BULLDOG FOOTBALL DUO CLAIMS DAKTRONICS ALL-REGION HONORS
Junior Jake Visser Tabbed As First-Team Regional Honoree
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Two Ferris State University football players have earned Daktronics All-Northwest Region honors for the 2007 season. The announcement was made Wednesday (Nov. 28).
Junior defensive tackle Jake Visser (Coopersville) claimed first team honors along the defensive line while senior offensive guard Bill Bourdlais (Newberry) was a second team selection. Both players previously claimed All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) First Team kudos for the second consecutive campaign with Visser being honored as the GLIAC's Defensive Linemen of the Year.
Visser picked up Daktronics All-Northwest Region First Team laurels for the second consecutive season.
A total of 53 student-athletes from 22 institutions were named to either the first or second team of the 2007 Daktronics Division II All-Northwest Region Football Team. Two institutions, Central Washington and Nebraska-Omaha, had a total of six student-athletes represented, with UNO leading all institutions with five first-team selections. Grand Valley State and North Dakota had four first-team players each while Hillsdale totaled three.
First team all-region honorees are now eligible for Daktronics Division II Football All-American selection. The announcement of those All-American teams is expected in mid-December, preceding the NCAA Division II Football Championship, which takes place Dec. 15 in Florence, Ala. The regional honorees were chosen from 23 ballots submitted by sports information directors from the Northwest Region.
The Daktronics team is voted on by the sports information directors of the region's member institutions and sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition. The company also markets DakStats® sports statistics software with programs for football, basketball and baseball available.
This season, Visser tallied the squad's second-highest tackles figure (106) and led the squad in tackles for loss with 14.5 for minus 62 yards, which ranked fifth in the conference. He also had a team-best nine quarterback hurries along with 5.5 sacks for a loss of 41 yards. In 34 career contests, Visser has compiled 290 tackles (154 solos) with five fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and four pass deflections. He also has 38.5 tackles for loss resulting in a negative 165 yards. Visser is presently seventh on Ferris State's all-time pass sacks leaders list with 20.0 total for a negative 125 yards. He received 2006 first-team All-Northwest Region accolades by Daktronics, Inc., and was honored as a 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV First Team selection. Along with placing fifth among this season's league leaders in tackles for loss, Visser also ranked sixth in total tackles (9.6 tpg.).
Visser, who was tabbed as both a 2007 Street & Smith's Division II Preseason All-America First Team selection and D2football.com Preseason All-America Second Team pick along with being named to the 2007 Lindy's College Football Preview All-Division II Preseason All-America Second Team, was a 2006 honorable mention All-America selection by both D2Football.com and Don Hansen's Football Gazette. The 2006 All-GLIAC First-Team lineman finished second among Ferris' 2006 tackles leaders with 86 stops (52 solos) as an 11-game starter. He earned team Most Valuable Player Award honors for the 2007 campaign.
A converted defensive tackle, Bourdlais started 10 contests this season and served as a team captain. The right guard was a major contributor in helping the Ferris State offense average 212.5 yards rushing per game (2,338 yds.) and 391.9 yards in total offense (4,311 yds.) for the 2007 season. The rushing yards total represented the third-most rushing yards ever gained in a single-season by the Bulldogs while the rushing average per game figure is second on FSU's single-season leaders list. Bourdlais, who was the lone returning starter this season on FSU's offensive line, led a young unit that included four new starters this season.
The Bulldogs' 6-5 overall record this season represented the program's eighth winning campaign in 13 years under head coach Jeff Pierce and marks the 13th time in the last 19 years the Bulldogs have finished above .500 for the year. FSU was an even 5-5 in GLIAC action this campaign as the Bulldogs won their final two games of the season in thrilling fashion.