November 20, 2013

SVSU’s Jonathon Jennings Named 2013 GLIAC Football “Player of the Year”

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BAY CITY, Mich. - Senior quarterback Jonathon Jennings (Columbus, Ohio / Westerville South) of Saginaw Valley State University was named the 2013 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Football "Player of the Year" in balloting conducted by the league's head coaches. Saginaw Valley State senior wide receiever Jeff Janis (Tawas, Mich. / Tawas Area) was voted "Offensive Back of the Year," while Ohio Dominican University's Bill Conley garnered "Coach of the Year" honors.

2013 GLIAC Football Postseason Awards

"Player of the Year"

Jonathon Jennings (Sr, QB, SVSU)

"Offensive Back of the Year"

Jeff Janis (Sr, WR, SVSU)

"Defensive Back of the Year"

Justin Bell (Sr, DB, Ohio Dominican)

"Offensive Lineman of the Year"

Matt Armstrong (Sr, OC, Grand Valley State)

"Defensive Lineman of the Year"

Jamie Meder (Sr, DT, Ashland)

"Freshman of the Year"

Mason Sawicki (Fr, DL, Ohio Dominican)

"Coach of the Year"

Bill Conley, Ohio Dominican University

    The rest of the GLIAC's postseason awards were chosen as follows:  rookie defensive lineman Mason Sawicki  (Dublin, Ohio / Dublin Scioto) of Ohio Dominican earned "Freshman of the Year" accolades; senior defensive back Justin Bell (Columbus, Ohio / Groveport Madison) of Ohio Dominican earned "Defensive Back of the Year" honors; senior offensive center Matt Armstrong (Lansing, Mich./Sexton) of Grand Valley State University earned the "Offensive Lineman of the Year" award; while Ashland senior defensive tackle Jamie Meder (Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge) was named "Defensive Lineman of the Year" for the second consecutive season.
    Jennings earned the GLIAC "Player of the Year" award after compiling 3,284 yards passing and 30 touchdowns this season.  The senior quarterback added 470 yards rushing with 12 touchdowns as well.  Jennings's 3,284 yards and average of 298.5 yards per game led the league.  His 30 touchdowns were a GLIAC-best and were five more than the second highest mark.  Jon broke his own SVSU single game passing record for passing yards in a single game with 541 in the team's 47-34 victory over Hillsdale.  In that game, Jennings also broke the SVSU record with seven TD passes.  Jennings finished his GLIAC career as the conference's all-time leader in passing yards (9,546) and total offense (10,700).
    Janis earned his second-consecutive GLIAC "Offensive Back of the Year" award after posting another monster season for the Cardinals.  The senior wideout hauled-in 78 catches for 1,541 yards and 14 touchdowns, averaging 140.1 yards per game.  Janis was the only GLIAC wide receiver to break the 1,000 yard mark and average over 100 yards per contest.  The 2012 All-American selection tied the GLIAC single season record for receiving yards this season with 1,492 in conference games only.  He ranks second in career yards with 3,879 in conference games, spanning from 2010-13.  Janis broke his own GLIAC and SVSU record with 331 yards receiving in the team's 47-34 win over Hillsdale earlier this year.  In that game, he tied a school record with four TD catches as well.
    A preseason All-American selection, Bell finished with 87 tackles (52 solo), two forced fumbles, an interception, a fumble recovery and four pass breakups to help lead the ODU secondary. Bell, a First Team All-GLIAC pick in 2012 as     well, had five games of 11 or more tackles this season. Also a threat in the return game, Bell tied a GLIAC record with a 91-yard punt return for a touchdown in the win over #9 Grand Valley and averaged 15.1 yards per return on 21 total returns.
    Armstrong has been named the 2013 GLIAC "Offensive Linemen of the Year," marking the eighth time in the last nine years that a Grand Valley State offensive lineman has earned the honor. Armstrong was a four-time All-GLIAC honoree, including being named First-Team All-GLIAC three-times. Matt has played in 47 career games up front, including 44 starting assignments at every position on the offensive line. Armstrong has been a key figure in a Laker offense that annually ranks among the national leaders in fewest sacks allowed, total offense, rushing offense, passing offense, scoring offense and balance. Matt was a key figure in helping Grand Valley State be one of nine teams in the country averaging over 210 yards per game rushing and 240 yards per game passing in 2013. Matt anchored a young offensive line as the lone senior up front in 2013 and graded out at a 97 percent assignment efficiency rating. Grand Valley State is 40-7 with Armstrong in the lineup.    
  Meder
was named the GLIAC "Defensive Lineman of the Year" for the second consecutive season. He is a first team all-conference selection for a fourth straight season. Meder tied for the team lead in tackles (88/32 solo) and had a team-leading 7.5 tackles for loss (16 yards). Meder ends his career second in career tackles for loss at Ashland. He is on the Watch List for the NFL Combine in Indianapolis and the Senior Bowl.
    As an interior defensive lineman, Sawicki stepped into the starting lineup and produced throughout the season, totaling 33 tackles (4.5 for loss) and a sack for the Panthers. Sawicki helped lead the GLIAC's top scoring defense and second-best rushing defense with his efforts inside. He had six tackles in the win over Ashland and two tackles for loss against Northern Michigan.
    Conley led Ohio Dominican to its second undefeated regular season and second playoff appearance in school history. Conley has guided the Panthers in their transition from the NAIA ranks and in the past three years has a record of 25-7 guiding ODU. Currently, the Panthers have Division II's longest win streak at 15 consecutive games, having outscored opponents 629-244 during that stretch, winning by an average of 25.7 points per game. The Panthers are ranked No. 7 in both the AFCA and D2Football.com Top 25 polls entering the postseason.

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

2013 All-GLIAC Football Teams

First Team Offense

Position

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown

QB

Jonathon Jennings

Saginaw Valley State

Sr.

Columbus, Ohio / Westerville South

RB

Daiquone Ford

Findlay

So.

Myrtle Beach, S.C. / Myrtle Beach

RB

Mark Nichols

Ohio Dominican

Sr.

Pataskala, Ohio / Newark Catholic

RB

Anthony Taylor

Ashland

Jr.

Arlington, Va. / Washington-Lee

H-Back

Jaryd Brown

Findlay

Sr.

Germantown, Ohio / Valley View

WR

Brandan Green

Grand Valley State

Sr.

Linden, Mich.

WR

Lloyd Henry

Findlay

Jr.

Garfield Hts., Ohio / Garfield Hts.

WR

Jeff Janis

Saginaw Valley State

Sr.

Tawas City, Mich./Tawas Area

WR

Dez Stewart

Ohio Dominican

So.

Cincinnati, Ohio / Walnut Hills

OL

Matt Armstrong

Grand Valley State

Sr.

Lansing, Mich. / Sexton

OL

Jake Brandt

Ohio Dominican

Sr.

Columbus, Ohio / Bexley

OL

Tevon Conrad

Saginaw Valley State

Sr.

Detroit, Mich. / Pershing

OL

Damon Howe

Findlay

Jr.

Plymouth, Ind. / Plymouth

OL

Carlin Landingham

Ferris State

Sr.

Muskegon, Mich. / Muskegon

OL

Zach Vermillion

Ashland

Sr.

Bellefontaine, Ohio / Bellefontaine

PK

Brent Wahle

Ohio Dominican

So.

Pataskala, Ohio / Bishop Hartley

Spec.

Christian Jessie

Northern Michigan

Sr.

Grand Rapids, Mich. / East Kentwood

First Team Defense

DL

Kevin Brewton

Findlay

Jr.

Akron, Ohio / Garfield

DL

Ryan Busch

Saginaw Valley State

Sr.

Holton, Mich. / Holton

DL

Di'Andre Harrison

Ohio Dominican

So.

Columbus, Ohio / Centennial

DL

Jamie Meder

Ashland

Sr.

Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge

DL

Justin Zimmer

Ferris State

So.

Greenville, Mich. / Greenville

LB

Cody Culbertson

Ohio Dominican

So.

Galloway, Ohio / Bishop Ready

LB

Brian Johnson

Saginaw Valley State

Sr.

Muskegon, Mich. / Catholic Central

LB

Warren Shields

Ohio Dominican

So.

Richwood, Ohio / North Union

LB

Brett Pasche

Hillsdale

Sr.

Findlay, Ohio / Liberty Benton

LB

Ed Viverette

Wayne State

Sr.

Southfield, Mich. / Brother Rice

DB

Justin Bell

Ohio Dominican

Sr.

Columbus, Ohio / Univ. of Toledo

DB

Jamaris Brown

Walsh

Jr.

Fort Myers, Fla. / Lehigh

DB

Harold Jones-Quartey

Findlay

Jr.

Columbus, Ohio / Horizon Science

DB

Marvin Robinson

Ferris State

Sr.

Winter Haven, Fla. / Lake Region

DB

Reggie Williams

Grand Valley State

Sr.

Lansing, Mich. / Everett

P

Stefan Terleckyj

Wayne State

Sr.

Warren, Mich./Warren Mott

Second Team Offense

Position

Name

School

Yr.

Hometown

QB

Jason Vander Laan

Ferris State

So.

Frankfort, Ill. / Chicago Christian

RB

Anthony Bilal

Lake Erie

So.

Painesville, Ohio / Riverside

RB

Michael Ratay

Grand Valley State

Jr.

Geneva, Ill.

RB

Brandon Schoen

Ohio Dominican

So.

Olentangy, Ohio / Olentangy Orange

H-Back

Andrew Dillon

Saginaw Valley State

Jr.

Ypsilanti, Mich. / Lincoln

WR

Brandon Cowie

Michigan Tech

Fr.

West Bend, Wis./West

WR

Tommy Jackson

Lake Erie

Jr.

Hubbard, Ohio / Hubbard

WR

Abe Johnson

Ohio Dominican

Jr.

Cincinnati, Ohio / Taft

WR

Seth White

Findlay

Sr.

Bexley, Ohio/Bexley / Ball State Univ.

OL

Christian Babini

Saginaw Valley State

Sr.

Rochester, Mich. / Rochester Adams

OL

Perrin Cunningham

Ohio Dominican

Jr.

Cincinnati, Ohio / Winton Woods

OL

Justin Music

Findlay

Sr.

Burton, Mich. / Grand Blanc

OL

Mike Price

Lake Erie

Sr.

Parma Heights, Ohio / Valley Forge

OL

Frank Vruwink

Michigan Tech

So.

Wisconsin Rapids, Wis./Lincoln

OL

Jim Walsh

Grand Valley State

So.

Howell, Mich.

OL

Patrick Ryan

Hillsdale

Sr.

Davison, Mich. / Davison

PK

Scott Stanford

Saginaw Valley State

Jr.

Novi, Mich. / Novi

Spec.

Bryan Thomas

Northwood

Jr.

Pompano Beach, Fla. / Lake Erie Coll.

Second Team Defense

DL

Nathan Bundy

Hillsdale

Sr.

Greenfield, Ind. / Mt. Vernon

DL

De'Ondre Hogan

Grand Valley State

So.

Livonia, Mich. / Clarenceville

DL

Sydney Omameh

Ohio Dominican

So.

Columbus, Ohio / Westerville North

DL

Corey Stone

Ferris St.

Jr.

Sterling Heights, Mich. / Stevenson

DL

Nelson Wienke

Michigan Tech

Jr.

Kingsford, Mich.

LB

Chris Harvey

Ashland

Jr.

Columbus, Ohio / Walnut Ridge

LB

Jordan Kaufman

Grand Valley State

Sr.

Ubly, Mich.

LB

Terell Porter

Ferris State

Jr.

Detroit, Mich. / Berkley

LB

Trevor Smith

Findlay

Sr.

Waterville, Ohio / Anthony Wayne

LB

Tanner Wells

Lake Erie

Jr.

Carrollton, Texas / Parish Episcopal

DB

Jon Bryant

Saginaw Valley State

Sr.

Detroit, Mich. / Ferris State

DB

Demarco Donaldson

Malone

Jr.

Southfield, Mich. / Grand Valley State

DB

Billy Eakins

Ohio Dominican

So.

Pickerington, Ohio / Central

DB

DeAngeloParris

Saginaw Valley State

Sr.

Clinton Twp., Mich. / Warren De La Salle

DB

Brandon Parson

Northern Michigan

Sr.

Petersburg, Va. / Dinwiddie

P

Matt Eltringham

Hillsdale

Jr.

Loveland, Ohio / Loveland

2013 All-GLIAC Honorable Mention Team

Ashland: Dan Piko (JR/WR), James Triplett (JR/OL), Eric Schwieterman (JR/DB), Phil Galaska (JR/LB), Logan Slavinski (JR/TE), Kyle Tomko (SO/DB);  Ferris State: Adam Bennett (SO/OL), A.J. McEwen (JR/DB), Jake Lampman (JR/WR), Darnell Morris (JR/LB), Sam Parker (SR/OL), Justin Glover (JR/OL);  Findlay: Verlon Reed (JR/QB), Chris Reaper (SO/OL), Tory Clark (FR/DB), Fearis Golden (JR/DB), Kenny Klatt (SR/LB), Zach Kinninger (SR/LB); Grand Valley State: Jamie Potts (SO/TE), Luther Ware (SR/LB), Charles Hill (SR/LB), Deonte' Hurst (JR/DB), Matt Mosley (JR/DL), Erik Thompson (SR/DB);  Hillsdale: Steve Embry (SR/LB), Sam Landry (SR/QB), Steve Mette (FR/K), Tim Moinet (JR/DB), Devin Moynihan (SR/LB), Dan Pittman (JR/DB);  Lake Erie: Brendan Gallagher (SR/QB), Corbin Jackimowicz (SO/OL), Ben Miller (SO/OL), Shane Van Fletteran (JR/WR), Kyle Herth (JR/DL),  Malone: Brock Lundeen (JR/DL), Lepear Smith (SR/DB), Chuck Lennon (SR/OL), Bryce Pratt (JR/RB), Brenson Ennis (SO/OL), Fred Clearman (SO/OL);  Michigan Tech: Tyler Scarlett (JR/QB), Jordan McConnell (SR/WR), Buddy Poljan (SR/OL), Cameron Allen (JR/DL), Taylor Ziolkowski (SR/LB), Brett Gervais (SO/DB); Northern Michigan: Nick Krause (JR/LB), Wyatt Jurasin (SO/RB), Rob Salani (FR/P), Marcus Tucker (SO/WR), Chad Anderson (SR/OT), Thomas McNamara (SO/FS); Northwood:  Davonta Elzy (SO/WR), Brad Oxnevad (SO/OL), Kyle Fikki (SR/DL), Mike Keith (SO/LB), Carlos Love (SR/DB), Colt Harrington (FR/DL); Ohio Dominican: Mark Miller (JR/QB), Nate Weeks (SR/TE), Da'Twane Harris (SO/DB), Brad McCurdy (SO/DB), Ronald McCloud (SO/WR), Dominic Clegg (SR/OLB);  Saginaw Valley State: Norman Shuford (SR/RB), Kaleb Forr (SR/OL), Logan Hauserman (JR/OL), Will Schwarz (JR/DE), Michael Albrecht (SR/WR), Mason Duke (SR/DT); Tiffin: Antonio Pipkin (FR/QB), Marus Beaurem (JR/WR), Joe Collard (SR/DE), Brandon Person (JR/DB), Tyler Jones (JR/WR), Stefan Willis (SO/DB); Walsh: Cory Farcas (SR/LB), Cam Trudell (JR/LB), Aaron Male (FR/RB), Zach Conlan (JR/OL), Kevin Pask (SO/OL), Andrew Roy (SR/DL);  Wayne State: Ben Walker (JR/OL), Maurice Davenport (SR/LB), Greg Hasse (SR/DL), Ryan Hankins (SO/DT).

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