WU's Williams Picked As An All-American Again

Ichabod defensive back Cary Williams picked up his second first team
All-American award in as many days as he was picked for the Daktronics.
This is the 15th year the Daktronics All-America team has been selected
by a vote of sports information directors from NCAA Division II football
playing members.

Williams joins defensive back Fletcher Terrell as the only first team
selection. Linebacker Grant Gould offensive lineman Rudy Sué earned
second team honors in 2005 and wide receiver Michael Dritlein was a
second team pick in 1995.

Williams was named unanimous first team All-MIAA at defensive back after
recording 7 INT’s. Williams was also named first team Daktronics
All-Region earlier this season and to the AFCA All-American team on Dec.
12. He returned one interception for TD. He lead the MIAA in INT’s. He
ranks fifth in NCAA D2 in interceptions per game. His seven INT’s is the
second most in WU single-season history. He returned two kickoffs for
TD’s which tied a WU single-season record and is WU career record as
well. Williams ranks third in the NCAA with 29.2 yards per kickoff
return earning first team All-MIAA kick returner honors. His 30.0
average per kick return is a Washburn career record and his 40.6 kick
return average as a senior is the second-highest single-season total in
school history. His 100-yard return is tied for the longest return in
school history. He finished his career with 94 tackles including 67 solo
stops with 11 interceptions.

OFFENSE

*TIGHT END*
First Team
+Kolo Kapanui, 6-5, 255, Sr., West Texas A&M

Second Team
Dan Pickens, 6-4, 240, Sr., Indiana (Pa.)

*WIDE RECEIVER*

First Team
+Almonzo Banks, 6-2, 220, Sr., West Liberty State (W.Va.)
Weston Dressler, 5-8, 165, Sr., North Dakota

Second Team
Cedric Jones, 6-0, 180, So., Valdosta State (Ga.)
Johnny Knox, 6-0, 180, Jr., Abilene Christian (Texas)
Nick Smart, 6-1, 185, Sr., Southwest Baptist (Mo.)

*OFFENSIVE LINE*
First Team
+Brandon Barnes, 6-2, 315, Sr., Grand Valley State (Mich.)
Ben Hochstein, 6-4, 268, Sr., Nebraska-Omaha
Reid Kirby, 6-4, 300, Sr., Northwest Missouri State
Tim McCutcheon, 6-4, 305, Sr., California (Pa.)
Nathan Young, 6-3, 300, Sr., Abilene Christian

Second Team
Heath Benedict, 6-6, 335, Sr., Newberry (S.C.)
Tony Burson, 6-4, 280, Sr., Midwestern State (Texas)
Mike Butterworth, 6-7, 330, Sr., Slippery Rock (Pa.)
Sam Collins, 6-2, 270, Jr., Abilene Christian (Texas)
John Strand, 6-8, 280, Sr., Chadron State (Neb.)

*QUARTERBACK*
First Team
+Daniel Polk, 6-2, 202, Sr., Midwestern State (Texas)
Second Team
Mark Nicolet, 6-2, 220, Sr., Hillsdale (Mich.)

*RUNNING BACK*
First Team
+Xavier Omon, 5-11, 220, Sr., Northwest Missouri State
Bernard Scott, 5-11, 220, Jr., Abilene Christian (Texas)
Second Team
Dervon Wallace, 5-6, 177, Sr., Shepherd (W.Va.)
Danny Woodhead, 5-9, 200, Sr., Chadron State (Neb.)

*ALL-PURPOSE BACK*
First Team
+Ryan Chappell, 5-11, 193, So., North Dakota
Second Team
Ashton Gronewold, 5-10, 190, Sr., Missouri-Rolla

*PLACE KICKER*
First Team
+Jared Keating, 6-0, 185, Jr., Mesa State (Colo.)
Second Team
Brandon Hellevang, 5-9, 189, So., North Dakota

DEFENSE

*DEFENSIVE LINE*
First Team
+Kurt Kissner, 6-3, 245, Sr., Mesa State (Colo.)
Dan Skuta, 6-3, 255, Jr., Grand Valley State (Mich.)
Brandon Swain, 6-4, 255, Jr., West Texas A&M
Second Team
Kirby Griffin, 6-2, 275, Jr., California (Pa.)
Curtis Johnson, 6-4, 245, Sr., Clark Atlanta (Ga.)
Jake Visser, 6-2, 275, Jr., Ferris State (Mich.)

*LINEBACKER*
First Team
Anthony Adams, 6-1, 232, Sr., Grand Valley State (Mich.)
Will Clewis, 6-1, 225, Sr., Central Oklahoma
Jared Erspamer, 6-0, 235, Sr., Northwest Missouri State
+Michael Eubanks, 6-2, 225, Sr., Delta State (Miss.)

Second Team
Jared Brock, 6-1, 232, Jr., West Texas A&M
Gary Butler, 6-1, 230, Sr., California (Pa.)
Lateef Ferguson, 6-1, 220, Sr., West Chester (Pa.)
Cody Stutts, 6-0, 230, Sr., Abilene Christian (Texas)

*CORNERBACK*
First Team
+Darren Banks, 5-11, 180, Jr., West Liberty State (W.Va.)
_*Cary Williams, 6-2, 190, Sr., Washburn (Kan.)*_

Second Team
Brandon Carr, 6-1, 206, Sr., Grand Valley State (Mich.)
Rod Mosley, 5-10, 175, Sr., Texas A&M-Kingsville

*SAFETY*
First Team
Ranardrick Phillips, 5-10, 202, Sr., Tarleton State (Texas)
+Sherard Reynolds, 5-10, 175, Jr., Valdosta State (Ga.)

Second Team
Brian Bingnear, 6-0, 200, Sr., Kutztown (Pa.)
Randy Kush, 5-11, 200, Jr., Nebraska-Omaha
Kendall Ricketts, 5-10, 190, Sr., Central Missouri

*PUNTER*
First Team
+Michael Podobnik, 6-0, 230, Jr., Arkansas Tech
Second Team
Jace Amore, 6-0, 230, Sr., California (Pa.)

+ indicates top vote getter at a position

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

To: Division II SIDs

From: Bill Powers

Subject: 2007 Daktronics, Inc., Division II All-America Team

Date: December 13, 2006

National finalist Northwest Missouri State and two-time defending
champion Grand Valley State each placed three players on the first-team
to lead the 2007 Daktronics, Inc. Division II All-America Football team.

National finalist Valdosta State (Ga.) had one first-team selection and
a second-teamer in the vote.

Northwest Missouri had the top-vote getter at running back in senior
Xavier Omon, who has collected 2,274 yards to lead Division II and is
the second-highest ground gainer in NCAA football. Omon has tallied 601
yards in the national semifinal and Southwest Region final the last two
weeks.

Omon joins senior offensive lineman Reid Kirby and senior linebacker
Jared Erspamer as first-team selections. Kirby was a first-team pick in
2006.

Junior safety Sherard Reynolds of national finalist Valdosta led the
voting at safety and is VSU’s only first-team pick. The Blazers also are
represented by second-team receiver sophomore Cedric Jones.

Abilene Christian (Texas) had the most selections of any school, with
five, including first-team picks in junior running back Bernard Scott
and senior offensive lineman Nathan Young.

Scott rushed for a Lone Star Conference record 2,193 yards this season,
with 39 touchdowns in leading ACU to the second round of the NCAA playoffs.

The two-time defending national champion Lakers, who fell in the
semifinals at Northwest Missouri last week, had it’s contingent led by
senior Brandon Barnes who was tops in voting for offensive linmen for
the second straight year. GVSU had senior linebacker Anthony Adams
repeat as a first-team selection, and junior defensive lineman Dan Skuta
on the first unit along with a second team pick for a total of four on
the squad.

National semifinalist California (Pa.) also had four selections, led by
first-team senior offensive lineman Tim McCutcheon.

Darren Banks of West Liberty State (W.Va.) joined Barnes in being a
two-time leading vote-getter. Banks led all cornerbacks after snaring 13
interceptions this season.

Chadron State (Neb.) senior running back Danny Woodhead became a
three-time honoree on the squad as he was chosen to the second-team by a
narrow margin.

Woodhead rushed for 1,597 yards this season on his way to becoming the
NCAA’s all-time all-divisions leading rusher with 7,962 yards.

Delta State (Miss.) senior Michael Eubanks led all players in votes at
linebacker. Eubanks, who recorded 90 tackles and 12 sacks this year,
joins Scott and Woodhead as finalists for the Harlon Hill Award to be
presented Friday night.

Midwestern State senior Daniel Polk was named the first-team
quarterback. Polk, the only 2000-1000 collegian this season, passed for
2,487 yards and rushed for 1,089 in 11 games this season, while
accounting for 35 touchdowns.

West Texas A&M senior Kolo Kapanui led the balloting at tight end, while
Mesa State senior Kurt Kissner was the top balloter in the defensive
line with junior teammate Jared Keating tabbed as the top kicker. West
Liberty’s Almonzo Banks led the wide receivers and North Dakota
sophomore Ryan Chappell was the top all-purpose back.

There are a total of 14 players from the 2006 Daktronics, Inc., Division
II All-America team.

North Dakota senior receiver Weston Dressler joined Adams, Banks,
Barnes, Eubanks and Kirby as repeat first-team selections.

Reynolds led 2006 second-teamers to the first-team, joining
Nebraska-Omaha senior offensive lineman Ben Hochstein and Central
Oklahoma senior linebacker Will Clewis making the jump.

Midwestern State senior offensive lineman Tony Burson and Newberry
(N.C.) senior offensive lineman Heath Benedict repeated as second-team
choices. Woodhead, West Texas A&M junior linebacker Jared Brock and
Grand Valley State senior cornerback Brandon Carr were 2006 first-teamer
who garnered second-team honors in 2007.

In all 52 players were selected ( ties at second-team receiver and
safety) with 36 of them seniors, 13 juniors, and three sophomores.

++ Daktronics, Inc. Division II Football All-American Team ++


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