Rockets Have MAC Best 12 All-MAC First Team Performers

The All-MAC teams have been announced, and the Rockets are well represented.

        Press Release: Paul Helgren (Toledo Football Sports Information Director)

TOLEDO, OH – Twelve players from the University of Toledo were named to the 2016 All-MAC Football team, including a league-best seven Rockets on the first team, the Mid-American Conference announced today. 


        The Rockets who made first-team All-MAC are senior offensive lineman Mike Ebert (Sandusky, OH), senior running back Kareem Hunt (Willoughby, OH), senior offensive lineman Storm Norton (Toledo, OH), senior tight end Michael Roberts (Cleveland, OH), senior defensive end John Stepec (Willoughby Hills, OH), junior wide receiver Cody Thompson (Huron, OH) and junior quarterback Logan Woodside (Frankfort, KY).


        Earning second-team honors were senior defensive lineman Treyvon Hester (Pittsburgh, PA), sophomore wide receiver Jon’Vea Johnson (Gary, IN) and senior safety DeJuan Rogers (Detroit, MI). Junior linebacker Ja’Wuan Woodley (Columbus, OH) made third-team All-MAC, as did senior Corey Jones (Pittsburgh, PA)  at punt returner.


        Hunt, who has rushed for a league-leading 1,355 yards this season, is a three-time All-MAC selection. He earned first-team honors in 2014 and second-team last season. He has rushed for 4,825 yards in his four-year career and needs just 25 yards to break the all-time school record held by Chester Taylor (4,849 from 1998-2001).


        Other repeat All-MAC honorees include Jones (second team in 2014, first team in 2015), Hester (third team in 2013, second team in 2014), Norton (first team in 2015) and Rogers (third team in 2015). Jones averaged 8.8 yards per punt return with one touchdown. He also caught a team-high 60 passes for 745 yards. Hester had 39 tackles, including a team-best 5.0 sacks. Rogers led the Rockets with 82 tackles.

        Six of Toledo’s seven first-team selections came from the offensive side of the ball. The Rockets led the league in total offense, averaging a school-record 529.8 yards per game. Woodside leads the country with 43 touchdown passes, and broke school records for TD throws and passing yards (3,882). Roberts leads the nation’s tight ends with 15 TD catches, which also set a UT record. Thompson has 59 receptions for 1,170 yards, just 24 yards shy of the school record set by Lance Moore in 2003. Stepec, a defensive end, led the Rockets with 14.0 tackles for loss.

        Johnson, a second-team pick, had a breakout sophomore year with 38 receptions for 751 yards and 10 TDs. Woodley, a third-team pick, ranked second on the team with 72 tackles.


        Toledo (9-3, 6-2 MAC) is awaiting word on its bowl destination, which will be its sixth post-season trip in the last seven seasons.



2016 All-MAC First Team Offense


Quarterback – Logan Woodside, Toledo

Offensive Linemen – Taylor Moton, Western Michigan !

Offensive Linemen – Storm Norton, Toledo ^

Offensive Lineman – Chukwuma Okorafor, Western Michigan

Offensive Linemen – Max Scharping, Northern Illinois

Offensive Linemen – Mike Ebert, Toledo

Tight End – Michael Roberts, Toledo

Wide Receiver – Corey Davis, Western Michigan ^&@

Wide Receiver – Kenny Golladay, Northern Illinois *

Wide Receiver – Cody Thompson, Toledo

Wide Receiver – Scott Miller, Bowling Green

Running Back – Kareem Hunt, Toledo *&

Running Back – James Gilbert, Ball State

Placekicker – Louis Zervos, Ohio


2016 All-MAC First Team Defense


Outside Linebacker – Blair Brown, Ohio

Outside Linebacker – Ulysees Gilbert, Akron

Inside Linebacker – Quentin Poling, Ohio !

Inside Linebacker – Malik Fountain, Central Michigan

Down Lineman – Tarell Basham, Ohio %

Down Lineman – Terence Waugh, Kent State ^

Down Lineman – John Stepec, Toledo

Down Lineman – Pat O’Connor, Eastern Michigan &

Defensive Back – Darius Phillips, Western Michigan *

Defensive Back – Amari Coleman, Central Michigan

Defensive Back – Heath Harding, Miami

Defensive Back – Najee Murray, Kent State

Punter – Joe Davidson, Bowling Green ^


2016 All-MAC First Team Specialists

Kickoff Return Specialist – Aregeros Turner, Northern Illinois ^

Punt Return Specialist – JoJo Natson, Akron



2016 All-MAC Second Team Offense

Quarterback – Zach Terrell, Western Michigan !+

Offensive Lineman – John Keenoy, Western Michigan

Offensive Lineman – Troy Watson, Ohio

Offensive Lineman – Levon Myers, Northern Illinois *

Offensive Lineman – Collin Buchanan, Miami

Offensive Lineman – Cole Gardner, Eastern Michigan

Tight End – Mason Schreck, Buffalo

Wide Receiver – Corey Willis, Central Michigan

Wide Receiver – KeVonn Mabon, Ball State !%

Wide Receiver – Jon’Vea Johnson, Toledo

Wide Receiver – JoJo Natson, Akron

Running Back – Jarvion Franklin, Western Michigan &

Running Back – Joel Bouagnon, Northern Illinois ^

Placekicker – Paul Fricano, Eastern Michigan


2016 All-MAC Second Team Defense

Outside Linebacker – Trenton Greene, Bowling Green *

Outside Linebacker – Asantay Brown, Western Michigan !

Inside Linebacker – Robert Spillane, Western Michigan

Inside Linebacker – Khalil Hodge, Buffalo

Down Lineman – Joe Ostman, Central Michigan %

Down Lineman – JT Jones, Miami !

Down Lineman – Treyvon Hester, Toledo +#

Down Lineman – Keion Adams, Western Michigan

Defensive Back – Shawun Lurry, Northern Illinois ^

Defensive Back – Dejuan Rogers, Toledo !

Defensive Back – Javon Hagan, Ohio

Defensive Back – Jerrell Foster, Kent State

Punter – Austin Barnes, Eastern Michigan


2016 All-MAC Second Team Specialists

Kickoff Return Specialist – Darius Phillips, Western Michigan *%

Punt Return Specialist – Darius Phillips, Western Michigan



2016 All-MAC Third Team Offense

Quarterback – Cooper Rush, Central Michigan *

Offensive Lineman – Andrew Wylie, Eastern Michigan

Offensive Lineman – Jake Pruehs, Ohio

Offensive Lineman – Tim McAuliffe, Bowling Green

Offensive Lineman – Logan Dietz, Bowling Green

Offensive Lineman – James O’Hagan, Buffalo

Tight End – Donnie Ernsberger, Western Michigan

Wide Receiver – Jerome Lane, Akron

Wide Receiver – Sebastian Smith, Ohio !

Wide Receiver – Sergion Bailey II, Eastern Michigan

Wide Receiver – James Gardner, Miami

Running Back – Jordan Johnson, Buffalo

Running Back – Fred Coppet, Bowling Green

Placekicker – Tom O’Leary, Akron


2016 All-MAC Third Team Defense 

Outside Linebacker – Sean Wiggins, Ball State ^

Outside Linebacker – De’Andre Montgomery, Miami

Inside Linebacker – Ja’Wuan Woodley, Toledo

Inside Linebacker – Junior McMullen, Miami

Down Lineman – Jeremiah Harris, Eastern Michigan

Down Lineman – Jon Cunningham, Kent State

Down Lineman – Casey Sayles, Ohio

Down Lineman – Anthony Winbush, Ball State

Defensive Back – Justin Ferguson, Western Michigan

Defensive Back – Josh Cox, Central Michigan

Defensive Back – DaQuan Pace, Eastern Michigan

Defensive Back – Jamari Bozeman, Bowling Green

Punter – Michael Farkas, Ohio


2016 All-MAC Third Team Specialists

Kickoff Return Specialist – Maurice Thomas, Miami

Punt Return Specialist – Corey Jones, Toledo ^


^ 2015 First-Team All-MAC

* 2015 Second-Team All-MAC

! 2015 Third-Team All-MAC


& 2014 First-Team All-MAC

+ 2014 Second-Team All-MAC

% 2014 Third-Team All-MAC


@ 2013 Second-Team All-MAC

#  2013 Third-Team All-MAC

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