BURNSVILLE, Minn. – After piling up 108 tackles, 15.0 tackles for loss and 5.0 sacks, senior Cory Crosby (ILB, Cold Spring, Minn.) earned 2012 Daktronics Super Region #3 First Team Defense honors, announced today by the Super Region #3 chair. The senior racked up the most votes at the linebacker position in the voting, which is done by members of College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
First team all-region honorees are now eligible for Daktronics, Inc. Division II Football All-American selection. The announcement of those All-American teams is expected Dec. 11, preceding the NCAA Division II Football Championship game, which takes place Dec. 15 in Florence, Ala.
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. Student-athletes are nominated and the team is voted on by the members of CoSIDA from Super Region #3, made up of football playing institutions in the Great American Conference (GAC), the Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC), the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association (MIAA) and the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).
A North Division All-NSIC First Team Defense member, Crosby saved his best season for the last, as he totaled 108 tackles (46 solo), 15.0 tackles for loss (-70 yards) and 5.0 sacks (-50 yards), all of which led the team and established career-highs. He finished tied for second in the NSIC in total tackles (tied for first among linebackers) and fifth in tackles per game, which also stands tied for 39th nationally. He finished fourth in the league and tied for 40th in the nation in tackles for loss per game (1.36 TFL/g) and tied for ninth in the NSIC is sacks per game (.45 sacks/g). He also added two forced fumbles, which was good for a tie for sixth in the conference.
The last Bemidji State player to record 100 tackles in a season was Jeremiah Johnson in 2005 (112 tackles). According to available sack records dating back to 1985, Crosby is the only BSU player to ever record 100-plus tackles, 10 or more tackles for loss and at least five sacks in a season. He is the first player since 2008 to lead the team in tackles, tackles for loss and sacks in the same season. His 15.0 tackles for loss ranks 10th on BSU single-season chart, while the 70 yards from tackles for loss is eighth at Bemidji State.
The linebacker totaled 10 or more tackles on six occasions, including a career-high 17 tackles (four solo) in a home victory against Minnesota State University Moorhead Nov. 3. In that game, he also established career marks with 13 assisted tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks (tied career-high). The 2.5 sacks against the Dragons tied his mark set earlier in the season against Northern State University that pushed the Wolves offense back 34 yards and the 4.5 tackles for loss tied an NSIC-high in 2012. He was named NSIC Defensive Player of the Week Nov. 5 after his performance against the MSUM.
Crosby exits Bemidji State fifth all-time in tackles with 326 (133s-193a). His 34.0 tackles for loss ranks sixth at BSU, while is yards from tackles for loss, 131, finishes 10th. The senior’s 193 assisted tackles sits sixth at Bemidji State, while his solo tackle total of 133 ranks 10th. Crosby was named All-NSIC Second-Team in 2010 and 2011.
Last season, current senior Brian Leonhardt (TE, Blaine, Minn.) and safety Brody Scheff earned first team honors from Daktronics. Crosby is the sixth BSU player to be named to the first team since 2000.
The Beavers started 1-3, but finished the 2012 season 7-4 to record its 14th record of at least .500 in their last 15 seasons. The team’s 5-1 record at Chet Anderson Stadium ties a program-best for home wins in a season and marks the 11th consecutive winning record at home. Bemidji State went 6-1 in the North to share the North Division Title with University of Minnesota Duluth and record its best showing in the five years since beginning divisional play.
In recognition of the NSIC North Co-Championship, the Beavers are inviting the public to celebrate the season at the 2012 North Division Champions Banquet Dec. 8 from 5-8 p.m. at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Bemidji, Minn. For more information - http://www.bsubeavers.com/football/news/2012/6250/nsic-north-division-champions-banquet-set-for-dec-8/
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Nestled in Northern Minnesota’s wooded region and located on the shore of Lake Bemidji, Bemidji State University sponsors 15 varsity athletic programs with NCAA Division I men’s and women’s hockey membership in the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, while its 13 NCAA Division II programs hold membership in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC).