Press Box


Marquette, Mich. â€Â“ Bernie Anderson, the head football coach at Northern Michigan University, announces that the following student-athleteshave all signed a National Letter of Intent to attend NMU and play football forthe Wildcats beginning in the fall.  The Wildcats signed seven recruits on theoffensive side of the ball and 10 on the defensive side.

"I'm excited about our recruitingclass.  Our staff did a great job in a very short time," Anderson said. "I feel we have as many as six impact players who could play next season. I look forward to recruiting players to NMU. We have a lot to offer."



Scott Avery, DE, 6-3, 215, Lake Orion High School

Lake Orion, Mich.

OAA First Team

10 1/2 sacks in 2005

70 tackles in 2005

All-Metro North First Team

Has over 90 wins in career as a wrestler


Dustin Brancheau, WR, 5-10, 150, Ishpeming High School

Ishpeming, Mich.

U.P. Dream Team


23 yards per catch

Team captain

U.P. long jump and high jump champion


Richard Cessna, DE, 6-2, 220, Warren Cousino High School

Warren, Mich.

First Team MAC Blue

First Team All-East Detroit FreePress

Honorable Mention All-State

Runs a 10.8 in 100-meters, second inleague 


Nick Devault, SS, 5-11,150, Clarkston High School

Clarkston, Mich.

920 Yards Rushing

Seven yards per carry average

12 TDs  and one interception

Honorable Mention All-Area


Justin Dick, CB, 5-9, 145, Birmingham Groves High School

Southfield, Mich.

Two interceptions, one returned for a TD

OAA Division I All-Conference

All-Birmingham Eccentric


Aaron Earnest, TB, 5-7, 170, Flint Northwestern

Flint, Mich.

Two-time All-City

Team MVP

Three-year varsity player

1193 rushing yards on 155 carries

Averaged almost eight yards per carry

Runs a 10.9 in the 100-yard dash


Bo Frye, TB, 6-0, 210, St. Marys MemorialHigh School

St. Marys, Ohio

Over 2900 career yards rushing, 43 careertouchdowns

Northwest Region Running Back of the Year

Football Coaches Association Region 9Player of the Year

Two-time Area Player of the Year(Auglaize/Mercer Counties)

Two-time Lima News-Lima AreaDream Team Member

Two-time First Team All-Ohio (All State)

Participating in North-South All-Star Game,June 17 (Columbus Crew Stadium), features Ohioâ€Â™s top 66 players


Brett Hilbrandt, DB, 5-9, 175, Saginaw Heritage High School

Saginaw, Mich.

First Team All-Area

Second Team SVL

Team captain


Michael Levy, OT, 6-4, 295, Penn High School (Mishawaka, Ind.)

Mishawaka, Ind.

Member of the South Bend TribuneDream Team (most votes)

Class 5-A All-Area

Region 2 All-Star Team

Team finished 10-3 conference, andsectional champs


Zach Nichols, FS, 6-3, 200, Brighton High School

Brighton, Mich.

All-League Second Team All-North

3.95 GPA

78 catches for 875 yards and  11 TDs

Six interceptions, 50 tackles


Joe Nowicki, WR, 5-8, 163, Lake Orion High School

Lake Orion, Mich.

1800 all-purpose yards, one interception,one punt return for a touchdown

One kickoff return for TD, 15 TDs, twoblocked field goals, 12.3 yards per touch

All-League, All-State Honorable Mention,All-Region

All-Metro North, All-Metro, Michigan Elite 8


DJ Oke, CB, 5-9, 170, Royal Oak Kimball

Oak Park, Mich.

Over 2000 all-purpose yards over two years

10 touchdowns

Two-time All-League


Member of the Royal Oak TribuneDream Team


Fred Roethlisberger, LB, 6-0, 220 ShepherdHigh School

Shepherd, Mich.

First Team All-League CSAA

Two-year varsity player

203 tackles

4 ½ sacks

8 ½ tackles for loss

Three forced fumbles

Six fumble recoveries


Craige Steele, TE, 6-4, 220, Shepherd High School

Riverdale, Mich.

First Team All-League CSAA

23 catches for 338 yards

16.1 yards per carry

Three TDs


Andrew Saylor, DL, 6-4, 215, Reese High School

Reese, Mich.

Bay City Dream Team selection

First Team All-Conference

Team captain


Andrew Strobel, SS, 5-10, 165, Petoskey High School

Petoskey, Mich.

All-Region Dream Team

AP All-State  Defensive Back

All-Conference Offense and Defense

AP All-State


Lee Weiland, WR, 6-2, 180, Xavier High School (Appleton, Wis.)

Kaukauna, Wis.

First Team All-State

Two-time First Team All-Region (Fox River Valley)

Two-time First Team All-Area (Northeast Wisconsin)

Two-time First Team All-Conference(unanimous, Valley 8 Conference)

First Team All-Conference as a defensiveback

Led state in TD receptions (15) Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ Ã‚ 

Career: 97 receptions,1839 yards, 18.6yards per catch, 21 TDs and four interceptions










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