November 14, 2012

Ashland’s Taylor Housewright Named 2012 GLIAC Football “Player of the Year”

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BAY CITY, Mich. - Senior quarterback Taylor Housewright (Ashland, Ohio) of Ashland University was named the 2012 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Football “Player of the Year” in balloting conducted by the league’s head coaches. Saginaw Valley State University junior wide receiever Jeff Janis (Tawas, Mich./Tawas Area) was voted “Offensive Back of the Year”, while Ashland’s Lee Owens garnered “Coach of the Year” honors.

2012 GLIAC Football Postseason Awards

"Player of the Year"

Taylor Housewright (Sr, QB, Ashland)

"Offensive Back of the Year"

Jeff Janis (Jr, WR, Saginaw Valley State)

"Defensive Back of the Year"

Brian Gamble (Sr, DB, Ashland)

"Offensive Lineman of the Year"

Tim Lelito (Sr, LG, Grand Valley State)

"Defensive Lineman of the Year"

Jamie Meder (Jr, DT, Ashland)

"Freshman of the Year"

Jason Vander Laan (Fr, QB, Ferris State)

"Coach of the Year"

Lee Owens, Ashland University

     The rest of the GLIAC’s postseason awards were chosen as follows:  rookie quarterback Jason Vander Laan  (Frankfort, Ill./Chicago Christian) of Ferris State University earned “Freshman of the Year” accolades; senior defensive back Brian Gamble (Massillon, Ohio/Illinois) of Ashland earned “Defensive Back of the Year” honors; senior offensive guard Tim Lelito (St. Clair, Mich.) of Grand Valley State University earned the “Offensive Lineman of the Year” award; while Ashland junior defensive tackle Jamie Meder (Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge) was named “Defensive Lineman of the Year.”
    Housewright  is one of 24 finalists for the 2012 Harlon Hill Trophy. A three-year starter, Housewright leads the GLIAC in touchdown passes (30) and is second in passing yards per game (264.1). He is currently fourth in the nation in pass efficiency (173.46), and set the NCAA Division II record for consecutive passes without an interception (377) this season. Housewright has completed 221-of-324 passes (68.2 percent) for 2,905 yards, while only being  intercepted once. Housewright has posted a 25-8 record Ashland’s starting quarterback.
    Janis had a record-breaking season for the Cardinals in 2012.  To date, his 106 receptions rank second in NCAA Division II, while his 1,635 yards are top in the nation.  Janis caught 17 touchdown passes this season and was named GLIAC Offensive “Player of the Week” four times. He registered a GLIAC and SVSU record 300 yards receiving against Lake Erie in week four,  and broke the GLIAC and SVSU marks for receptions in a game with an 18 catch effort against Michigan Technological University in week nine.  In that same contest, he eclipsed single season SVSU marks for receptions and yards in a season.  In the game against Grand Valley State in week 11, Janis set a new single season GLIAC standard for receptions in a season with 91.  Janis has also been named one of 24 candidates for the annual Harlon Hill Award in 2012.
    Gamble is an All-GLIAC First Team pick for the second time in his career, as he was also on that unit in 2009. This year, Gamble has 59 tackles (42 solo), 5.5 tackles for loss (34 yards) and a team-leading three interceptions.  He’s second on the team in tackles. Gamble also takes snaps as a wide receiver. He’s caught 13 passes for 242 yards (17.2 ypc.) with two touchdowns.
    Lelito, who was a two-time First-Team All-GLIAC selection, started 45 straight games for the Lakers on the offensive front during his career. Lelito anchored an offensive line that helped the Laker offense rank second in total offense (474.4) and scoring offense (41.9) this season. In addition, Lelito was a key contributor in an offensive line that allowed just six QB sacks in 11 games and ranked eighth nationally in pass efficiency. Grand Valley State has had an offensive lineman earn this award in seven of the last eight years and 11 times since 1990.
    Meder has been one of the GLIAC’s top players throughout his career. He was named the GLIAC “Freshman of the Year” in 2010 and he’s been an all-conference first team selection in 2010 and 2011. This season, Meder has 58 tackles (19 solo) with 5.0 tackles for loss (22 yards) and 3.0 sacks (21).
    Vander Laan  directed the Bulldogs to only the program’s second season with seven or more victories in the last decade, which included FSU’s first win over rival Grand Valley State since 1999 and the program’s first triumph over divisional opponent Michigan Tech in 10 years.    Vander Laan established a GLIAC single-season record for rushing yardage by a quarterback as he ran for a FSU rookie record 1,338 yards on 247 carries (5.4 avg.) and 16 touchdowns in leading the Bulldogs. His team-high rushing total helped the Bulldogs rank among the nation’s top 10 teams in both rushing offense and total offense as Ferris State shattered a school record with 3,364 yards on the ground and averaged 473 yards per game of total offense.  He was 133 of 231 in the air for 1,493 yards and 13 scores.
    Owens has guided the Eagles to their first undefeated regular season since 1972. AU is ranked fourth in the country – that’s the highest the Eagles have been ranked since becoming an NCAA Division II institution. Ashland is 11-0, this is only the second time in school history the Eagles have reached double digits in wins.  Ashland won its first GLIAC football championship this year and is in the NCAA playoffs for the fifth time in school history. This is the third time AU has made the trip under Owens.  At Ashland, Owens is 66-33. This is his ninth year.  Owens was also the GLIAC coach of the year in 2005.

    
A complete listing of the 2012 All-GLIAC Football teams is located below:

2012 All-GLIAC Football Teams

First Team Offense

Position

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown 

QB

Taylor Housewright

Ashland

Sr.

Ashland, Ohio/Ashland

RB

Joe Glendening

Hillsdale

Sr.

East Grand Rapids, Mich.

RB

Anthony Taylor

Ashland

So.

Arlington, Va./Washington-Lee

RB

Monterae Williams

Findlay

Sr.

Canton, Ohio/McKinley

H-Back

Cam White

Hillsdale

Sr.

Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills Central

WR

Anthony Capasso

Ashland

Sr.

Columbia Station, Ohio/St. Edward

WR

Matt Curtin

Michigan Tech

Sr.

Sturgeon Bay, Wis.

WR

Jeff Janis

Saginaw Valley State

Jr.

Tawas City, Mich./Tawas Area

WR

Charles Johnson

Grand Valley State

Sr.

Elsmere, Ky./Eastern Kentucky

OL

Matt Armstrong

Grand Valley State

Jr.

Lansing, Mich./Sexton

OL

Jace Daniels

Northern Michigan

Sr.

Escanaba, Mich.

OL

Tim Lelito

Grand Valley State

Sr.

St. Clair, Mich.

OL

D.J. Loy

Hillsdale

Sr.

Westerville, Ohio/Central

OL

Zach Vermillion

Ashland

Jr.

Bellefontaine, Ohio/Bellefontaine

OL

Tyler White

Ohio Dominican

Sr.

Cincinnati, Ohio/Anderson

PK

Rockne Belmonte

Northern Michigan

Sr.

Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic Central

Spec.

Christian Jessie

Northern Michigan

Jr.

Grand Rapids, Mich./East Kentwood

First Team Defense

DL

Zach Anderson

Northern Michigan

Sr.

Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.

DL

Brad Iskow

Ferris State

Sr.

Bad Axe, Mich./Bad Axe

DL

Eli Kovach

Ohio Dominican

Sr.

Eastlake, Ohio/Willoughby South

DL

Jamie Meder

Ashland

Jr.

Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge

DL

Jordan Morgan

Ferris State

Jr.

Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel

LB

Justin Armstrong

Michigan Tech

Sr.

Las Vegas, Nev./Mojave

LB

Cody Bloom

Ashland

Jr.

Napoleon, Ohio/Napoleon

LB

Grant Caserta

Saginaw Valley State

Jr.

Holland, Mich./West Ottawa

LB

Tayo Moss

Ferris State

Sr.

South Rockwood, Mich./Monroe St. Mary's

LB

Brett Pasche

Hillsdale

Jr.

Findlay, Ohio/Liberty Benton

DB

Justin Bell

Ohio Dominican

Jr.

Columbus, Ohio/University of Toledo

DB

Gerren Duhart

Wayne State

So.

Toledo, Ohio/Central Catholic

DB

Brian Gamble

Ashland

Jr.

Massillon, Ohio/Illinois

DB

Jeff Heath

Saginaw Valley State

Sr.

Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion

DB

Fabian Jackson

Northwood

Sr.

Gainesville, Ga./North Hall

P

Stefan Terleckyj

Wayne State

Jr.

Warren, Mich./Warren Mott

Second Team Offense

Position

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown

QB

Jonathon Jennings

Saginaw Valley State

Jr.

Columbus, Ohio/Westerville South

RB

Toney Davis

Wayne State

Jr.

Muskegon Heights, Mich./Muskegon

RB

Tim Hogue

Saginaw Valley State

Sr.

Inkster, Mich./Inkster

RB

Pedro Powell

Notre Dame

Jr.

Liberty, Ohio/Lakota East HS

H-Back

Bryan LaChapelle

Michigan Tech

Sr.

Crystal Falls, Mich./Forest Park

WR

Obadiah Dykes

Tiffin

Sr.

Newark, N.J./Erie C.C.

WR

Dominique Maybanks

Wayne State

Jr.

Muskegon, Mich./Muskegon

WR

Seth White

Findlay

Jr.

Bexley, Ohio/Bexley/Ball State Univ.

WR

Israel Woolfork

Grand Valley State

Sr.

Livonia, Mich./Franklin

OL

Christian Babini

Saginaw Valley State

Jr.

 Rochester, Mich./Rochester Adams

OL

Andrew Biedenbender

Grand Valley State

Sr.

Mt. Pleasant, Mich

OL

Scott Dearwester

Findlay

Sr.

Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak Hills

OL

Curtis Ferguson

Wayne State

Sr.

Holt, Mich./Holt

OL

Buddy Poljan

Michigan Tech

Jr.

Hillsdale, Mich.

OL

Trevor Smolinski

Ferris State

Sr.

Battle Creek, Mich./Marshall

PK

Stefan Terleckyj

Wayne State

Jr.

Warren, Mich./Warren Mott

Spec.

Akeem Cason

Michigan Tech

Sr.

Benton Harbor, Mich.

Second Team Defense

DL

Ryan Busch

Saginaw Valley State

Jr.

Holton, Mich./Holton

DL

Jacob Clark

Michigan Tech

Sr.

Lansing, Mich./Catholic Central

DL

Serxho Guraleci

Wayne State

Sr.

Sterling Heights, Mich./Utica Stevenson

DL

Richard Sumlin

Findlay

Sr.

Medina, Ohio/Medina

DL

Nelson Wienke

Michigan Tech

So.

Kingsford, Mich.

LB

Brandon Butler

Findlay

Sr.

Perrysburg, Ohio/Perrysburg

LB

Spencer Remtema

Northwood

Sr.

Rockford, Mich./Rockford

LB

Nick Thomas

Wayne State

Sr.

Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. Mary

LB

Ryan Whittum

Northwood

Sr.

Livonia, Mich./Churchill

LB

Ed Viverette

Wayne State

Jr.

Southfield, Mich./Brother Rice

DB

Ray Ballard

Findlay

Jr.

Columbus, Ohio/Northland

DB

Jaime Barrera

Ferris State

Sr.

Fremont, Calif./Washington

DB

Aaron Cornett

Wayne State

Sr.

South Lyon, Mich./South Lyon

DB

Nick Galvan

Hillsdale

Jr.

Adrian, Mich./Adrian

DB

Mike McMillian

Ashland

Sr.

Hagerstown, Md./Mendocino College

P

Chris Picano

Grand Valley State

So.

Brighton, Mich.

2012 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention Team

Ashland: Domi-on Combs (So/LB), Donnie Dottei (Sr/DB), Tyler Houska (Sr/DE), Jordan McCune (So/RB), Steve Nagy (Fr/FB), James Triplett (Fr/OL); Ferris State: Adam Bennett (Fr/OC), Jake Lampman (So/WR), Carlin Landingham (Jr/OT), Skyler Stoker (Sr/RB), Corey Stone (So/DT), Jason Vander Laan (Fr/QB); Findlay: Clay Belton (Sr/QB), Jaryd Brown (Jr/TE), Tyler Johns (Sr/OL), Josh Kleopfer (Jr/DL), Jamon McClain (JR/DB), Justin Music (Jr/OL);  Grand Valley State: Isiah Grimes (So/QB), Ryan Pettis (Sr/DL), Mike Ratay (So/RB), Luther Ware (Jr/LB), Reggie Williams (Jr/DB),   Hillsdale: Steve Embry (Jr/LB), Matt Eltringham (So/P), Ben Karba (Sr/DB), Anthony Misfud (Sr/QB), Devin Moynihan (Jr/LB), Dan Pittman (So/DB); Lake Erie: Taylor Leppla (Sr/DE), Bryant Loparo (Sr/OL), Sam Marcotte (Sr/P-K), Dennis McElligott (Sr/OL), Tanner Wells (So/OLB); Malone: Dan McCormack (Sr/OL), Frank McCormick (Sr/DL), Logan Francis (Sr/DB), Jake Hardy (Sr/K), Justin McLean (Sr/WR), Antonio Scassa (Sr/LB); Michigan Tech: Cam Allen (So/DL), Emmett Bjorn (Sr/DB), Justin Blake (Sr/DL), Alex Elsenheimer (Sr/WR), Tyler Scarlett (So/QB), Cole Welch (Jr/FB); Northern Michigan: Pat Fehlberg (Jr/OL), Ed Knoblock (Sr/LB), Casey Cotta (Jr/RB), Nick Krause (So/LB), Cody Scepaniak (Jr/QB), Morgan Stenz (Jr/LB); Northwood: Justin Barnes (Sr/DT), Matt Broome (Sr/OL), Kyle Fikki (Jr/DE), Jordan Jonker (Jr/RB), Andrew Harig (Sr/TE), Tony Hite (Sr/P); Notre Dame: Paul Brown (Sr/OL), Ray J. Brown (So/TE), Bob Hansen (Sr/DL), Brian Harp (Jr/OC), Cordell James (Sr/OL), Colton Wallace (So/WR); Ohio Dominican: Jake Brandt (Jr/OL), Andrew Carpenter (Sr/OL), Vince German (Jr/DL), Abe Johnson (So/WR), Mark Miller (So/QB), Brent Wahle (Fr/PK); Saginaw Valley State: Michael Albrecht (Jr/WR), Zach Cecich (Sr/TE), Tevon Conrad (Jr/OL), Brian Johnson (Jr/LB), Mark Thrash (Jr/WR), Deangelo Parris (Jr/DB); Tiffin: Marcus Beaurem (So/WR), Joe Collard (Jr/DE), Dustin Craig (So/OC), Brandon Person (So/S), Max Pollom (Fr/OT), Stefan Willis (Fr/S); Walsh: Jamaris Brown (So/DB), Ryan Fehernbach (Sr/DL), Toba Olarewaju (Sr/RB), Andrew Roy (Jr/DL), Anthony Schrock (So/WR), Sir Taylor (Sr/DB);  Wayne State: Andrew Matt (Jr/DE).

 

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