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      Top GLIAC Football Players recognized

      Courtesy: GLIAC

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

      The rest of the GLIACâ??s postseason awards were chosen as follows: rookie quarterback Jason Vander Laan (Frankfort, Ill./Chicago Christian) of Ferris State University earned â??Freshman of the Yearâ?? accolades; senior defensive back Brian Gamble (Massillon, Ohio/Illinois) of Ashland earned â??Defensive Back of the Yearâ?? honors; senior offensive guard Tim Lelito (St. Clair, Mich.) of Grand Valley State University earned the â??Offensive Lineman of the Yearâ?? award; while Ashland junior defensive tackle Jamie Meder (Parma, Ohio/Valley Forge) was named â??Defensive Lineman of the Year.â??

      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 Ashlandâ??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 â??Player of the Weekâ?? 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. Heâ??s second on the team in tackles. Gamble also takes snaps as a wide receiver. Heâ??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 GLIACâ??s top players throughout his career. He was named the GLIAC â??Freshman of the Yearâ?? in 2010 and heâ??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 programâ??s second season with seven or more victories in the last decade, which included FSUâ??s first win over rival Grand Valley State since 1999 and the programâ??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 nationâ??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 â?? thatâ??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.

      2012 All-GLIAC Football Teams

      First Team Offense

      Position Name School Yr. HometownQB Taylor Housewright Ashland Sr. Ashland, Ohio/AshlandRB Joe Glendening Hillsdale Sr. East Grand Rapids, Mich.RB Anthony Taylor Ashland So. Arlington, Va./Washington-LeeRB Monterae Williams Findlay Sr. Canton, Ohio/McKinleyH-Back Cam White Hillsdale Sr. Grand Rapids, Mich./Forest Hills CentralWR Anthony Capasso Ashland Sr. Columbia Station, Ohio/St. EdwardWR Matt Curtin Michigan Tech Sr. Sturgeon Bay, Wis.WR Jeff Janis Saginaw Valley State Jr. Tawas City, Mich./Tawas AreaWR Charles Johnson Grand Valley State Sr. Elsmere, Ky./Eastern KentuckyOL Matt Armstrong Grand Valley State Jr. Lansing, Mich./SextonOL 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/CentralOL Zach Vermillion Ashland Jr. Bellefontaine, Ohio/BellefontaineOL Tyler White Ohio Dominican Sr. Cincinnati, Ohio/AndersonPK Rockne Belmonte Northern Michigan Sr. Grand Rapids, Mich./Catholic CentralSpec. 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 AxeDL Eli Kovach Ohio Dominican Sr. Eastlake, Ohio/Willoughby SouthDL Jamie Meder Ashland Jr. Parma, Ohio/Valley ForgeDL Jordan Morgan Ferris State Jr. Chicago, Ill./Mt. CarmelLB Justin Armstrong Michigan Tech Sr. Las Vegas, Nev./MojaveLB Cody Bloom Ashland Jr. Napoleon, Ohio/NapoleonLB Grant Caserta Saginaw Valley State Jr. Holland, Mich./West OttawaLB Tayo Moss Ferris State Sr. South Rockwood, Mich./Monroe St. Mary'sLB Brett Pasche Hillsdale Jr. Findlay, Ohio/Liberty BentonDB Justin Bell Ohio Dominican Jr. Columbus, Ohio/University of ToledoDB Gerren Duhart Wayne State So. Toledo, Ohio/Central CatholicDB Brian Gamble Ashland Jr. Massillon, Ohio/IllinoisDB Jeff Heath Saginaw Valley State Sr. Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion DB Fabian Jackson Northwood Sr. Gainesville, Ga./North HallP Stefan Terleckyj Wayne State Jr. Warren, Mich./Warren Mott

      Second Team Offense

      QB Jonathon Jennings Saginaw Valley State Jr. Columbus, Ohio/Westerville SouthRB Toney Davis Wayne State Jr. Muskegon Heights, Mich./MuskegonRB Tim Hogue Saginaw Valley State Sr. Inkster, Mich./InksterRB Pedro Powell Notre Dame Jr. Liberty, Ohio/Lakota East HSH-Back Bryan LaChapelle Michigan Tech Sr. Crystal Falls, Mich./Forest ParkWR Obadiah Dykes Tiffin Sr. Newark, N.J./Erie C.C.WR Dominique Maybanks Wayne State Jr. Muskegon, Mich./MuskegonWR Seth White Findlay Jr. Bexley, Ohio/Bexley/Ball State Univ.WR Israel Woolfork Grand Valley State Sr. Livonia, Mich./FranklinOL Christian Babini Saginaw Valley State Jr. Rochester, Mich./Rochester AdamsOL Andrew Biedenbender Grand Valley State Sr. Mt. Pleasant, MichOL Scott Dearwester Findlay Sr. Cincinnati, Ohio/Oak HillsOL Curtis Ferguson Wayne State Sr. Holt, Mich./HoltOL 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 MottSpec. Akeem Cason Michigan Tech Sr. Benton Harbor, Mich.

      Second Team Defense

      DL Ryan Busch Saginaw Valley State Jr. Holton, Mich./HoltonDL Jacob Clark Michigan Tech Sr. Lansing, Mich./Catholic Central DL Serxho Guraleci Wayne State Sr. Sterling Heights, Mich./ Utica StevensonDL Richard Sumlin Findlay Sr. Medina, Ohio/MedinaDL Nelson Wienke Michigan Tech So. Kingsford, Mich.LB Brandon Butler Findlay Sr. Perrysburg, Ohio/PerrysburgLB Spencer Remtema Northwood Sr. Rockford, Mich./RockfordLB Nick Thomas Wayne State Sr. Akron, Ohio/St. Vincent-St. MaryLB Ryan Whittum Northwood Sr. Livonia, Mich./ChurchillLB Ed Viverette Wayne State Jr. Southfield, Mich./Brother RiceDB Ray Ballard Findlay Jr. Columbus, Ohio/NorthlandDB Jaime Barrera Ferris State Sr. Fremont, Calif./WashingtonDB Aaron Cornett Wayne State Sr. South Lyon, Mich./South LyonDB Nick Galvan Hillsdale Jr. Adrian, Mich./AdrianDB Mike McMillian Ashland Sr. Hagerstown, Md./Mendocino CollegeP Chris Picano Grand Valley State So. Brighton, Mich.

      Honorable Mention

      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 Capenter (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).