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 FIRST TEAM ALL-MAC
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 SECOND TEAM ALL-MAC
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 THIRD TEAM ALL-MAC
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