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Matt Black and Desi Mayner Selected for 2009 Cactus Bowl

KINGSVILLE, Tx. - Offensive lineman Desi Mayner (Gaines, Mich./Linden HS) and Matt Black (Toronto, Ont./Northern SS) have been selected to represent Saginaw Valley State University in the 2009 Valero Cactus Bowl, which will be played on January 9 at Texas A&M-Kingsville.

Mayner and Black are the 15th and 16th SVSU players to be selected to play in Division II’s senior all-star game since it was introduced in 1994. The Cardinals finished the 2008 season with a 7-3 record.

Mayner was selected GLIAC First Team All-Offense and helped anchor an offensive line that allowed a GLIAC low 10 sacks and the schools first 1,000 yard rusher since the 2005 season. Was selected to play in the East Coast Bowl as a member of the South, which defeated the North 27-0, earlier this off season.

Black recorded 42 tackles on the season, with a season high eight in the Cardinals 46-45 win at Northwood on Sept. 20. He returned an interception 19 yards for a touchdown late in the game against Northern Michigan on Oct. 4, and earned GLIAC Player of the Week honors with four tackles, two fumble recoveries, an interception and a blocked punt in SVSU’s 26-14 win at Ferris State on Nov. 8. Black had four pass breakups and ranked third in the GLIAC with five interceptions on the season.

Mayner and Black are two of eight players from the GLIAC on the 42-member East squad. There have been over 100 players drafted into the NFL who played in the Cactus Bowl. All net profits from the Cactus Bowl are donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children.


East Team
QB - Corey Russell - Tusculum
QB - Kevin McCabe - California, PA
RB - Mike McLendon - North Alabama
RB - Sammy Milton - Elizabeth City State
RB - George Washington III - Mars Hill
WR - Mike Washington - West Chester
WR - Julius Pruitt - Ouachita Baptist
WR - Garett Manning - Henderson State
WR - Edward Gant - North Alabama
WR - Dyshaun Edwards - Tiffin (GLIAC)
WR - Chad Schroeder - Delta State
TE - Denayne Davidson-Dixon - Edinboro
TE - Bob Ruffing - Ouachita Baptist
OL - Kennis Jones - West Chester
OL - Desi Mayner - Saginaw Valley State (GLIAC)
OL - Louis West - Henderson State
OL - Nate Hollins - Ashland (GLIAC)
OL - Ross Conn - Harding
OL - Sam Allen - Grand Valley State (GLIAC)
OL - Mark Ellis - Delta State
OL - Jeremy Ashcraft - Arkansas Tech
PK - Tom Schneider - North Alabama
CB - Darren Banks - West Liberty State
CB - Matt Black - Saginaw Valley State (GLIAC)
CB - Otis Ballard - Carson-Newman
CB - Barry Tate - Lenoir-Rhyne College
CB - Lionell Mitchell - East Stroudsburg
CB - Steven Jackson - Fort Valley State
S - Rodrick Jones - Elizabeth City State
S - Dante Dunn - Wayne State (GLIAC)
LB - Dan Skuta - Grand Valley State (GLIAC)
LB - Terrence Jackson - Indiana, PA
LB - Darren Burns - California, PA
LB - Anthony King - Delta State
LB - Justin Scott - Tusculum
DL - Jon Ochs - Bloomsburg
DL - Jahlim Cuttino - Southern Connecticut
DL - Sammy Hill - Stillman
DL - Jacob Visser - Ferris State (GLIAC)
DL - Chris Dowdell - Mars Hill
DL - Christopher Murphy - Gannon
P - Nick Krut - East Stroudsburg

West Team
QB - Ted Schlafke - Minnesota-Duluth
QB - Keith Null - West Texas A&M
RB - Caleb Farabi - Pittsburg State
RB - Brian McNeill - Nebraska-Omaha
RB - Daniel Thomas - Angelo State
WR - Charly Martin - West Texas A&M
WR - Johnathan Ferguson - Abilene Christian
WR - Jarrett Byers - Northeastern State
WR - Marques Nelson - Pittsburg State
WR - Jareko Taylor - Texas A&M-Kingsville
WR - John Means - Western New Mexico
TE - Zack Miller - Nebraska-Omaha
TE - Todd Burkoth - Winona State
OL - Dennis Cooper - Cheyney
OL - Darron Sheppard - Texas A&M-Commerce
OL - Tom Pestock - Northwest Missouri State
OL - Devin Livingston - Tarleton State
OL - Joseph Thompson - Abilene Christian
OL - Reid Kirby - Northwest Missouri State
OL - Nick Urban - Winona State
OL - Dustin Finn - Central Oklahoma
PK - Jared Keating - Mesa State
CB - Terrell Phelps - Bemidji State
CB - Tremaine Wright - Tarleton State
CB - Gerrett Burl - East Central
CB - Devon Hughes - Henderson State
CB - Gregory Toler - St. Paul’s College
CB - Jerome Mann - St. Paul’s College
S - Tyler Yelk - Minnesota-Duluth
S - Jabir Perkins - Texas A&M-Kingsville
LB - Jared Brock - West Texas A&M
LB - Mark Meng - Fort Lewis
LB - Jeff Souder - Nebraska-Omaha
LB - Blake Freese - Minnesota State-Mankato
LB - K.C. Asiodu - Central Oklahoma
DL - Ryan Kees - St. Cloud State
DL - Les Hammers - Truman State
DL - John Wood - Central Missouri
DL - Matt Cox - Western Oregon
DL - Chris Burnkhorst - Minnesota State-Mankato
DL - Ronald Green - Eastern New Mexico
P - Jamie Hanson - Missouri Western