Three Northwestern (IA) players, including quarterback Tyson Kooima, are part of the 2021 College Football America Yearbook’s NAIA Preseason Starting Lineup, the book’s version of a preseason All-America team.
Just as importantly, the Red Raiders are No. 1 in the 2021 College Football America Yearbook’s NAIA Preseason Top 30. The Vikings are the highest-ranked Great Plains Athletic Conference program in the CFA preseason Top 30.
Kooima, a senior, was the NAIA Player of the Year in 2020 and a First-Team NAIA All-American. His teammates, defensive back Noah Van’t Hof and all-purpose player Michael Storey, are also in the Starting Lineup. Van’t Hof was a Second-Team All-American.
The Red Raiders went 11-2 overall last year and 8-1 in GPAC action. The Red Raiders made the NAIA playoffs, defeating Dickinson State, 31-7, in the first round; Grand View, 27-24, in the quarterfinals; and defending champion Morningside, 44-41, in the semifinals. The next week, the Red Raiders fell to Lindsey Wilson, 45-13, in the national championship game.
The Red Raiders open the season on the road at Presentation on Aug. 28. They open the home portion of their schedule on Sept. 4 against Hastings.
The NAIA section of the College Football America 2021 Yearbook features 16 pages of content including:
- National NAIA preview;
- NAIA preseason Starting Lineup;
- Update on each NAIA conference;
- Capsules for every NAIA team, including 2020 results and 2021 schedules;
- Six 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 and Books-A-Million.