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November 27, 2006

Muir named first team All-MAC

The Mid-American Conference announced the 2006 MAC All-Conference team on Monday. In all, 16 of the selections were repeated from last season led by Northern Illinois running back Garrett Wolfe. Wolfe won the Vern Smith Leadership Award, the conference's top individual honor.

Five Kent State players earned postseason honors, led by senior defensive lineman Daniel Muir, the Golden Flashes lone representative on the first team. Muir was a second team selection in 2005.

Joining Muir on the all-conference squad are senior wide receiver Najah Pruden, sophomore quarterback Julian Edelman and senior defensive backs Andre Kirkland and Usama Young. Earlier today it was announced that Kirkland would participate in the 2007 Las Vegas All-Star Classic on Jan. 15 in Las Vegas, Nev.

First Team All-MAC Offense
Center Kory Lichtensteiger, Bowling Green, Jr., Van Wert, Ohio #!
Lineman Joe Staley, Central Michigan, Sr., Rockford, Mich.
Lineman Doug Free, Northern Illinois, Sr., Manitowoc, Wis. ^
Lineman Matt Coppage, Ohio, Sr., Walton, Ky.
Lineman - John Greco, Toledo, Jr., Youngstown, Ohio ^
Tight End Chris Hopkins, Toledo, Sr., Chicago, Ill. !
Wide Receiver Ryne Robinson, Miami, Sr., Toledo, Ohio !
Wide Receiver Bryan Anderson, Central Michigan, Fr., Rockford, Mich.
Wide Receiver Eric Deslauriers, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Gatineau, Quebec, Canada #
Quarterback Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan, Fr., Downers Grove, Ill.
Runningback Garrett Wolfe, Northern Illinois, Sr., Chicago, Ill. ^*
Runningback Kalvin McRae, Ohio, Jr., Decatur, Ga. ^
Runningback Jalen Parmele, Toledo, Jr., Midland, Mich.
Placekicker Andrew Wellock, Eastern Michigan, Sr., Canton, Ohio ^*

First Team All-MAC Defense

Outside Linebacker Mike Alston, Toledo, Sr., Columbus, Ohio ^
Outside Linebacker Ameer Ismail, Western Michigan, Sr., Holland, Mich.
Inside Linebacker Matt Muncy, Ohio, Sr., Miamisburg, Ohio ^
Inside Linebacker Red Keith, Central Michigan, Sr., Franklin, Ga. !
Down Lineman Devon Parks, Bowling Green,Sr., Libertyville, Ill.
Down Lineman Dan Bazuin, Central Michigan, Sr., McBain, Mich. ^*
Down Lineman Dan Muir, Kent State, Sr., Lanham, Md. !
Down Lineman Larry English, Northern Illinois, So., Aurora, Ill.
Defensive Back Joey Card, Miami, Sr., Canton, Ohio ^
Defensive Back T.J. Wright, Ohio, Sr., Beaumont, Texas
Defensive Back Barry Church, Toledo, Fr., Pittsbrugh, Pa.
Defensive Back Londen Fryar, Western Michigan, Jr., Jobstown, N.J
Punter Chris Miller, Ball State, Jr., Libertyville, Ill.

Second Team All-MAC Offense
Center Drew Mormino, Central Michigan, Sr., Buffalo Grove, Ill.
Lineman Chris Kemme, Akron, So., Upper Arlington, Ohio
Lineman Andrew Hartline, Central Michigan, Jr., Baroda, Mich.
Lineman Eric Tunney, Central Michigan, Sr., Alger, Mich.
Lineman Dominic Moran, Western Michigan, Sr., Rochester Hills, Mich.
Tight End Brandon Ledbetter, Western Michigan, Jr., Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Wide Receiver David Harvey, Akron, Fr., Penn Hills, Pa.
Wide Receiver Dante Love, Ball State, So., Cincinnati, Ohio
Wide Receiver Najah Pruden, Kent State, Sr., Burlington, N.J.
Quarterback Julian Edelman, Kent State, So., Redwood City, Calif.
Running Backs Dennis Kennedy, Akron, So., Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Runningback James Starks, Buffalo, Fr., Niagar Falls, N.Y.
Running Backs Mark Bonds, Western Michigan, Jr., Indianapolis, Ind.
Placekicker Brian Jackson, Ball State, Sr., Dothan, Ala.

Second Team All-MAC Defense
Outside Linebacker Cortlan Booker, Ball State, Sr., West Lafayette, Ind.
Outside Linebacker - Tyler Russ, Ohio, Sr., Stetsonville, Wis.
Inside Linebacker Terrel White, Bowling Green, Sr., Wooster, Ohio
Inside Linebacker Joey Hudson, Miami, So., Piqua, Ohio
Lineman Steven Friend, Central Michigan, Jr., Grand Rapids, Mich.
Lineman Jason Jones, Eastern Michigan, Jr., Southfield, Mich.
Lineman Landon Cohen, Ohio, Jr., Spartanburg, S.C.
Lineman Jameson Hartke, Ohio, So., Centerville, Ohio
Defensive Back Erik Keys, Ball State, Sr., Indianapolis, Ind.
Defensive Back Usama Young, Kent State, Sr., Largo, Md.
Defensive Back Andre Kirkland, Kent State, Sr., Upper Marlboro, Md.

Defensive Back Dustin Utschig, Northern Illinois, Sr., Winneconne, Wis.
Punter Tony Mikulec, Central Michigan, Sr., Highland, Mich.

Honorable Mention
Tight End - Darius Hill, Ball State, So., Blue Spring, Mo.
Placekicker - Chris Nendick, Northern Illinois, Jr., Naperville, Ill. %
Quarterback - Luke Getsy, Akron, Sr., Munhall, Pa.
Inside Linebacker - Doug Kress, Central Michigan, Sr., Lapeer, Mich.
Wide Receiver - Britt Davis, Northern Illinois, So., Broadview, Ill.
Inside Linebacker - Tim McCarthey, Northern Illinois, So., Neenah, Wis.

^ 2005 first-team all-MAC selection
* a 2004 first-team all-MAC selection
! a 2005 second-team all-MAC selection
# a 2004 second-team all-MAC selection
% a 2004 Honorable Mention all-MAC selection

Specialty Awards
Coach of the Year Frank Solich, Ohio
Offensive Player of the Year Garrett Wolfe, Northern Illinois
Defensive Player of the Year Ameer Ismail, Western Michigan
Freshman of the Year Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan
Special Teams Player of the Year Brian Jackson, Ball State
Vern Smith Leadership Award Winner - Garrett Wolfe, Northern Illinois

Note The All-MAC team was voted on by the league's 12 head coaches. The specialty awards were voted on by the MAC News Media Association. The first-team and second team offense are comprised of 28 selections, the first-team and second team defense 26 selections, and honorable mention six selections for a total of 60 all-MAC student-athletes. Ties resulted in two tight ends and two placekickers on second team. The Vern Smith Leadership Award was voted by a panel comprised of league head coaches and a select group of media representatives.

Specialty Award Voting:
Vern Smith Leadership Award: Garrett Wolfe, Northern Illinois (15); Dan Bazuin, Central Michigan (8); Jeff Bublavi, Buffalo (2); Ryne Robinson, Miami (2); Tyler Russ, Ohio (1).

MNMA Awards:
(only those with a minimum of 5 votes listed. 39 total votes)
Coach of the Year: Frank Solich, Ohio (21); Brian Kelly, Central Michigan (17).
Offensive Player of the Year: Garrett Wolfe, Northern Illinois (33).
Defensive Player of the Year: Ameer Ismail, Western Michigan (35).
Freshman of the Year: Dan LeFevour, Central Michigan (15); Nate Davis, Ball State (11); Barry Church, Toledo (7).
Special Teams Player of the Year: Brian Jackson, Ball State (12); Matt Lasher, Ohio (5).



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