MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University football team concluded spring drills with the Green and White Spring Football Game on Saturday night (April 21). The white team (defense) defeated the green team (offense) by a score of 43-34.
Sunday (April 22) was the annual Football Banquet as the team awards were passed out. The awards were voted on by team members.
Picking up Team MVP honors was quarterback, Buddy Rivera. Rivera led the Wildcats in 2006 with 2,399 yards in the air on 279-165-5 as he threw for 20 touchdowns. Fred Wells who was Rivera’s favorite target last season walked away with the Outstanding Receiver award. Wells led the ‘Cats with 44 receptions for 870 yards and a team-high nine touchdowns.
On the ground Mark Bossuah led NMU with 428 yards on 111 carried as he was named the Outstanding Offensive Back. Bossuah found the end zone six times on the ground to lead the team. Kris Krempien was named the Outstanding Offensive Lineman.
Tyler Larson was selected as the Outstanding Defensive Lineman. Larson ended the 2006 campaign with 36 total tackles (17 solo and 19 assisted). He also had six-and-a-half tackles-for-loss and one sack. Joe Dost who was second on the team last season in total tackles with 68 (28 solo and 40 assisted) was named the Outstanding Linebacker. Jon Hoggard was selected by his teammates as the Outstanding Defensive Back. Hoggard led the ‘Cats with four interceptions in 2006.
Zach Gauthier for his play on special teams for the past season was named the winner of the Outstanding Special Teams award. Nick Bloch who led the ‘Cats in 2006 with 79 total tackles (33 solo and 46 assisted) was the recipient of the Most Inspirational Player award.
Zach Nichols was selected as the Outstanding Freshman while Greg Raspberry was named the winner of the Most Improved Player. The Outstanding Scout Players went to Vincent Church on offense and John Blessing on defense.
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