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Drew Nowak Named MAC Defensive POTY; Eight Broncos Earn All-MAC

Courtesy: Mat Kanan, director of athletic media relations
Release: 11/30/2011
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Western Michigan football team boasts eight All-Mid-American Conference selections for the 2011 season including two first team selections and the program's seventh Defensive Player of the Year in Drew Nowak.

Nowak, a native of Green Bay, Wis., tied for the lead in the MAC with 8.5 sacks and ranked second with 20.0 tackles for loss, tied for the sixth most in a season in WMU history and ranking fifth in the nation in 2011.  In addition, Nowak totaled 83 tackles on the year, which ranked third on the team and also tied for 20th in the conference.

This is the first all-conference nod of Nowak's career, earning First Team All-MAC Defense, and the first Defensive Player of the Year award for Western Michigan since Ameer Ismail in 2006.  Nowak joins Ismail, Jason Babin (2002, 2003), Sean Mulhearn (1990), Mark Garalczyk (1986) and John Offerdahl (1985) on the list of Broncos to earn the honor.

Joining Nowak on the first team is Jordan White.  This is the second First Team All-MAC Offense of White's career, joining Bob Phillips (1981, 1982), Tony Knox (1995, 1996), Steve Neal (1998, 1999, 2000), Greg Jennings (2004, 2005) and Jamarko Simmons (2007-08) as the only WMU receivers to accomplish the feat in multiple seasons.

White leads the nation in receiving yards (1,646), receiving yards per game (137.2 ypg), receptions (127), receptions per game (10.6 rpg) and receiving TDs (16).  He now owns all but two receiving records in program history.

Earning Second Team All-MAC Offense is quarterback Alex Carder.  Carder, who leads the conference in passing (312.2 ypg), threw for over 400 yards in four games in 2011, twice breaking the school's single-game record and matching the MAC record for TD passes with seven at Toledo.  He is the only QB to have five 400-yard games in his career and now ranks third in career passing TDs with 58.

Sophomore rover Johnnie Simon earned Second Team All-MAC Defense on the strength of his 103 tackles in 2011.  It is the first time a Bronco has eclipsed 100 tackles since Louis Delmas in 2008 and it is the first all-conference nod of Simon's career.

Three Broncos earned Third Team All-MAC Offense.  Dann O'Neill, Chleb Ravenell and John Potter made the list in 2011.  For O'Neill it is his first all-conference acknowledgement after starting every game this season at right tackle.

Ravenell also earned his first all-conference after ranking second on the team in receiving yards (769) and receiving TDs (8), and tying for second in receptions (59).  His break out game came against Connecticut where he had eight grabs for 118 yards and two scores in the fourth quarter alone.

Potter became the program's career scoring leader in 2011 and now holds the mark at 325 points.  He also holds the mark for PATs made (181) and consecutive PATs made in a career (126) and season (54).

Earning Third Team All-MAC Defense is junior defensive end Freddie Bishop.  Bishop has been a staple on the edge for WMU in 2011.  He ranks second on the team in tackles for loss (12.0), sacks (5.5) and QB Hurries (5).  This is also Bishop's first career all-conference nod.

Northern Illinois' Chandler Harnish was named the Vern Smith Leadership Award winner and the MAC Offensive Player of the Year.  Eastern Michigan's Ron English won MAC Coach of the Year, Ohio's Matt Weller earned MAC Special Teams Player of the Year and Bowling Green's Anthon Samuel won MAC Freshman of the Year.

 

2011 MAC Specialty Award Winners

Vern Smith Leadership Award Winner:  QB Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois

Coach of the Year:  Ron English, Eastern Michigan

Offensive Player of the Year:  QB Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois

Defensive Player of the Year:  DL Drew Nowak, Western Michigan

Special Teams Player of the Year: K Matt Weller, Ohio

Freshman of the Year:  RB Anthon Samuel, Bowling Green

2011 All-MAC First Team Offense

Position - Name - School

Quarterback - Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois @

Center - Scott Wedige, Northern Illinois @

Offensive Linemen - Mike VanDerMeulen, Toledo %

Offensive Lineman - Trevor Olson, Northern Illinois @

Offensive Lineman - Joe Flading, Ohio @&

Offensive Linemen - Pat Boyle, Temple

Tight End - Evan Rodriquez, Temple @

Wide Receiver - Jordan White, Western Michigan @

Wide Receiver - Eric Page, Toledo @!

Wide Receiver - Nick Harwell, Miami #

Wide Receiver - Kamar Jorden, Bowling Green @

Running Back - Bernard Pierce, Temple @ ^

Running Back -Branden Oliver, Buffalo

Placekicker -Mathew Sims, Northern Illinois

2011 All-MAC First Team Defense

Position - Name - School

Outside Linebacker -Aaron Morris, Ball State

Outside Linebacker - Khalil Mack, Buffalo

Inside Linebacker - Brian Wagner, Akron !

Inside Linebacker - Dwayne Woods, Bowling Green #

Down Lineman - Roosevelt Nix, Kent State @

Down Lineman - Adrian Robinson, Temple @ ^

Down Lineman - Chris Jones, Bowling Green %

Down Lineman - Drew Nowak, Western Michigan

Defensive Back - Jahleel Addae, Central Michigan %

Defensive Back - Dayonne Nunley, Miami

Defensive Back - Desmond Marrow, Toledo

Defensive Back - Sean Baker, Ball State #

Punter - Brian Schmeidebusch, Bowling Green

2011 All-MAC First Team Specialists

Position - Name - School

Kickoff Return Specialist - Eric Page, Toledo @

Punt Return Specialist -Eric Page, Toledo

2011 All-MAC Second Team Offense

Position - Name - School

Quarterback - Alex Carder, Western Michigan %

Center - Zac Kerin, Toledo

Offensive Lineman - Brandon Brooks, Miami # !

Offensive Lineman - Jordan Hansel, Ball State

Offensive Lineman - Brian Winters, Kent State %

Offensive Lineman - Eric Herman, Ohio

Tight End - David Blackburn, Central Michigan

Wide Receiver - LaVon Brazill, Ohio !

Wide Receiver - Briggs Orsbon, Ball State

Wide Receiver - Perez Ashford, Northern Illinois

Wide Receiver - Marcus Rivers, Buffalo

Running Back - Adonis Thomas, Toledo #

Running Back - Jasmin Hopkins, Northern Illinois

Placekicker - Matt Weller, Ohio ^

2011 All-MAC Second Team Defense

Position - Name - School

Outside Linebacker - C.J. Malauulu, Kent State

Outside Linebacker - Tahir Whitehead, Temple

Inside Linebacker - Travis Freeman, Ball State

Inside Linebacker - Noah Keller, Ohio ! +

Down Lineman - Sean Progar, Northern Illinois @

Down Lineman - Tremayne Scott, Ohio

Down Lineman - Nate Ollie, Ball State

Down Lineman - Brad Ohrman, Eastern Michigan

Defensive Back - Johnnie Simon, Western Michigan

Defensive Back - Josh Pleasant, Kent State

Defensive Back - Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois

Defensive Back - Travis Carrie, Ohio

Punter - Brandon McManus, Temple

2011 All-MAC Second Team Specialists

Position - Name - School

Kickoff Return Specialist - BooBoo Gates, Bowling Green

Punt Return Specialist - Jamill Smith, Ball State

 

 

2011 All-MAC Third Team Offense

Position - Name - School

Quarterback - Tyler Tettleton, Ohio

Center - Ben Bojicic, Bowling Green

Offensive Lineman - Dann O'Neill, Western Michigan

Offensive Lineman - Wayne Tribue, Temple

Offensive Lineman - Eric Fisher, Central Michigan

Offensive Lineman - A.J. Strum, Ohio #

Tight End - Garrett Hoskins, Eastern Michigan

Wide Receiver - Nate Palmer, Northern Illinois

Wide Receiver - Titus Davis, Central Michigan

Wide Receiver - Cody Wilson, Central Michigan #

Wide Receiver - Chleb Ravenell, Western Michigan

Running Back - Donte' Harden, Ohio

Running Back - Matt Brown, Temple #

Placekicker - John Potter, Western Michigan %

2011 All-MAC Third Team Defense

Position - Name - School

Outside Linebacker - Justin Cudworth, Eastern Michigan

Outside Linebacker - Jerrell Wedge, Miami

Inside Linebacker - Luke Batton, Kent State

Inside Linebacker - Ryan Kennedy, Miami

Down Lineman - Austin Brown, Miami #

Down Lineman - Morkeith Brown, Temple

Down Lineman - Freddie Bishop, Western Michigan

Down Lineman - T.J. Fatinikun, Toledo %

Defensive Back - Latarrius Thomas, Eastern Michigan

Defensive Back - Kevin Kroboth, Temple

Defensive Back - Luke Wollet, Kent State

Defensive Back - Marlon Pollard, Eastern Michigan

Punter - Scott Kovanda, Ball State

All-MAC Third Team Specialists

Position - Name - School

Kickoff Return Specialist - Donte' Harden, Ohio

Punt Return Specialist - Terrell Jackson, Buffalo @

 

@ 2010 First team All-MAC

# 2010 Second team All-MAC

% 2010 Third team All-MAC

^ 2009 First team All-MAC

! 2009 Second team All-MAC

& 2009 Third team All-MAC

~ 2008 First team All-MAC

+ 2008 Second team All-MAC

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