Northwest Missouri State offensive lineman Tanner Owen is part of the 2021 College Football America Yearbook’s Division II Preseason Starting Lineup, the book’s version of a preseason All-America team.
Just as importantly, the Bearcats are No. 6 in the 2021 College Football America Yearbook’s Division II Preseason Top 30.
The Bearcats did not play in 2020 due to COVID-19.
In 2019, the Bearcats shared the Mid-American Intercollegiate Athletics Association title. Northwest Missouri finished 12-2 in 2019, advancing to the Division II quarterfinals, where they fell to Ferris State, 25-3. The Bearcats have won six national titles, with the last one coming in 2016.
Owen is back for his senior year. In 2019 he was named a First-Team All-American by several outlets, including the American Football Coaches Association. He was also named First Team All-MIAA. He has started 39 straight games entering 2021.
The Bearcats open the season on Sept. 2 at Fort Hays State, which is also the opening of league play for both teams.
The Division II section of the College Football America 2021 Yearbook features 25 pages of content including:
- National Division II preview;
- Division II preseason Starting Lineup;
- Update on each Division II conference;
- Capsules for every Division II team, including 2020 results and 2021 schedules;
- Eleven color action, coach and stadium photos.
The College Football America 2021 Yearbook features more than 900 college football teams from the United States and Canada in more than 250 striking, full-color pages. That includes every team from the NCAA (FBS, FCS, Division II and Division III), NAIA, NJCAA, CCCAA and U Sports (Canada). It also includes updates on club football, one-year postgraduate prep/sports academies and Mexican college football, along with dozens of action shots and stadium photos taken by the CFA staff.
The print edition is available online via Amazon.com and other major retailers such as Barnes & Noble.