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Northwest Missouri’s Matt Longacre wins Division II defensive player of the year award

12/19/2013 8:15 AM

12/19/2013 2:31 PM

Northwest Missouri’s Matt Longacre was chosen Division II defensive player of the year Thursday as the College Sports Information Directors of America announced its All-America team.

Longacre, who leads the Bearcats with 11 1/2 sacks, also made the sports information directors’ All-America first team and the Assocated Press’ Little All-America team, adding to his first-team honors from the American Football Coaches Association.

Northwest senior offensive lineman Cody Carlson of Eudora, Kan., and senior cornerback Brandon Dixon also were chosen first-team All-Americans by the sports information directors, as well as Pittsburg State linebacker Nate Dreiling. Carlson and Dreiling were also AP Little All-America picks.

Gorillas senior John Brown was chosen to the second team as a return specialist.

• Missouri State junior safety Caleb Schaffitzel was chosen to the Associated Press All-America first team for the Football Championship Subdivision.

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