Six UT student-athletes were named to the 2011 All-Mid-American Conference football team.Among those six was junior Eric Page, who made first-team all-league at three positions: wide receiver, kickoff returner and punt returner.
The other five honorees were senior offensive tackle Mike VanDerMeulen and senior cornerback Desmond Marrow at first-team; senior running back Adonis Thomas and sophomore center Zac Kerin at second-team; and junior defensive lineman T.J. Fatinikun at third-team.
Page, a first-team All-MAC selection at wide receiver and kickoff returner last year, became Toledo’s all-time leading receiver this season and now has 293 career receptions. He has caught a school-record 112 receptions this year, ranking third in the nation and second in the MAC in receptions per game (9.3). He is 17th in the nation and third in the MAC in punt returns (10.9), and sixth in the conference in kickoff returns (23.4). He ranks seventh in the nation and first in the MAC in all-purpose yards (169.3).
Marrow, who has twice come back from serious injuries in his career, leads the Rockets with 78 tackles. He is second in the MAC with 14 passes broken up and is tied for seventh with three interceptions.
VanDerMeulen, a starter in 49 consecutive games in his UT career, was a third-team All-MAC pick last year. An Academic All-MAC honoree in 2010, VanDerMeulen is a key part of offense that ranks ninth in the nation and first in the MAC in scoring offense (42.3), and eighth in the nation and first in the MAC in total offense (493.2). Toledo’s offensive line also is tied for eighth in the nation and second in the MAC in fewest sacks allowed (9).
Thomas leads the Rockets with 963 yards despite missing most of four games with a broken arm. He is 18th in the country and fourth in the MAC in rushing yards per game (107.0), and leads all MAC running backs with 6.5 rushing average. A second-team All-MAC pick in 2010, Thomas has rushed for at least 100 yards in last four games, averaging 162.0 yards per game.
Kerin assumed the center position for current Dallas Cowboy Kevin Kowalski and helped solidify the Rockets’ offensive line. He is a key part of an offense that ranks eighth in the country and first in the MAC in total offense (493.2). Toledo’s offensive line also is tied for eighth in the nation and second in the MAC in fewest sacks allowed (9).
Fatinikun made third-team All-MAC for the second straight season despite missing the final six games due to injury. Prior to his injury, he was tied for third in MAC with 7.5 tackles for loss.