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Bemidji State football: Anderson named to Daktronics All-America team

Bemidji State senior linebacker Jake Anderson was one of three NSIC players named to the Daktronics, Inc. All-America Football team this week. Pioneer File Photo/Eric Stromgren

WICHITA FALLS, Texas -- Bemidji State University senior linebacker Jake Anderson was named to the 2009 Daktronics Inc. Division II All-America Second Team this week.

He became the first BSU football player to earn All-America recognition since 2003 and is just the 17th player in the history of the program to be named All-American.

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 tackles for loss and was tops in the league with 10.5 quarterback sacks.

BSU's defense ranked No. 14 in the country and allowed just 276 yards per game. BSU's defense also ranked No. 7 in the country and allowed just 81 yards per game on the ground.

Anderson finished his career ranked fourth on BSU's tackles for loss list (39.5), eighth in quarterback sacks (16.5). His 10.5 sacks last season ranks third on BSU's single-season record list.

Anderson is the ninth Beaver to be honored by Daktronics, Inc., the third to receive first-team all-region honors and the first to be named to its All-America team since the organization began its postseason awards program 17 years ago.

The Beavers' 17 previous All-America selections took place between 1956 and 2003 and came from the NAIA, and Don Hansen's Football Gazette.

Anderson joins the likes of BSU greats such as Guy Vena (1958), Al Wolden (1986) and BSU's all-time leading rusher Eddie Acosta (2000 and 2001) as an All-American.

Anderson was one of just three players hailing from the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference to earn the Daktronics recognition.

The Daktronics team is voted on by the members of the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) from four regions that encompass all Division II institutions that sponsor football programs across the country.