MARQUETTE, Mich. – The Northern Michigan University football team wrapped up spring drills with the annual Spring Game Saturday and its awards banquet Sunday. The green team (defense) defeated the white team (offense) in the game by a 29-28 score.
Nathan Yelk and Vincent Church turned out to be the big winners at the football banquet as they each walked home with two awards. Yelk picked up the Team MVP and Most Valuable Linebacker Awards. Church received the Most Outstanding Offensive Scout Team and Most Inspirational Player Awards.
Yelk, a second-team All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) selection in 2008, led the Wildcats with 98 total tackles (61 solo and 37 assisted). Church appeared in one game last season and threw a touchdown pass against Grand Valley State.
Defensively, Jake Reimer received the Most Valuable Defensive Lineman Award while teammate Alex Grignon walked away with the Most Valuable Defensive Back Award. For the 2008 season, Reimer recorded 32 total tackles (15 solo and 17 assisted). Grignon was third on the squad in total tackles with 60 (41 solo and 19 assisted).
The Offensive Most Valuable Awards went to Jack Rustman for the offensive line, Dan Elmore for the wide receivers and Mark Bossuah for the running backs. Elmore was second on the team in 2008 with 34 receptions for a team-high 492 yards and a team-leading six touchdowns. Bossuah led the ‘Cats with 660 yards on the ground on 124 attempts and five touchdowns.
John Blessing was voted by his teammates to receive the Most Improved Award. He ended the 2008 campaign with 41 total tackles (24 solo and 17 assisted) with six sacks for -22 yards.
Newcomer Garrett Peck was named the Outstanding Special Teams Player. He averaged almost 39 yards a punt for the ‘Cats in 2008.
The Most Outstanding Freshman Award went to Matt Forward while Jesus Wright received the Most Outstanding Defensive Scout Team Award. Forward ended the season with 15 total tackles (eight solo and seven assisted) from his nose guard position.
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