2017 All-GLIAC Football Teams, Player of the Year Awards Announced

2017 All-GLIAC Football Teams, Player of the Year Awards Announced

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The 2017 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Football postseason awards have been announced after voting conducted by the league's coaches. 

Travis Tarnowski - Ashland

Ashland senior quarterback Travis Tarnowski ended the regular season with a GLIAC-leading 2,600 passing yards and a GLIAC-high-tying 26 touchdown passes, and was second in the conference in passing efficiency (155.6) and completion percentage (60.3). During the season, he became Ashland's all-time leader in passing yards (10,877) and total offense yards (11,263), and extended his program record for career touchdown passes (106).

Jake Mayon - Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan junior running back Jake Mayon finished the 2017 season leading the GLIAC with 1,377 yards, averaging 137.7 per game on 211 carries.  Scoring eight touchdowns on the year, Mayon posted more than 200 yards rushing on four occasions and had six games with over 100 yards total. He also finished the year with 203 yards receiving on 23 receptions.  Against Michigan Tech, Mayon completed his only passing attempt of his career for a 30-yard touchdown. 

Dominic Giunta - Ashland

Ashland senior offensive lineman Dominic Giunta is the anchor of an Eagle offensive line which has paved the way for the Eagles to average 35.4 points and 424.9 yards per game. Through the first 10 games of 2017, his blocking grade was 88 percent with 90 knockdowns and just four missed assignments. The best AU center since All-American Vince Cashdollar, Giunta has allowed just one sack in his Eagle career.

Zach Sieler - Ferris State

A returning All-American, Ferris State University junior defensive end Zach Sieler was a dominant force up front for one of the nation's top defensive units this season. He compiled a squad-high 16.5 tackles for loss along with six sacks while earning GLIAC Defensive Lineman of the Year laurels for the second-straight season. In addition, he ranked third on the squad with 51 total stops, including 23 unassisted tackles, despite being double-teamed most of the year. Sieler also finished with two fumble recoveries, two pass breakups, a blocked kick and a forced fumble while starting all 10 games and helping lead FSU to its fourth-straight NCAA Playoff appearance.  He earned All-GLIAC First Team recognition for the second-straight year.

Tavierre Thomas - Ferris State

Ferris State University senior cornerback Tavierre Thomas helped lead the nationally-ranked Bulldogs to a fourth-straight NCAA Playoff appearance with a strong performance on the back end for one of the nation's top defensive units this season. Thomas tallied three interceptions and had a team-high 13 passs breakups while ranking among the league leaders. He also compiled 47 total tackles, which ranked fourth on the GLIAC's top unit, and produced two tackles for loss along with 36 unassisted stops while starting all 10 contests after garnering All-America accolades as a junior. He earned All-GLIAC First Team recognition for the second-straight year.

Chad Gailliard - Saginaw Valley

Saginaw Valley's Chad Gailliard led the GLIAC with his 84.9 receiving yards per game in his first season for the Cardinals. He reeled-in 42 catches for a league-leading 934 yards and eight touchdowns. He averaged 22.2 yards per receptions as well, which also led the league. Gailliard had over 100 yards receiving in four games, including 229 yards in the team's victory at NMU on Oct. 21. That marked the most yards by any GLIAC receiver in the 2017 campaign. 

Lee Owens - Ashland

Ashland head coach Lee Owens guided Ashland to its second outright GLIAC championship and third overall in six years in 2017, as well as his fifth NCAA Division II postseason appearance. The Eagles' 10-1 record marks the third time Owens has won double-digit games at AU, and he is 108-45 (.706) in his 14th season at the helm. This is his fourth GLIAC Coach of the Year award (2005, 2012 and 2015).

 A complete list of the 2017 All-GLIAC football teams is below:
2017 All-GLIAC Football First Team
Name School Yr. Pos. Hometown/Previous
Travis Tarnowski Ashland Sr. QB Broadview Heights, Ohio / North Royalton
Jake Mayon Northern Michigan Jr. RB Plainfield, Ill. / East
Marty Carter Grand Valley State Jr. RB East Chicago, Ind.
Andrew Vaughn Ashland Jr. RB West Salem, Ohio / Black River
Nick Keizer Grand Valley State Sr. TE Portage, Mich. / Northern
Malik Taylor Ferris State Jr. WR Montrose, Mich. / Hill-McCloy
Matt Wilcox Ashland Sr. WR Ada, Ohio
Brandon Bean Grand Valley State Sr. WR Lathrup Village, Mich. / Southfield
Chad Gailliard Saginaw Valley R-Fr. WR Dearborn, Mich. / Edsel Ford
Dominic Giunta Ashland Sr. OL Willoughby, Ohio / South
Devon Johnson Ferris State Jr. OL Aurora, Ill. / Waubonsie Valley
Ben Walling Grand Valley State Jr. OL Independence, Ky. / Simon Kenton
John Conner Ashland Sr. OL Akron, Ohio / Walsh Jesuit
Nic Sawyer Ferris State Jr. OL Ann Arbor, Mich. / Saline
Nick Fish Grand Valley State Jr. OL Madison, Wis.
Zach Sieler Ferris State Jr. DL Pinckney, Mich.
James Prater Jr. Ashland Jr. DL Columbus, Ohio / St. Francis DeSales
Chris Okoye Ferris State Sr. DL Novi, Mich. / Detroit Catholic Central
Demetrius Farmer Grand Valley State Sr. DL Dover, Ohio / Ohio Dominican
Charles Williams Northwood Sr. DL Plantation, Fla.
Tavierre Thomas Ferris State Sr. DB Detroit, Mich. / Allen
Michael Griffin Ashland Sr. DB Wakeman, Ohio Norwalk St. Paul / Easter Michigan
Nick Tripp Northwood Sr. DB Detroit, Mich. / Crockett
Dale Irby Ashland Sr. DB Sandusky, Ohio / Perkins
DaMario Johnson Grand Valley State R-So. DB Hammond, Ind. / Morton
Terrell Porter Ferris State Sr. LB Detroit, Mich. / Berkley
Clay Shreve Ashland So. LB Mogadore, Ohio / Lake
Collin Schlosser Grand Valley State Sr. LB Ada, Mich. / Forest Hills Central
Anthony Pittman Wayne State R-Jr. LB Birmingham, Mich. / Groves
Garrett Pougnet Grand Valley State Sr. LB Fenton, Mich. / Flint Powers
Aidan Simenc Ashland Sr. PK Willoughby, Ohio / South
John Kwiecinski Northern Michigan So. P Plymouth, Mich. / Orchard Lake St. Mary's
Vashon Nutt Northwood Sr. KR Northridge, Calif. / Homewood-Flossmor
2017 All-GLIAC Football Second Team
Name School Year Pos. Hometown/Previous
Bart Williams Grand Valley State Jr. QB Grand Blanc, Mich.
Romello Brown Wayne State R-Sr. RB Westland, Mich. / Livonia Churchill
JaQuan Hardy Tiffin So. RB Westlake, Ohio
Tommy Scott Jr. Saginaw Valley So. RB Muskegon, Mich. / Catholic Central
Michael Schweitzer Ashland Fr. TE Dublin, Ohio / Bishop Watterson
Tony Shead Jr. Tiffin Sr. WR South Bend, Ind. / Clay
Kamaron Green Ashland Jr. WR Columbus, Ohio / Mifflin
Keyondre Craig Ferris State Jr. WR Muskegon, Mich.
Jacob Wenzlick Michigan Tech So. WR Meridian, Mich. / Sanford Meridian
Mason Butler Tiffin Sr. OL Malvern, Ohio / Minerva
Jake Daugherty Ferris State Sr. OL Big Rapids, Mich.
Jeremy Bell Michigan Tech Jr. OL Negaunee, Mich.
Jeremy Marshall Northwood Sr. OL Algonquin, Ill. / Dundee Crown
Christian Porter Saginaw Valley Sr. OL Huber Heights, Ohio / Wayne
Azell Mitchell Tiffin Gr. OL Cincinnati, Ohio
Cody Goldsworthy Michigan Tech Jr. DL L'Anse, Mich.
Victor Cave Tiffin Jr. DL Cincinnati, Ohio / Glen Este
Keane Belcher Grand Valley State Sr. DL Grand Rapids, Mich. / Catholic Central
Austin Utter Ashland Sr. DL Huron, Ohio / Edison
Derrick Calloway Davenport Jr. DL Bradenton, Fla. / Manatee
Jevonte Alexander Ferris State Sr. DB Flushing, Mich. / Carman Ainsworth
Carrington Contee Tiffin Jr. DB Tracey's Landing, Md. / Southern
Ryan Verhelst Saginaw Valley Jr. DB Holland, Mich. / West Ottawa
Toney Peters Ashland Sr. DB Dayton, Ohio / Huber Heights Wayne
James Howard Wayne State R-Sr. DB Detroit, Mich. / Chandler Park Academy
Brandon Burks Tiffin So. LB Reynoldsburg, Ohio / Pickerington Central
Michael Alexander Saginaw Valley Jr. LB Midland, Mich.
Bryan Jones Saginaw Valley Sr. LB Schoolcraft, Mich.
Jaleel Canty Ferris State Sr. LB Lansing, Mich. / Everett
Darryl Williams Northern Michigan Sr. LB Cooper City, Fla. / St. Thomas Aquinas
Wyatt Ford Ferris State Sr. PK Montague, Mich.
Scott McCormick Northwood Sr. P Flat Rock, Mich. / Airport
Dale Irby Ashland Sr. KR Sandusky, Ohio / Perkins
 2017 All-GLIAC Football Honorable Mention
Name Yr. Pos. Hometown/Previous
Harrison Hoppel DT Sr. Hanoverton, Ohio / Minerva
Kevin Bourne FS Sr. Newark, Ohio / Catholic / Kent State
Brandon May NT Jr. Mount Blanchard, Ohio / Liberty Benton
Matt Murphy G Sr. Parma, Ohio
Jamie Hence WR Sr. Pickerington, Ohio / North
Jack Holl TE Jr. Madison, Ohio
Brian Williams R-So. DB Detroit, Mich. / Oak Park
Deonte Reynolds  So. DL Richmond, Calif. / Pinole Valley
Kye Black R-So. LB Fort Wayne, Ind. / Wayne
Ferris State
Jahaan Brown Sr. RB East Grand Rapids, Mich.
Dylan Roney Sr. DE Plymouth, Mich. / Detroit Catholic Central
Marquis Dawsey Sr. DE Bradenton, Fla. / Manatee
KC Zenner Sr. S Rockford, Mich.
Kenny James Sr. S Columbia, Mo. / Rock Bridge
Nick Huckabay Sr. LB Montrose, Mich. / Hill-McCloy
Grand Valley State
Bryce Young-Walls RB R-So. Ann Arbor, Mich. / Pioneer
Pete Cender TE Jr. Howell, Mich. 
Kyle Short DB Sr. Rockford, Mich.
Mike Pettis DL R-So. Battle Creek, Mich. / Central
Tre Walton DB Sr. Southfield, Mich.
Nick Dodson WR Jr. Aurora, Ill. / Metea Valley
Michigan Tech
Spencer Moran DB Sr. Mt. Pleasant, Mich.
Marvin Wright LB So. Lansing, Mich. / Everett
Jordan Ferguson FB So. Alpena, Mich.
Johnny Williams RB Sr. White Lake, Mich. / Holly
Caymen Berg-Morales DL Sr. Green Bay, Wis. / Notre Dame
Travis Tidwell DB So. Detroit, Mich. / Renaissance
Northern Michigan
Pat Ryan DB Sr. Linden, Mich.
Abram Cook DL So. Surprise, Ariz. / Valley Vista
Tanner Kruzel RB R-Fr. Boyne City, Mich.
John McMullen DL Fr. Kankakee, Ill.
Ryan Knight WR So. Grand Rapids, Mich. / Forest Hills Eastern
Troy Mayon DB So. Plainfield, Ill. / East
Chad Samuels DB Jr. Chase, Mich. / Reed City
Andre Carter RB Sr. Grand Ledge, Mich.
Cameron Englund DT Sr. Howell, Mich.
Travis Wiltjer DT So. Maple City, Mich. / Glen Lake
Chris Jacobs LB So. Bay City, Mich. / Central
Joe Garbarino QB So. Warren, Mich. / De La Salle
Saginaw Valley
Ryan Conklin QB So. Jackson, Mich. / Parma Western
Jack Jennings DE Sr. Paw Paw, Mich.
Zack Hadorn DE Sr. Oxford, Mich.
Tyler Marcus P Sr. South Lyon, Mich
Justin Whitted LB So. Farmington Hills, Mich. / Harrison
Trevor Curle OL So. Macomb, Mich. / Utica Eisenhower
Nick Watson QB R-Fr. Cincinnati, Ohio / La Salle
Ridge Tarwacki OL So. Edwardsburg, Mich. / Penn
Daijohn Isbell DB Sr. Long Beach, Calif. / Citrus
Vinny Jones DT Sr. Dublin, Ohio / Coffman
Joe Metcalf K Fr. Lewis Center, Ohio / Olentangy Orange
Austin Jasper DL Sr. Earlville, N.Y. / Sherburne-Earlville
Wayne State
Israel Helms T R-Jr. Southfield, Mich. / Orchard Lake St. Mary's
Demetrius Stinson RB/KR Sr. Detroit, Mich. / Douglass / Ferris State
Corey Ester WR R-Jr. Lake Orion, Mich.
Dustin Carlin MLB Sr. Sterling Heights, Mich. / Stevenson
Paul Graham K R-Sr. Commerce Twp., Mich. / Orchard Lake St. Mary's
Darece Roberson Jr. WR/KR So. Muskegon, Mich. / Mona Shores