11 Bobcats earn All-MAC football honors

By Alex Hawley - [email protected]

Ohio senior Quentin Poling (32) gets to the Kansas quarterback, during the Bobcats’ non-conference win on Sept. 16 in Athens, Ohio.

Ohio senior Quentin Poling (32) gets to the Kansas quarterback, during the Bobcats’ non-conference win on Sept. 16 in Athens, Ohio.

Alex Hawley|OVP Sports

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A total of 11 Bobcats filled a dozen spots on the 2017 All-Mid-American Conference football teams, released by the conference on Wednesday.

Ohio — which finished second in the MAC East Division — garnered one first team selection, eight second teamers and a trio of third team honorees.

For the second straight season, Ohio senior inside linebacker Quentin Poling was named to the first team, after being selected to the third team in 2015. Poling came up with 102 tackles this fall, including 47 solo and 12.5 for a loss. The Gomer, Ohio native recorded 5.5 sacks, forced three fumbles and recovered two loose balls.

On the second team defense for the second straight year is OU sophomore safety Javon Hagan, who had 76 tackles, 39 solo tackles and one interception. Joining Hagan on the second team defense is first time honoree Chad Moore, who came up with 74 tackles, 37 solo tackles and three interceptions this fall.

The second team offense features Ohio quarterback Nathan Rourke, halfback A.J. Ouellette, receiver Papi White and linemen Jake Pruehs, Joe Lowery and Joe Anderson. Pruehs is the only one of the group that’s not a first time honoree, as he was a third teamer last year.

Rourke posted 2,018 yards and 15 touchdowns through the air, while adding 882 yards and 21 scores on the ground. Ouellette chalked up 980 yards and seven scores in the rushing attack this fall, thanks in large part to Pruehs, Lowery and Anderson, who started all-12 games for the Green and White.

White — who also earned his way onto the third team, as a punt return specialist — played in just eight games, hauling in 32 passes for 525 yards and two touchdowns.

On the third team defense, cornerback Bradd Ellis intercepted two passes and broke-up 18 more this fall.

After a first team performance last fall, sophomore placekicker Louis Zervos was named to the third team this year, making 15-of-18 field goals and 56-of-57 extra-points. Zervos’ longest field goal of the season was 46 yards.

The dozen spots filled by Ohio ties Western Michigan for the most on the 2017 all-conference teams.

2017 ALL-MAC Football

First Team Offense

QB: Logan Woodside, Toledo; OL: Max Scharping, Northern Illinois; Chukwuma Okorafor, Western Michigan; Elijah Nkansah, Toledo; Brant Weiss, Toledo; John Keenoy, Western Michigan; TE: Shane Wimann, Northern Illinois; WR: Diontae Johnson, Toledo; Anthony Johnson, Buffalo; James Gardner, Miami; Sergio Bailey II, Eastern Michigan; RB: Jarvion Franklin, Western Michigan; Terry Swanson, Toledo; PK: Jameson Vest, Toledo.

First Team Defense

OLB: Ulysees Gilbert, Akron; Jim Jones, Kent State; ILB: Khalil Hodge, Buffalo; Quentin Poling, Ohio; DL: Sutton Smith, Northern Illinois; Maxx Crosby, Eastern Michigan; Joe Ostman, Central Michigan; Anthony Winbush, Ball State; DB: Amari Coleman, Central Michigan; Darius Phillips, Western Michigan; Brody Hoying, Eastern Michigan; Shawun Lurry, Northern Illinois; P: Joe Davidson, Bowling Green

First Team Specialists

Kickoff Ret.: Darius Phillips, Western Michigan; Punt Ret.: Diontae Johnson, Toledo.

Coach of the Year: Jason Candle, Toledo.

Offensive Player of the Year: QB Logan Woodside, Toledo.

Defensive Player of the Year: DE Sutton Smith, Northern Illinois.

Special Teams Player of the Year: KR Darius Phillips, Western Michigan.

Freshman of the Year: QB Marcus Childers, Northern Illinois.

Vern Smith Leadership Award Winner: QB Logan Woodside, Toledo.

Second Team Offense

QB Nathan Rourke, Ohio; OL: Jake Pruehs, Ohio; Jimmy Leatiota, Eastern Michigan; Joe Lowery, Ohio; Luke Juriga, Western Michigan; Joe Anderson, Ohio; TE: Donnie Ernsberger, Western Michigan; WR: Corey Willis, Central Michigan; Justin Hall, Ball State; Papi White, Ohio; Teo Redding, Bowling Green; RB: A.J. Ouellette, Ohio; Jonathan Ward, Central Michigan; PK: Jake Suder, Bowling Green.

Second Team Defense

OLB: Outside Linebacker – Bobby Jones IV, Northern Illinois; Chad Moore, Ohio; ILB: Robert Spillane, Western Michigan; Malik Fountain, Central Michigan; DL: Jeremiah Harris, Eastern Michigan; Olasunkanmi Adeniyi, Toledo; Demone Harris, Buffalo; Jon Cunningham, Kent State; DB: Alvin Davis, Akron; Josh Cox, Central Michigan; Sam Beal, Western Michigan; Javon Hagan, Ohio; P: Derek Adams, Kent State.

Second Team Specialists

Kickoff Ret.: Diontae Johnson, Toledo; Punt Ret.: Darius Phillips, Western Michigan.

Third Team Offense

QB: Brogan Roback, Eastern Michigan; OL: JP Quinn, Central Michigan; Jordan Steckler, Northern Illinois; James O’Hagan, Buffalo; Vinnie Palazeti, Ball State; Jordan Rigg, Miami; TE: Tyler Conklin, Central Michigan; WR Mark Chapman, Central Michigan; Scott Miller, Bowling Green; Tra’Von Chapman, Akron; Spencer Tears, Northern Illinois; RB: Jordan Huff, Northern Illinois; Andrew Clair, Bowling Green; PK: Louie Zervos, Ohio.

Third Team Defense

OLB: Jawuan Johnson, Northern Illinois; Asantay Brown, Western Michigan; ILB: Jason Beck, Eastern Michigan; Nate Locke, Bowling Green; DL: Chuck Harris, Buffalo; Josh Corcoran, Northern Illinois; Jamal Davis, Akron; Ikeem Allen, Miami; DB: Heath Harding, Miami; Demetrius Monday, Kent State; Bradd Ellis, Ohio; Vince Calhoun, Eastern Michigan; P: Derrick Mitchell, Western Michigan.

Third Team Specialists

Kickoff Ret.: Malik Dunner, Ball State; Punt Ret.: Papi White, Ohio.

Ohio senior Quentin Poling (32) gets to the Kansas quarterback, during the Bobcats’ non-conference win on Sept. 16 in Athens, Ohio.
https://www.mydailyregister.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/24/2017/12/web1_12.3-OU-Poling.jpgOhio senior Quentin Poling (32) gets to the Kansas quarterback, during the Bobcats’ non-conference win on Sept. 16 in Athens, Ohio. Alex Hawley|OVP Sports

By Alex Hawley

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Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

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