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December 20, 2017

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JD Woods, Nate McLaurin Selected AP All-Americans

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – After stellar 2017 seasons, freshman running back JD Woods and senior defensive back Nate McLaurin have been selected 2017 Associated Press (AP) Second Team NAIA All-Americans.

 

The selection committee is comprised of a group of media members and Sports Information Directors from across the country.

 

Woods was named the 2017 Heart of America Athletic Conference Southern Division Player of the Year in just his first season with the Wildcats.

 

He finished the year third in the NAIA in total scoring with 162 points and broke the Baker single season record for rushing touchdowns in a season with 25.

 

He also broke BU’s single game rushing record with 313 yards against Central Methodist on October 28 on 28 carries and he had four rushing TD’s.

 

The Lawrence, Kansas product finished the year with 1,618 yards rushing and averaged 6.9 yards per carry.

 

McLaurin was not only one of the top defensive backs in the country but one of the top punt returners in the NAIA in 2017.

 

He finished the season with 265 total punt return yards, which ranked No. 2 in the NAIA. He also had a team-high five interceptions to lead the ‘Cats this season and finished with 49 tackles, ranking fifth on the squad.

 

The Phoenix, Arizona native also had 21 pass defended and was impressive off the edge with four blocked kicks in 2017.

 

The Wildcats wrap up the 2017 season ranked No. 9 in the NAIA and is coming off of its third-straight Heart of America Athletic Conference Southern Division championship and has appeared in five of the past six NAIA-FCS Playoffs.

 

To view the entire list of 2017 AP NAIA All-Americans, please click here.

 

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December 19, 2017

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Baker Football Ends 2017 Ranked No. 9

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – After capturing its fourth Heart of America Athletic Conference Championship in the last five seasons and third-straight, the Baker University football team officially ends the 2017 season ranked No. 9 in the NAIA Football Coaches’ Postseason Poll, announced on Tuesday.

The ‘Cats appeared in its fifth NAIA Football Championship appearance in the last six seasons in 2017 and went 10-2 overall and 4-1 in the Heart South.

Freshman running back JD Woods was named the 2017 Heart South Offensive Player of the Year and for the third-straight season, senior defensive lineman Josh Kock was named the Heart South Co-Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the 2017 NAIA-AFCA First Team All-America.

Baker earned 18 Heart South All-Conference award winners and five Wildcats were selected Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Of those 18 All-Conference award winners, nine will return for Baker in 2018 including First Team All-Conference linebacker Indie Allen, First Team All-Conference linebacker Kegan Schumann, First Team defensive back Nate McLaurin and First Team All-Conference safety Grant Elston.

Daniel Ofa returns for his junior season, he too was named a First Team All-Conference selection at offensive line. Also returning on offense is freshman wide receiver Nick Snider and Cornell Brown will be back for his final season. Brown was a 2015 AFCA-NAIA All-American.

Also ranked in the Top 25 from the Heart includes No. 11 Grand View, No. 12 Benedictine and No. 25 Evangel. Baker went 3-0 against all three of those opponents in 2017.

To view the entire Top 25 Postseason Poll, please click here.

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December 15, 2017

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Football Claims Five Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes

 

BALDWIN CITY, Kansas – The Baker University football team garnered five 2017 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athlete awards announced on Friday.

 

The five Wildcats to earn the honor include Logan Brettell, Jacob Tompkins, Dalton Brinegar, Camden Wheatley and Zach Hipsher.

 

The five ‘Cats are amongst a group of 379 NAIA football players from across the country to be selected for the honor.

 

In order to be nominated by an institution’s head coach or sports information director, a student-athlete must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale and must have achieved a junior academic status.

 

To view the entire list of 2017 Football Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes, please click here.

 

 

 

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December 11, 2017

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Kock Selected to AFCA-NAIA First Team All-America

 

BALDWIN CITY, KANSAS – Baker University senior defensive lineman Josh Kock became a two-time AFCA-NAIA All-American on Monday, as he was selected to the 2017 American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) NAIA First Team All-America.

 

The Concordia, Missouri native was fourth on the team in tackles this season with 59 and led the team in tackles for loss with 15 and added seven more sacks to his illustrious career total.

 

He ends his impressive Baker career with 29 career sacks, just four behind the school record of 33 by former NAIA All-American Andre Jolly.

 

Kock also had a fumble recovery for a touchdown this season and ends his BU career with 55 tackles for loss, one interception and 243 total tackles.

 

He was named the Heart South Co-Defensive Player of the Year in three-straight seasons from 2015 to 2017. In 2016, he earned a spot on the AFCA-NAIA Second Team All-America as well.

 

To view the full list of 2017 AFCA-NAIA All-Americans, please click here.

 

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