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Ameer Ismail named to AP All-America team

Dec. 20, 2006

KALAMAZOO--Western Michigan University football standout Ameer Ismail has been named to the All-America Second Team by the Associated Press. The Holland, Mich., native was previously named the Mid-American Conference's Defensive Player of the Year.

Ismail, originally recruited as a running back, finishes his career has one of WMU's all-time defensive leaders. He is the school and conference single-season sack record holder, with 17.0 sacks this year, and ranks third in career and single-season tackles for loss. The senior tied an NCAA record with 6.0 sacks in a 41-27 win over Ball State University.

During 2006, Ismail led the team in tackles with 86, sacks with 17.0 and tackles-for-loss with 25.5, and he leads the nation in sacks-per-game and TFL-per-game. He was named to the All-MAC First Team for the second straight season.

This is the second-consecutive year a member of the WMU football team has been a member of the Associated Press All-America team. Greg Jennings, now a starting wide receiver with the Green Bay Packers, was named an AP Third Team All-American one year ago. Jennings also was the MAC Offensive Player of the Year in 2005.

Ismail is WMU's first second team selection since John Offerdahl in 1985. Offerdahl went on to a pro career with the Miami Dolphins, where he was a five-time Pro Bowl selection at middle linebacker.

Ismail was one of two MAC players selected for an All-America team by the Associated Press this season. Northern Illinois University running back Garrett Wolfe was named to the third team.

Media contact: Mat Kanan, (269) 387-4125, mat.kanan@wmich.edu

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