Football - Wed, Jan. 18, 2006
Olathe, Kan. - Saint Xavier University senior wide receiver Jarrod Nowman (Manteno, Ill./Bishop McNamara) and linebacker Rick King (Tinley Park, Ill./Andrew) as well as junior wideout Andy Ricca (LaPorte, Ind./Michigan City) earned second team recognition on the 2005 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Football All-America Team when the honors were released Tuesday by the All-America committee. In addition, senior Nick Stimac (St. John, Ind./Andrean) was named to the 2005 NAIA Football All-America Honorable Mention Team as a defensive lineman.
Nowman, who was also named a Second Team All-American by NAIAFOOTBALL.NET as a multi-purpose athlete, was voted the 2005 MSFA Player of the Year and earned All-MSFA First Team honors as both a wide receiver and a return specialist. He finished the season with 71 catches for 972 yards and 10 receiving touchdowns as a wideout, while returning 24 punts for 355 yards (14.8 yards per return) and two scores. Ricca set new Saint Xavier University records for single-season receptions (100) and receiving yards (1,275) this year. He also earned first team honors on the NAIAFOOTBALL.NET All-American Team and All-Mid States Football Association (MSFA) at wide receiver in 2005.
King also earned second team recognition on the NAIAFOOTBALL.NET All-American Team at linebacker. King led the Cougars in tackles (115) this season, including a team-high 11.5 tackles for losses. Saint Xavier's mark for tackles in a single season was 119 set by Mike Kelly during the 1997 season. Stimac, a defensive tackle, had a big senior season as well with the Cougars totaling 53 tackles, including 9.5 tackles for losses and 2.5 sacks en route to third team honors as a defensive lineman on the NAIAFOOTBALL.NET squad. Both King and Stimac earned All-MSFA First Team recognition in their respective positions last November.
Saint Xavier had an impressive 2005 campaign finishing with a 9-3 overall record and co-champions of the MSFA Midwest League. The Cougars qualified for the NAIA playoffs for only the second time in the program's 13-year history. SXU was ranked No. 7 in the final NAIA football poll, but fell 31-28 to No. 4 University of Sioux Falls (S.D.) in first round action in Chicago on Saturday, November 19.