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    1. Voted upon by the coaches of the MAC. OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: DeSean Madison, RB, Western Michigan . 281 carries for 1729 yards, 25 TD, 2/1 F/L, 6.15 YPC, 133.00 RYPG DeSean Madison showed why defensive coordinators dreaded seeing the Broncos come to town. His 1729 yards (plus his Frisco Bowl yardage) is the second-highest in conference history behind fellow Bronco Emmanuel Fields' 1935 yards in 2017. Madison has an outside shot at replacing Fields as the all-time leading WMU rusher this year in their bowl game against the SMU Mustangs, but he'll definitely do it next year if not. He's also on pace to break every MAC rushing record there is if he doesn't declare early. DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Antonio Jackson, SS, Bowling Green . 6 INT, 8 PD, 49 Tackles, 1 TFL The Falcons started the season 0-2 and were basically left for dead. Then Antonio Jackson took the team and dragged them kicking and screaming to not only a winning record but their first ever bowl appearance. The redshirt junior was ridiculous in how much work he did for Bowling Green: Jackson was 3rd in the conference in tackles, tied for 2nd in interceptions, and 1st in passes defensed. Simply an incredible season, and as long as he's patrolling the field for BGSU you can't count ever the Falcons out. SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Simon Hand, K, Eastern Michigan . 31/31 XP, 23/24 FG (95.83%), Long 50 Nearly a perfect individual season for the senior placekicker, whose only miss came from 47 yards out in tough conditions. A great kicking game is never to be underestimated, and Hand played a huge part in getting the Eagles from 0-5 to 7-5. Here's hoping you get to kick on Sundays, Simon! OFFENSIVE NEWCOMER (Freshman/JuCo) OF THE YEAR: Byron Suggs, QB, Central Michigan . 254 of 418 (60.77%) for 3061 yards, 24/7 TD/INT ratio, 1/1 F/L. 58 carries for 367 yards, 3 TDs. The preseason hype that surrounded Byron Suggs certainly looks justified. Suggs basically was the entire CMU offense, as he was involved in over 84 percent of all Chippewa yards from scrimmage. With a young offense growing around him, the only ones who aren't excited about watching him play the next few years are opposing MAC coaches. DEFENSIVE FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Devin Frazier, ILB, Akron . 3 INT, 5 PD, 70 tackles, 6 TFL Akron ranked second in the MAC in defensive yardage, and the JuCo from nearby Kirtland is a huge reason why. Frazier made a stout Zips front seven even deadlier and his patch of field is seemingly where footballs go to die. COACH OF THE YEAR: Jieret, Western Michigan No playoffs in the Broncos' postseason plans this time, but guiding WMU to a 10-2 regular season record and back-to-back conference titles narrowly gives him the edge over other worthy nominees like @tsweezy, @Kirby, and @johnkirk. --- All-Conference Teams, as selected by the MAC Writers' Association (* denotes unanimous) First Team QB: *Blair Holcomb, (Sr), Buffalo: 252 of 366 for 3317 yards, 30/5 TD/INT, 3/3 F/L, 276.42 YPG RB: Gabe Ciamo, (Jr), Toledo: 263 carries for 1522 yards, 21 TD, 3/2 F/L, 5.79 YPC, 126.83 RYPG RB: DeSean Madison, (So), W. Michigan: 281 carries for 1729 yards, 25 TD, 2/1 F/L, 6.15 YPC, 133.00 RYPG FB: Jacob Holt, (Jr), Toledo: 5 carries for 9 yards, 4 TDs WR: *Justin Evans, (Jr), Toledo: 65 receptions for 1028 yards, 7 TD, 1 drop, 1/0 F/L WR: Kenneth Harrison, (Sr), Miami(OH): 53 receptions for 833 yards, 10 TD, 4 drops TE: *Casey Swann, (Jr), Miami(OH): 74 receptions for 1043 yards, 13 TD, 1 drop OT: Marc Allen, (Sr), W. Michigan: 5.68 team OL rating OT: Isaac Decker, Fr, Toledo: 5.88 team OL rating OG: Brett Spangler, (Jr), Toledo: 5.88 team OL rating OG: Alex Westbrook, (Jr), W. Michigan: 5.68 team OL rating C: Zack Gillespie, (Jr), Miami(OH): 5.47 team OL rating DE: Malachi McKnight, (Sr), Bowling Green: 13.0 sacks, 35 tackles, 2 TFL DE: Rory Bolin, Jr, C. Michigan: 11.0 sacks, 35 tackles, 4 TFL, 4 FF DT: Silas Booker, (Jr), W. Michigan: 12.5 sacks, 42 tackles, 7 TFL, 1 FF DT: Marlon Bailey, (Sr), Akron: 7.0 sacks, 25 tackles, 3 TFL ILB: Devin Frazier, Jr, Akron: 3 INT, 5 PD, 70 tackles, 6 TFL OLB: James Lockwood, Jr, Miami(OH): 34 tackles, 1 TFL, 5.0 sacks OLB: Frank Long, Fr, Ball State: 35 tackles, 3.0 sacks, 1 INT, 1 PD, 1 FF CB: Sebastian Simpson, Jr, C. Michigan: 6 INT, 2 PD, 10 tackles CB: Samuel Echols, (Jr), N. Illinois: 5 INT, 4 PD, 8 tackles FS: Eddie McGill, (So), Ball State: 1 INT, 2 PD, 18 tackles SS: *Antonio Jackson, (Jr), Bowling Green: 6 INT, 8 PD, 49 Tackles, 1 TFL K: Simon Hand, (Sr), E. Michigan: 31/31 XP, 23/24 FG (95.83%), Long 50 P: *Eric Caudill, (So), Toledo: 42.89 yard punting average Returner: SS Ibrahima Griggs, So, E. Michigan: 331 punt return yards, 2 PR TDs Second Team QB: Eddie Connelly, Sr, Bowling Green: 218 of 326 (66.87%) for 2643 yards, 21/9 TD/INT, 1/1 F/L, 220.25 YPG. 64 carries for 477 yards, 6 TDs. RB: Nathaniel Ruff, (Sr), Akron: 270 carries for 1428 yards, 18 TD, 1/0 F/L, 5.29 YPC, 109.85 RYPG. 2 receptions for 18 yards. FB: Harrison Mullin, Sr, Kent State: 31 carries for 80 yards. WR: Jared Dockery, Sr, Akron: 54 receptions for 865 yards, 10 TD WR: Aaden Jack, (Jr), W. Michigan: 52 receptions for 876 yards, 8 TD, 1 drop TE: Aaron Thibodeaux, Jr, Ohio: 59 receptions for 875 yards, 8 TD OT: Damien Arroyo, Sr, Ohio: 5.34 team OL rating OT: Andre Grey, (Jr), Miami(OH): 5.47 team OL rating OG: John Aldridge, Sr, Toledo: 5.88 team OL rating OG: Derrick Briggs, (Jr), Bowling Green: 4.30 team OL rating C: D.J. Wilkinson, Jr, Buffalo: 4.72 team OL rating DE: Chase Woodson, Sr, Ohio: 10.5 sacks, 33 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 FF DE: Theo Ogle, (Sr), Buffalo: 10.0 sacks, 21 tackles, 6 TFL DT: De'Shawn Beckwith, Jr, Toledo: 5.5 sacks, 40 tackles, 6 TFL, 1 FF ILB: Kenneth Newsome, Jr, Kent State: 59 tackles, 6 TFL, 1 PD ILB: Ryan Carr, So, Toledo: 4.0 sacks, 40 tackles, 4 TFL, 1 FF OLB: Kamari Slade, (Jr), Buffalo: 40 tackles, 3 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 2 FF, 1 FR OLB: Brayden Winters, (Sr), E. Michigan: 41 tackles, 1.0 sack, 1 PD, 1 FF CB: Shawn Tillman, Jr, Ohio: 4 INT, 3 PD, 9 tackles, 1 TD CB: Emmanuel Faulk, (Sr), W. Michigan: 7 INT, 1 PD, 15 tackles FS: Nicholas Mingo, Jr, Miami(OH): 2 INT, 2 PD, 1 FF, 41 tackles SS: DeAndre Simms, (So), Ball State: 2 INT, 3 PD, 0.5 sacks, 27 Tackles K: Nathaniel Layne, (Sr), Bowling Green: 44/44 XP, 20/21 FG (95.24%), Long 45 P: Abraham Burroughs, (So), Akron: 40.59 yard punting average Returner: WR Mendy Schofield, Jr, C. Michigan: 292 punt return yards, 1 PR TD Congratulations to all the winners! If it's not MAC, it's wack!
    2. Vote! Which player best deserves your weekly accolades? (Any and all non-MAC coaches are welcome to vote also.)
    3. Offensive Player of the Week: RB Gabe Ciamo, Toledo. 22 carries for 132 yards, 2 TDs, Long 37T. (W at NIU) Is Gabe Ciamo Superman? No, but leaping tall blockers in a single bound is second nature to the speedy junior. We've become used to performances like this and it shows in the number of weekly awards he's won; with his fifth he owns the third-most offensive POTW honors in MAC history. Defensive Player of the Week: OLB James Lockwood, Miami (OH). 5 TKL, 2.0 Sacks. Miami may be without a coach, but you can't say that their players have given up. You certainly can't say that about the junior from nearby Spencerville, who gave Eastern's offense fits all day - especially poor Giovanni Shaw. EMU may have won the game, but Lockwood made them pay. We're proud to honor him with his very first defensive POTW honor. Special Teams Player of the Week: SS Ibrahima Griggs, E. Michigan. 97 punt return yards, 1 PR TD. Keep breaking those walls - and punt coverages - down, Ibrahima. Griggs took yet another punt to the house, this time against the Redhawks. That makes his second return for a TD this year, and third in his brief career. Not so coincidentally, that is also the number of times he's won the Special Teams honor. Congratulations to all the winners! Previous 2021 winners: MAC Players of the Week, Weeks 0/1 MAC Players of the Week, Week 2 MAC Players of the Week, Week 3 MAC Players of the Week, Week 4 MAC Players of the Week, Week 5 MAC Players of the Week, Week 6 MAC Players of the Week, Week 7 MAC Players of the Week, Week 8 MAC Players of the Week, Week 9 MAC Players of the Week, Week 10 MAC Players of the Week, Week 11 MAC Players of the Week, Week 12 MAC Players of the Week, Week 13 MAC Players of the Week, Week 14
    4. Vote! Which player best deserves your weekly accolades? (Any and all non-MAC coaches are welcome to vote also.)
    5. Offensive Player of the Week: RB Jeffrey Flowers, Ohio. 19 carries for 109 yards, 2 TDs, Long 25. The junior tailback patiently waited his turn as the centerpiece of the Bobcat offense, hoping to follow in the footsteps of Owen. Freaking. WALTON. But when it was his turn to start it was redshirt freshman QB Austin Lowe supercharging the offense instead. Still, with Flowers' talent it was only a matter of time until he had a day to shine - and last Saturday was it. He gashed Army's defense repeatedly when given the rock and showed that the Ohio running game is still something to fear. This is Flowers' first award and probably won't be his last. Defensive Player of the Week: SS Antonio Jackson, Bowling Green. 5 TKL, 1 INT, 1 PD. Special Teams Player of the Week: K Nathaniel Layne, Bowling Green. 4/4 XP, 3/3 FGs (made 45, 40, 32). We're putting these two together to celebrate Bowling Green, the team. The MAC Network has often bemoaned that talent was going to waste on the Falcons roster because of their lack of consistent coaching over the last few seasons. Coach @Kirby showed he was the right man for the job, turning the program around and getting BGSU bowl-eligible for the first time in school history. But no matter the coach, the players have to execute on the field. And in Antonio Jackson and Nathaniel Layne you have two of the more important players on this team. Jackson has been a man possessed this year sometimes looking like the only defender on the field, he made so many plays. And while Layne hasn't been quite as automatic as he was in 2019, he can still kick them through the uprights when it counts as his 13 points showed. This is Jackson's fourth award and Layne's fifth, but they'd be the first to tell you the number that counts is one - as in the number of bowls they made. Congratulations to all the winners! Previous 2021 winners: MAC Players of the Week, Weeks 0/1 MAC Players of the Week, Week 2 MAC Players of the Week, Week 3 MAC Players of the Week, Week 4 MAC Players of the Week, Week 5 MAC Players of the Week, Week 6 MAC Players of the Week, Week 7 MAC Players of the Week, Week 8 MAC Players of the Week, Week 9 MAC Players of the Week, Week 10 MAC Players of the Week, Week 11 MAC Players of the Week, Week 12 MAC Players of the Week, Week 13
    6. Vote! Which player best deserves your weekly accolades? (Any and all non-MAC coaches are welcome to vote also.)
    7. (Ed. Note: Due to time constraints a poll was not run this week. We apologize for the inconvenience.) Offensive Player of the Week: QB Blair Holcomb, Buffalo. 24 of 32 for 346 yards, 4/1 TD/INT. (L at BYU) Honorable Mention: QB Byron Suggs, 25/40 for 308 yards, 2 TDs, 2 rushes for 13 yards (W @ Liberty), RB Nathaniel Ruff, 24 rushes for 134 yards, 1 TD. (W vs. Bowling Green) Defensive Player of the Week: DE Joseph Crowe, W. Michigan. 2 TKL, 1 FR, 1 TD. (W vs. Toledo) Honorable Mention: OLB Frank Long, 5 TKL, 1 sack, 1 INT (W @ Miami(OH)), DE Kyle Whitten, 4 TKL,1 TFL, 1.5 sacks (W vs. Old Dominion) Special Teams Player of the Week: CB Jaiden Melvin, Kent State. 94 punt return yards, 1 PR TD. (W vs. Ohio) Honorable Mention: WR Mendy Schofield, 99 punt return yards, 1 PR TD. (W @ Liberty), K Phillip Lane-Hickey, 2/2 XP, 4/4 FG (made 29, 23, 36, 40) (W vs. Bowling Green), K Sam Painter, 3/3 XP, 2/2 FG (made 55, 43) (L at W. Michigan) Congratulations to all the winners! Previous 2021 winners: MAC Players of the Week, Weeks 0/1 MAC Players of the Week, Week 2 MAC Players of the Week, Week 3 MAC Players of the Week, Week 4 MAC Players of the Week, Week 5 MAC Players of the Week, Week 6 MAC Players of the Week, Week 7 MAC Players of the Week, Week 8 MAC Players of the Week, Week 9 MAC Players of the Week, Week 10 MAC Players of the Week, Week 11 MAC Players of the Week, Week 12
    8. Offensive Player of the Week: QB Zack Cera, Miami (OH). 24 of 36 for 300 yards, 4 TDs. It's been a few months since we saw the FLAMETHROWER in this space. And with coach AI still plodding along we weren't sure if he would return here this season. But Cera's talent can't be denied, completing two-thirds of his passes en route to a typical high-scoring game for the Redhawks. This honor puts him tied for third all-time in MAC Offensive POTW awards with four (tied with Toledo's Gabe Ciamo and Kent State's John Garland). Defensive Player of the Week: ILB Abdoul Hurt, Bowling Green. 6 TKL, 1 FF, 1 FR. The Falcon defense was relentless in their thrashing of Kent State, and right there in the middle of it was its middle linebacker. Hurt picked up his first-ever shiny Defensive POTW trophy en route to a possible career in the pros, and more performances like this can only help his case immensely. Special Teams Player of the Week: RB Nathaniel Ruff, Akron. 94 punt return yards, 1 PR TD. Ruff sent a jolt through the crowd when he fielded a line-drive punt on the bounce, weaved left then right, then found a seam and galloped off to the races for a 63-yard TD return. Proving he's dangerous with the ball no matter how it gets in his hands, the senior RB is making a case to get himself included in any discussion of the MAC's best running backs. Although this isn't his first-ever award, it IS his first for special teams play. Maybe he can get another before the season's over? Congratulations to all the winners! Previous 2021 winners: MAC Players of the Week, Weeks 0/1 MAC Players of the Week, Week 2 MAC Players of the Week, Week 3 MAC Players of the Week, Week 4 MAC Players of the Week, Week 5 MAC Players of the Week, Week 6 MAC Players of the Week, Week 7 MAC Players of the Week, Week 8 MAC Players of the Week, Week 9 MAC Players of the Week, Week 10 MAC Players of the Week, Week 11
    9. Vote! Which player best deserves your weekly accolades? (Any and all non-MAC coaches are welcome to vote also.)
    10. Offensive Player of the Week: QB Byron Suggs, C. Michigan. 24 of 40 for 304 yards, 3 TDs. 6 rushes for 70 yards, 1 TD Congratulations to Byron for winning the first of undoubtedly many awards to come. The redshirt freshman has had the "savior" mantle thrust upon his shoulders even since former coach @paperllamasunited snagged him from the cheese state of Wisconsin. He's shown flashes here and there but in a huge 28-10 victory over Best!Miami he had perhaps his most complete game of the season. He threw all of his touchdown passes to different receivers so it wasn't a case of force-feeding the hot hand, and even broke a 45-yarder option keeper for another score. Suggs keeps this up, he may end up holding all the Chips' QB records by the time he's done at Mt. Pleasant (supplanting a certain plucky Auburn transfer). Defensive Player of the Week: DE Chase Woodson, Ohio. 3 TKL, 1 TFL, 1.5 Sacks, 1 FF Woodson is number 35 at the bottom. This is his first ever DPOTY and in some ways this photo is representative of his play; unassuming but gets the job done. Even though he's third in the MAC in sacks (8.5), he doesn't spend time celebrating or even thinking about how to celebrate. He just gets up and gets ready for the next play. Woodson has been an unsung hero for the Bobcats for a long time now, and the Ohio faithful hope to be able to cheer him on Sundays after this year. Special Teams Player of the Week: K Brendan Higginbotham, Ohio. 2/2 XP. 3/3 FG (44, 33, 36) Just like last week's Special Teams winner, Brendan also gets his SECOND award this season and is the only repeat winner this week. In a game where field position was hard won (neither Ohio nor Buffalo did better than a third down conversion rate of 30%), the Bobcats had the steadier kicker and relied on him to provide the winning points. Ohio isn't going to forget TIMMAY Wilhelm any time soon, but Brendan is tied for the most field goals kicked in the MAC with 16 and is certainly easing the fears of the Bobcat faithful. Congratulations to all the winners! Previous 2021 winners: MAC Players of the Week, Weeks 0/1 MAC Players of the Week, Week 2 MAC Players of the Week, Week 3 MAC Players of the Week, Week 4 MAC Players of the Week, Week 5 MAC Players of the Week, Week 6 MAC Players of the Week, Week 7 MAC Players of the Week, Week 8 MAC Players of the Week, Week 9 MAC Players of the Week, Week 10
    11. Vote! Which player best deserves your weekly accolades? (Any and all non-MAC coaches are welcome to vote also.)
    12. Offensive Player of the Week: QB Giovanni Shaw, Eastern Michigan. 23 of 33 for 300 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT. 4 carries for 19 yards, 1 TD. The MAC Network often lists EMU's Shaw as a QB who could be on the verge of breaking out. We may be witnessing said breakout as he engineered a huge 4-TD game en route to defeating the Bowling Green Falcons 45-38. The Falcons' were one of the hottest in the MAC with a 5-game win streak, but Shaw extinguished that and stretched the Eagles' own win streak to three. Coach @tsweezy must be very proud of him, and proud of the fact that Shaw's performance gets him his first ever Player of the Week honors. Defensive Player of the Week: DT Thierno Thomas, N. Illinois. 5 TKL, 1.0 Sack, 1 FF, 1 FR Thierno Thomas has been a mainstay for the Huskies every year he's been in DeKalb, it's about time the senior got some recognition for his work in the trenches. Often matched up against Buffalo best lineman C D.J. Wilkinson, Thomas still managed to wreak havoc in the middle. His strip-sack of Buffalo QB Blair Holcomb and fumble recovery was crucial in preserving Northern Illinois' upset of the Bulls and gives Thomas his first-ever POTW award. Special Teams Player of the Week: ATH/K Sam Painter, Toledo. 1/1 XP, 3/3 FG (made 42, 27, 45) The only award winner this week who isn't a first-time winner, Painter collects his SECOND this season. The Rockets needed all of his points; first to help get Toledo into a position to tie the game as time expired, then to boot the game-winning points after the Rocket defense shut down the Bobcats in overtime. Painter leads MAC kickers in points scored, and his only miss this season comes from over 40. Congratulations to all the winners! Previous 2021 winners: MAC Players of the Week, Weeks 0/1 MAC Players of the Week, Week 2 MAC Players of the Week, Week 3 MAC Players of the Week, Week 4 MAC Players of the Week, Week 5 MAC Players of the Week, Week 6 MAC Players of the Week, Week 7 MAC Players of the Week, Week 8 MAC Players of the Week, Week 9
    13. Vote! Which player best deserves your weekly accolades? (Any and all non-MAC coaches are free to vote also.)
    14. Offensive Player of the Week: QB Eddie Connelly, Bowling Green. 20 of 30 for 288 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT. 9 carries for 94 yards, 1 TD. Raise your hand if, coming in to the season, you had Bowling Green on the cusp of its FIRST-EVER bowl berth going into week 10? Put it down, you're lying like a rug. The MAC's most pleasant surprise of the 2021 season are the Falcons, and their senior quarterback is a huge reason why. Connelly got it done against fellow division hopeful Buffalo in the air and on the ground, finding paydirt in both modes. Coach @Kirby may be directing the plays that could lead BGSU to the postseason but it's Connelly who is finding ways to execute, and his very first award reflects that. Defensive Player of the Week: ILB Devin Frazier, Akron. 7 TKL, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 1 PD. Pictured is the JuCo transfer getting congratulated after his interception of UNC's Sebastian Norwood en route to Akron rolling all over the Tarheels 30-10 ( @ImposterCauster, you can thank them later). #5 was again a busy man Saturday, ranging from sideline to sideline and occasionally in the Carolina backfield. The junior has been a steadying force in the middle for the Zips, and Frazier will need to continue being that second layer of defense if Akron wants to return to a bowl game. Special Teams Player of the Week: K Simon Hand, Eastern Michigan. 4/4 FGs, 2/2 XP (FGs: made 50, 27, 38, 23) The importance of a reliable kicker cannot be overstated. After all, you can say that Eastern Michigan defeated Georgia State because Simon Hand scored 14 points while GSU's kicker scored 11. And Hand's kicks weren't all garden-variety either - in rainy weather he coolly booted a 50-yarder at the half that wound up being the difference. Hand is the only MAC kicker to have kicked more than ten FG attempts and be perfect so far (15/15, long 50); he is totally deserving on this, his third-ever weekly award. Congratulations to all the winners! Previous 2021 winners: MAC Players of the Week, Weeks 0/1 MAC Players of the Week, Week 2 MAC Players of the Week, Week 3 MAC Players of the Week, Week 4 MAC Players of the Week, Week 5 MAC Players of the Week, Week 6 MAC Players of the Week, Week 7 MAC Players of the Week, Week 8
    15. Vote! Which player best deserves your weekly accolades? (Any and all non-MAC coaches are free to vote also.)
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