Two Football Players Garner All-MAC Honors

Atari Bigby

Cleveland, Ohio --The 2003 All-Mid American Conference football team, as voted on by the league's 14 head coaches, was announced today and 14 honorees from last year's team were recognized again with those accolades.

Again honored as first-team selections as they were in 2003 are offensive lineman Nick Kaczur of Toledo, wide receiver Darius Watts of Marshall, running back Michael Turner, defensive back Randee Drew of Northern Illinois, defensive lineman Jason Babin of Western Michigan and defensive back Atari Bigby of the University of Central Florida.

First-team 2003 honorees who were second-team all-MAC last year are quarterback Ben Roethlisberger of Miami, outside linebacker Brian Atkinson of Northern Illinois, defensive lineman Jamus Martin of Marshall, defensive back Janssen Patton of Bowling Green and defensive back Justin Beriault of Ball State.

Despite leading the nation in punting and setting a new MAC single-season record, Matt Prater was named to the all-MAC second team as a punter. Prater set a new school and MAC record with an average of 47.9 yards per punt in 2003.




First Team Offense
Center - Scott Mruczkowski, Bowling Green (Jr., Garfield Heights, Ohio)
Lineman - Nick Kazcur, Toledo (Jr., Brantford, Ontario)##&&
Lineman - Nate McPeek, Marshall (Sr., Russell, Ky.)
Lineman - Jacob Bell, Miami (Sr., Euclid, Ohio)
Lineman - Jake VerStraete, Northern Illinois (Jr., Atkinson, Ill.)
Tight End - Andrew Clarke, Toledo (Jr., Naperville, Ill.)
Wide Receiver - Darius Watts, Marshall (Sr., College Park, Ga.)++&&
Wide Receiver - Lance Moore, Toledo (Jr., Westerville, Ohio)
Wide Receiver - P.J. Fleck, Northern Illinois (Sr., Sugar Grove, Ill.)
Quarterback - Ben Roethlisberger, Miami (Jr., Findlay, Ohio)$$
Running Back - Michael Turner, Northern Illinois (Sr., North Chicago, Ill.)&&
Running Back - Anthony Sherrell, Eastern Michigan (Jr., Roseville, Mich.)
Running Back - P.J. Pope, Bowling Green (So., Fairfield, Ohio)
Placekicker - Steve Azar, Northern Illinois (Sr., Colorado Springs, Colo.) ^^++$$


First Team Defense
Outside Linebacker - Lorenzo Scott, Ball State (Sr., St. Louis, Mo.)
Outside Linebacker - Brian Atkinson, Northern Illinois (Jr., Chicago, Ill.)$$
Lineman - Jason Babin, Western Michigan (Sr., Paw Paw, Mich.)##&&
Lineman - Vinson Reynolds, Northern Illinois (Sr., Detroit, Mich.)
Lineman - Phil Smith, Miami (Sr., Shaker Heights, Ohio)
Lineman - Jamus Martin, Marshall (Jr., Martinsville, Va.)$$
Inside Linebacker - David Lusky, Eastern Michigan (Sr., Novi, Mich.)
Inside Linebacker - Terrell Jones, Miami (Sr., St. Louis, Mo.)
Defensive Back - Janssen Patton, Bowling Green (Sr., Sone Mountain, Ga.)##$$
Defensive Back - Randee Drew, Northern Illinois (Sr., Milwaukee, Wis.)&&
Defensive Back - Atari Bigby, UCF (Jr., Miami, Fla.)
Defensive Back - Justin Beriault, Ball State (Jr., Indianapolis, Ind.)$$
Punter - Adam Anderson, Western Michigan (Jr., Chesaning, Mich.)


Second Team Offense
Center - Todd Londot, Miami (So., Utica, Ohio)
Lineman - Erik Faasen, Toledo (Sr., Belding, Mich.)
Lineman - Travis Barclay, Ball State (Sr., Bedford, Ind.)
Lineman - Adam Kieft, Central Michigan (Jr., Rockford, Mich.)
Lineman - Ben Herrell, Miami (Sr., Middleton, Wis.)
Tight End - Matt Brandt, Miami (Sr., Toronto, Ont.)
Wide Receiver - Matt Cherry, Akron (Sr., Chicago, Ill.)
Wide Receiver - Martin Nance, Miami (So., Maryland Heights, Mo.)
Wide Receiver - Greg Jennings, Western Michigan (So., Kalamazoo, Mich.)
Quarterback - Josh Harris, Bowling Green (Sr., Westerville, Ohio)
Running Back - Jerry Seymour, Central Michigan (Fr., Miramar, Fla.)
Running Back - Earl Charles, Marshall (Jr., Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Running Back - Trinity Dawson, Toledo (So., Tulsa, Okla.)
Placekicker - Jason Swiger, Akron (So., Copley, Ohio)


Second Team Defense
Outside Linebacker - Terna Nande, Miami (So., Grand Rapids, Mich.)
Outside Linebacker - Charles Tynes, Marshall (Sr., Bluefield, W.Va.)
Lineman - Jack Gitler, Western Michigan (Jr., Berkley, Mich.)
Lineman - Frank Ofili, Toledo (Sr., Ypsilanti, Mich.)
Lineman - Mitchell Crossley, Bowling Green (So., Springfield, Ohio)
Lineman - Toriano Brown, Marshall (Sr., Batesville, Ms.)$$
Inside Linebacker - Brock Dodrill, Toledo (Jr., Defiance, Ohio)
Inside Linebacker - Chase Blackburn, Akron (Jr., Marysville, Ohio)
Defensive Back - Rickey McKenzie, Akron (Sr., Elkhart, Ind.)
Defensive Back - James King, Central Michigan (Jr., Oak Park, Mich.)
Defensive Back - Akil Grant, Northern Illinois (Sr., Kankakee, Ill.)
Defensive Back - Mark Graham, Buffalo (Sr., Monroe, Mich.)
Punter - Matt Prater, UCF (So., Estero, Fla.)


Honoroable Mention
(next top six in voting regardless of position)
Wide Receiver - Kendrick Mosley, Western Michigan (Sr., Pahokee, Fla.)
Center - Todd Ghilani, Northern Illinois (Sr., Elkhorn, Wis.)
Inside Linebacker - Eric Mahl, Kent State (Jr., Monroeville, Ohio)
Tight End - Mike Brake, Akron (Sr., Hilliard, Ohio)
Tight End - Jason Rader, Marshall (Sr., St. Alabns, W.Va.)
Inside Linebacker - Nick Duffy, Northern Illinois (Sr., Wheaton, Ill.)$$


&& (2002 first-team all-MAC)
$$ (2002 second-team all-MAC)
++(2001 first-team all-MAC)
## (2001 second-team all-MAC)
^^ (2000 honorable mention all-MAC)

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