Senior Defensive Tackle Jake Visser Named GLIAC Co-Defensive Lineman Of Year

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The Ferris State University football team had a total of 10 football players named to the 2008 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Football Team in an announcement made Thursday (Nov. 13) morning by the conference office.

Jake Visser
Kevin Noe
Ferris State's Jake Visser (top) and Kevin Noe (bottom) were both honored as All-GLIAC First Team picks this season
Ferris State, which posted its fifth winning season in the last six years with a 6-5 overall record this campaign, had two individuals earn first-team plaudits in senior defensive tackle Jake Visser (Coopersville) and senior middle linebacker Kevin Noe (Orleans/Belding). Visser earned first team distinction for the third consecutive season while Noe attained first team status for the first time after being chosen as a second-team pick in 2007.

Additionally, Visser was tabbed as the GLIAC's Co-Defensive Lineman of the Year, sharing the award with fellow senior standout Dan Skuta of Grand Valley State.

The all-conference balloting was conducted by the league's head coaches via a teleconference and online voting process.

Visser, who previously was also honored as the GLIAC's Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2007, attained all-conference accolades for the fourth-straight year which included first-team recognition for the third year in a row. This season, Visser led the Bulldogs with 105 total tackles (56 solo), 16.0 tackles for loss (-71 yards) in addition to 7.5 sacks (-54 yards), two fumble recoveries, four blocked kicks and a forced fumble in 11 contests. He also notched his first career touchdown with a 34-yard interception return at Hillsdale (Nov. 1). The returning All-America pick finished the year ranked third among the GLIAC leaders in tackles for loss (1.45 pg.), third in sacks (.68 pg.) along with seventh in total tackles (9.5 tpg.). Last week, Visser was selected among the 24 candidates for the 2008 Harlon Hill Award, which is annually presented to the top collegiate player at the Division II level. He was the only offensive or defensive lineman from across the nation to make the list.

Visser concluded his Ferris career ranked sixth on the school’s career tackles chart with 395 total stops. He also placed fourth on the FSU all-time sack leaders list with 27.5 sacks and tied for first place with seven career fumble recoveries. Prior to this season, Visser was tabbed as a consensus preseason All-America selection by numerous publications, including Lindy's College Football Preview which chose him as its Division II Preseason Defensive Player of the Year following a memorable junior campaign in which he attained All-America First Team honors both on the field and in the classroom.

The 6-3 Noe finished the 2008 campaign as the squad's second-leading tackler and was tied for ninth in the GLIAC with 105 total tackles and a team-best 58 solo stops. He also registered eight tackles for loss (-24 yards), four quarterback hurries, two blocked kicks, two pass breakups, a forced fumble and an interception while starting all 11 contests. Noe recorded 10 or more tackles in five contests this fall and concluded his FSU career with 268 total tackles in 40 games.

Receiving all-conference second-team laurels were senior defensive back Terrell Heggins (Lansing/Everett) along with senior defensive end Kyle Walker (Grand Haven). Heggins was a repeat second team honoree following a team-high 10 pass breakups with 38 total tackles this fall. Walker placed second on the team with nine tackles for loss (-31 yards) and added 28 tackles, four quarterback hurries and three sacks in 2008.

Six other Bulldogs garnered honorable mention All-GLIAC recognition, including three seniors -- outside linebacker Jordan Moore (Ada/Lowell), punter Jim Yates (Goshen, Ind.) and outside linebacker Jeff Hollandsworth (Livonia/Stevenson). Also chosen were junior safety Chad Wilson (Howell), sophomore slot Tim Hogue (Dearborn/Inkster) and sophomore offensive tackle Matt Wellman (Portland). Moore was a repeat selection to the GLIAC Honorable Mention team.

The Bulldogs' 6-5 overall record this season represented the program's ninth winning campaign in 14 years under head coach Jeff Pierce and marks the 14th time in the last 20 years the Bulldogs have finished above .500 for the year. FSU was an even 5-5 in GLIAC action this campaign.

2008 Ferris State Football All-GLIAC Honorees

GLIAC Co-Defensive Lineman Of The Year --Jake Visser
First Team Defense --Jake Visser (DL), Kevin Noe (LB)
Second Team Defense --Kyle Walker (DL), Terrell Heggins (DB)
Honorable Mention --Jordan Moore (LB), Chad Wilson (DB), Jim Yates (P), Tim Hogue (WR), Matt Wellman (OL) and Jeff Hollandsworth (LB)

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