“Hard work, commitment, success, teammates, lifetime relationships, memories… That’s what it means to be a Bearcat!”
the “What sold Northwest to me was t den stu the and s yer way that the pla y The in! all e wer y The body believed. to es um vol ke spo t bled green. Tha ted me. The other schools that I visi not but ff, stu re mo sometimes had ce.” one of them had more substan
Jason Melnick WR 1993-1996
Tony “Tiger” Miles WR 1996-20
“To me, being a Bearcat is being a part of something bigger than yourself there are tons of people who would love to do what you are doing. Enjoy being with your teammates, enjoy being with your coaches. Nobody loves practice, but without it you can’t win championships.” Brian Sutton FS 1994-1998
“When I was diagnosed with testicular cancer at the end of the 2009 season, the coaching staff, players, trainers and fans here could not have been more supportive of me and my family. I found out that people will bend over backwards for you here.”
Ben Harness LB 2002
Joel Osborn QB 2005-2008, GA 2009-2010 Assistant Coach 2011-present
changed my “Being a Bearcat has started with all It . life in many ways greatest one man giving me the play college to : life opportunity of my team and best football for the best coaches in Division II.”
04-2007, Jared Erspamer LB 20 GA 2008-2010
“At the end of the day, being a Bearcat has mostly meant acting like a champion in everything I do, even if no one is watching. The character and integrity developed among my teammates and I led us to win national championships in 1998 and 1999.” Ryan T. George WR 1996-2000
e is not at being averag th d an st er nd “U work and y through hard nl O . le ab pt ce ac pion’s develop a cham sacrifice do we towards e riv st arcats we Be s A y. lit ta en m ch day. improvements ea lf se e bl ra su ea m mentors om my Bearcat fr d ne ar le I is Th and sors, teammates (coaches, profes 1978-1981 alumni).” Al R. Cade Jr. DL Dr.
“Simply stated, I did not only learn my work eth ic in my everyday life by being a Bearcat, but I learned how to be a man.”
“They [Northwest coaches] pushed me to become the first person ever in my family to earn a college degree, which in turn set an example for five younger brothers and sisters that eventually graduated college.” Andy Creger LB 1999-2003
“A Bearcat will dedicate himse lf to a team before hi mself. This is th e difference betw een Northwest and other programs that may even ha ve more talent. Be ing a selfless pl ayer is one of the be st lessons I lear ned from being a Be arcat.” Nick Inzerello W
“Some of your best friends will be those you share the field with. Those of you courageous enough to dedicate yourselves, to persevere through challenges, will become a part of a great brotherhood. Once a Bearcat, always a Bearcat!” Greg Teale QB 1992-1996
“Your time as a footba ll player is very shor t, but your time as a Be arcat is forever.”
Kevin Singletary LB 1994-1997 First Recruiting Class of the Championship Era
Adam Dorrel Head Coach
Adam Dorrel has been a Bearcat all his life. When his opportunity came to lead his alma mater in 2011, Dorrel and the Bearcats did not miss a beat. Dorrel was named Northwest head coach after the passing of head coach, and longtime assistant coach, Scott Bostwick on June 5, 2011. Being one of the first players to start on the offensive line under Tjeerdsma in 1994, Dorrel continued the Bearcat excellence in his first season as head coach, returning the Bearcats to the playoffs for an eighth straight season, the longest current streak in NCAA Division II football. The Bearcats advanced to the NCAA quarterfinals, falling to the eventual national champion for the second season in a row. In 2012, Dorrel’s defensive unit grabbed a nation’s best 28 interceptions and finished third nationally in turnover margin. The Bearcat defense also ranked among the nation’s leaders in scoring defense (second), pass efficiency defense (seventh), pass defense (12th) and total defense (17th). Offensively, Northwest continued to find ways to score points in large quantities, ranking fifth nationally with 41.92 points per game. This followed a 2011 season when the Bearcats led the nation by averaging more than 50 points per contest. Prior to being named head coach, Dorrel was no stranger to Bearcat football or its expectations. He was the offensive coordinator at Northwest from 2007 to 2010, helping the Bearcats to an unprecedented five consecutive NCAA Division II championship appearances and their third national title in 2009. Impressive team and individual accolades have become the norm rather than the exception under Dorrel. The Bearcats have averaged more than 40 points per game four times and more than 400
yards of offense per game six times in Dorrel’s six seasons as the offensive coordinator or head coach. In addition, 14 offensive stars have been named All-Americans under Dorrel and three of the last six MIAA offensive MVPs have been Bearcats. Jeremy Davis (’08), Brett Grozinger (’09 and ’10) and Cody Johnson (’11) have been named finalists for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award under Dorrel. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Northwest in 1998, Dorrel spent a year as a graduate assistant at Northeastern State in Oklahoma. He returned to Northwest as a graduate assistant in 1999 when the team won the second of its back-to-back national titles and completed his master’s degree at Northwest in 2000. During the summer of 2008, Dorrel was one of six American football coaches to lead clinics overseas to further strengthen the sport beyond the United States. During the summer of 2007, he served as offensiveline coach for Team USA as it competed and won the International Federation of American Football (IFAF) World Championships in Japan. Dorrel is a former Northwest All-American. He was a three-year captain for the Bearcats during his collegiate career as an offensive lineman from 1994 to 1997 and earned All-MIAA honors in 1995, 1996 and 1997. A Maryville native, he also was a two-time All-District and All-Conference lineman at Maryville High School. Additionally, Dorrel’s family has long ties to Bearcat football, beginning with his greatgrandfather, Ross Alexander Scott, who was a fullback on the first Bearcat football team in 1908. Dorrel’s grandfather and a great uncle also played in the program during the 1940s. Dorrel and his wife, Erin, live in Maryville with their twin daughters, Allie and Sam. j
The Dorrel File Birthdate: December 2, 1974 Hometown: Maryville, Mo. High School: Maryville High School College: Northwest Missouri State University Graduate School: Northeastern State University, Northwest Missouri State University Recruiting Area: Northwest Missouri, Kansas City (Mo.)
AT NORTHWEST National Titles: 1999, 2009 National Championship Berths: 7 Playoff Berths: 10 Conference Titles: 7
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Assistant Head Coach / Defensive Coordinator • Seasons: 10 • College: Dana College • Recruiting Area: Eastern IA, Chicago Richard Wright completed his third season as defensive coordinator and assistant head coach after serving as Northwest’s defensive line coach and coordinator of special teams since 2004. The 2012 Bearcat defense was nothing short of spectacular, ranking among the nation’s elite in scoring defense (second), turnover margin (third), pass efficiency defense (seventh), pass defense (12th) and total defense (17th). In his first season as the defensive coordinator, Josh Lorenson became the 10th All-America defensive lineman to play under Wright. The 2011 season also saw his defensive unit hold opponents under 100 yards rushing four times and under 100 yards passing three times. Northwest tied for the most sacks in the nation in 2009 when 19 Bearcats combined for 48 sacks. Former player
Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks • Seasons: 8 • College: Dakota State University • Recruiting Area: Central and Eastern Missouri Charlie Flohr completed his eighth season at Northwest and third as offensive coordinator. Regarded as one of the top offensive minds in NCAA Division II, Flohr has also earned the reputation as a winner, going 61-4 during conference play in seven seasons at Northwest. The Bearcats also claimed the program’s third national title in 2009 and earned three national runner-up finishes from 2006 to 2008. In 2012, Flohr’s offensive units led the MIAA and were ranked fifth nationally with a scoring average of 41.92 points per game. This was a follow up to the Bearcat’s record-setting offensive unit in
and current graduate assistant Kendall Wright enjoyed one of the most decorated seasons as a return specialist in 2008, earning All-America accolades. During Coach Wright’s tenure, 10 Bearcats have combined to earn 14 All-MIAA honors as either a lineman or return man. Two former players have been on NFL rosters, Dave Tollefson and Steve Williams. Each have spent time with the Kansas City Chiefs, Carolina Panthers and New England Patriots. Tollefson is a two-time Super Bowl Champion earning his first ring with the New York Giants in 2007 and again following the 2011 season. Wright got his first taste of Bearcat football when he served as a graduate assistant at Northwest in 1995 and 1996 where he was the tight ends coach. Before coming back to Northwest in 2004, Wright served as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach at St. Ambrose (Iowa) University from 2000-03. Prior to St. Ambrose, Wright made stops at William Penn (Iowa) College and Central
Methodist College (now University) and Dakota State University. Wright began coaching during the 1991 season at Cortland State before spending time at Dana College (Neb.) from 199394. Covering several facets of coaching, Wright has been an offensive coordinator, linebackers coach, wide receivers coach and special teams coordinator. A native of Hamilton, N.Y., Wright earned his bachelor’s degree at Dana College in 1995 and his master’s at Northwest in 1996. Wright resides in Maryville with his wife, Sarah, who is also a Northwest alum, and their daughters, Grace and Kate. j
2011 that averaged more than 50 points per game during the regular season and shared the lead in total offense most of the season before finishing fourth at 495.07 yards per game. The MIAA leader in passing efficiency, Trevor Adams also finished ranked 11th in NCAA Division II as Northwest set the school record for points scored in a season with 681. The 681 points was also the second most in college football regardless of division and was only surpassed by NCAA Division I Houston by nine points in its bowl game win. Flohr served as a graduate assistant with the Bearcats in 2002 and 2003 and was placed in charge of tight ends. His first full time position was with then-conferencerival Truman, where he served as the Bulldogs’ wide receivers and recruiting coach. A native of Gillette, Wyo., Flohr is a 2002 graduate of Dakota State University in Madison, S.D., where he earned a degree in health and physical education and earned his master’s at Northwest in
2003. Flohr was a four-year letterwinner in football at his alma mater and was a two-time honorable mention all-conference selection at wide receiver. He graduated as the program’s all-time leader in punt returns. Flohr resides in Maryville with his wife, Amy, who is also a Northwest alum, and their children Adam, Austin and Alec. j
Defensive Backs / Special Teams • Seasons: 3 • College: Northwest Missouri State University • Recruiting Area: St. Louis, East Texas, Dallas Ken Gordon completed his third season at Northwest as the secondary coach and special teams coordinator. Gordon, who also played at Northwest, returned to his alma mater after four seasons as the defensive coordinator at Emporia State. In 2012, Gordon coached two Bearcats to All-America honors on defense, safety Nate DeJong and cornerback Brandon Dixon. The defensive unit led all of Division
Wide Receivers / Recruiting • Seasons: 3 • College: Northwest Missouri State University • Recruiting Area: Kansas City (Mo. & Kan.), Eastern Kansas, Central Iowa Joel Osborn completed his third season as the wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater. Osborn has been at Northwest since 2004 as a player, graduate assistant and now coaching the wide receivers. During his tenure, Northwest has won five MIAA championships and one national championship. Since arriving at Northwest, the offensive side of the ball has seen unparalleled heights including setting a school record for points in a season in
II with 32 interceptions and was also ranked in the top five nationally in pass defense. Gordon’s special teams unit has been ranked in the nation’s top tier in most statical categories over his first two seasons. In 2012, Gordon coached Kyle Goodburn who earned second-team AllAmerica honors as a punter. Gordon was a linebacker at Northwest in 1995 and 1996 and was a first-team All-MIAA performer as a senior. He was a graduate assistant at Northwest in 1998 and 1999, working with the linebackers. A native of Quitman, Texas, Gordon earned his bachelor’s degree at Northwest in 1996 and his master’s in 1999. Gordon resides in Maryville with his wife, Jessica, and their children, Dominik and Addisyn. j
2009 and breaking that record again in 2011. In three seasons on the sidelines, six players combined to earn eight AllMIAA accolades and two All-America honors. After throwing passes to Jake Soy as a student-athlete, Osborn helped groom Soy into the 2009 National Wide Receiver of the Year after the sophomore led the nation with 27 touchdown catches and 1,559 yards receiving as his position coach. Both of those marks set conference and school records as Soy would go on to earn first-team All-MIAA honors and become the recipient of the Ken B. Jones MIAA Student-Athlete of the Year Award during the 2010-11 school year.
touchdowns and helping lead the Bearcats to four straight national championship games and four MIAA Championships. He is also the only quarterback in Northwest history to start in two national championship games (2007 and 2008).
As a player, Osborn was the 2008 MIAA MVP after throwing for 3,249 yards and 24
A native of Harlan, Iowa, Osborn earned his bachelor’s degree at Northwest in 2008 and received his master’s in 2011. Osborn and his wife, Audrey, have one son, Jack, and currently reside in Maryville. Audrey, a Northwest alum, was a former Bearcat track and field athlete. j
accolades by every publication that covers Division II football.
• Seasons: 3 • College: Northwest Missouri State University • Recruiting Area: Nebraska, Western Iowa Chad Bostwick completed his third season at Northwest as the linebackers coach where he was an All-MIAA linebacker from 2001-2004. In 2011, Bostwick coached Chad Kilgore, one of the most prolific linebackers in Northwest history. Kilgore, who was signed by the Oakland Raiders following his senior season, earned All-America
Bostwick served as the linebackers and special teams coach at the University of Central Missouri during the spring of 2011. Prior to his time at UCM, he spent four seasons as the offensive line coach at Colorado School of Mines. Bostwick is the brother of Scott Bostwick, who was named Northwest’s 18th head football coach in December 2010 and died June 5, 2011, of a heart attack. A native of Omaha, Neb., Bostwick earned his bachelor’s degree from Northwest in 2005 and received his master’s in 2006. Bostwick resides in Maryville with his wife, Kelli, who is also a Northwest alum, and their daughters, Geordynn and Ryleigh. j
Meet the Bearcats NUMERICAL ROSTER No. Name Pos. 1 Brandon Dixon DB 2 Brian Dixon DB 3 Alex Taylor DB 4 Kyle Goodburn P 5 Jack Young CB 6 Travis Manning CB 7 Jason Jozaites WR 8 Clint Utter WR 9 Korey Jackson WR 10 Brady Bolles QB 11 Justin Fulks RB 12 Reuben Thomas WR 13 Dylan Chadwick S 14 Jared Fox DB 15 Trevor Adams QB 16 Kyle Zimmerman QB 17 Haden Bryant WR 18 Bryce Young WR 19 Carson Klocko DB 20 Kohlman Adema-Schulte RB 21 Matt Meinert DE 22 Billy Creason RB 23 Kevin Berg S 24 Robert Burton III RB 25 Tyshaan Alleyne CB 26 Denver Lohnes S 27 Robert Mann CB 28 Phil Jackson II RB 29 Bryce Enyard S 30 Ben Trewyn K 32 Austin Weaver K 33 Connor Wilson LB 34 Collin Bevins DE 35 Brad Dinwiddie RB 36 D.J. Gnader LB 39 Sean O’Connor LB 40 Cale Korbelik S 41 Jordan Van Roekel LB 42 Bryant Hummel DT 43 Jacob Vollstedt LB 45 Josh Swanson FB 46 Brock Sherman LB 47 Cody Matthewson LB 49 Zach Kallman WR 50 Zach Maloley LB 51 Eric Reimer LB 52 Jayron Robinson LB 54 DeAndre Thomas DB 55 Cole Forney LB 58 Bryce Johnston OL 59 Brandon Sleep OL 60 Jake Scarbo OL 61 Zach Callahan OL 62 Chase Sherman OL 63 Kolton Cline OL 64 Kyle Meyer OL 65 Cole Chevalier OL 66 Jamie Thieman OL 67 Daniel Kempf OL 70 CJ Keeney OL 71 John Petroff OL 72 Savontae Brown OL 73 Cass Weitl DT 76 Shane Smith OL 77 Colby Bowers LS 78 Cody Carlson OL 79 Dylan Morris OL 80 Michael Wickham WR 81 Marcus Wright TE 83 Preston Pedersen WR 84 Quanzee Johnson WR 85 Alex Visk TE 86 Joel Gantz TE 87 Cole Jones WR 88 Simon Mathiesen WR 89 Montay Simmons DE 90 TJ Schieber TE 91 Zach Williams DT
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Hometown/Previous School Pompano Beach, Fla. (Joliet JC) Pompano Beach, Fla. (Joliet JC) Kansas City, Mo. (Center HS) Roeland Park, Kan. (Shawnee Mission North HS) Jefferson City, Mo. (Jefferson City HS) Belleville, Ill. (West HS) Westmont, Ill. (Downers Grove South HS) Bloomfield, Iowa (Ottumwa HS) Homestead, Fla. (ASA College Brooklyn) Lincoln, Neb. (North Star HS) Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley HS) Pasadena, Calif. (Pasadena City College) Hamilton, Mo. (Penney HS) St. Joseph, Mo. (Central HS) Odessa, Texas (Permian HS) Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley HS) Bullard, Texas (Bullard HS) Chillicothe, Mo. (Chillicothe HS) Norwalk, Iowa (Norwalk HS) Omaha, Neb. (Millard West HS) Easton, Kan. (Pleasant Ridge HS) Grain Valley, Mo. (Grain Valley HS) Kansas City, Mo. (Rockhurst HS) Marin City, Calif. (San Francisco JC) Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs HS) Council Bluffs, Iowa (Lewis Central HS) Omaha, Neb. (Creighton Park) Carol Stream, Ill. (Glenbard North HS) Huntsville, Mo. (Westran HS) Bettendorf, Iowa (Pleasant Valley HS) Canyon, Texas (Canyon HS) Omaha, Neb. (Millard North HS) Creston, Iowa (Iowa State) Eldon, Mo. (Eldon HS) Council Bluffs, Iowa (Lewis Central HS) Prairie City, Iowa (PCM HS) Omaha, Neb. (Millard North HS) Monroe, Iowa (Prairie City-Monroe HS) Clarinda, Iowa (Clarinda HS) Iowa City, Iowa (Iowa City Regina HS) Gering, Neb. (Gering HS) Crete, Neb. (Crete HS) Madrid, Iowa (Madrid HS) Omaha, Neb. (Kansas State) Kearney, Neb. (Kearney HS) Menomonee Falls, Wisc. (Sussex Hamilton HS) Kansas City, Mo. (Staley HS) Gladstone, Mo. (Winnetonka HS) Maryville, Mo. (Maryville HS) Clarence, Mo. (South Shelby HS) Bedford, Iowa (Bedford HS) Blue Springs, Mo. (South HS) Shawnee, Kan. (Mill Valley HS) Crete, Neb. (Crete HS) Pleasant Hill, Mo. (Pleasant Hill HS) Versailles, Mo. (Morgan County R-2 HS) Lee’s Summit, Mo. (West HS) Concordia, Mo. (Concordia HS) Boonville, Mo. (Boonville HS) Smithville, Mo. (Smithville HS) Chesterfield, Mo. (Parkway Central HS) Lincoln, Neb. (North Star HS) Carroll, Iowa (Kuemper HS) Shelbine, Mo. (South Shelby HS) Richmond, Mo. (Richmond HS) Eudora, Kan. (Eudora HS) Lawson, Mo. (Lawson HS) Bennington, Neb. (Bennington HS) Kansas City, Mo. (Center HS) Leon, Iowa (Central Decatur HS) Shawnee, Kan. (Bishop Miege HS) Overland Park, Kan. (Blue Valley West HS) Perry, Kan. (Perry-Lecompton HS) Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs HS) Vedbaek, Denmark (Copenhagen Business School) Kansas City, Mo. (Lincoln Prep HS) Hamilton, Mo. (Penney HS) Kansas City, Mo. (Center HS)
No. Name 92 Brock Behrndt 93 Tristan Patterson 95 Trey Randle 96 Matt Longacre 98 Kevin Arnold 99 Brandon Yost
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Wt. Yr. Hometown/Previous School 240 RS FR St. Louis, Mo. (Lafayette HS) 250 SO Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge HS) 275 RS FR Kansas City, Mo. (Rockhurst HS) 240 JR Omaha, Neb. (Millard West HS) 230 JR Iowa City, Iowa (Regina HS) 280 SO Omaha, Neb. (Millard West HS)
True Freshmen Jimmy Alloway Jonathan Baker Jarrod Bishop Jordan Bishop Ben Calamari Austin Dawkins Bryce Denton Derrick Dow Luke Drazic Alex Easley Sam Gill Jordan Grove Bobby Gruenloh Jordan Harold Ryan Huff Zach Hughes Keaton Hulett Dylan Jones Marcus Jones Landon Kubicek Kyle Leslie Caleb Mather Erick Mayo Myles McIntyre Brandon Miller Jamie Nix Patrick Partee Lane Pennington Edward Richey Randy Schmidt Jimmy Sellers Bryce Sheard Michael Sherinian Trent Sluder Josh Spiller Corey Stattelman Brad Strauss Noah Taylor Nicholas Turner Tyler Van Dahm Cameron Wilcox Shane Williams Wes Williams Clayton Wilson
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O’Fallon, Mo. (Francis Howell) Maryville, Mo. (Maryville HS) Arnold, Mo. (Kirkwood HS) Arnold, Mo. (Kirkwood HS) Barrington, Ill. (Barrington HS) St. Joseph, Mo. (St. Joe Leblonde) St. Joseph, Mo. (St. Joe Lafyette HS) Oak Grove, Mo. (Oak Grove HS) Elkhorn, Neb. (Elkhorn HS) Wyandotte, Okla. (Webb City HS) Omaha, Neb. (Burke HS) Adel, Iowa (ADM) Palmyra, Mo. (Palmyra HS) Ferguson, Mo. (McCluer North HS) Ralston, Neb. (Ralston HS) St. Louis, Mo. (Mehlville HS) Creston, Iowa (Creston HS) Johnston, Iowa (Johnston HS) Kansas City, Mo. (North Kansas City HS) Lincoln, Neb. (Lincoln Southeast HS) Maryville, Mo. (Maryville HS) Maryville, Mo. (Maryville HS) Lawrence, Kan. (Lawrence HS) Ferguson, Mo. (McCluer North HS) Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit West) Raytown, Mo. (Raytown HS) St. Louis, Mo. (Mehlville HS) Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit West) Kirkwood, Mo. (Kirkwood HS) Eldridge, Iowa (North Scott HS) St. Louis, Mo. (Mehlville HS) Papillion, Neb. (Papillion-La Vista HS) Des Moines, Iowa (Dowling Catholic HS) Platte City, Mo. (Platte County HS) Kirkwood, Mo. (Kirkwood HS) Oak Grove, Mo. (Oak Grove HS) Lawrence, Kan. (Lawrence HS) Bouton, Iowa (ADM HS) St. Louis, Mo. (Hazelwood East HS) North Riverside, Il. (Nazereth Academy) Naperville, Ill. (Metea Valley HS) Mt. Vernon, Mo. (Mt. Vernon HS) Bridgeton, Mo. (Maplewood Richmond Heights) Sidney, Iowa (Fremont Mills HS)
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OPPONENT SCORE Carson Newman (National Championship) 24-6 Carson Newman (National Championship) 58-52 (4 OTs) North Alabama (National Semifinal) 25-24 Grand Valley (National Championship) 17-21 Bloomsburg (National Semifinal) 33-3 Grand Valley (National Championship) 14-17 Grand Valley (National Semifinal) 34-16 Valdosta St. (National Championship) 20-25 North Alabama (National Semifinal) 41-7 Minnesota Duluth (National Championship) 14-21 Abilene Christian 14-19 California PA (National Semifinal) 56-31 Grand Valley (National Championship) 30-23 Minnesota Duluth (National Semifinal) 13-17
Fall Classic at Arrowhead One of the premiere and highly anticipated sporting events in all of Division II football is the Fall Classic at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, MO. What started as a one-time event has now completed its twelfth contest. The Bearcats defeated the #7 ranked Gorillas 24-15 on Oct. 19, 2013. Northwest held Pittsburg State to 27 yards rushing and scored 16 unanswered points in the second half to take control of the game. The annual game between national powerhouses Northwest and Pittsburg State attracts more than 20,000 fans on average to the home of the Kansas City Chiefs. The first game in 2002, dubbed
“The Clash of the Champions,” brought in a series-record 26,695 fans. The magnitude of the Northwest-Pittsburg State rivalry is something all college programs aspire to be a part of. In 10 of the 12 Fall Classics, both teams were ranked in the top 20 and six times both teams were ranked in the top 10. The 2004 Classic pitted the nation’s top two teams against one another in a regular season finale for the first time in Division II history.
DATE ATTENDANCE SCORE Oct. 27, 2002 26,695 29-7 Nov. 15, 2003 20,324 20-19 Nov. 6, 2004 25,542 17-21 Oct. 29, 2005 21,044 35-56 Nov. 4, 2006 22,561 41-14 Oct. 6, 2007 19,103 37-34 (OT) Oct. 4, 2008 21,316 35-10 Sept. 12, 2009 20,813 30-10 Nov.12, 2010 16,504 22-16 Oct. 1, 2011 15,106 35-38 Oct. 13, 2012 15,349 31-21 Oct. 19, 2013 17,679 24-15
Northwest has won seven of the last eight Fall Classic games and leads the Arrowhead series 9-3.
Locker room amenities
• 120 full lockers • Lockers include six storage areas • Leather couches and chairs for student-athletes • Two 42-inch LCD flat panel HDTVs • DVD player with surround sound
• Overhead projector with pull-down screen • State of the art sound system • Six gaming stations for student-athletes
Head Athletic Trainer • Northwest Missouri State graduate ’00 • Certified Athletic Trainer • Recipient of the 2008 NATA College and University Athletic Trainers’ Committee Above and Beyond Award • Member of the Athletic Trainer Advisory Committee • Two-time recipient of the Tower Service Award for outstanding service and contribution to Northwest
Training room amenities • Remodeled in 2010 with new flooring, carpeting and painting • Six-person, Jacuzzi-style whirlpool • Nine split-leg, cabinet-style treatment tables • Two LeMond Fitness spin-style stationary bicycles • Custom cubby units for student-athlete personal storage • New offices for full-time staff members • Fall 2013 - Expansion of David “DC” Colt Athletic Training Room for a HydroWorx InstaFit Therapy Pool with an integrated treadmill
Weight room amenities • 6,000 square feet of space • 10,000 square feet of agility area • Full-time strength/conditioning coach • Indoor track • Dumbbells from 5 to 150 lbs. • 10 power racks • 12 Prowlers • 10 Hammer Strength machines • 1 Force Treadmill • Recovery shake available after each workout
Head Strength and Conditioning Coach • Northwest Missouri State graduate ’00 • Certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA) • Certified by the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA) • Northwest is 75-11 over past six seasons, 1 National Title, 1 National Runner-up • Member of the 1998 and 1999 Northwest National Championship football teams
Northwest (15-0) 24 Carson-Newman (12-2) 6
Northwest Missouri State quarterback Chris Greisen threw two touchdown passes and Derek Lane ran for one touchdown to lead the Bearcats to a 24-6 win against Carson-Newman and the program’s first national title. Greisen threw an NCAA record 13 touchdown passes during the playoffs. Northwest became the first Division II program to 10 finish a season 15-0.
Northwest (14-1) 58 Carson-Newman (13-1) 52 Four Overtimes
Northwest Missouri State’s 58-52, quadruple overtime win against CarsonNewman has been described as “the greatest college football game ever played.” Northwest scored 30 points in the fourth quarter and 15 points in the final three minutes to reach overtime, successfully completed a two-point conversion to force a fourth overtime,
and then recovered a Carson-Newman fumble to win its second national title in as many years. Bearcat quarterback Travis Miles threw for 298 yards and five touchdowns including a 13-yard strike to J.R. Hill to give the Bearcats a 58-52 lead. Hill had 120 yards receiving and caught three touchdown passes during the game including a 34 yarder with 10 seconds left in regulation. Ryan George then made “the catch” in the back of the end zone for two points and a 44-44 tie.
Northwest Missouri State has won three national championships in the last 14 seasons and competed in the national championship game seven times since 1998. The Bearcats won back-to-back titles in 1998 and 1999 and added their third trophy in 2009. Northwestâ€™s three titles are tied for the third-most in Division II history (since 1973).
Northwest (14-1) 30 Grand Valley State (13-2) 23 Northwest Missouri State used a 21-0 halftime lead to hold off Grand Valley State 30-23 and win the programâ€™s third national championship. Bearcat quarterback Blake Bolles threw a 26-yard touchdown strike to Jake Soy on a 4th-and-4 play with 10 minutes remaining that gave Northwest a 30-20 advantage. The Bearcats later
recovered an onside kick and stopped a final Laker drive before hoisting the trophy. LaRon Council ran for 172 yards and two first-half touchdowns for Northwest. Soy caught nine passes for 118 yards. Northwest scored touchdowns on its first three possessions en route to the win.
Playoff Appearances 1984 1989 1996
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Northwest Missouri State has advanced to the Division II playoffs 16 times in the last 18 seasons and 18 times overall. Since 1996, the Bearcats are 35-12 in the postseason with three national titles and seven championship-game appearances. The 35 victories are the most ever in Division II history. In 2009, Northwest became the first Division II program to compete in five consecutive championship games. The Bearcats have participated in the playoffs every season since 2004, the longest active streak in NCAA II. Since 1996, Northwest is 14-1 in opening games of the postseason, 21-3 at home and 8-1 in the semifinals. ESPN has broadcast nine Northwest playoff games in the last eight seasons.
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Northwest Missouri State has won 13 MIAA championships in the last 18 years and 25 overall. Ten of the last 12 titles were earned with unblemished 9-0 records. In fact, twice since 1997 have the Bearcats won more than 40 conference games in a row. The most recent streak lasted 49 games from 2005-2011. From 1996 to the end of the 2013 season, Northwest has posted a 149-13 record in MIAA play (.919).
MOST APPEARANCES 1. Northwest 2. UC Davis 3. North Alabama 4. Pittsburg State 5. North Dakota State
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MOST VICTORIES 1. Northwest 2. North Dakota State 3. North Alabama 4. Grand Valley State 5. Pittsburg State
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MOST TITLES 1. Truman 2. Northwest 3. SE Missouri State 4. Pittsburg State 5. Central Missouri
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Bearcat All-Americans AP Little All-Americans 1939 1984 1985 1989 1991 1996 1997 1997 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998 1999 1999 1999 2000 2000 2000 2000 2001 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2007 2007 2007 2008 2008 2008 2009 2009
Marion Rogers Steve Hansley Steve Hansley Jason Agee Erik Petersen Matt Uhde Adam Dorrel Twan Young Aaron Becker Aaron Crowe Chris Greisen Steve Coppinger Twan Young Sherman Wilderness Tony Miles David Purnell Chad Thompson Tony Miles Aaron Becker Andy Erpelding Brian Williams Seth Wand Jamaica Rector Seth Wand Jamaica Rector Jamaica Rector Dave Tollefson Mike Peterson Xavier Omon Mike Peterson Reid Kirby Jared Erspamer Jeremy Davis Myles Burnsides LaRon Council Brett Grozinger Jake Soy
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Myles Burnsides Ryan Jones Chad Kilgore Rod Williams Brandon Dixon Nate DeJong
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AFCA All-Americans 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
Matt Uhde Chris Greisen Chris Greisen Tony Miles Tony Miles Seth Wand Seth Wand Jamaica Rector Jamaica Rector Dave Tollefson Mike Peterson Xavier Omon Jeremy Davis Myles Burnsides Ryan Jones Chad Kilgore
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Daktronics/CoSIDA All-Americans 1995 1996 1997 1997 1998 1998 1998 1998 1998
Ezra Whorley Matt Uhde Adam Dorrel Twan Young Steve Coppinger Aaron Crowe Chris Greisen Twan Young Aaron Becker
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Sherman Wilderness Chad Thompson David Purnell Aaron Becker Brian Williams Steve Comer Andy Erpelding Tony Miles Seth Wand Seth Wand Adam Long Jamaica Rector Brad Schneider Steve Williams Dave Tollefson Reid Kirby Mike Petersen Thomas Smith Xavier Omon Reid Kirby Jared Erspamer Jeremy Davis LaRon Council Sean Paddock Myles Burnsides Kendall Wright Jake Soy Brett Grozinger LaRon Council Myles Burnside Chad Kilgore Ryan Jones Chad Kilgore Rod Williams Cody Johnson Collin DeBuysere Brandon Dixon Nate DeJong
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MIAA Player of the Year 1974 1998 2000 2000 2004 2005 2007 2007
Randy Baehr Chris Greisen Tony Miles Brian Williams Adam Long Dave Tollefson Jared Erspamer Xavier Omon DII Player of the Year
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Joel Osborn Myles Burnsides DII Player of the Year LaRon Council Ryan Jones DII Player of the Year Trevor Adams Matt Longacre
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Since 1996, the Bearcats have sent 20 players to NFL camps and currently have two players on NFL rosters heading into the 2013 training camp season. The Bearcats also saw the highest draft pick of any MIAA school when Seth Wand was drafted by the Houston Texans in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft.
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After breaking the Northwest single season sack record and leading the Bearcats to the first of five consecutive NCAA Division II National Championship games, Tollefson was chosen by the Green Bay Packers in the seventh round of the 2006 NFL Draft. He spent his first season on the Packersâ€™ practice squad before signing with the Oakland Raiders before the 2007 season. Halfway through the 2007 season, while Tollefson was a member of the Raiders practice squad, the New York Giants signed him to a contract and activated him immediately. During Tollefsonâ€™s five seasons with the Giants, he won two Super Bowls (2007, 2011), started games on special teams and at defensive end, and recorded a career-high 5.0 sacks during the 2011 season. Because of his performance during the 2011 season, the Oakland Raiders signed him to a multi-year contract during the 2012 offseason.
In his two seasons playing at Northwest, the Bearcats made it to the NCAA Division II National Quarterfinal (2004) and National Championship (2005) games. Tollefson was named the MIAA Defensive Player of the Year in 2005 while earning NCAA Division II First-Team All-America accolades. During the 2005 season, he recorded a then Northwest single-season record 12.5 sacks. Tollefson is married to Megan (Stalder), a former Northwest softball player. They reside in Omaha, Neb., with their sons, Tucker and Cade.
Signed by the Arizona Cardinals following the 2013 NFL Draft, Tyler Shaw was picked up by the Pittsburg Steelers in August, 2013.
Defensive lineman Travis Chappelear spent the 2013 preseason training camp as a member of the Bengals, Patriots and Cowboys football organizations.
Shaw began his career at Northwest Missouri State in 2009 when he caught 53 passes including six touchdowns. Shaw earned second team All-MIAA honors in 2012 after being named honorable mention All-MIAA in 2011 to go along with third team All-Region accolades. The receiver finished up his Bearcat career in the top 10 in career receptions (166), receiving yards (3,021) and touchdown receptions (32).
Chappelear came to Northwest after transferring from Missouri State in 2011. He finished his career with 79 total tackles including 10.5 tackles for loss. The defensive end earned first team All-MIAA, second team All-Region and Honorable Mention Don Hansen All-American honors in 2012.
Other Bearcats in the NFL (Since 1998)
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Jesse Haynes, RB – Kansas City Chiefs (1998) Chris Greisen – Arizona Cardinals (1999-2001), Washington Redskins (2002), Dallas Cowboys (2010-11) Maurice Douglass, RB – St. Louis Rams (2001) Curt Lessman, OL – Atlanta Falcons (2001) Seth Wand, OL – Houston Texans (2003-05) Tennessee Titans (2006), Oakland Raiders (2007-09, 2011) Alex Tuttle, OL – San Diego Chargers (2003) Jamaica Rector, WR – Dallas Cowboys (2005-06), Arizona Cardinals (2007) Steve Williams, DL – Kansas City Chiefs (2006), Carolina Panthers (2007-08), New England Patriots (2009, 2011) Mike Peterson, TE – Green Bay Packers (2008) Tom Pestock, OL – Arizona Cardinals (2009-2011), Indianapolis Colts (2009) LaRon Council, RB – Minnesota Vikings (2010) Blake Bolles, QB – Minnesota Vikings (2012) David Mosley, WR – Chicago Bears (2012) Chad Kilgore, LB – Oakland Raiders (2012), Kansas City Chiefs (2013) Xavier Omon, RB – Buffalo Bills (2008) Josh Baker, TE – New York Jets (2012) *as of August 22, 2013
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From tailgate parties to tearing down the goalposts following a playoff win, nothing beats the game-day atmosphere at Northwest. Catch free entertainment at the Bearcat Zone in College Park next to the stadium prior to each home game. Come tailgate with Northwest fans, get your picture taken with Bobby Bearcat and join the marching band, cheerleaders and dance team in a pep rally prior to each game. The “March to the Stadium” caps the celebration prior to each kickoff.
During the game, listen for the Phi Sigma Kappa cannon shot after each Northwest score and keep count while Bobby Bearcat does pushups. Spend halftime with the Bearcat Marching Band: “The Musical Pride of Northwest.” Celebrate each Bearcat victory down on the field with coaches and players where you can get autographs, take pictures and play on the field.
Northwest home win streaks Rank Streak 1 22 2 17 3 14 4 13 5 12 6 11 7 10
Dates Sept. 5, 1998 - Nov. 4, 2000 Oct. 22, 2005 - Aug. 30, 2008 Oct. 2, 2010 - Nov. 10, 2012 Sept. 6, 2008 - Sept. 2, 2010 Oct. 4, 2003 - Oct. 1, 2005 Oct. 10, 1930 - Nov. 24, 1932 Nov. 12, 1937- Nov. 10, 1939
Attendance records (capacity - 6,500) Attendance 1. 10,805 2. 10,102 3. 10,073 4. 9,500 5. 9,346
Opponent Missouri Western Missouri Western Washburn Truman Missouri Western
Date Oct. 2, 2010 Nov. 10, 2012 Oct. 22, 2011 Oct. 20, 2001 Sept. 13, 2008
2013 Northwest Bearcats 11-0 Overall, 10-0 MIAA play
MIAA Offensive Player of the Year MIAA Defensive Player of the Year MIAA Coach of the Year First Team Trevor Adams Cody Carlson Matt Longacre Brandon Yost Eric Reimer D.J. Gnader Brandon Dixon
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Trevor Adams Matt Longacre Adam Dorrel
Second Team C.J. Keeney Brian Dixon Kyle Goodburn
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Third Team Marcus Wright Cole Chevalier
Honorable Mention Billy Creason RB Clint Utter WR Joel Gantz TE Bryant Hummel DL Matt Meinert DL Bryce Enyard DB
Student Athlete Success Program For more than a decade, Northwest’s student-athletes have had a higher cumulative grade-point average than the rest of the Northwest student body. Much of that academic success is attributed to Northwest’s nationally-renowned Student Athlete Success Program (SASP). The goal of the program is to provide an environment in which student-athletes can experience their fullest personal, social and academic growth. The following is a list of resources available to student-athletes through the SASP:
Advising All academic advising is provided through the individual college and academic departments.
Academic Progress During each trimester, the SASP surveys the professors of each student-athlete three times. In this grade check, the instructors are asked to comment on: the level of work the student is maintaining, the student’s attendance and attentiveness, the need for tutorial help, and any general comments.
Mentoring The SASP provides individualized mentoring sessions for interested studentathletes. The goal is to help students avoid academic-related difficulties and to develop opportunities for improvement of skills, rather than merely avoiding academic crises. It also provides for more individual monitoring of the student’s academic progress.
Supplemental Instruction The SI program offers extracurricular peer tutoring groups for traditionally tough classes. Study sessions are led by students who have completed and earned high grades in the courses covered by the study group. SI’s provide three regularlyscheduled study review sessions a week.
Tutoring Free tutoring is available in the relaxed environment at the Talent Development Center. Students can find a tutor for almost all of the general education courses and every effort will be made to find a tutor for an upper-level (300/400) course if needed. Tutoring sessions incorporate university-level study skills strategies, targeted testtaking advice, and content review of general studies and foundation-level courses in many majors. Tutoring sessions are designed to meet every individual’s needs.
Graduation Rates Northwest football players and Northwest student-athletes in general continue to boast higher academic success rates than the national average. Over the past eight years, Northwest football student-athletes have achieved an 81 percent success rate, the highest rate among MIAA members during that time period. The national average is 52 percent. In addition, all of the 400-plus Bearcat student-athletes have tracked at a greater success rate than the rest of the nation. The 2012-13 Northwest women’s basketball team ranked fifth in the nation of the WBCA NCAA Division II GPA ranking with a team GPA of 3.577. This ranking is the highest of any MIAA institution.
Academic Excellence Northwest Missouri State football players display their talents on the field and in the classroom. Northwest football boasts four Ken B. Jones Award winners, nine Academic All-Americans and in 2009 featured Myles Burnsides, the National Scholar-Athlete of the year. The Bearcats strive for perfection on the field, but our coaching staff’s top priority is to prepare men for life after football with a college degree.
Ken B. Jones Award Winners The award is named for the MIAA’s first full-time commissioner, who retired in 1997 after 16 years of service to the conference, and passed away in May 2004 at age 74. Nominees are judged on their athletic and academic accomplishments, along with any campus/community service during each year as well as their career. 2001-2002 2005-2006 2009-2010 2010-2011
Tucker Woolsey Josh Lamberson Myles Burnsides Jake Soy
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William V. Campbell Trophy Often referred to as the “Academic Heisman,” the William V. Campbell Trophy is given to the nation’s top scholar-athlete and awards a $25,000 postgraduate scholarship. 2003 2013
John Edmonds Trevor Adams
Division II National Scholar Athlete of the Year 2009-2010 Myles Burnsides
Academic All-Americans 1981 2004 2004 2005 2008 2009 2009 2010 2011 2013 2013
Robert Gregory Josh Lamberson Troy Tysdahl Josh Lamberson Myles Burnsides Sean Paddock Myles Burnsides Jake Soy Trevor Adams Trevor Adams Eric Reimer
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Members of the Northwest football team are leaders on the field and in the community. Whether it is helping senior citizens with home improvements, cleaning up local highways or reading stories to elementary students, Maryville counts on its Bearcats and they deliver. Northwest has participated in a spring clean-up for Maryville community members annually since 1996. The team assisted Hy-Vee in moving
products into its Maryville location and can be found moving furniture for offices across campus. Many players donate their time by reading in classrooms to Horace Mann Laboratory School, St. Gregoryâ€™s and Eugene Field Elementary students. The Bearcats have also read to students in Florence, Ala., during the week leading up to each of their eight national championship games.
MIAA SCHOOL Central Missouri Emporia State Fort Hays Missouri Southern Missouri Western Northwest Pittsburg State Washburn Lindenwood Nebraska-Kearney Northeastern State Central Oklahoma
CITY Warrensburg Emporia Hays Joplin St. Joseph Maryville Pittsburg Topeka St. Charles Kearney Tahlequah Edmond
STATE MO KS KS MO MO MO KS KS MO NE OK OK
JOINED 1912 1991 2006 1989 1989 1912 1989 1989 2012 2012 2012 2012
Success after Northwest Academic and athletic accomplishments during a career are just a part of the story for Bearcat student-athletes. You are challenged in all aspects of your experience, not just on the field by coaches, but also in the classroom by professors. As a new chapter begins, the character traits developed as a student-athlete will lead to a successful transition to the workforce. Bearcat student-athletes have a history of success in a variety of disciplines after their time on campus is complete. When you leave Northwest, you join a network filled with contacts in industries throughout the world. It is these connections that position you for a productive career after you take off the uniform and depart Northwest with your degree. One excellent example that demonstrates this theory in action is the collection of Northwest student-athlete alumni currently working at Stryker Corporation. Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology firms with offices around the globe. To be successful at a company like Stryker, your college experience must provide you with a wide variety of skills. These former student-athletes all prepared for their current success through their efforts as an undergraduate at Northwest.
Patrick Whitt ‘05, Product Manager – Marketing: Visualization, San Jose, Calif. Nick Glasnapp ‘03, Sales Representative, Los Angeles, Calif. Jake Soy ‘11, Marketing – Visualization, San Jose, Calif. John Edmonds ’03, ‘04, Sales Representative – Sales, Kansas City, Mo. Will Newland ‘06, Sales Representative – Sales, Central Midwest
There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t reflect on what my four years at Northwest taught me. Work ethic, perseverance, competition and leadership are a few things that stick out most. The students, professors, coaches and community create a culture that truly sets you up for success. Winning is a way of life at Northwest; a product of surrounding yourself with incredibly talented people that drive you to be better. Northwest Athletics is committed to making sure you win on and off the field. Once a Bearcat always a Bearcat! Pat Whitt – Safety 2002-2005
Selecting a college can be a difficult decision. I chose Northwest and have never looked back. Today, I have Northwest to thank for helping me secure a job with a Fortune 500 company in the heart of Silicon Valley following graduation. The professors at Northwest helped me develop the tools to be successful in a dynamic, fast-paced work environment. The Bearcat football program instilled in me the values of hard work and mental toughness needed to be successful in life. Northwest is committed to providing you the best four years of your life while also effectively preparing you for your next step! GO BEARCATS! Jake Soy – WR 2007-2011
When people ask me why I chose Northwest, my answer is always the same, “I wanted to be challenged to be the best student-athlete possible. With coaching, instruction and support from the entire Northwest community, I learned the necessary focus and discipline needed to be a success in college and now in my professional career. John Edmonds – LB 1999-2003
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Northwestâ€™s student body is more than 6,800 students who come from every region of the U.S. and around the world, representing 44 states and 30 countries. Northwest students are traditional, with an average age of 20. Most live on campus or within a small radius from campus. Their average ACT score is 22, and 79 percent of them rank in the upper half of their high school graduating class. The 370-acre campus is complemented by 315 acres of rural lakefront just outside Maryville and a 750-acre laboratory farm north of campus.
For more information contact: Joel Osborn Wide Receivers, Recruiting Coordinator 660.562.1088 email@example.com www.northwestbearcats.com