Press Box


MARQUETTE, Mich. â€Â“ Today was the first day that a prospectcould sign a National Letter of Intent to attend a particular school and playfootball.  The Northern Michigan University football staff hauled in the signedletters today off the fax machine.  â€ÂœWe went after players to fill some of ourneeds along the offensive and defensive lines.  Plus we wanted to add somedepth to a couple of key areas,â€Â Doug Sams said.  â€ÂœWe feel that we got the bestplayers out of the U.P.â€Â


The List

Joe Ahrndt â€Â“ 6-1, 250, DL/TE, Wallace, Mich. (Stephenson) â€Â“All-conference as a defensive linemanâ€Â¦Class ABC All-U.P. as a defensivelineman.

Tony Bamberg â€Â“ 6-5, 300, OT/DT, Millington, Mich. (Millington) â€Â“ An all-state and all-conference selection.

Adam Beerling â€Â“ 5-10, 215, LB, Ishpeming, Mich. (Ishpeming) â€Â“ U.P.Defensive Player of the Yearâ€Â¦First team all-state as a linebackerâ€Â¦Two-timefirst team All-U.P. Dream Teamâ€Â¦Two-time all-conference as a linebackerâ€Â¦Playingin the 2005 Michigan All-Star Game.

Adam Beyer â€Â“ 6-2, 260, OT/DE, Waupaca, Wis. (Waupaca) â€Â“ First teamall-conference as a junior as a defensive endâ€Â¦Second team all-conference as asenior as a defensive end.

Thad Boettcher â€Â“ 5-6, RB/DB, 195, Wallace, Mich. (Stephenson) â€Â“U.P. Offensive Player of the Yearâ€Â¦First Team Class C All-Stateâ€Â¦All-U.P. DreamTeamâ€Â¦West-Pac Offensive Player of the Yearâ€Â¦Two-time all-conference. 

Mark Bossuah â€Â“ 6-0, 175, RB, Grand Rapids, Mich. (Forest HillsCentral) â€Â“ Rushed for over 2,000 yards in high schoolâ€Â¦All-conference selection.

James Bradley â€Â“ 6-3, 260, OL/DL, Merrill, Wis. (Wausau West) â€Â“All-conference as a centerâ€Â¦Member of the News Channel 7 All-Starsâ€Â¦Highschoolâ€Â™s MVP on offense and Offensive Lineman of the Year in 2004.

Rob Canny â€Â“ 5-10, 180, WR, Oshkosh, Wis. (West/Fork Union)

Hector Casas â€Â“ 6-0, 180, DB, Milwaukee, Wis. (Oak Creek) â€Â“All-conference selection.

Thad Green â€Â“ 5-10, 225, FB, Flint, Mich. (Powers Catholic) â€Â“Rushed for over 1,300 yards in two years on varsityâ€Â¦Wrestles and participatesin track and field.

Alex Grignon â€Â“ 6-0, 175, DB/WR, Dearborn, Mich. (Dearborn) â€Â“ DetroitNews Class A First Team All-Stateâ€Â¦Detroit Free Press Division IIFirst Team All-State, defensive captainâ€Â¦Detroit News All-Metro Teamâ€Â¦DetroitFree Press All-Metro Westâ€Â¦First team all-city and all-league. 

Mike Hanschman â€Â“ 6-3, 255, OT, Davison, Mich. (Goodrich) â€Â“ Secondteam all-league as an offensive tackle.

Ryan Hasty â€Â“ 5-8, 185, RB, Milwaukee, Wis. (Wauwatosa) â€Â“ Two-timefirst team all-conference selectionâ€Â¦Two-time all-suburban teamâ€Â¦Greater MetroConference Offensive Player of the Year.

Bryan Hill â€Â“ 5-9, 215, LB, Negaunee, Mich. (Negaunee) â€Â“ U.P.Defensive Player of the Yearâ€Â¦A member of the Detroit News/Free PressAll-State Teamâ€Â¦All-conference and All-U.P.

Austin Hughes â€Â“ 6-4, 230, TE, Beverly Hills, Mich. (BirminghamGroves) â€Â“ All-league, all-county and all-area honorable mention.

Daniel Immel â€Â“ 5-9, 180, RB/DB, Greenville, Wis. (Hortonville) â€Â“Four-year starterâ€Â¦First team all-conference as a running backâ€Â¦First teamall-conference as a defensive backâ€Â¦All-time school rushing leader.

Kobryn Kamai â€Â“ 6-4, 290, DL, Wauconda, Ill. (Warren Township) â€Â“ Honorable Mention Lake County News Sun All-Lake County Teamâ€Â¦Won theMost Improved Award for the 2004 season.

Bill Kerry â€Â“ 6-4, 270, OL, Dearborn Heights, Mich. (Divine Child)â€Â“ All-city and All-Metro West selection this past season.

Stephen Kotajarvi â€Â“ 5-10, 220, FB/LB, Calumet, Mich. (Calumet) â€Â“ First team all-conference as a running backâ€Â¦Offensive MVP of team.

Jonathan Laue â€Â“ 5-10, 175, PK, Fenton, Mich. (Flint PowersCatholic) â€Â“ First Team All-Big Nineâ€Â¦Honorable mention all-state.

Justin Merckx â€Â“ 6-2, 190, QB/S, Appleton, Wis. (Freedom) ­Ã‚­ÃƒÃ‚¢Ãƒ‚€Ã‚“Second team all-conference senior seasonâ€Â¦Offensive MVP of team as a juniorâ€Â¦2004Athlete of the Year for track.

Tim Moutrie â€Â“ 5-11, 220, LB, Rochester Hills, Mich. (RochesterHills) â€Â“ Only played in five games as a senior because of a broken collarboneâ€Â¦Named as one of the top 10 players in the country in the preseason.

Jonathan Otto â€Â“ 6-4, 275, OL/DL, Racine, Wis. (Case) â€Â“All-conference and all-county selectionâ€Â¦All-area honorable mentionâ€Â¦Statequalifier in wrestling and track and field.

Nicholas Owens â€Â“ 6-2, 270, OG, Milford, Mich. (Milford) â€Â“All-conferenceâ€Â¦A member of the All-Area Team as selected by the DetroitNews/Free Press.

Jeff Perry â€Â“ 5-8, 176, RB, Detroit, Mich. (King) â€Â“ A transfer fromBowling Green State University who is currently enrolled at NMU.

Joseph Poehls â€Â“ 6-2, 240, FB/DT, Medford, Wis. (Medford Area Senior)â€Â“ First team all-state selectionâ€Â¦First team all-regionâ€Â¦Member of the MilwaukeeJournal-Sentinel All-State Team.

Christopher Quinn â€Â“ 6-2, 250, DT/DE/TE, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.(Lahser) â€Â“ First team all-leagueâ€Â¦Honorable mention all-north and all-county.

Greg Raspberry â€Â“ 6-3, 170, WR, Pontiac, Mich. (Bloomfield HillsLahser) â€Â“ A member of the all-league, all-area and all-district teams.

Jacob Reimer â€Â“ 6-5, 230, DE/TE, Green Bay, Wis. (Notre DameAcademy) â€Â“ First team all-conference on the defensive line as a seniorâ€Â¦Secondteam all-conference as a tight end as a seniorâ€Â¦All-metro selection as a senioron the defensive line.

Robert Roethe â€Â“ 5-10, 170, DB, Milwaukee, Wis. (Oak Creek) â€Â“ Namedas an all-conference, all-region, all-area selection as a running back anddefensive backâ€Â¦Named on the Rivals Top 10 Prospect list for Wisconsin.

Jack Rustman â€Â“ 6-3, 290, OT, Johnsburg, Ill. (Johnsburg) â€Â“Two-year starter along the offensive and defensive lines...Selected to theall-area and all-conference teams.

Cole Schmidt â€Â“ 6-3, 270, OT, Ada, Mich. (Forest Hills Northern) â€Â“Letterwinner in footballâ€Â¦Four-time letterwinner in track.

Andrew Shadick â€Â“ 6-1, 175, DB, Appleton, Wis. (North) â€Â“ First teamall-conference unanimous selection as a seniorâ€Â¦FVA Defensive Back of the Yearâ€Â¦Firstteam all-regionâ€Â¦First team all-state as selected by the coachesâ€Â¦A.P. all-areateam.

Tyler Schrauben â€Â“ 5-11, 170, WR, Holt, Mich. (Holt) â€Â“ Two-timeall-league selectionâ€Â¦Two-time first team all-area pickâ€Â¦All-state honorablemention selection.

Ben Sherman â€Â“ 6-2, 170, WR, Charlotte, Mich. (Charlotte) â€Â“ Firstteam all-leagueâ€Â¦Dream Team all-areaâ€Â¦All-state honorable mention selection. 

David Shunkwiller â€Â“ 5-11, 176, QB, Dearborn, Mich. (Dearborn) â€Â“Member of the Dream Teamâ€Â¦All-conference and all-cityâ€Â¦Team MVP.

Chris Thomas â€Â“ 6-2, 250, DT/DE/TE, Bloomfield Hills, Mich.(Lahser) â€Â“ First team all-leagueâ€Â¦All-north honorable mentionâ€Â¦All-countyhonorable mention.

Willie White â€Â“ 5-7, 170, RB, Hammond, Ind. (Morton) â€Â“ Named to theall-conference and all-area teamsâ€Â¦Offensive MVPâ€Â¦Named as the Most ValuableSprinter on the track team.

Nathan Yelk â€Â“ 5-11, 215, LB, Arlington, Wis. (Poynette) â€Â“ WisconsinState Journal Small Schools Player of the Yearâ€Â¦All-state as a linebackerand a kickerâ€Â¦A.P. first team all-state as a kickerâ€Â¦Second team as a kicker onthe Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel All-State Teamâ€Â¦SCC Defensive Player ofthe Year.











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