Crusaders honored on Don Hansen All-American Team; Taylor tabbed NCCAA Coach of the Year
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
Crusaders honored on Don Hansen All-American Team; Taylor tabbed NCCAA Coach of the Year

NORTH AURORA, IL-- National tackles for loss leader, Andre Bernardi, and the NCCAA’s leading ground gainer, Matt Moore, both from North Greenville. MidAmerica Nazarene’s leading tackler, Andre Shaw, and teammate and Heart of America Offensive Player of the Year, James Perry, plus Illini-Badger Conference leading tackler from Greenville College, J.R. Harriel, highlight a talented 2006 Don Hansen’s Football Gazette NCCAA All-America team. North Greenville’s, Mike Taylor, who led his team to a triumph in the NCCAA Victory Bowl against Malone, 56-28, and an overall 10-2 record in 2006, was named National Coach of the Year.

Bernardi garnered Defensive Lineman of the Year accolades; Moore claimed Offensive Back of the Year honors, while Shaw was declared the Defensive Back of the Year, and teammate Perry is the Offensive Receiver of the Year. Harriel claimed the Linebacker of the Year Award. Senior Jim Raley from Geneva College earned Offensive Lineman of the Year status, while Matt Soulia from Olivet Nazarene University is the Special Teams player of the Year.

Bernardi, from Marietta, Georgia, finished the season with 85 total tackles, including 28.5 tackles for a loss (-146 Yards) and 14.5 sacks (-101 yards. Bernardi is ranked #1 in NCAA Division II for tackles for a loss and #4 for pass sacks. He also recorded one pass break-up and two forced fumbles. He is the first NGU player to ever be recognized as an NCAA II All-American. Bernardi was the only Division II player from the state of South Carolina named to the first team. Bernardi is also a First-Team Football Gazette All-Southeast Region team member for NCAA II, and to the Football Gazette Second-Team All-America squad for NCAA Division II.

Moore, a sophomore, from Washington, North Carolina, finished the season with 1,290 yards rushing and 17 touchdowns. Moore is ranked in four NCAA II statistical categories. He is #18 in rushing yards per game (107.5ypg), #10 in rushing yards (1,290), #12 in all-purpose yards (154.6 ypg), and #17 in scoring (8.5 ppg). He also caught four passes for 60 yards. Moore was a Football Gazette Second-Team NCAA Division II All-Southeast Region member.

North Greenville placed a total of 10 players on the First Team. In addition to Bernardi and Moore, QB Eric Moeller, WR Travis Talbert, OL Cameron Hughes, OL Patrick Knorr, DL Ken Floyd, LB Derek White, DB Derrick Miller, and DB Josh Williams were named to the First Team. RB Rashad Cummings and OL John Thomas were named to the Second Team.

Shaw, a junior, from Kansas City, Missouri, led the Pioneers in total tackles with 76 tackles, including two tackles for loss (-7 yards). He also caused two fumbles and recovered one, broke up two passes and intercepted four passes for 95 yards return yards. Shaw is a Football Gazette First-Team NAIA All-East Region team member and Football Gazette NAIA Third-Team All-American.

Perry, a junior, from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, is the Heart of America Conference Offensive Player of the Year, and a two-time Football Gazette National Player of the Year. Perry caught 87 passes for 894 yards and nine touchdowns. He also returned sic kickoffs for 90 yards and one punt for three yards. On the Football Gazette’s NAIA All-East region team he was a First-Team member and was Second-Team on the Football Gazette All-America tea.

Harriel, a senior, from Washington Park, Illinois, is a Football Gazette NCAA Division III First-Team All-North region constituent, and a Second-Team Football Gazette NCAA Division III All-American. Harriel led the Illini-Badger Conference in tackles with 115, including 20 tackles for loss (-96 yards) with 10 sacks (-56 yards). He also forced four fumbles, recovered two fumbles and broke up four passes.

Raley, a senior, from New Waterford, Pennsylvania, a two-time All-Conference selection and a Don Hansen All-American, a four-year starter, Raley has established himself as one of the top centers in the entire NAIA. Geneva averaged 277.8 total yards per game, including 232.9 yards passing yards per game.

Soulia, a junior, from Flushing, Michigan, is a Third-Team Football Gazette NAIA All-East region selection. Soulia converted on 12-of-15 field goal tries, with a long of 46 yards, and made 16-of-18 extra point kicks.

This marks the 9th year Don Hansen’s Football Gazette, a recognized authority on small college football, has selected an NCCAA All-America team.

Mike Taylor led his team to a triumph in the NCCAA Victory Bowl against Malone, 56-28, and an overall 10-2 record in 2006. Taylor Just completed his sixth total year at the helm of the North Greenville College football program. This is Taylor's second stint as the Crusader's head coach. He led North Greenville's football program when it was a junior college from 1988-91 before departing for Newberry College, his alma mater. Taylor returned to lead the Crusaders last year. In his first season back, the Crusaders posted a 3-7 record. Taylor had tremendous success at North Greenville College. He compiled a 32-3 record in four seasons. Taylor led the then-Mountie football program to two undefeated seasons in 1989 and 1991. Taylor received the NJCAA Coach of the Year award in 1989. Taylor graduated from Newberry College in 1976 with a Bachelor's of Arts degree in Political Science. He then earned a Master's Degree in Education from Georgetown College in 1978. While working on his Master's Degree, he served as assistant football coach at Georgetown College. From, Georgetown, Taylor went to Lenior-Rhyne where he was an assistant coach from 1978-1982. Taylor then spent four years coaching at East Tennessee State University before returning to Lenior-Rhyne for two more years.

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