Consensus Draft Services Recognizes Ferris State Senior Defensive Players Kevin Noe & Jake Visser As Preseason Division II All-Americans

A pair of Ferris State University football players, senior middle linebacker Kevin Noe (Orleans/Belding) and senior defensive tackle Jake Visser (Coopersville), recently were named to the Consensus Draft Services (CDS) Division II Preseason All-America Team.

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Kevin Noe
Jake Visser
Bulldog seniors Kevin Noe (top) and Jake Visser (bottom) were named to the Consensus Draft Services Division II Preseason All-America Team
The 6-3 Noe attained first-team preseason recognition from the online source (www.cdsdraft.com) while Visser was tabbed as a second-team selection. The defensive preseason All-America first team featured four down linemen, four linebackers and four defensive backs in addition to a punter and punt returner. Noe joined Grand Valley State defensive lineman Dan Skuta and Hillsdale linebacker Tom Korte as first-team picks from a Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) member institution.

Meanwhile, Visser was one of 14 second-team picks on the defensive side. The defensive second-team also included Northwood linebacker Leroy Goulbourne and linebacker Parris Burt of Tiffin from the GLIAC. Wayne State offensive lineman Muhammad Abdullah, a second team choice, was the lone league player named to the offensive side of the ball on either of the first two preseason All-America teams. In addition to the two teams, CDS also chose 25 others as honorable mention preseason All-America honorees, including Hillsdale wide receiver Aaron Waldie and running back Torris Childs of Northwood.

Noe claimed additional honors from CDS by being named to its 2009 All-Underappreciated Third Team from all levels of competition. He is the third FSU player to receive preseason All-America first team laurels this summer as both Visser and senior cornerback Terrell Heggins (Lansing/Everett) were previously named to the 2008 Lindy's College Football Preview All-Division II Preseason First Team. Lindy's also selected FSU's Visser as its Divsion II Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.

A 2007 All-GLIAC Second Team pick, Noe led the the Bulldogs with 111 total tackles (53 solos) as an 11-game starter at middle linebacker last fall. He picked up team Most Improved Defensive Player Award kudos after ranking third among the league leaders by averaging 10.1 tackles per contest. He finished 23rd nationally in total tackles and was listed 54th in solo stops (4.8 tpg.). Noe added eight tackles for loss resulting in minus 15 yards and tallied two interceptions along with both a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. He recorded 10 or more tackles in six contests, including a personal career-high 18 stops in FSU's thrilling 48-41 home finale overtime triumph against Northwood (Nov. 3) at Top Taggart Field. Presently, he's managed 167 career tackles in 29 games heading into his final campaign.

Visser capped off a memorable junior campaign in 2007 by earning first-team All-America recognition from D2football.com, the American Football Coaches Association and Don Hansen's Football Gazette. He was also named to both the Daktronics All-America Second Team squad and the Associated Press Little All-America Second Team. Visser claimed ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America First Team honors in addition to being one of inaugural fall recipeints of the GLIAC Commissioner's Award for Athletics and Academic Excellence a year ago.

In 2007, 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. The team Most Valuable Player Award recipient received 2007 first-team All-Northwest Region accolades 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 last season's league leaders in tackles for loss, Visser also ranked sixth in total tackles (9.6 tpg.).

Ferris State will kickoff its 100th season of varsity competition Saturday, Aug. 30, against the Tiffin (Ohio) Dragons in a 2:30 p.m. (EDT) non-conference contest at Tiffin, Ohio. The Bulldogs, who will play an 11-game regular-season schedule, then open GLIAC action the following Saturday, Sept. 6, on the road at 1 p.m. (EDT) versus the Ashland Eagles in Ashland, Ohio. FSU's home opener is slated for Saturday, Sept. 13, against the Findlay Oilers with kickoff set for 7 p.m. (EDT) at FSU's Top Taggart Field in Big Rapids, Mich.

The Bulldogs posted a 6-5 overall record on the field during the 2007 campaign, which 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. However, the record was recently changed to 7-4 overall in the GLIAC standings, reflecting Saginaw Valley State's decision to forfeit four games last campaign. FSU placed tied for fourth in the conference as the school's final league record was 6-4 following the earned forfeit.

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