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Ryan Autullo

I don't Love the MAC postseason awards

I m going to choose my words carefully so I do not offend anyone, but the MAC postseason football awards were released today and they are a total mess. Honestly, it s an utter embarrassment. My colleague Maureen Fulton tackled this topic well in her blog, so I recommend you head over to her page when you re done with this post.

Let s get started.

Actually before we get started, I want to emphasize that coaches vote on the team and individual awards while the media votes strictly on the individual awards. In other words, don t blame me.

-Dante Love s career-ending injury was absolutely sickening. This kid was destined to play in the NFL, and then in the matter of seconds his hopes and dreams were shattered when he fractured his back. It s horrible. It s sad. It made you stop liking football for a minute. But what in the world is he doing on the All-MAC second team? Love played in just four games and only one was against a MAC opponent. I almost quit reading over the list when I read Love s name, but I m glad I didn t because

-SEVEN MIAMI PLAYERS RECEIVED HONORS!!!! That s right, two-win Miami got seven players on the first, second or third teams!!! Absolutely absurd. The RedHawks were horrific this year!!! Very rarely do I overuse the exclamation point, but this is a rare case that calls for it. Unbelievable!!! If I m to believe that seven Miami players were among the best in the MAC at their respective positions, then RedHawks coach Shane Montgomery must be the worst coach to ever blow a whistle.

-Central Michigan s Antonio Brown did not rank in the top 10 in kickoff return yet he was named Special Teams Player of the Year.

-Last year s MAC Player of the Year CMU s Dan LeFevour threw 15 fewer touchdown passes than WMU s Tim Hiller and yet LeFevour got the nod on second team. I didn t get the memo that these are honors based on one s career.

-It s not my job to wave brown and orange pom-poms, but I have no problem defending BG in a situation like this. Yes, the Falcons had a disappointing season, but more than two players deserved to make a team. I was stunned to see none of BG s excellent defensive back was honored. Antonio Smith was much better than a year ago when he was named third team. And where is P.J. Mahone? I would argue Mahone might be the best safety in the MAC. Others that should have been considered are Corey Partridge, Kenny Lewis, Jeff Fink, John Hanline, Erique Dozier and Brandon Curtis. This is disgraceful.

Check them out for yourself.

Individual Award Winners

Vern Smith Leadership Award Larry English, Northern Illinois

Coach of the Year Brady Hoke, Ball State

Offensive Player of the Year Nate Davis, Ball State

Defensive Player of the Year Larry English, Northern Illinois

Special Teams Player of the Year Antonio Brown, Central Michigan

Freshman of the Year Sean Baker, Ball State


First Team

Center - Dan Gerberry, Ball State

Lineman - Robert Brewster, Ball State

Lineman Andrew Hartline, Central Michigan

Lineman Chris Kemme, Akron

Lineman - Andre Ramsey, Ball State

Tight End - Darius Hill, Ball State

Quarterback - Nate Davis, Ball State

Wide Receiver - Jamarko Simmons, Western Michigan

Wide Receiver - Naaman Roosevelt, Buffalo

Wide Receiver - Antonio Brown, Central Michigan

Wide Receiver - Bryan Anderson, Central Michigan

Running Back - MiQuale Lewis, Ball State

Running Back - James Starks, Buffalo

Placekicker Nate Parseghian, Miami

Second Team

Center - Alex Derenthal, Temple

Lineman Augustus Parrish, Kent State

Lineman Jeff Niedermier, Buffalo

Lineman Josh Leuck, Ohio

Lineman - T. J. Lang, Eastern Michigan

Tight End - Branden Ledbetter, Western Michigan

Quarterback - Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan

Wide Receiver - Nick Moore, Toledo

Wide Receiver - Dante Love, Ball State

Wide Receiver - Stephen Williams, Toledo

Wide Receiver - Jacory Stone, Eastern Michigan

Running Back - Dennis Kennedy, Akron

Running Back - Eugene Jarvis, Kent State

Placekicker Mike Salerno, Northern Illinois

Third Team

Center - Eddie Adamski, Northern Illinois

Lineman Jon Brost, Northern Illinois

Lineman Phillip Sawnson, Western Michigan

Lineman Jason Onyebuagu, Northern Illinois

Lineman - Greg Wojt, Central Michigan

Tight End - Andrew Mooney, Ohio

Quarterback - Tim Hiller, Western Michigan

Wide Receiver - Andre Jones, Akron

Wide Receiver - Deryn Bowser, Akron

Wide Receiver - Bruce Francis, Temple

Wide Receiver - Juan Nunez, Western Michigan

Running Back - Brandon West, Western Michigan

Running Back - DaJuane Collins, Toledo

Placekicker - Andrew Aguila, Central Michigan


First Team

Outside Linebacker - Clayton Mullins, Miami

Outside Linebacker - Austin Pritchard, Western Michigan

Inside Linebacker - Nick Bellore, Central Michigan

Inside Linebacker - Joe Hudson, Miami

Down Lineman - Larry English, Northern Illinois

Down Lineman - Frank Zombo, Central Michigan

Down Lineman - Diyral Briggs, Bowling Green

Down Lineman - Terrance Knighton, Temple

Defensive Back - Louis Delmas, Western Michigan

Defensive Back - B.J. Hill, Ball State

Defensive Back - Davonte Shannon, Buffalo

Defensive Back - Barry Church, Toledo

Punter Jake Richardson, Miami

Second Team

Outside Linebacker - Derek Burrell, Kent State

Outside Linebacker - Noah Keller, Ohio

Inside Linebacker - Daniel Holtzclaw, Eastern Michigan

Inside Linebacker - Kevin Grant, Akron

Down Lineman - Andre Neblett, Temple

Down Lineman - Jameson Hartke, Ohio

Down Lineman - Zach Davidson, Western Michigan

Down Lineman - Brandon Crawford, Ball State

Defensive Back - E.J. Biggers, Western Michigan

Defensive Back - Londen Fryar, Western Michigan

Defensive Back - Mike Newton, Buffalo

Defensive Back - Brian Lainhart, Kent State

Punter Chris Miller, Ball State

Third Team

Outside Linebacker Justin Winters, Buffalo

Outside Linebacker - Boston McCornell, Western Michigan

Inside Linebacker Bryant Haines, Ball State

Inside Linebacker - Tim McCarthy, Northern Illinois

Down Lineman Brandon Bice, Northern Illinois

Down Lineman - Joe Coniglio, Miami

Down Lineman - Almondo Sewell, Akron

Down Lineman - Sean Murnane, Central Michigan

Defensive Back Steven Jackson, Ohio

Defensive Back - Trey Buice, Ball State

Defensive Back - Robbie Wilson, Miami

Defensive Back - Bryan Williams, Akron

Punter Nick Iovinelli, Bowling Green

Kickoff Return Specialist

First Team - Antonio Brown, Central Michigan

Second Team - Travis Shelton, Temple

Third Team - Bryan Williams, Akron

Punt Return Specialist

First Team Antonio Brown, Central Michigan

Second Team - B.J. Hill, Ball State

Third Team - Eugene Harris, Miami

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