texas
Jordan Patton, MSSU DB 5-7 165 Jr. Jasper, Texas
Randy Shepherd, UCM DB 5-10 185 So. Kansas City, Kan.
Matt Frankel, UCM P 6-0 215 Sr. Overland Park, Kan.
Four linemen and four linebackers selected due to ties in voting
Honorable Mention Offense
Jordan Brill, WU QB 6-4 225 Sr. Elkhorn, Neb.
Steven Gachette, SBU QB 6-1 180 Fr. Lehigh Acres, Fla.
Drew Newhart, MWSU QB 6-1 200 Fr. Cameron, Mo.
Jordan Hickel, FHSU RB 6-0 205 Sr. Claflin, Kan.
Ra'Shawn Mosley, WU RB 5-10 200 Sr. San Antonio, Texas
Joey Harris, MWSU WR 6-0 200 Sr. Plattsburg, Mo.
Andrew Mead, MWSU WR 6-5 215 So. Gower, Mo.
Pierce Curran, PSU WR 6-1 191 Sr. Clarksville, Ark.
Sean Partridge, ESU WR 6-0 185 Jr. Denver, Colo.
Ryan King, TSU TE 6-3 205 Jr. St. Peters, Mo.
Paul Nichols, ESU TE 6-3 245 Sr. Bronson, Kan.
Ben Ramsey, WU TE 6-2 244 Sr. Scott City, Kan.
Brian Barta, PSU TE 6-6 250 Sr. LaCrosse, Kan.
Anthon Aiono, MSSU FB 5-11 280 So. Kansas City, Mo.
Jon Frantz, TSU OL 6-5 270 Jr. Normal, Ill.
Mike Gunselman, UCM OL 6-3 304 Jr. Kansas City, Mo.
Travis Kinkade, MWSU OL 6-2 275 Sr. Centralia, Mo.
Josh Koerkenmeier, ESU OL 6-2 275 Sr. Stilwell, Kan.
Trent Stanley, WU OL 6-3 287 Sr. Topeka, Kan.
Ryan Taillon, FHSU OL 6-6 310 Sr. Fountain, Colo.
Jon Books, UCM OL 6-5 290 Sr. Williamsburg, Mo.
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Aaron Hunter, MSSU OL 6-2 310 Jr. Dallas, Texas
Tom Pestock, NWMSU OL 6-6 300 Sr. Lenexa, Kan.
Dustin Strickler, MWSU K 6-1 180 Jr. Bellevue, Neb.
Bryan Haynes, FHSU KR 5-10 170 Jr. Peoria, Ariz.
Anthony Parks, UCM KR 6-1 190 Sr. Olathe, Kan.
Honorable Mention Defense
A.J. Brinkman, ESU DL 6-0 244 Jr. Parsons, Kan.
Clint Carroz, SBU DL 5-9 245 Jr. New London, Mo.
Brandon Jackson, WU DL 6-2 295 So. Kansas City, Mo.
Elbert Johnson, MSSU DL 6-1 270 Sr. Independence, Mo.
Sean Paddock, NWMSU DL 6-2 255 So. Bettendorf, Iowa
Rashad Pittman, PSU DL 6-2 275 Jr. Tulsa, Okla.
Ty Bruswig, FHSU DL 6-0 270 Jr. WaKeeney, Kan.
Lance Claibourne, ESU DL 6-2 242 Sr. Neodesha, Kan.
T.J. Kaatman, NWMSU DL 6-2 290 Sr. St. Louis, Mo.
Derek Lampkin, USM DL 6-3 275 Jr. Lawson, Mo.
Andy Swedenhjelm, TSU DL 6-3 292 Jr. Norwalk, Iowa
Seth Hane, MWSU LB 6-2 230 Sr. Cameron, Mo.
Zack Langston, WU LB 6-3 203 So. Overland Park, Kan.
Rusty Morgan, PSU LB 6-0 225 Jr. Cushing, Okla.
Michael Phillips, TSU LB 6-1 239 Jr. Peoria, Ariz.
Blake Ringwall, ESU LB 6-2 214 So. Rose Hill, Kan.
Bruce Ringwood, WU LB 6-0 227 Jr. Blue Springs, Mo.
Jarred Schumpert, SBU LB 6-2 225 Jr. Marshall, Texas
Zach Scruggs, FHSU LB 6-0 230 Sr. Wylie, Texas
Jared Bankhead, SBU LB 6-0 197 Jr. Durant, Miss.
Antwan Dyer, MSSU LB 6-1 240 Jr. Tyler, Texas
Brandon Clayton, NWMSU DB 5-9 180 Jr. St. Louis, Mo.
Corderial Collier, MSSU DB 5-11 215 Fr. Opelika, Ala.
Jesse Cooper, TSU DB 5-10 201 Sr. Miami, Fla.
Kendall Davis, MWSU DB 5-9 170 Fr. St. Louis, Mo.
C.J. Lovett, FHSU DB 6-1 185 So. Thornton, Colo.
Chauncey Mayfield, MWSU DB 5-10 180 Sr. Richardson, Texas
Jarrett Morris, MWSU DB 5-8 180 Jr. Blue Springs, Mo.
Chris Termini, NWMSU DB 5-10 200 Sr. Gladstone, Mo.
Jarod Tetuan, WU DB 5-11 198 Sr. Topeka, Kan.
James Thabuteau, TSU DB 6-1 218 Sr. Palatine, Ill.
Justin Brown, UCM DB 6-1 200 Sr. Blue Springs, Mo.
Justin Cowper, MSSU DB 5-10 170 So. Opelika, Ala.
Steven Ehase, UCM DB 6-2 215 Jr. Fulton, Mo.
Tony Holman, SBU DB 5-10 175 Sr. Cowan, Tenn.
Lavarus Rue, SBU DB 5-8 185 Jr. Meridan, Miss.
Geoff Tisdale, PSU DB 6-1 175 Sr. Pacoima, Calif.
Ben Boswell, WU P 6-0 179 Sr. Lenexa, Kan.
Michael Stadler, NWMSU P 6-1 220 Fr. Harrisonville, Mo.
Most Valuable Offensive Player: Xavier Omon, NWMSU
Most Valuable Defensive Player: Jared Erspamer, LB, NWMSU
Freshman of the Year: Drew Newhart, QB, MWSU
Coach of the Year: Mel Tjeerdsma ,NWMSU