CLEVELAND – Ohio seniors Chad Brinker and Bop White have been named All-Mid-American Conference in voting by the league coaches, the conference office announced today. Brinker earned first-team distinction while White was a second-team selection.
Brinker, a fullback from Martins Ferry, was one of three running backs on the first team. He established himself as one of the top rushers in Ohio history this season, climbing to fourth on the all-time list with 2,826 yards. He posted five century rushing games in 2002 en route to 1,099 yards, the fourth-most ever in a single season. Brinker led the team in scoring with 68 points (team-high 10 rushing touchdowns, one receiving score and a two-point conversion) and ranks third all-time with 184 points. His best effort of the year came against Akron, when he tallied 160 yards on a career-high 36 carries. He scored four of his touchdowns on the ground against Eastern Michigan.
White, a cornerback from Cincinnati, finished third in the MAC in interceptions with six, the fifth-most in a Bobcat season. He totaled 17 for his career, good for second place and just one shy of the school record. White was eighth on the team in tackles this season with 32 (22 solo) and second in breakups with seven. He tallied a season-best seven tackles against Akron while adding six against Florida. Two of his interception came at Pittsburgh in the season opener.