Ten Bulldog Players Claim All-GLIAC Laurels
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Big Rapids, Mich. - The Ferris State University football team had a total of 10 football players named to the 2010 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Football Team in an announcement made Wednesday (Nov. 17) afternoon by the conference office.
Bulldog senior linebacker Matt Ryan (Howell) attained All-GLIAC First Team kudos for the 2010 gridiron campaign while three others attained second team status and six claimed honorable mention kudos.
The Bulldogs' second-team picks were junior center Jake Hancock (Big Rapids) along with senior defensive tackle Jacob Moreno (Holt) and sophomore defensive end Jordan Morgan (Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel).
FSU's honorable mention selections included senior offensive guard Scott Shattuck (Lowell/Ionia), senior safety Chad Wilson (Howell), junior receiver Mike Ryan (Howell), junior defensive back William Miles (Stockton, Calif./Tokay), junior quarterback Tom Schneider (Jerome/Addison) along with sophomore defensive end Brad Iskow (Bad Axe).
The all-conference balloting was conducted by the league's head coaches via a teleconference and online voting process.
The 6-1 Matt Ryan earned All-GLIAC laurels for the second consecutive season after being tabbed as a second-team choice a year ago. He paced the conference with a league-high 128 tackles in conference play and concluded the regular-season ranked third nationally in Division II at 11.64 tackles per game. Ryan compiled 56 solo hits to go with 72 assists this season in addition to 5.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one interception, two passes defended, one quarterback hurry and a forced fumble. The two-year starter had 10 tackles or more in nine outings this campaign, including a season-high 16 stops at Indianapolis (Oct. 30).
Morgan ranked third among the conference leaders in total sacks with eight for a loss of 65 yards. He also tied for 10th in tackles for loss with 10.5 (-70 yards). The Chicago native placed fourth among the squad leaders with 52 stops, including 19 solo tackles, and also contributed five quarterback hurries, four blocked kicks and a forced fumble.
A senior, Moreno also was ranked near the top of the league list in both sacks and tackles for loss as he came in tied for fourth in sacks (7.0) and tied for 18th in TFL (9.0). His play resulted in a total loss of negative 47 yards on the year. Moreno was the team's third-leading tackler as he wrapped up his final campaign with 61 total hits and five hurries.
Hancock, a third-year letterwinner, started all 10 of his outings this season in helping the Bulldog offensive unit score 273 points after managing only 122 total a season ago. FSU also racked up 3,750 total offensive yards for the year with an average of 340.9 yards per contest.
Among the honorable mention selections, Shattuck was an 11-game starter as a senior captain and earned his fourth varsity letter. Wilson returned to the lineup after missing all of last season with an injury and claimed GLIAC Honorable Mention status for the second time. He posted 39 tackles with a forced fumble and a recovery in eight contests.
Miles made an impact in his first season with the Bulldogs as he recorded a team-high five interceptions, including a school-record tying three at Indianapolis. He also had nine breakups for a total of 14 passes defended and registered 37 total tackles. The newcomer was tied for second in the GLIAC in both passes defended and total interceptions.
Schneider also had a significant impact in his return to the quarterback position after playing at multiple spots due to injury a year ago. He completed 70.5% (184-261) of his passes for 1,741 yards and 12 TD's while being intercepted only three times. Additionally, he ran for 319 yards and six scores on 97 attempts in starting all 11 games. He concluded the year ranked second in completion percengtage, fourth in passing efficiency along with seventh in both passing yards and total offense among the conference leaders.
FSU's Mike Ryan recorded team and personal career-highs with 59 receptions for 657 yards and four TD's on the year. He averaged 11.1 yards per catch and was fourth in receptions per game to go with 10th in reception yards per contest in conference regular-season action. His 59 catches tied for third-best in the GLIAC this campaign.
Finally, Iskow came into his own as FSU's starting defensive end opposite Morgan and finished the year ranked third in the GLIAC in tackles for loss (14.5) and tied for eighth in sacks (5.0). His efforts helped compile a total of 60 lost yards for the opponents on his 14.5 stops in the backfield. Iskow finished seventh on the team with 45 total tackles and 26 were unassisted. He also had four hurries, a team-best two fumble recoveries and one blocked kick.
In addition to the all-conference teams, the league's annual postseason award winners were announced and included Hillsdale quarterback Troy Weatherhead as the league's Player of the Year.
2010 Ferris State Football All-GLIAC Honorees:
First Team Defense -- Matt Ryan (LB)
Second Team Offense -- Jake Hancock (C)
Second Team Defense -- Jordan Morgan (DE), Jacob Moreno (DT)
Honorable Mention -- Scott Shattuck (G), Chad Wilson (S), Mike Ryan (WR), William Miles (DB), Tom Schneider (QB), Brad Iskow (DE)