November 16, 2011

Ten Bulldog Players Receive 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 2011 All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Football Team in an announcement made Wednesday (Nov. 16) afternoon by the conference office.

Bulldog junor linebacker Tayo Moss (South Rockwood/Monroe St. Mary's) was a first team all-league selection for 2011 while three others attained second-team status and six were honorable mention honorees.

The Bulldogs' second-team picks were senior center Jake Hancock (Big Rapids) along with senior cornerback Antwian Windmon (Chicago, Ill./Morgan Park) and junior defensive end Jordan Morgan (Chicago, Ill./Mt. Carmel).  Both Hancock and Morgan were tabbed as second-team selections for the second-straight year.

FSU's honorable mention selections included senior quarterback Tom Schneider (Jerome/Addison), senior receiver Mike Ryan (Howell), senior defensive tackle Muneer Bawayeh (Dearborn/Fordson), junior running back Skyler Stoker (Jackson/Grass Lake), junior offensive tackle Trevor Smolinski (Battle Creek/Marshall) along with junior 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.

Moss received all-conference recognition for the first time after finishing the 2011 regular-season campaign as the GLIAC's leading tackler (10.7 tpg.) with 35 solo stops and 85 assisted hits for 118 total tackles.  Moss had 10 tackles or more in seven games, including the last three of the season when he twice had 15 stops or more.

Morgan ranked third among the conference leaders in total sacks for the second consecutive year with seven for a total loss of 37 yards.  He was also ninth in the league in tackles for loss with 10.0 for -45 yards. The Chicago native placed fourth among the squad leaders with a personal career-high 75 stops, including 21 solo tackles, and also contributed five blocked kicks, two fumble recoveries, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.

Hancock, a four-year letterwinner, started all 11 games this campaign.  The preseason All-America honoree moved to left guard after earning All-GLIAC Second Team recognition at center in 2010.  His performance helped the Bulldog offense finish third in the league in total offense (425.0 ypg.) and first among all conference schools in first downs (23.8 pg.).

Windmon played in all 11 games as a starter at cornerback and netted 46 tackles with 25 solo stops.  He also had three interceptions and five pass breakups for eight passes defended and forced a fumble.  Windmon was 10th in the conference in passes defended.

Like Hancock, Smolinski was an 11-game starter at left tackle this season and helped contribute to the Bulldogs' 28.1 points per game average.  The two-year starter moved from right tackle to the left side this season to earn his third varsity letter for the Bulldogs.

Schneider served as a team captain for the second consecutive campaign in 2011 and ranked among the league's top quarterbacks.  He threw for a career-high 2,370 yards in 11 games to finish seventh in the GLIAC in both passing yardage and efficiency as he completed 215 of 325 passes (66.2%).  The veteran signal caller placed fifth in the GLIAC in total offense as he also ran for a team second-best 464 yards on the ground.

FSU's Mike Ryan caught a team and career-high 62 passes for 783 yards and seven touchdowns this season while placing sixth in the league in total receptions and ninth in receiving yardage. He averaged 12.6 yards per catch.

A senior captain, Bawayeh started all 11 games and finished fifth on the team with 58 total tackles.  He had 13 solo efforts and 45 assists in addition to adding two tackles for loss, two quarterback hurries and a sack.

Iskow earned All-GLIAC honorable mention accolades for the second-straight season despite playing in only eight games due to injury.  He registered 33 total tackles, which included 2.5 tackles for loss and a sack.

Finally, Stoker ranked among the conference's rushing and all-purpose leaders until suffering a season-ending injury midway thru the season. He still finished as the Bulldogs' leading rusher with 586 yards on 94 attempts and averaged 97.7 yards per game with five touchdown runs.  He also caught 16 passes for 182 yards in six games.

In addition to the all-conference teams, the league's annual postseason award winners were announced and included Hillsdale running back Joe Glendening as the league's Player of the Year.

2011 Ferris State Football All-GLIAC Honorees:

First Team Defense -- Tayo Moss (LB)
Second Team Offense -- Jake Hancock (G)
Second Team Defense -- Jordan Morgan (DE), Antwian Windmon (CB)
Honorable Mention -- Tom Schneider (QB), Skyler Stoker (RB), Trevor Smolinski (OT), Mike Ryan (WR), Brad Iskow (DE), Muneer Bawayeh (DT)

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