November 11, 2009

Wayne State’s Joique Bell Named 2009 GLIAC Football “Player of the Year”

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BAY CITY, Mich. - Wayne State University senior running back Joique Bell (Benton Harbor, Mich.) was named the 2009 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Football “Player of the Year” in balloting conducted by the league’s head coaches. Senior quarterback Brad Iciek (Grandville, Mich.) of Grand Valley State University was voted “Offensive Back of the Year,” while Hillsdale College’s Keith Otterbein garnered “Coach of the Year” honors.

"Player of the Year"

Joique Bell (Sr, RB, Wayne State)

"Offensive Back of the Year"

Brad Iciek (Sr, QB, Grand Valley State)

"Defensive Back of the Year"

John Jacobs (Sr, LB, Saginaw Valley State)

"Offensive Lineman of the Year"

Nick McDonald (Sr, OT, Grand Valley State)

"Defensive Lineman of the Year"

Danny Richard (Jr, DL, Grand Valley State)

"Freshman of the Year"

Monterae Williams (Fr, RB, Findlay)

"Coach of the Year"

Keith Otterbein, Hillsdale College

  The rest of the GLIAC’s postseason awards were chosen as follows: rookie running back Monterae Williams (Canton, Ohio/McKinley) of the University of Findlay earned “Freshman of the Year” accolades; senior linebacker John Jacobs (Prudenville, Mich. / Midland Dow) of Saginaw Valley State University earned “Defensive Back of the Year” honors; senior offensive tackle Nick McDonald (Sterling Heights, Mich./Henry Ford II) of Grand Valley State earned the “Offensive Lineman of the Year” award; while Grand Valley State junior defensive lineman Danny Richard (West Bloomfield, Mich.) was named “Defensive Lineman of the Year.”

Bell not only finished the regular season leading the GLIAC in rushing, scoring and all-purpose yards per game but the entire NCAA (including I-A/FBS, I-AA/FCS, II and III) in all three categories. He rushed for 2,084 yards, the 15th-best mark in NCAA Division II history, while his 17.5 points per game average was the eighth-best mark in D-II history. For his career, Bell had 6,728 rushing yards (sixth in D-II/8th in NCAA history), while his 152.91 rushing yards per game is 11th in D-II and 25th in NCAA history. He scored 576 points which ranks fourth in D-II and fifth in NCAA history, while his 13.1 points per game average is fourth in D-II and 10th in NCAA history. Bell’s 8,055 all-purpose yards is fourth in D-II and ninth in NCAA history.

Iciek ranked third in the nation and led the GLIAC in pass efficiency rating (173.8). He completed 165-of-256 passes for 2,359 yards and 26 touchdowns with just two interceptions, while leading GVSU to its fifth-straight GLIAC title and improved his record as a starting quarterback to 33-3. Iciek directed an offense that ranked first in the GLIAC in rushing (237.8 ypg), third in passing (227.4 ypg), first in total offense (465.2 ypg) and second in scoring (36.9). He has now thrown for 7,636 yards and 89 touchdowns in his career.

Jacobs capped off an incredible career with a Conference-high 135 tackles during his senior campaign, helping the Cardinals to a 9-2 record and an appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs for the first time since the 2005 season.  He was named GLIAC “Defensive Player of the Week” twice this season, and became the GLIAC’s all-time tackles leader in conference games (397).  Jacobs tied for the GLIAC lead in interceptions (4) and ranked sixth in tackles for loss (13).  He started all 11 games for the Cardinals in 2009 and recorded a season high 17 tackles against Northern Michigan on Oct. 3, one of six games in which he recorded 12 or more tackles. 

McDonald anchored a Grand Valley State offensive line that ranked third among Division II programs and led the GLIAC in QB sacks allowed (6) in 11 games. In addition, McDonald was a key contributor to a GVSU offense that ranked first in the GLIAC in rushing (237.8 ypg), third in passing (227.4 ypg), first in total offense (465.2 ypg) and second in scoring (36.9). Grand Valley State is 48-3 during McDonald’s playing career.

Richard tallied 40 total tackles (24 solo/16 assisted), 16.5 tackles for loss (-68 yards), 10.0 QB sacks (-51 yards), three QB hurries, two pass breakups, two forced fumbles and two blocked field goals during the 2009 season. Richard, who ranked second in the GLIAC in both tackles for loss and QB sacks, led a GVSU defense that ranked eighth nationally in both rushing defense (79.8) and scoring defense (15.6).

Williams led the Oilers rushing attack by accumulating 937 yards on 222 carries. He appeared in all 11 games with eight starts and scored six touchdowns on the year. Williams posted three games of 130 yards or more, recording a season-high 196 yards against Ferris State on Sept. 12, averaging 85.2 yards per contest during his inaugural campaign.

Otterbein guided his alma mater to its best season in 17 years in 2009, leading the Chargers to a 9-2 record and their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II playoffs. Otterbein, in his eighth season at Hillsdale College, won the 100th game of his coaching career earlier this season. He has guided the Chargers to three straight winning seasons, compiling the third-best overall record in the GLIAC since 2007. Hillsdale finished tied for second place in the GLIAC in 2009, also its best finish in the conference since 1992.

A complete listing of the 2009 All-GLIAC Football teams is located below:

 

2009 All-GLIAC Football Teams

First Team Offense

Position

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown

QB

Brad Iciek

Grand Valley State

Sr.

Grandville, Mich.

RB

Joique Bell

Wayne State

Sr.

Benton Harbor, Mich.

RB

James Berezik

Grand Valley State

Jr.

Fraser, Mich./Warren De La Salle

RB

Vinnie Panizzi

Hillsdale

Sr.

Grosse Pointe, Mich./South

H-Back

Galen Stone

Saginaw Valley State

Sr.

Grand Blanc, Mich./Swartz Creek

WR

Michael Chambers

Findlay

Sr.

Ravenna, Ohio

WR

A.J. Kegg

Hillsdale

Sr.

Gurnee, Ill./Warren Township

WR

Andre Holmes

Hillsdale

Jr.

Elk Grove, Ill./James B. Conant

WR

Blake Smolen

Grand Valley State

Sr.

Grosse Ile, Mich.

OL

Bill Behling

Michigan Tech

Sr.

Milwaukee, Wis./Bay View

OL

Cameron Bradfield

Grand Valley State

Jr.

Grand Rapids, Mich./Creston

OL

Jordon Derosia

Saginaw Valley State

Sr.

Mt. Morris, Mich./E.A. Johnson

OL

Tim Dury

Indianapolis

Sr.

Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chatard

OL

Nick McDonald

Grand Valley State

Sr.

Sterling Heights, Mich./Henry Ford II

OL

Jared Veldheer

Hillsdale

Sr.

Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Northern

PK

Mark Petro

Hillsdale

Sr.

Rocky River, Ohio/Lutheran West

Spec.

Blake Smolen

Grand Valley State

Sr.

Grosse Ile, Mich.

First Team Defense

DL

Drew Berube

Hillsdale

Sr.

Hillsdale, Mich.

DL

Randall Courtney

Indianapolis

Sr.

Indianapolis, Ind./North Central

DL

Alex Gilde

Grand Valley State

Sr.

McBain, Mich.

DL

Danny Richard

Grand Valley State

Jr.

West  Bloomfield, Mich.

DL

E.J. Whitlow

Findlay

Sr.

Oak Park, Mich./Country Day

LB

John Jacobs

Saginaw Valley State

Sr.

Prudenville, Mich./Midland Dow

LB

Joe Knopick

Findlay

Sr.

Rootstown, Ohio/Ravenna Southeast

LB

Mike LeVand

Saginaw Valley State

Sr.

Grandville, Mich.

LB

Justin Victor

Grand Valley State

Jr.

Allen Park, Mich.

LB

Nathan Yelk

Northern Michigan

Sr.

Arlington, Wis.

DB

Carlton Downs

Saginaw Valley State

So.

Detroit, Mich./Denby

DB

Anthony Fields

Findlay

Sr.

Ft. Wayne, Ind./Bishop Luers

DB

Brian Gamble

Ashland

So.

Massillon, Ohio/Illinois

DB

Jake McGuckin

Grand Valley State

Sr.

Allen Park, Mich.

DB

Craig Ray

Indianapolis

Jr.

Plainfield, Ind.

P

Brian Schmeidebusch

Findlay

Fr.

Ottawa, Ohio/Ottawa-Glandorf

Second Team Offense

Position

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown

QB

Billy Cundiff

Ashland

Sr.

Uniontown, Ohio/Connecticut

QB

Troy Weatherhead

Hillsdale

Jr.

Grand Rapids, Mich./Comstock Park

RB

Mark Bossuah

Northern Michigan

Sr.

Grand Rapids, Mich.

RB

P.T. Gates

Grand Valley State

Sr.

San Diego, Calif.

RB

Monterae Williams

Findlay

Fr.

Canton, Ohio/McKinley

H-Back

Matt Patillo

Hillsdale

Sr.

Mishawaka, Ind./Penn

WR

Nick Bellanco

Ashland

Sr.

Wooster, Ohio

WR

Joe Horn

Ashland

Jr.

Waynesfield, Ohio/Goshen

WR

Zach Nichols

Northern Michigan

Sr.

Brighton, Mich.

WR

Bob Slowik

Michigan Tech

Sr.

Green Bay, Wis./Southwest

OL

Marc Cuddeback

Wayne State

Jr.

Sterling Heights, Mich./De La Salle

OL

Phil Doerfler

Hillsdale

Jr.

Allen Park, Mich.

OL

Will Floyd

Northwood

Jr.

Waterford, Mich./Our Lady of the Lakes

OL

Ryan Jonik

Wayne State

Sr.

Canton, Mich./Plymouth Canton

OL

Jack Rustman

Northern Michigan

Sr.

Johnsburg, Ill.

OL

Nate Schaffer

Findlay

Jr.

Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary

PK

Justin Trumble

Grand Valley State

Sr.

Grosse Point, Mich./Dakota

Spec.

Carlin Isles

Ashland

So.

Massillon, Ohio/Jackson

Second Team Defense

DL

Jordan Barley

Saginaw Valley State

Sr.

Menominee, Mich.

DL

Brandon Cornell

Findlay

So.

Kenton, Ohio

DL

Bryan Klobucar

Saginaw Valley State

Sr.

Hudsonville, Mich.

DL

Nick Lawrence

Grand Valley State

Jr.

Brighton, Mich.

DL

Andrew Smith

Northwood

So.

Redlands, Calif.

LB

Andrew DeWeerd

Northwood

Jr.

Hudsonville, Mich.

LB

Mike Dum

Indianapolis

So.

Indianapolis, Ind./Bishop Chartard

LB

Zach Gauthier

Northern Michigan

Sr.

Ishpeming, Mich.

LB

Matt Ryan

Ferris State

Sr.

Howell, Mich.

LB

Nick Thomas

Wayne State

So.

Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary

DB

Matt Bakker

Grand Valley State

Jr.

Middleville, Mich./South Christian

DB

Zach Breen

Grand Valley State

So.

Rockford, Mich.

DB

Jamar Hibler

Northwood

Sr.

Saginaw, Mich.

DB

Nick Hixson

Hillsdale

So.

Remus, Mich./Chippewa Hills

DB

J.T. Owens

Indianapolis

Sr.

Indianapolis, Ind./Lawrence North

P

Eric Schweller

Hillsdale

Sr.

Bellbrook, Ohio

2009 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention Team

Ashland: Dustin Basch (Sr./DL), Matt Knez (Jr./OL), Christian Livingston (Sr./WR), D'Marris McCoy (So./RB), Quinton Scott (Jr./LB), Matt Stoinoff (So./DL) Ferris State: Nick Bulter (Sr./LB), Joe Doman (Sr./OL), Santonio Favot (Sr./DB), Jacob Moreno (Jr./DT), Jordan Morgan (RFr./DE), Angelo Williams (Sr./DB) Findlay: Andrew Beam (Sr./QB), Chris Condeni (Jr./OL), Ikechi Emeaghara (So./DB), Cameron Stevens (Jr./PK), Richard Sumlin (Fr./DL), Dustin Zielaskiewicz (Jr./WR) Grand Valley State: Matt Armstrong (Fr./OL), Ryan Bass (Jr./WR), Brad Howard (So.,/LB), Andrew Lorman (So./H-Back), Andre Thomas (So./DL), Justin Trumble (Sr./P) Hillsdale College: Mike Blanchard (Jr./WR), Bill Kanitz (Sr./H-Back), Kam Mueller (Jr./DL), Mat Szula (Sr./LB), Andrew Yarbrough (Sr./DL), Mark Yassay (Sr./DL)  Indianapolis: Ryan Forney (So./Spec.), Steven Geller (Sr./WR), Joe Leach (So./WR), Josh Martin (Jr./DE), Adam Prichard (Sr./OG), Eric Quintana (Jr./OT) Michigan Tech: Marvin Atkins (Sr./RB), Justin Blake (Jr./DL), Matt Desotell (Jr./OL), Josh Frantti (Sr./OL), Todd Storm (So./DE), John van der Laan (Sr./LB) Northern Michigan: Matt Forward (So./DL), D.J. Oke (Jr./DB), Jon Otto (Sr./OL), Garrett Peck (So./P), Demetri Stewart (Sr./LB)  Northwood: Antoine Carr (Sr./WR), Baher Faik (Sr./DE), Mike Gillmore (Sr./WR), Tony Hite (Fr./K), Spencer Klukowski (Sr./QB), Emmanuel Southern (Sr./DE) Saginaw Valley State:Rob Callaway (Sr./DL), Chuck Dowdell (Jr./QB), Kurtis Fournier (Sr./P), Toby Goetz (Sr./DE), Xavier Walker (Jr./RB), Jerry Wichman (Sr./OL) Tiffin: Boris Bede (Fr./K), Trey Williams (Jr./WR) Wayne State: Athan Anagonye (Sr./DE), Jeremy Jones (So./DB), Joe Long (RSo./OL), Josh Renel (So./Spec.), Bruno Shkreli (Sr./Spec.).

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