Baker players are named All-American
Six members of Baker University's KWTO Bowl-championship team received All-American recognition. Defensive lineman Carlos Grace, senior from Houston, Texas, was named first-team All-American for the second straight year. The 6-1, 270-pound team captain had 77 tackles, 11 quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles and four pass deflections. Sixteen of his tackles were for negative yards and seven were quarterback sacks.
Mark Emry, senior from Peculiar, Mo., made the second-team as a defensive back. The Heart of America Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year was also named second-team AllAmerican in 1999. Emry, a 5-10, 165-pound defensive back and team captain tied team records for pass break-ups in a season with 18 and blocked kicks in a season with five. He also had six interceptions and returned a fumble 70 yards for a touchdown. Emry finished fourth on the team in tackles with 80 and fifth on the team in all-purpose yards with 358.
Mackie Valentin and Seth Langford received Honorable Mention. Valentin, senior from Overland Park, is fourth on the Baker All-Time Receiving Yards list despite playing just two years at BU. The 5-8, 170-pound wide receiver had 53 catches for 978 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Wildcats and also scored a touchdown on a fumble recovery. Valentin led the conference in receiving yards and touchdowns. Langford, senior from Gilmore, Texas, was a unanimous first-team all-conference selection.
Jason Montgomery, senior from Topeka, was named Academic All-American for the second straight year. A business major, Montgomery led the team in tackles in 1999 but tore his biceps during the preseason and could not play until the Wildcat's final two games. The team captain had nine tackles and a fumble recovery in the KWTO bowl victory. David Ewers, senior from Kemp, Texas, was also named Academic All-American. Ewers, a quarterback, is a history major. To be named Academic All-American, you must be a junior or senior with a 3.50 grade point average or higher.