A Page -- Nov. 24, 2011 -- PM Edition

GlenOak alum Alex Thomas earns Gene Slaughter Award in the OAC as top linebacker
Muskingum senior Alex Thomas (Canton/Glen Oak) has been named the 2011 Gene Slaughter Most
Outstanding Linebacker as voted by the league coaches. Thomas closed the season leading the League in tackles
with 11.6 per-game. 

He also tallied four sacks. Thomas earned First Team All-OAC honors and is just second
Muskies to be awarded this honor.

The Slaughter Award is presented by Capital University in honor of Gene Slaughter. Slaughter spent 25 years
(1961-1985) at the helm of the Capital football program and guided it to a 120-94-3 record and a Stagg Bowl victory in 1970.  He also served as Capital athletic director from 1981-1987.
Mount's Dieuseul voted top defensive lineman in OAC
Mount Union junior Charles Dieuseul (Winter Haven, Fla./Lake Region) has been voted by the league coaches
as the 2011 Paul Hoernemann Most Outstanding Defensive Lineman. 

Dieuseul finished the regular-season ranked among the top of the Conference in sacks with six and tackles-for-loss with 12 for 46 yards. He has earned First Team All-OAC honors for the second time and is the eleventh Purple Raider to garner this award.

Heidelberg College presents the Hoernemann Award in memory of its most successful football coach, Paul
Hoernemann, who directed the Student Princes to a 102-18-4 record from 1946-59. Hoernemann was inducted
in 1997 to the College Football Hall of Fame.
VASJ grad Antonio Tate tabbed top offensive lineman in the Ohio Athletic Conference
Mount Union junior Antonio Tate (Cleveland/Villa Anglea-St.Joseph) received the 2011 Ken Wable Most
Outstanding Offensive Lineman award, as voted by the league coaches. 

At the close of the regular-season, Tate led the Purple Raider’s offensive line to the top of the OAC in total offense with 488.7 yards-per-game and scoring offense with a 41.9 average. 
He has earned First Team All-OAC honors and is 17th Purple Raider to be awarded this

The Wable Award is presented by Mount Union College in honor of Ken Wable, who spent 24 years (1962-1985)
leading the football program. During his time at Mount Union he led the Purple Raiders to 123 victories and an OAC Championship.

RedHawks Play in Denver Cup Classic over Holiday Weekend

Miami faces Providence Friday, battles host and No. 9/10 Denver Saturday


Starting a stretch that sees Miami (6-6-2, 4-4-2-1 CCHA) play nine of its next 10 games away from home, the RedHawks head to the Denver Cup Classic Friday and Saturday for a pair of non-conference tilts. The ‘Hawks open with Providence (6-4-1, 4-3-0 HE) on Friday at 6:37 p.m. ET before taking on host and No. 9/10 Denver (5-3-3, 4-2-3 WCHA) Saturday at 9:07 p.m. Princeton is the fourth team at the showcase, as the Tigers face the Pioneers Friday night and play Providence in the early game Saturday.

Miami enters the weekend riding a season-long six-game unbeaten streak. The RedHawks earned their first shutout of the year Friday, a 4-0 win over Bowling Green with senior goalie Cody Reichard in net, as he has been the entire unbeaten streak. Freshman Blake Coleman had two goals in the win. Saturday, the ‘Hawks skated to a 4-4 overtime draw with the Falcons as senior Alden Hirschfeld, junior Reilly Smith and freshman Austin Czarnik each had a goal and an assist. The four goals both nights tied a season high. Smith leads Miami with eight goals and 11 points on the year while Hirschfeld has a team-high seven helpers.

Both teams Miami faces this weekend feature top-10 offenses nationally. The Friars, who tie for eighth nationally scoring 3.55 goals per game, were riding a four-game winning streak until suffering a loss to Northeastern last Friday. Providence has played just two games away from home this year, losing both at Maine. Freshman Ross Mauermann leads PC with eight assists and 12 points while junior Tim Schaller has a team-best eight goals.
Ignatius-Whitmer on 1420-'HK this week

The high school football game - Division I, State Semi Final Game - Saturday November 26th between St. Ignatius High School and Toledo Whitmer High School at Arlin Stadium at Mansfield High School (Mansfield, OH) will air LIVE on WHK-AM 1420 and on www.thesportsking.com at 7:00 PM 
Ed Daugherty (play-by-play) and Mike Gibbons (color) will have the call - LIVE on WHK-AM 14
John Carroll's Devin O'Brien tabbed Bob Packard Award winner as OAC's top "O" back
John Carroll senior quarterback Devin O`Brien (Brookfield) was chosen as the 2011 Bob Packard Most
Outstanding Offensive Back, as voted by the league coaches. 

O`Brien finished the season ranked second in the Conference in total offense with 710 rushing yards and 1,921 passing yards for an average of 263.1 yards-per-game.
He also ranks third in pass efficiency at 63.2 percent after going 144-of-228 with 15 touchdowns. O`Brien has been
named First Team All-OAC and is just the third Blue Streak to receive this honor.

The Packard Award is presented by Baldwin-Wallace College in honor of Bob Packard, who served as head
coach of the Yellow Jackets from 1981-2001. 

He led B-W to six OAC championships and a 156-54-2 overall record.

Mount Union's Nick Driskill named Dr. Lee Tressel Award winner
Mount Union junior Nick Driskill (Wabash, Ind./Southwood) has been named the 2011 Lee J. Tressel Most
Outstanding Defensive Back, as voted by the league coaches. 
During the regular-season, Driskill amassed 82 tackles (52 solo) to rank 10th in the league and also added five sacks. He ranks third in the OAC for tackles-for-loss with 13for 51 yards and second in passes defended with nine pass breakups and four interceptions.

 Driskill has earned FirstTeam All-OAC honors and is the ninth Purple Raider to garner this honor.

Baldwin-Wallace presents the Tressel Award in memory of coach Lee J. Tressel, who guided the Yellow Jackets
to four OAC championships, one national title and a 154-52-6 record from 1958-80. 

Tressel was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1996.



2011 Marathon MAC Football Championship Set for Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 pm ET on ESPN2 at Ford Field in Detroit...The 2011 Marathon MAC Football Championship Game will feature the East (Ohio Bobcats) and West (TBD) Division Champions to play on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7:00 pm ET in front of a national television audience on ESPN2 from Detroit’s Ford Field.  This contest will mark the 15th annual championship game for the MAC and will mark the eighth neutral site game at Ford Field in downtown Detroit, Mich.


In the East Division, the Ohio Bobcats clinched the East Division with a 29-28 win at Bowling Green last Wednesday night.  Ohio is 5-2 in the conference and will conclude the regular season by hosting Miami on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7:00 pm (ESPN2).


In the West Division, Northern Illinois needs one more victory to clinch the West Division title as the Huskies have a 6-1 conference record and will host Eastern Michigan on Friday, Nov. 25 at 11:00 am ET on ESPNU.  Toledo is tied with Northern Illinois in the West Division standings, however, Northern Illinois holds the tie-breaker due to the Huskies 63-60 win at Toledo on Nov. 1. 


Toledo will travel to Ball State on Friday, Nov. 25 at 2:00 pm ET (ESPN3).  Toledo would need to defeat Ball State and have Northern Illinois lose to Eastern Michigan for the Rockets to win the MAC West Division and advance to the Marathon MAC Football Championship Game.


SIX MAC PROGRAMS BOWL ELIGIBLE...Six MAC programs are already bowl eligible as we enter the final week of the 2011 regular season.  Last week, Western Michigan became the sixth MAC program to become bowl eligible with a 24-21 win at Miami.  For the Broncos, it marks the fifth time in the last seven years for the program to become bowl eligible.  Western Michigan joins Northern Illinois, Toledo, Ball State, Ohio and Temple as MAC programs bowl eligible.


Two more MAC programs have the opportunity to reach bowl eligibility this Friday, Nov. 25.  Eastern Michigan with a 6-5 record needs a victory at Northern Illinois, while Kent State at 5-6 would need a win at Temple.


WESTERN MICHIGAN WR JORDAN WHITE LEADS NATION IN RECEPTIONS AND RECEIVING YARDS...Wester Michigan senior wide receiver Jordan White leads the nation with 120 receptions and 1,508 yards.  The Cleveland, Ohio native is part of a scoring connection with quarterback Alex Carder to lead the Broncos offense as the seventh best in the nation in passing yards (342.6 ypg) and 22nd scoring offense (34.9 ppg) in the country.

North Ridgeville's Jordan White


White already has set school single-season marks for receptions (120) and yards (1,508) in a season and earlier this year became the school’s all-time career leader in receptions (286), yards (3,784) and ranks second in touchdown receptions (29).  White also ranks third in MAC history in receiving yards (3,784), fourth in receptions (286) and tied for seventh in touchdowns (29).


MAC MIDWEEK FOOTBALL CONTINUES WITH 13TH REGULAR SEASON GAME DURING THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER ON ESPN, ESPN2 OR ESPNU...Midweek football continues to take center stage for the MAC as this Tuesday, Nov. 22 the Miami RedHawks will travel to Ohio to play the Bobcats at Peden Stadium at 7 pm ET on ESPN2.  This game is the 13th and final regular season midweek game during the month of November with the MAC’s national television partner, ESPN. 


The 2011 Marathon MAC Football Championship will also be broadcast on ESPN2 from Detroit’s Ford Field on Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 pm ET.