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Posted on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 11:35 a.m.

Eastern Michigan football coach Ron English named MAC Coach of the Year

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Eastern Michigan football coach Ron English.

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Ron English, who led the Eastern Michigan football team to a 6-6 record in his third season with the Eagles, was named today the Mid-American Head Coach of the Year.

Eastern went 2-22 in English's first two seasons as he revamped the team. Eastern went 4-4 in the MAC and finished with the No. 3 defense in the league and the No. 4 rushing offense.

The award was voted on by the MAC News Media Association.

Other Eastern players who earned honors:

  • Second Team Defense: Brad Ohrman, senior lineman
  • Third Team Offense: Garrett Hoskins, junior tight end
  • Third Team Defense: Justin Cudworth, junior linebacker
  • Third Team Defense: Latarrius Thomas, senior defensive back
  • Third Team Defense: Marlon Pollard, sophomore defensive back

MAC postseason awards

2011 MAC Specialty Award Winners
Vern Smith Leadership Award Winner: QB Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois
Coach of the Year: Ron English, Eastern Michigan
Offensive Player of the Year: QB Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois
Defensive Player of the Year: DL Drew Nowak, Western Michigan
Special Teams Player of the Year: K Matt Weller, Ohio
Freshman of the Year: RB Anthon Samuel, Bowling Green
2011 All-MAC First Team Offense
Position - Name - School

Quarterback - Chandler Harnish, Northern Illinois @
Center - Scott Wedige, Northern Illinois @
Offensive Linemen - Mike VanDerMeulen, Toledo %
Offensive Lineman - Trevor Olson, Northern Illinois @
Offensive Lineman - Joe Flading, Ohio @&
Offensive Linemen - Pat Boyle, Temple
Tight End - Evan Rodriquez, Temple @
Wide Receiver - Jordan White, Western Michigan @
Wide Receiver - Eric Page, Toledo @!
Wide Receiver - Nick Harwell, Miami #
Wide Receiver - Kamar Jorden, Bowling Green @
Running Back - Bernard Pierce, Temple @ ^
Running Back -Branden Oliver, Buffalo
Placekicker -Mathew Sims, Northern Illinois
2011 All-MAC First Team Defense
Position - Name - School

Outside Linebacker -Aaron Morris, Ball State
Outside Linebacker - Khalil Mack, Buffalo
Inside Linebacker - Brian Wagner, Akron !
Inside Linebacker - Dwayne Woods, Bowling Green #
Down Lineman - Roosevelt Nix, Kent State @
Down Lineman - Adrian Robinson, Temple @ ^
Down Lineman - Chris Jones, Bowling Green %
Down Lineman - Drew Nowak, Western Michigan
Defensive Back - Jahleel Addae, Central Michigan %
Defensive Back - Dayonne Nunley, Miami
Defensive Back - Desmond Marrow, Toledo
Defensive Back - Sean Baker, Ball State #
Punter - Brian Schmeidebusch, Bowling Green
2011 All-MAC First Team Specialists
Position - Name - School

Kickoff Return Specialist - Eric Page, Toledo @
Punt Return Specialist -Eric Page, Toledo
2011 All-MAC Second Team Offense
Position - Name - School

Quarterback - Alex Carder, Western Michigan %
Center - Zac Kerin, Toledo
Offensive Lineman - Brandon Brooks, Miami # !
Offensive Lineman - Jordan Hansel, Ball State
Offensive Lineman - Brian Winters, Kent State %
Offensive Lineman - Eric Herman, Ohio
Tight End - David Blackburn, Central Michigan
Wide Receiver - LaVon Brazill, Ohio !
Wide Receiver - Briggs Orsbon, Ball State
Wide Receiver - Perez Ashford, Northern Illinois
Wide Receiver - Marcus Rivers, Buffalo
Running Back - Adonis Thomas, Toledo #
Running Back - Jasmin Hopkins, Northern Illinois
Placekicker - Matt Weller, Ohio ^
2011 All-MAC Second Team Defense
Position - Name - School

Outside Linebacker - C.J. Malauulu, Kent State
Outside Linebacker - Tahir Whitehead, Temple
Inside Linebacker - Travis Freeman, Ball State
Inside Linebacker - Noah Keller, Ohio ! +
Down Lineman - Sean Progar, Northern Illinois @
Down Lineman - Tremayne Scott, Ohio
Down Lineman - Nate Ollie, Ball State
Down Lineman - Brad Ohrman, Eastern Michigan
Defensive Back - Johnnie Simon, Western Michigan
Defensive Back - Josh Pleasant, Kent State
Defensive Back - Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois
Defensive Back - Travis Carrie, Ohio
Punter - Brandon McManus, Temple
2011 All-MAC Second Team Specialists
Position - Name - School

Kickoff Return Specialist - BooBoo Gates, Bowling Green
Punt Return Specialist - Jamill Smith, Ball State
2011 All-MAC Third Team Offense
Position - Name - School

Quarterback - Tyler Tettleton, Ohio
Center - Ben Bojicic, Bowling Green
Offensive Lineman - Dann O’Neill, Western Michigan
Offensive Lineman - Wayne Tribue, Temple
Offensive Lineman - Eric Fisher, Central Michigan
Offensive Lineman - A.J. Strum, Ohio #
Tight End - Garrett Hoskins, Eastern Michigan
Wide Receiver - Nate Palmer, Northern Illinois
Wide Receiver - Titus Davis, Central Michigan
Wide Receiver - Cody Wilson, Central Michigan #
Wide Receiver - Chleb Ravenell, Western Michigan
Running Back - Donte’ Harden, Ohio
Running Back - Matt Brown, Temple #
Placekicker - John Potter, Western Michigan %
2011 All-MAC Third Team Defense
Position - Name - School

Outside Linebacker - Justin Cudworth, Eastern Michigan
Outside Linebacker - Jerrell Wedge, Miami
Inside Linebacker - Luke Batton, Kent State
Inside Linebacker - Ryan Kennedy, Miami
Down Lineman - Austin Brown, Miami #
Down Lineman - Morkeith Brown, Temple
Down Lineman - Freddie Bishop, Western Michigan
Down Lineman - T.J. Fatinikun, Toledo %
Defensive Back - Latarrius Thomas, Eastern Michigan
Defensive Back - Kevin Kroboth, Temple
Defensive Back - Luke Wollet, Kent State
Defensive Back - Marlon Pollard, Eastern Michigan
Punter - Scott Kovanda, Ball State
All-MAC Third Team Specialists
Position - Name - School

Kickoff Return Specialist - Donte’ Harden, Ohio
Punt Return Specialist - Terrell Jackson, Buffalo @
@ 2010 First team All-MAC
# 2010 Second team All-MAC
% 2010 Third team All-MAC
^ 2009 First team All-MAC
! 2009 Second team All-MAC
& 2009 Third team All-MAC
~ 2008 First team All-MAC
+ 2008 Second team All-MAC



Thu, Dec 1, 2011 : 2:44 p.m.

wow 4 wins in the MAC get's you coach of the year. I guess the media forgot the last half of the MAC season. 1-3. those 3 losses were there for the taking. i thought the season ended on a sour note. who's to blame for that? Think about it who else was out there? Now that the savior has been born can you say Illinois? Ron English will be on the first eagle out of town if he get's the chance.


Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 11:42 p.m.

Obviously the coaching ranks in the MAC are pretty bad when a 6-6 record gets you coach of the year. Luckily the MAC News Media doesn't have a say for the Big10, otherwise Luke Fickell might have won it.


Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 9:16 p.m.

English, English, hats off to you!!! Good job, Coach!


Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 8:44 p.m.

I'm happy for coach english. But 6-6 should not get anybody coach of the year, even if it is the MAC.

Blue Marker

Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 6:43 p.m.

Wow! Lloyd Carr does have a coaching tree! (sarcasm)

Heidi Koester

Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 6:31 p.m.

I was glad to see EMU football on the upswing this year, especially after their recent struggles. Congrats to Ron English -- he seems like a good person, and I wish him and the EMU program continued success.


Wed, Nov 30, 2011 : 5:03 p.m.

Congrats to Coach English. It's good to see this coach getting such recognition. I certainly hope he'll have more and greater success in coming seasons.