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Ohio Football Earns School-Record 12 Spots on All-MAC Teams

Dec. 2, 2009

ATHENS, Ohio-The Ohio football team earned a school-record 12 citations on the 2009 Mid-American Conference First, Second and Third Teams, the league office announced Wednesday.


Only Temple’s 15 citations eclipsed the Bobcats’ total of 12, which was the most since the program registered 10 in 1968 and 1971. MAC West champ Central Michigan was third with 11.


Ohio seniors Chris Garrett and Lee Renfro were named to the All-MAC first team, as was redshirt freshman kicker Matt Weller.


Garrett is Ohio’s all-time leader in kick return average (26.79), kick return yards (2,063) and kick return touchdowns (3). Renfro boasts 93 tackles from his outside linebacker spot and is a captain on this year’s team. He is the team’s second-leading tackler, with seven tackles for loss, two sacks, five breakups and one fumble recovery. Weller, a Freshman All-America candidate, sports 19 field goals this season, which is one shy of the school record and the most of any freshman in the nation. He was named MAC East Special Teams Player of the Week three times this season.


The Bobcats has five second team selections, including senior wide receiver Taylor Price, junior linebacker Noah Keller, senior cornerback Thad Turner and junior wideout LaVon Brazill, who earned second team honors at both wide receiver and punt returner.


Price sits just one touchdown catch shy of Todd Snyder’s all-time school record of 15 and is just one reception away from having sole possession of the school’s career catches record. This season, he has a team-best 51 catches for 733 yards and five scores. Keller is second in the MAC in tackles per game (10.2) and was also named to the All-MAC second team last season. In 2009, Keller also recorded 8.5 tackles for loss, two sacks, one interception, two pass breakups and a pair of forced fumbles. Turner stands sixth on the squad in tackles (50), and also has a half tackle for loss, an interception and six pass breakups. Brazill, a MAC East Special Teams Player of the Week honoree on Nov. 23, has had a breakout year in 2009, becoming the school’s most prolific punt returner of all time with four career punt returns for TDs. He also amassed 49 catches for 670 yards and six touchdowns at his receiver position.


Four Ohio student-athletes dotted the third team, as tackles Chris Rodgers and Joe Flading were honored along the offensive line. Redshirt junior defensive tackle Ernie Hodge and redshirt freshman free safety Gerald Moore rounded out the honorees.


Rodgers and Flading both recorded team-high grades of 1.86 this season and combined for 52 pancake blocks, 29 decleaters, while yielding just 2.5 sacks between them. Hodge, a defensive end-turned-defensive tackle for Ohio, is the team’s seventh-leading tackler with 42 stops, 5.5 tackles for loss, two pass breakups and one fumble recovery. Moore, Ohio’s other Freshman All-America candidate, has six interceptions this season, which is tied for first among freshmen nationally. He also boasts 53 tackles, one tackle for loss, a half sack, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.


Central Michigan’s Dan LeFevour won both the Vern Smith Leadership Award and the Offensive Player of the Year honor. Temple’s Adrian Robinson and CMU’s Antonio Brown gained Defensive Player of the Year and Special Teams Player of the Year acclaim, respectively. The Owls’ Bernard Pierce was selected as the league’s Freshman of the Year.


Temple’s Al Golden was named MAC Coach of the Year after leading the Owls, who were picked second in the Eastern division of the MAC’s Preseason Poll, to a 9-3 overall record and a 7-1 mark in the MAC.


The Bobcats (9-3 overall, 7-1 MAC), the MAC East’s fourth-place selection in the preseason, defeated Temple to gain the MAC East’s berth in the Marathon MAC Championship (Detroit, Mich.-Ford Field) where they will face the Chippewas Friday at 8 p.m. The game will be shown to a national TV audience on ESPN2.



2009 MAC Specialty Award Winners


Vern Smith Leadership Award Winner:  Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan


Coach of the Year:  Al Golden, Temple


Offensive Player of the Year:  Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan


Defensive Player of the Year:  Adrian Robinson, Temple


Special Teams Player of the Year:  Antonio Brown, Central Michigan


Freshman of the Year:  Bernard Pierce, Temple




All-MAC First Team Offense


Quarterback - Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan #^~


Center - Eddie Adamski, Northern Illinois %


Offensive Lineman - Allen Ollenburger, Central Michigan


Offensive Lineman - Jason Onyebuagu, Northern Illinois %


Offensive Lineman - Darius Morris, Temple


Offensive Lineman - Colin Madison, Temple


Tight End - Jesse Rack, Buffalo


Wide Receiver - Freddie Barnes, Bowling Green


Wide Receiver - Antonio Brown, Central Michigan @


Wide Receiver - Naaman Roosevelt, Buffalo @&


Wide Receiver - Stephen Williams, Toledo #!


Running Back - Bernard Pierce, Temple


Running Back - Chad Spann, Northern Illinois


Placekicker - Matt Weller, Ohio




All-MAC First Team Defense


Outside Linebacker - Lee Renfro, Ohio


Outside Linebacker - Elijah Joseph, Temple


Inside Linebacker - Nick Bellore, Central Michigan @


Inside Linebacker - Cobrani Mixon, Kent State


Down Lineman - Andre Neblett, Temple #!


Down Lineman - Adrian Robinson, Temple


Down Lineman - Muhammad Wilkerson, Temple


Down Lineman - Frank Zombo, Central Michigan @


Defensive Back - Barry Church, Toledo @^~


Defensive Back - Davonte Shannon, Buffalo @^


Defensive Back - Jaiquawn Jarrett, Temple


Defensive Back - Brian Lainhart, Kent State #


Punter - Matt Rinehart, Kent State




All-MAC First Team Specialists


Kickoff Return Specialist - Chris Garrett, Ohio


Punt Return Specialist - Antonio Brown, Central Michigan @^




All-MAC Second Team Offense


Quarterback - Tim Hiller, Western Michigan %


Center - Colin Miller, Central Michigan


Offensive Lineman - Peter Bittner, Buffalo


Offensive Lineman - Brandon Brooks, Miami


Offensive Lineman - Anthony Parker, Western Michigan


Offensive Lineman - Devin Tyler, Temple


Tight End - Jimmy Scheidler, Bowling Green


Wide Receiver - Eric Page, Toledo


Wide Receiver - Bryan Anderson, Central Michigan @!~


Wide Receiver - Taylor Price, Ohio


Wide Receiver - LaVon Brazill, Ohio


Running Back - Brandon West, Western Michigan %!


Running Back - MiQuale Lewis, Ball State @


Placekicker - Mike Salerno, Northern Illinois #




All-MAC Second Team Defense


Outside Linebacker - Austin Pritchard, Western Michigan @


Outside Linebacker - Robert Eddins, Ball State


Inside Linebacker - Brian Wagner, Akron


Inside Linebacker - Noah Keller, Ohio #


Down Lineman - Brandon Crawford, Ball State #&


Down Lineman - Jake Coffman, Northern Illinois


Down Lineman - Monte Simmons, Kent State


Down Lineman - Brandon Bice, Northern Illinois


Defensive Back - Mike Newton, Buffalo #


Defensive Back - Thad Turner, Ohio


Defensive Back - Josh Gordy, Central Michigan


Defensive Back - Miguel Graham, Akron


Punter - Zach Johnson, Eastern Michigan




All-MAC Second Team Specialists


Kickoff Return Specialist - James Nixon, Temple


Punt Return Specialist - LaVon Brazill, Ohio




All-MAC Third Team Offense


Quarterback - Tyler Sheehan, Bowling Green


Center - John Palumbo, Temple


Offensive Lineman - Joe Flading, Ohio


Offensive Lineman - Shane Steffy, Bowling Green


Offensive Lineman - Chris Rodgers, Ohio


Offensive Lineman - Corey Woods, Akron


Tight End - Steve Maneri, Temple


Wide Receiver - Robert Arnheim, Western Michigan


Wide Receiver - Juan Nunez, Western Michigan %


Wide Receiver - Armand Robinson, Miami


Wide Receiver - Brett Hamlin, Buffalo


Running Back - DaJuane Collins, Toledo %


Running Back - Me’co Brown, Northern Illinois


Placekicker - Alex Steigerwald, Toledo




All-MAC Third Team Defense


Outside Linebacker - Andre Hatchett, Eastern Michigan


Outside Linebacker - Amara Kamara, Temple


Inside Linebacker - Alex Joseph, Temple


Inside Linebacker - Archie Donald, Toledo


Down Lineman - Almondo Sewell, Akron %!


Down Lineman - Ernie Hodge, Ohio


Down Lineman - Larry Knight, Central Michigan


Down Lineman - Sean Murnane, Central Michigan %


Defensive Back - Gerald Moore, Ohio


Defensive Back - Dominique Harris, Temple


Defensive Back - Anthony Kokal, Miami


Defensive Back - Jalil Carter, Akron


Punter - Ben Armer, Western Michigan




All-MAC Third Team Specialists


Kickoff Return Specialist - Dashan Miller, Akron


Punt Return Specialist - Tommy Davis, Northern Illinois




@ 2008 First team All-MAC


# 2008 Second team All-MAC


% 2008 Third team All-MAC


^ 2007 First team All-MAC


! 2007 Second team All-MAC


& 2007 Third team All-MAC


~ 2006 First team All-MAC