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5 AGGIES RECEIVE ALL INDEPENDENT SELECTIONS

Posted Friday, November 21, 2008 by staff
Five members of the 2008 OPSU Aggie Football team have been selected for recognition for their play. D2football.com named the quintet to their All Independents Team for 2008. OPSU does not play in a conference in football and there are 9 other teams that are linked together for recognition of their respective players.
Matt Warner was selected as the D2football.com Independents Defensive Player of the Year. Warner led all independent players in tackles in 2008 with 110 to his credit, ranking 9th nationally in NCAA II. He was also named as a 1st team linebacker. Warner also ended the season tied for 3rd nationally in solo tackles with 67 to his credit. Warner is the lone senior among the Aggies so honored.
The other first team selection was Darryl Brister, a red-shirt freshman from New Orleans,  Louisiana. Brister was responsible a touchdown  on both a punt return and a kickoff return in 2008. He was also a key runner in the Aggies offense as well as a receiver.
Second team  All Independent honors went to a pair of sophomores in the Aggie defensive Line. Big William Turnbo  from Wesson, Mississippi,  was tabbed along with Gus Overstreet from Enid, Oklahoma, and Pioneer Pleasant Vale Schools.
The final selection for the Aggies was the other inside linebacker, junior, J.C. Ramirez from Alvin, Texas. With Matt Warner being named as a Preseason All American prior to the start of the season, many teams opted to run away from him. With much of the opponent’s game plan aimed at him, Ramirez had to step up in a big way.
“All these guys are very deserving. The exciting thing is that all, but Matt, will return for 2009. Of course, we will have our work cut out in trying to replace Matt. But, it is exciting to have the others returning.” Stated Aggie head football coach Mike Wyatt.
“I am happy for the recognition that these players received, but we had some others who were equally deserving that didn’t get picked. That is the way these things work, but we still are happy for those that did get honored. All of them are deserving.” Added Wyatt.

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