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December 10, 2010

Rivals.com 2010 All-MAC team

Northern Illinois senior Chad Spann was the only MAC running back to reach the 1,000-yard plateau, but that's not the only reason he is the Rivals.com MAC player of the year.

Spann has rushed for 1,293 yards and a nation's-leading 20 TDs; his performance is a major reason NIU won the MAC West title and advanced to the league title game. His best performance of the season was a 223-yard, two-TD masterpiece in a victory over Minnesota. That was one of six 100-yard games for Spann, who also had six games with multiple touchdowns for the Huskies (10-3), who are headed to the Humanitarian Bowl to play Nevada (11-1).

The Rivals.com awards
League MVP: NIU RB Chad Spann
Offensive MVP: NIU RB Chad Spann
Defensive MVP: Kent State DT Roosevelt Nix
Coach of year: Miami's Mike Haywood
Coordinator of year: Kent State defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis
Freshman of year: Kent State DT Roosevelt Nix
Our coach of the year is Miami's Michael Haywood, who has overseen one of the greatest one-season turnarounds in NCAA history. The RedHawks won just once last season, Haywood's first as coach, and they were expected to languish near the bottom of the MAC East again this season. Instead, they were the surprise division winner, then shocked NIU in the MAC title game.

Miami (9-4) meets Middle Tennessee in the GoDaddy.com Bowl, and if the RedHawks win, they will tie the NCAA's biggest one-season turnaround (Hawaii won nine games in 1999 after going winless in '98).

Kent State defensive tackle Roosevelt Nix is our defensive player of the year and our freshman of the year. Nix led the league with 10 sacks and with 20 tackles for loss, and was a major reason the Golden Flashes finished fifth in the nation in rush defense. Nix also had 43 total tackles, eight quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles, two blocked kicks and two pass breakups. Not bad for a 6-foot, 255-pounder.

Kent State defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis is our MAC coordinator of the year. Kent State is fifth nationally in rush defense, 13th in total defense, 19th in pass efficiency defense, second in tackles for loss and 11th in sacks. Kent State had four games with at least five sacks and five games with at least 10 tackles for loss. Alas, that solid defense wasn't enough to give Kent State a winning record, and coach Doug Martin stepped down at the end of the season.

QB Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois
Particulars: 6-2/219, Jr.; Bluffton (Ind.) Norwell
RB Adonis Thomas, Toledo
Particulars: 5-10/175, Jr.; Newark (N.J.) Weequahic
RB Chad Spann, Northern Illinois
Particulars: 5-9/198, Sr.; Indianapolis North Central
WR Eric Page, Toledo
Particulars: 5-10/171, Soph.; Springfield (Ohio) High
Particulars: 6-0/215, Sr.; Cleveland North Ridgeville
Particulars: 5-10/186, Soph.; Rochester Hills (Mich.) Adams
T Joe Flading, Ohio
Particulars: 6-4/289, Jr.; Cincinnati Anderson
T Trevor Olson, Northern Illinois
Particulars: 6-6/306, Jr.; Richfield (Minn.) High
Particulars: 6-4/323, Sr.; Villa Park (Ill.) Willowbrook
G Joe Pawlak, Northern Illinois
Particulars: 6-5/301, Jr.; Grayslake (Ill.) High
C Scott Wedige, Northern Illinois
Particulars: 6-4/300, Jr.; Elkhorn (Wis.) Elkhorn Area
E Jake Coffman, Northern Illinois
Particulars: 6-5/255, Sr.; Forreston (Ill.) High
T Roosevelt Nix, Kent State
Particulars: 6-0/255, Fr.; Reynoldsburg (Ohio) High
Particulars: 6-5/305, Jr.; Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy, preceded by Linden (N.J.) High
Particulars: 6-4/239, Sr.; Burlington (N.C.) Cummings
LB Matt Berning, Central Michigan
Particulars: 6-0/240, Sr.; Mexico (Mo.) High
LB Archie Donald, Toledo
Particulars: 6-2/244, Sr.; Pittsburgh Penn Hills
LB Dwayne Woods, Bowling Green
Particulars: 6-1/219, Soph.; Cincinnati Princeton
CB D.J. Brown, Miami
Particulars: 6-1/174, Soph.; West Chester (Ohio) Lakota West
CB Chris Smith, Northern Illinois
Particulars: 5-10/186, Sr.; Highland CC (Kan.), preceded by Palmetto (Fla.) High
FS Davonte Shannon, Buffalo
Particulars: 6-2/205, Sr.; Jeannette (Pa.) High
Particulars: 6-0/201, Sr.; Youngstown (Ohio) Liberty
K Ian McGarvey, Ball State
Particulars: 5-9/195, Sr.; Greenwood (Ind.) Center Grove
P Matt Rinehart, Kent State
Particulars: 5-9/181, Jr.; Dover (Ohio) High
KR Eric Page, Toledo
Particulars: 5-10/171, Soph.; Springfield (Ohio) High
PR Eugene Cooper, Bowling Green
Particulars: 5-10/180, Jr.; Hudson Valley CC (N.Y.), preceded by Mount Vernon (N.Y.) High
QB Alex Carder, Western Michigan
Particulars: 6-2/225, Soph.; Shawnee Mission (Kan.) Shawnee Mission Northwest
RB Alex Allen, Akron
Particulars: 6-0/210, Sr.; Youngstown (Ohio) Ursuline
RB Bernard Pierce, Temple
Particulars: 6-0/218, Soph.; Concordville (Pa.) Glen Mills
WR Kamar Jorden, Bowling Green
Particulars: 6-3/196, Jr.; Hudson Valley CC (N.Y.), preceded by Lansdowne (Pa.) Penn Wood
WR Juan Nunez, Western Michigan
Particulars: 6-1/183, Sr.; Miami Carol City
WR Armand Robinson, Miami
Particulars: 6-1/200, Sr.; Reynoldsburg (Ohio) High
T Darius Morris, Temple
Particulars: 6-4/318, Sr.; Long Branch (N.J.) High
Particulars: 6-7/304, Jr.; Marshall (Mich.) High
G Phillip Swanson, Western Michigan
Particulars: 6-4/313, Sr.; Grand Haven (Mich.) High
G Jeff Maddux, Central Michigan
Particulars: 6-5/325, Sr.; Monroe (Mich.) High
C Kevin Kowalski, Toledo
Particulars: 6-4/299, Sr.; Macedonia (Ohio) Nordonia
E Robert Eddins, Ball State
Particulars: 6-3/242, Sr.; Detroit Crockett
T Austin Brown, Miami
Particulars: 6-2/285, Soph.; Woodbridge (Va.) High
E Paul Hazel, Western Michigan
Particulars: 6-5/204, Soph.; South Miami
LB Nick Bellore, Central Michigan
Particulars: 6-1/245, Sr.; Whitefish Bay (Wis.) High
LB Evan Harris, Miami
Particulars: 6-0/222, Soph.; Waldorf (Md.) Westlake
LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo
Particulars: 6-3/237, R-Fr.; Fort Pierce (Fla.) Westwood
LB Cobrani Mixon, Kent State
Particulars: 6-1/240, Sr.; Michigan transfer, preceded by Cincinnati Colerain
CB Jason Pinkston, Ball State
Particulars: 6-2/177, Soph.; Cleveland Glenville
CB Lewis Toler, Western Michigan
Particulars: 5-10/175, R-Fr.; New Castle (Del.) William Penn
FS Jaiquawn Jarrett, Temple
Particulars: 6-2/202, Sr.; Brooklyn (N.Y.) Fort Hamilton
SS Dominic Cook, Buffalo
Particulars: 5-10/185, Sr.; Buffalo St. Joseph's
K Trevor Cook, Miami
Particulars: 6-2/197, Sr.; Sioux Falls (S.D.) Washington
P Paul Hershey, Ohio
Particulars: 6-3/198, Jr.; Toledo transfer, preceded by Fremont (Ohio) Fremont Ross
KR Eric Williams, Ball State
Particulars: 5-10/203, Soph.; Indianapolis Warren Central
PR Tommy Davis, Northern Illinois
Particulars: 5-11/201, Soph.; Belleville (Ill.) Althoff Catholic



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