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Bemidji State football: Anderson named to all-region team

Bemidji State football senior linebacker Jake Anderson has been named to the First-Team Daktronics, Inc. All-Super Region No. 3 defense.

Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference officials made the announcement Tuesday evening.

Anderson was one of 10 players hailing for the NSIC to be named First-Team All-Super Region and was one of four linebackers to anchor the defensive unit.

Anderson was again a force for the Beavers defense in 2009.

A First-Team All-NSIC pick and Preseason NSIC Player to Watch this season, he finished second on the team with 69 tackles (22 solo), posted a team-best 15.0 tackles for loss and was tops in the league with 10.5 quarterback sacks on a defensive unit that capped the regular season ranked 15th in the country allowing just 276 yards per game and a meager 81 rushing yards per contest to rank ninth.

Anderson finished his career ranked fourth on BSU tackles for loss list (39.5) and eighth in quarterback sacks (16.5), while his 10.5 this fall stand third on BSU's single-season sacks chart.

Anderson is the ninth Beaver to be honored by Daktronics, Inc., but just the third to receive first-team honors since the organization began its postseason awards program.

He follows BSU's all-time leading rusher Eddie Acosta, who was a First-Team in 2001 and 2008 selection at conerback, Tiger Ellison.

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 on December 8, preceding the NCAA Division II Football Championship, which takes place Dec. 12 in Florence, Ala.

The team is voted on by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) from Super Region 3, made up of 26 institutions in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference that sponsor football.

Bemidji State finished the 2009 campaign with an 8-3 overall record and a 7-3 mark in league play. With eight wins, BSU has now posted eight or more wins five times since head coach Jeff Tesch took the reigns of the program 14 years ago. In the 70 years prior to his arrival, Bemidji State recorded just one eight-win campaign.