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