Bulldog Duo Chosen As First Team All-Region Picks By Publication

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A pair of Ferris State University football players have been named to the 2008 Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-Super Region Three First Team in a recent announcement. The duo includes senior defensive tackle Jake Visser (Coopersville) along with senior middle linebacker Kevin Noe (Orleans/Belding), who are both now eligible to receive All-America accolades from Don Hansen's Football Gazette.

Kevin Noe
Jake Visser
Bulldog seniors Kevin Noe (top) and Jake Visser (bottom) were named to the 2008 Don Hansen's Football Gazette All-Region First Team
This marks the seventh year Football Gazette has selected Division II all-region teams. The national publication, an authority on small college football, has selected Division II All-America teams since 1998. The first-team and second-team All-Region selections advance to a national ballot from which the 2008 Division II Football Gazette All-America team will be named. A total of 84 players from 26 teams earned some form of regional recognition from the source with Visser being chosen as one of 10 repeat selections.

The 6-3 Noe finished the 2008 campaign as the squad's second-leading tackler and was tied for ninth in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 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. He was a two-time All-GLIAC selection on the gridiron and received league first team laurels this past fall.

Noe attained 2008 Consensus Draft Services (CDS) Division II Preseason All-America First Team honors and was named to its 2009 All-Underappreciated Third Team from all levels of collegiate football after a successful junior campaign in 2007 when he led the the Bulldogs with 111 total tackles (53 solos) as an 11-game starter at middle linebacker. The 2007 All-GLIAC Second Team pick picked up team Most Improved Defensive Player Award kudos in '07 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.) as a junior in 2007.

Visser, who has already been chosen as a American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and Daktronics All-America First Team pick this season, has received an official invitation to compete in the annual NCAA Division II All-Star Game, the 2009 Valero Cactus Bowl, which will be played this Friday, Jan. 9, at Javelina Stadium in Kingsville, Texas. The 2008 GLIAC Jack McAvoy Award winner for character and leadership on and off the field, Visser claimed AFCA All-America First Team honors for the second consecutive year.

This season, Visser was also tabbed as the 2008 Daktronics Super Region Three Defensive Player of the Year and chosen among the national finalists for the Gene Upshaw Division II Lineman of the Year Award after being chosen as Super Region Three's Co-Winner of that honor. He received the most first-place votes nationally for the Upshaw Award and finished third overall in the final voting process. He also received Daktronics Super Region Three First Team laurels, making him a three-time Daktronics First Team All-Region pick.

A two-time (2007 & 2008) ESPN The Magazine College Division Academic All-America First Team selection, Visser capped off an outstanding career by being named 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 attained all-conference accolades for the fourth-straight year which included first-team recognition for the third year in a row and was voted the GLIAC's Co-Defensive Lineman of the Year in 2008 for the second consecutive campaign.

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 and two-time (2007-08) team Most Valuable Player Award recipient 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.).

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.

As a junior in 2007, Visser earned first-team All-America recognition from D2football.com, the AFCA 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 recipients of the GLIAC Commissioner's Award for Athletics and Academic Excellence a year ago.

The Bulldogs registered their fifth winning season in the last six years with a 6-5 overall record this season. It 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.

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