JAKE VISSER NAMED TO AFCA DIVISION II ALL-AMERICA TEAM
Ferris State Standout Recognized By The American Football Coaches Association
Junior defensive tackle Jake Visser (Coopersville) of the Ferris State University football team has been named to the 2007 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Coaches’ All-America Team as announced Wednesday (Dec. 12) by the AFCA.
Visser's selection to the AFCA All-America Team comes only two weeks after he also was recognized as a 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America College Division First Team selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for his work in the classroom.
Visser was among 25 football student-athletes to receive 2007 AFCA Division II Coaches’ All-America Team recognition. The annual AFCA All-America Team features 11 members apiece on offense and defense along with three specialists.
The AFCA Division II Coaches’ All-America Team is comprised of players from NCAA Division II institutions. The AFCA has selected an All-America team since 1945 and currently selects teams in all four of its divisions. AFCA Coaches’ All-America Team members receive a plaque commemorating their selection to the team. The 2007 team features 24 upperclassmen, including 19 seniors and five juniors.
Besides Visser, the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) was also represented by offensive lineman Vince Cashdollar of Ashland and Grand Valley State linebacker Anthony Adams.
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.
With his selection, Visser joins an impressive list of former Ferris State standouts to attain AFCA All-America accolades - linebacker Mike Klobucher (2006), flanker Carlton Brewster (2005), outside linebacker Kevin Myers (2004 and 2005), flanker Clarence Coleman (2001), kicker-punter Doc Proctor (1999), defensive tackle Kelly Chisholm (1996), quarterback Bill Love (1995), tailback Tyree Dye (1994), defensive tackle Ed Philion (1993), outside linebacker Monty Brown (1992) and running back Chuck Evans (1976). Ferris currently ranks tied for ninth all-time in Division II history with 13 AFCA All-America honorees. This year also represents the fourth year in a row a Ferris player has earned AFCA Division II All-America laurels.
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.
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