2019 All-GLIAC Football Teams, Player of the Year Awards Announced

2019 All-GLIAC Football Teams, Player of the Year Awards Announced

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The 2019 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Football postseason awards have been announced after voting conducted by the league's coaches. 

PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Austin Edwards - Ferris State

Ferris State University senior defensive end Austin Edwards led the Bulldogs to a second consecutive GLIAC Championsip and an unbeaten regular-season. As the leader of one of the nation's top defensive units, Edwards has compiled 13.5 tackles for loss (-83 yards) along with eight sacks (-68 yards) and 45 total stops this campaign with both a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. The three-year starter is a three-time All-GLIAC honoree and two-time All-American who has helped FSU to its sixth consecutive NCAA Division II Playoff appearance this year and the region's top seed after three-straight trips to the national quarterfinals or beyond. The two-time All-GLIAC First Team pick was a finalist for the 2018 Cliff Harris Award as one of the nation's top small college performers and is a highly-regarded NFL prospect.

OFFENSIVE BACK OF THE YEAR
Deiontae Nicholas - Wayne State

Wayne State senior running back Deiontae Nicholas returned from back-to-back injury filled seasons to finish third in the GLIAC in rushing yards at 847; had the second-highest yards per carry (6.0) of anyone with at least 75 rushing attempts; and ranked second in all-purpose yards (992) in league play.  The sixth-year graduate student concluded his collegiate career with 1,735 rushing yards and 3,560 all-purpose yards, which ranks 10th in school history.  His 7.54 yards per carry (230-1735) for a career is the best in program history of anyone with at least 75 rushing attempts.  In fact, his 7.54 yards per play is also tops in the WSU annals for anyone with at least 150 plays.

OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
Tyler Allison - Ferris State

Ferris State University senior offensive guard Tyler Allison has had a standout campaign up front for the Bulldogs, helping FSU to its second consecutive GLIAC Championship and an unbeaten regular-season. The four-year starter has has paved the way for one of the nation's top offensive units throughout his career and is a three-time All-GLIAC choice. This season, he's helped the Bulldogs rank among the nation's top 10 teams in total offensve, averaging 513.3 yards per game, and the Bulldogs are also ranked in the top 15 in rushing at 257.7 yards a contest. Allison is a four-year letterwinner and has helped FSU to its sixth consecutive NCAA Division II Playoff appearance this year and the region's top seed after three-straight trips to the national quarterfinals or beyond.

DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE YEAR
Heath Williams - Saginaw Valley St. 

Senior defensive tackle Heath Williams capped-off his Cardinal career with another stellar season in anchoring the SVSU defensive line. Garnering plenty of attention from opposing offenses, Williams racked-up 38 tackles, with five of those coming in the form of sacks and totaling 7.5 tackles-for-loss. Heath ranks third all-time in SVSU history with 22.5 sacks and is third in single season sacks with the 13 he collected in his junior campaign. The 39.5 tackles-for-loss he has posted in his career rank third all-time as well for the East Lansing native who has 135 career tackles. Williams becomes Saginaw Valley's second-ever GLIAC Defensive Lineman of the Year, with the only other being 1999 NFL first round draft pick Lamar King in the 1998 season. 

DEFENSIVE BACK OF THE YEAR
James Ceasar - Ferris State

Ferris State University senior defensive back James Ceasar has made his mark in his first season with the Bulldogs as one of the nation's top defensive backs. Ceasar, who transferred from Southern Illinois, helped lead the Bulldogs to a second-straight GLIAC Championship and an unbeaten regular-season with a team-high six interceptions to go with seven pass breakups, 28 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack this campaign. The standout cornerback's play has guided FSU to its sixth consecutive NCAA Division II Playoff appearance and the region's top seed this year. Ceasar has registered multiple interceptions in two different games and his effort has enabled the Bulldogs to rank as one of the nation's top defensive units this year, including first in the country in team pass efficiency defense. 

FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR
Gei'vonni Washington - Ashland

 As announced by the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference on Tuesday (Nov. 19) afternoon, Ashland University tailback Gei'vonni Washington is the 2019 GLIAC Freshman of the Year. Washington led the GLIAC with 1,205 rushing yards, 264 carries and 1,453 all-purpose yards during his freshman campaign. He ended the year with eight consecutive 100-yard rushing games, becoming the first Eagle to accomplish the feat since D.J. McCoy in 2010, and set a new program record for most rushing yards in a season by a rookie. Washington becomes the fourth Ashland player this decade to earn GLIAC Freshman of the Year honors, along with quarterbacks Austin Brenner (2018) and Travis Tarnowski (2014), and defensive tackle Jamie Meder (2010).

COACH OF THE YEAR
Paul Winters - Wayne State

 Wayne State University head coach Paul Winters led the Warriors to a remarkable turnaround winning eight of their final nine games in 2019 after suffering through a 1-11 stretch in the previous 12 contests.  WSU was predicted to tie-for-fifth by the league coaches prior to the 2019 campaign and finished second notching a 7-1 record with the only setback to Super Region 3 top seed Ferris State.  Wayne State played the fifth-toughest schedule in Division II with an opponents winning percentage of .604 (64-42) and the three losses were to teams that went a combined 30-2.  This is Winters' third GLIAC Coach-of-the-Year award having previously been the recipient in 2006 and 2008.  The eight wins were the most since the 2011 team went 12-4 on its way to the national championship game, while the second-place finish was the best since the 2011 squad tied-for-second.


 A complete list of the 2019 All-GLIAC football teams is below:
 
2019 All-GLIAC Football First Team
Name School Yr. Pos.  Hometown
Ryan Conklin, Saginaw Valley St.  Sr QB   Jackson, Mich.
Nate McCrary Saginaw Valley St.   Jr RB   Muskegon, Mich.
Marvin Campbell  Ferris St.  Jr RB    Detroit, Mich.
Deiontae Nicholas Wayne St. (Mich.)  Sr RB    Chesterfield, Mich.
Jayk Slager Grand Valley St.  So TE  Zeeland, Mich. 
Sy Barnett Ferris St.  So WR   Williamston, Mich.
Chad Gailliard Saginaw Valley St.  Jr WR   Dearborn, Mich.
Austin Paritee Grand Valley St.  Sr WR   Birmingham, Mich.   
Darece Roberson Wayne St. (Mich.)  Sr WR   Muskegon, Mich.
Tyler Allison Ferris St.  Sr OL   Clinton Township, Mich.
Landin Mitchell Wayne St. (Mich.)  Jr OL   Goodrich, Mich.
Ethan Culberson Grand Valley St.  Jr OL  Shelby, Twp., Mich.
Dylan Pasquali Ferris St.  Jr OL   Trenton, Mich.
Hayden Huttula Michigan Tech  So OL  Hartland, Mich
Ryan Maguire Ashland  Sr OL   New Albany, Ohio
Austin Edwards Ferris St.  Sr DL   Lansing, Mich.
Nate LaJoie Michigan Tech  Jr DL  Sault Ste Marie, Mich
Heath Williams Saginaw Valley St.  Sr DL   East Lansing, Mich.
Robert Clanton Davenport  Sr DL  Muskegon, Mich.
Dennis Johnson Grand Valley St.  Jr DL  Columbus, Ohio
James Ceasar Ferris St.  Sr DB   Detroit, Mich.
Damario Johnson Grand Valley St.  Sr DB  Hammond Ind,
Jaylen Moore Grand Valley St.  Sr DB  Murrieta, Calif.
Dimitri Abro Northwood  Sr DB   Macomb, Mich.
D. Stephenson Ferris St.  Sr DB   Sayreville, N.J.
Avonte Bell Ferris St.  Sr LB   Lansing, Mich.
Isaiah Nkansah Grand Valley St.  Sr LB Mason, Ohio
Sam Heyboer Ferris St.  Jr LB   Grand Rapids, Mich.
Leon Eggleston Wayne St. (Mich.)  Sr LB   Sylvania, Ohio
Clay Shreve Ashland Sr  LB   Mogadore, Ohio
Jackson Dieterle  Ferris St. Sr  PK   Jenison, Mich.
Parker Blust Northwood So  P    Lake Orion, Mich.
Dion Earls Ferris St. Sr  KR   Chicago, Ill.
2019 All-GLIAC Football Second Team
Name School Year Pos. Hometown
Austin Brenner Ashland  So QB   Copley, Ohio
Gei'vonni Washington Ashland  Fr RB   Youngstown, Ohio
James Hill Wayne St. (Mich.)  Sr RB   Livonia, Mich.
Jared Smith Michigan Tech  So RB  Westphalia, Mich.
Austin Williams Ashland   So FB   Chardon, Ohio
Jacob Wenzlick Michigan Tech  Sr WR  Sanford, Mich.
Casey Williams Saginaw Valley St.   So WR   Lansing, Mich.
Logan Bolin Ashland  Jr  WR   Grafton, Ohio
Xavier Wade Ferris St. So  WR   Holland, Mich.
Jake Boonstra Ferris St. Jr  OL   Grand Rapids, Mich.
Trevor Curle Saginaw Valley St. Sr  OL   Macomb, Mich.
Adam McJunkin Wayne St. (Mich.) Sr  OL   Allen Park, Mich.
Lane Potter Wayne St. (Mich.) Jr  OL   Hudsonville, Mich.
Garrett Carroll Grand Valley St.  Fr OL  Fort Wayne, Ind
Cory Carr Ferris St. Sr  OL   Portage, Mich.
Austin Simpson Ferris St. Jr  DL   Livonia, Mich.
Jalen Lewis Wayne St. (Mich.) Sr  DL   Pontiac, Mich.
Tristan Reichelderfer Ashland Sr  DL   Kenton, Ohio
Jordan Jones Ferris St. So  DL   Redford, Mich.
Johnathon Williams Grand Valley St. Sr   DL  Benton Harbor, Mich.
Travis Tidwell Michigan Tech Sr DB  Detroit, Mich.
Nick Powers Ashland  Sr DB   Hilliard, Ohio
Greg McDade Wayne St. (Mich.) Sr  DB   Sterling Heights, Mich.
Omari McCauley Ferris St. Sr  DB   Detroit, Mich.
Deion Powers Davenport  Sr DB  Fort Wayne, Ind. 
Tyler Bradfield Grand Valley St.  Jr LB  Rockford, Mich.
Isaac Darkangelo Northern Mich.  So LB  Brighton, Mich.
Kye Black Davenport  Sr LB  Fort Wayne, Ind.
Brandon Tuck-Hayden Wayne St. (Mich.) So  LB   Akron, Ohio
David Still Saginaw Valley St. Sr  LB Glassboro, N.J.
Satchel Denton Ashland  Jr PK   Centerburg, Ohio
Will Ark Michigan Tech  Jr P  Green Bay, Wis
Tyquan Cox Northern Mich.  Fr KR  Chicago, Ill. 
 2019 All-GLIAC Football Honorable Mention
Ashland
Name Yr. Pos. Hometown
 Ryan Corkean  Jr LB    Columbus, Ohio
 Mike Hopewell Sr   DT   Blacklick, Ohio
 Curtis Roupe So  DE    Spencer, Ohio
Jordan Swett Fr  CB    Nashville, Tenn.
Justin Moore So  CB    Akron, Ohio
Nick Cone So  DT    Columbus, Ohio
Davenport
 Meckah Lester So  OL Chicago, Ill.
 Shain Shannon  Sr OL  Lansing, Mich.
 Nate Couturier Sr  WR   Allendale, Mich. 
 Kyle Wojahn Fr  P Stevensville, Mich. 
 Jalen Robinson  So DB Detroit, Mich.
 Abe Thompson St  DL   Yuma, Ariz. 
Ferris State
 Jevon Shaw Sr   SL    Farmington Hills, Mich.
 Davontae Harrington  Sr  SL    St. Petersburg, Fla.
 Lazon Hicks Jr  TE    Ypsilanti, Mich.
 Zein Obeid So  OL    Dearborn, Mich.
 Alex Thomas Sr  DB    Lauderdale Lakes, Fla.
 Najeem Hosein  Sr  DB    Orlando, Fla.
Grand Valley State
 Michael Pettis Sr   DL  Battle Creek, Mich./Central
 Brenndann Brown So   LB  Southfield, Mich./Farmington Hills Harrison
 Antonio Strong So DB   Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central
 Aryuan Cain-Veasey  So RB   Michigan City, Ind.
 Brandon Wadley  Jr WR   South Bend, Ind./John Adams
 Quinton Barrow  Fr OL   Romulus, Mich.
Michigan Tech
 Jordan Ferguson  Jr FB  Alpena, Mich
 Xavier Ciardo Sr  DL  Kenosha, Wis.
 Ben Hartley Sr  WR  West Branch, Mich
 Jeremy Bell  Sr  OL  Negaunee, Mich.
 Glacier Wallington Sr  DB  Metamora, Mich.
 Braxton Blackwell  So DB  South Lyon, Mich
Northern Michigan
 Antonio Howard Fr  RB   Chicago, Ill.
 Jack Reiger So  LB   Hoffman Estates, Ill.
 Tyshon King Fr   RB  Kankakee, Ill. 
 John Kwiecinski Sr   P  Plymouth, Mich.
 Jay Young Jr  OL  New Baltimore, Mich.
 Brady Hanson Jr  DB  Kewaskum, Wis. 
Northwood
 Cashual Goldsmith Fr  RB   Flint, Mich.
 Damon Sutton Jr  OL    Sterling Heights, Mich.
 Alex Spicuzzi Sr  WR    Macomb, Mich.
 Zach Graham Sr  OL    Northville, Mich.
Dantae Banton Fr  DL    Pompano Beach, Fla.
 Noah Koenigsknecht Jr  WR   Dewitt, Mich.
Saginaw Valley St.
Max Fister Sr OL   Allen Park, Mich.
 Justin Whitted  Sr  LB   Farmington Hills, Mich.
 Marvin White Jr  DB   Detroit, Mich.
 Nick Whiteside So  DB   Auburn Hills, Mich.
 Austin Egler Sr  DB   Clarkston, Mich.
 Fischer Klein Sr  OL    Portland, Mich.
Wayne State
 Myron Riley-Brown  Sr DB   Harvey, Ill.
 Kyle Toth Sr  DB   Hudsonville, Mich.
 Damani Green So  DT   Detroit, Mich.
 Dakota Kupp Sr  QB   Waterford, Mich.
 Stephen Charron Sr  FB   Palm Harbor, Fla.
 Nick Poterack So  TE   Byron Center