Junior Defensive Tackle Jake Visser Named GLIAC Defensive Lineman Of The Year

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The Ferris State University football team had a total of 13 football players named to the 2007 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Football teams in an announcement made Wednesday (Nov. 14) afternoon by the conference office.

Jake Visser Ferris State, which posted its fourth winning season in the last five years with a 6-5 overall record this campaign, had two individuals earn first-team plaudits in junior defensive tackle Jake Visser (Coopersville) and senior offensive guard Bill Bourdlais (Newberry). Both players earned first team distinction for the second consecutive season. Additionally, Visser was tabbed as the GLIAC's Defensive Lineman of the Year.

The all-conference balloting was conducted by the league's head coaches.

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 last week 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.

Receiving all-conference second-team laurels were senior slot receiver Robert Miller (Carson, Calif./Harbor C.C.) on offense along with senior defensive tackle Kurt Hout (Arvada, Colo./West), junior middle linebacker Kevin Noe (Orleans/Belding) and junior defensive back Terrell Heggins (Lansing/Everett) on defense. Junior kicker-punter Jim Yates (Goshen, Ind.) claimed the same distinction as a kicker for FSU. Both Hout and Miller attained second team laurels for the second-straight year.

Six other Bulldogs garnered honorable mention All-GLIAC recognition, including five seniors -- quarterback C.J. Van Wieren (Holland/West Ottawa), defensive end Erik Schumacher (Lake Isabella/Beal City), wide receiver Mike Guevara (Manteca, Calif.), flanker Nate Fricke (Covert) and safety Patrick Wells (Miamisburg, Ohio). Also chosen was linebacker Jordan Moore (Ada/Lowell), who has one season of eligibility remaining for FSU. Schumacher was a repeat selection to the GLIAC Honorable Mention team.

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.

2007 Ferris State Football All-GLIAC Honorees

GLIAC Defensive Lineman Of The Year --Jake Visser
First Team Offense --Bill Bourdlais
First Team Defense --Jake Visser
Second Team Offense --Robert Miller
Second Team Defense --Kurt Hout, Kevin Noe, Terrell Heggins
Second Team Kicker --Jim Yates
Honorable Mention --C.J. Van Wieren, Erik Schumacher, Mike Guevara, Nate Fricke, Patrick Wells and Jordan Moore

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