Mountain West Conference NCAA

MEC Announces Football Awards

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — Notre Dame’s Jaleel McLaughlin, Nick Beans, Bryce Sheppert and head coach Mike Jacobs, along with Glenville State’s Dominic Cizuaskas, have earned top individual honors from the Mountain East Conference as the league announced its annual awards and all-conference teams.

McLaughlin earned Offensive Player of the Year honors for a second-straight year. Cizauskas was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year. Beans was tabbed as the Offensive Freshman of the Year, and teammate Sheppert was the Defensive Freshman of the Year. Jacobs was selected as the Coach of the Year for a second-straight season.

McLaughlin, a freshman from Marshville, N.C., led the NCAA with 1,982 yards and 27 rushing touchdowns during his sophomore season. His 180.2 rushing yards per game and his 15.2 points per game were also best in the country. He rushed for over 100 yards in 10 games this season, including four games with 200+ yards. During the course of the season he set the MEC career mark for rushing yards and will enter the postseason with 4,403 rushing yards in 25 games.

Cizauskas, a senior from Mukwonago, Wisc., earned Defensive Player of the Year honors after racking up 120 tackles on the season. He ranked third in the league in solo tackles (67), and also ranked among the league leaders in tackles for a loss (14.0), interceptions (4) and passes defended (14) from his linebacker position. He also returned two interceptions for touchdowns and was a two-time MEC Defensive Player of the Week in 2019. 

Beans, a native of Akron, Ohio, is the Offensive Freshman of the Year after starting at center on Notre Dame’s offensive line. He helped contribute to the league’s best rushing attack at 246.2 yards per game and scoring offense at 41.2 points per game. The offensive line also allowed just 12 sacks on the year.

Sheppert, a native of Stow, Ohio, is the Defensive Freshman of the Year playing in the secondary for the Falcons. He finished the year with 38 tackles (27 solo), and came up with three interceptions on the year. He was also a key member on special teams blocking two kicks and recording eight tackles on special teams.

Jacobs is the MEC Coach of the Year for a second-straight season after directing Notre Dame to back-to-back MEC titles. The Falcons were nationally ranked for the entire season rising as high as No. 5 in the AFCA poll. Notre Dame also earned a NCAA Playoff berth for a second-straight season and will represent the Mountain East Conference in the postseason as the No. 3 seed in Super Region 1. 

In addition to the individual awards, the league also announced the All-MEC teams. Regular season champion Notre Dame led the way with nine first-team honorees, followed by Fairmont State with six and Charleston with five. Glenville State was recognized four times on the first team, as was West Virginia State. Urbana had three honorees, while West Liberty and West Virginia Wesleyan each had one.

The all-conference teams and individual award winners are selected by a vote of the league’s coaches.

2019 MEC Individual Awards
Offensive Player of the Year: Jaleel McLaughlin (Notre Dame)
Offensive Freshman of the Year: Nick Beans (Notre Dame)
Defensive Player of the Year: Dominic Cizauskas (Glenville State)
Defensive Freshman of the Year: Bryce Sheppert (Notre Dame)
Coach of the Year: Mike Jacobs (Notre Dame)
2019 All-MEC First Team 
Pos. Name School Cl.
QB Austin Hensley W.Va. State Sr.
RB Tyreik McAllister Charleston Jr.
RB Jaleel McLaughlin Notre Dame So.
RB Tyree Randolph Fairmont State So.
WR Javon Hayes Fairmont State Jr.
WR Marvelle Ross Notre Dame Sr.
WR Isaiah Scott W.Va. State Sr.
WR Michael Strachan Charleston Jr.
TE Zaire Mitchell Notre Dame So.
FB/HB Dante Jones W.Va. State Jr.
OL Jimmy Burchett Notre Dame Jr.
OL Brandon Nicholson Notre Dame Jr.
OL Mike Mollohan Urbana Sr.
OL Wade Olsen Frostburg State Sr.
OL Austin Ringel Charleston Sr.
OL Chandler Zavala Fairmont State Jr.
DL D.J. Adediwura Fairmont State Jr.
DL Kenny Randall Charleston Jr.
DL Zach Strand Frostburg State Jr.
DL Mikal Toliver Urbana Sr.
DL Sha’haun Williams Notre Dame Sr.
LB Dominic Cizauskas Glenville State Sr.
LB Dustin Crouser W.Va. State Jr.
LB Duray Hall Urbana Jr.
LB Guam Lee Notre Dame Jr.
LB Trevon Shorts Fairmont State Sr.
DB Kei Beckham Charleston Sr.
DB Logan Deri West Liberty Sr.
DB Delonte Hood Glenville State So.
DB Davionn Johnson Notre Dame Jr.
DB John Merica W.Va. Wesleyan So.
DB Michael Porter Fairmont State Sr.
P Justin Watts Glenville State Sr.
K Justin Watts Glenville State Sr.
KR/PR Marvelle Ross Notre Dame Sr.
2019 All-MEC Second Team
QB Brant Grisel Charleston Sr.
RB Khalik Hamlin Fairmont State Jr.
RB Gavin Lavat Frostburg State Jr.
RB Mario Pender Glenville State Sr.
RB WR Sanders Urbana Jr.
WR Javon Butler Glenville State Jr.
WR Ryan LaFollette Wheeling So.
WR Tremaine Ross Charleston Sr.
TE Thomas Cole West Liberty So.
FB/HB D.J. Greene Notre Dame Sr.
OL Devon Bradshaw W.Va. State Sr.
OL Lavon Cottemond W.Va. State Jr.
OL Chris Hawkins Urbana Sr.
OL Garrett Kapstein O’Brien Fairmont State Sr.
OL Lonnell McGuire Fairmont State Sr.
OL Elbert Munn Charleston Jr.
DL Carl Igweh Frostburg State Jr.
DL Jack Kosko Notre Dame So.
DL Harry Lewis W.Va. Wesleyan Sr.
DL Cody Rine West Liberty Sr.
DL Aman Speed W.Va. Wesleyan Sr.
DL Glenwood Williams Fairmont State Sr.
LB LA Kelly Urbana Jr.
LB Clay McDonald West Liberty Jr.
LB Nate Moore Notre Dame So.
LB Wayne Palmer Frostburg State Sr.
LB Kenjae Rose Charleston Jr.
DB Kyle Alexander W.Va. State Sr.
DB Mike Bell Frostburg State Sr.
DB Imani Moore Concord Jr.
DB Vincent Persichetti Frostburg State Sr,
DB Chris Richardson Urbana Sr.
P Dominic Buttazzoni Notre Dame Fr.
K Tanner Harding Notre Dame Jr.
KR/PR Austin Ratliff Glenville State Jr.
2019 All-MEC Honorable Mention
QB: Takwan Crews-Naylor (Fairmont State)
RB: Dylan Lucas (W.Va. State), Isaiah Young (Urbana)
FB/HB: Ridge Durbin (West Liberty)
WR: AJ Barrette (W.Va. State)
OL: Zach Cox (Fairmont State), Ethan Fergason (Glenville State), Mike Kyle (Notre Dame), Trey Milam (W.Va. Wesleyan), Jason Money (Frostburg State), Adam Riegler (Notre Dame), Nathan Toney (Concord)
DL: Derrick Brumfield (Notre Dame), Ryan Gattrell (Concord), Keenan Johnson (W.Va. State) Brandon Munoz (WU)
LB: Wil Mayes (Glenville State), Dwain Porterfield (Concord), James Reese (Wheeling), Grant Safford (W.Va. Wesleyan)
DB: Tevon Littleton (W.Va. State), Bryce Sheppert (Notre Dame), Sam Thomas (Glenville State)
P: Martin Ahlstroem (W.Va. State)
K: Martin Ahlstroem (W.Va. State)
KR/PR: Tywan Pearce (Concord)

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