12 Rockets named All-MAC, league-best 7 make first team

December 1, 2016 | Athletics, News
By Paul Helgren

Twelve players from The University of Toledo were named to the 2016 All-Mid-American Conference football team, including a league-best seven Rockets on the first team.

The Rockets who made first-team All-MAC are senior offensive lineman Mike Ebert, senior running back Kareem Hunt, senior offensive lineman Storm Norton, senior tight end Michael Roberts, senior defensive end John Stepec, junior wide receiver Cody Thompson and junior quarterback Logan Woodside.

web all-mac footballEarning second-team honors were senior defensive lineman Treyvon Hester, sophomore wide receiver Jon’Vea Johnson and senior safety DeJuan Rogers.

Junior linebacker Ja’Wuan Woodley made third-team All-MAC, as did senior Corey Jones at punt returner.

Hunt, who has rushed for a league-leading 1,355 yards this season, is a three-time All-MAC selection. He earned first-team honors in 2014 and second-team last season. He has rushed for 4,825 yards in his four-year career and needs just 25 yards to break the all-time school record held by Chester Taylor (4,849 from 1998-2001).

Other repeat All-MAC honorees include Jones (second team in 2014, first team in 2015), Hester (third team in 2013, second team in 2014), Norton (first team in 2015) and Rogers (third team in 2015). Jones averaged 8.8 yards per punt return with one touchdown. He also caught a team-high 60 passes for 745 yards. Hester had 39 tackles, including a team-best 5.0 sacks. Rogers led the Rockets with 82 tackles.

Six of Toledo’s seven first-team selections came from the offensive side of the ball. The Rockets led the league in total offense, averaging a school-record 529.8 yards per game. Woodside leads the country with 43 touchdown passes, and broke school records for TD throws and passing yards (3,882). Roberts leads the nation’s tight ends with 15 TD catches, which also set a UT record. Thompson has 59 receptions for 1,170 yards, just 24 yards shy of the school record set by Lance Moore in 2003. Stepec, a defensive end, led the Rockets with 14.0 tackles for loss.

Johnson, a second-team pick, had a breakout sophomore year with 38 receptions for 751 yards and 10 TDs. Woodley, a third-team pick, ranked second on the team with 72 tackles.

Toledo (9-3, 6-2 MAC) is awaiting word on its bowl destination, which will be its sixth post-season trip in the last seven seasons.

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