FERRIS' JAKE VISSER RECEIVES MORE ALL-AMERICA KUDOS
Junior DT Picks Up Second Team All-America Accolades From Two Sources
Ferris State University junior defensive tackle Jake Visser (Coopersville) continues to receive additional postseason accolades following a successful 2007 gridiron campaign for the Bulldogs.
Visser, who Wednesday (Dec. 12) was tabbed as a 2007 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) Division II Coaches’ All-America Team selection, added two more honors on Thursday (Dec. 13) to his list. He was recognized as both a 2007 Daktronics All-America Second Team pick along with being chosen to the Associated Press Little All-America Second Team.
Visser's selection to the AFCA All-America First Team on Wednesday came only two weeks after he also was recognized as a 2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-America College Division First Team selection by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) for his work in the classroom.
This is the 15th year the Daktronics All-America team has been selected by a vote of sports information directors from NCAA Division II football-playing schools. The team is sponsored by Daktronics, Inc., an acknowledged world leader in scoring, timing and programmable display systems for virtually every sport at every level of competition.
The AP Little All-America listing included three teams honoring players from Division II, III and the NAIA. Visser was one of five student-athletes from Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) member schools named to the AP Little All-America Second Team. He was joined by Grand Valley State defensive lineman Dan Skuta and defensive back Brandon Carr, quarterback Mark Nicolet of Hillsdale and offensive lineman Vince Cashdollar from Ashland. GVSU linebacker Anthony Adams and offensive lineman Brandon Barnes were the only first-team selections from the league on the squad. In the Daktronics voting, Visser was joined on the second team by both Nicolet and Carr. The GVSU trio of Barnes, Skuta and Adams were all first-team Daktronics honorees.
Previously, Visser was one of only three players from GLIAC institutions named to the AFCA Division II Coaches' All-America squad, which consisted of a single team featuring 11 members apiece on offense and defense along with three specialists. The AFCA recognized Visser, Adams and Cashdollar on its lone All-America listing.
This season, Visser tallied the squad's second-highest tackles figure (106) and led the squad in tackles for loss with 14.5 for minus 62 yards, which ranked fifth in the conference. He also had a team-best nine quarterback hurries along with 5.5 sacks for a loss of 41 yards. In 34 career contests, Visser has compiled 290 tackles (154 solos) with five fumble recoveries, four forced fumbles and four pass deflections. He also has 38.5 tackles for loss resulting in a negative 165 yards. Visser is presently seventh on Ferris State's all-time pass sacks leaders list with 20.0 total for a negative 125 yards. He received 2007 first-team All-Northwest Region accolades by Daktronics, Inc., for the second consecutive year and was tabbed as the GLIAC's Defensive Lineman of the Year after earning all-conference first team laurels for the second year in a row. Along with placing fifth among this season's league leaders in tackles for loss, Visser also ranked sixth in total tackles (9.6 tpg.).
Visser, who was tabbed as both a 2007 Street & Smith's Division II Preseason All-America First Team selection and D2football.com Preseason All-America Second Team pick along with being named to the 2007 Lindy's College Football Preview All-Division II Preseason All-America Second Team, was a 2006 honorable mention All-America selection by both D2Football.com and Don Hansen's Football Gazette. The 2006 All-GLIAC First-Team lineman finished second among Ferris' 2006 tackles leaders with 86 stops (52 solos) as an 11-game starter. He earned team Most Valuable Player Award honors for the 2007 campaign. A history education major, Visser claimed GLIAC All-Academic Team laurels for the third time this year.
The Bulldogs' 6-5 overall record this season represented the program's eighth winning campaign in 13 years under head coach Jeff Pierce and marks the 13th time in the last 19 years the Bulldogs have finished above .500 for the year. FSU was an even 5-5 in GLIAC action this campaign as the Bulldogs won their final two games of the season in thrilling fashion.
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