MORE FOOTBALL HONORS RECEIVED BY TWO FERRIS STATE PLAYERS
Jake Visser & Bill Bourdlais Receive Additional Postseason Recognition
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Postseason recognition continues to be received by a pair of Ferris State University football players as junior defensive tackle Jake Visser (Coopersville) and senior offensive guard Bill Bourdlais (Newberry) have claimed recent honors from a couple of different sources.
Visser was tabbed as a 2007 D2football.com All-America First Team selection while Bourdlais claimed D2football.com Honorable Mention All-America accolades. In addition, both have received 2007 Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-Northwest Region First Team recognition.
FSU's Visser was one of four players from the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) named to the D2football.com All-America First Team along with the Grand Valley State trio of offensive lineman Brandon Barnes, defensive back Brandon Carr and linebacker Anthony Adams. Three more student-athletes from GLIAC schools were named to the second team while four others claimed honorable mention honors, including Bourdlais.
Visser and Bourdlais were among 12 league players chosen to the Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-Northwest Region First Team and are now eligible to receive All-America honors from Don Hansen's Football Gazette.
Previously, Visser was tabbed as a 2007 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Coaches’ All-America Team selection as well as a 2007 Daktronics All-America Second Team pick along with being chosen to the Associated Press Little All-America Second Team. He also claimed ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team along with ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District IV First Team recognition this year in addition to being one of inaugural fall recipeints of the GLIAC Commissioner's Award for Athletics and Academic Excellence.
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 2007 first-team All-Northwest Region accolades by Daktronics, Inc., for the second consecutive year and was tabbed as the GLIAC's Defensive Lineman of the Year after earning all-conference first team laurels for the second year in a row. 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 history education major, Visser claimed GLIAC All-Academic Team laurels for the third time this year.
A converted defensive tackle, Bourdlais started 10 contests this season and served as a team captain while earning both All-GLIAC First Team and Daktronics All-Northwest Region Second Team laurels. 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. He was a member of the 2007 Don Hansen's Football Gazette NCAA-II Preseason All-America Team and participated in the Valero Cactus Bowl held recently (Jan. 11) in Kingsville, Texas.
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.