Football Sees Eight Earn All-GLIAC Honors

Football Sees Eight Earn All-GLIAC Honors

BAY CITY, Mich. – Northern Michigan University placed eight on the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference All-GLIAC teams this year.

Sophomore Isaac Darkangelo (Brighton, Mich.) and freshman Tyquan Cox (Chicago, Ill.) both earned Second Team All-GLIAC honors. 

Senior John Kwiecinski (Plymouth, Mich.), juniors Brady Hanson (Kewaskum, Mich.) and Jay Young (New Baltimore, Mich.), sophomore Jack Reiger (Hoffman Estates, Ill.), redshirt freshman Antonio Howard Jr. (Chicago, Ill.) and freshman Tyshon King (Kankakee, Ill.) were named All-GLIAC Honorable Mention.

Darkangelo was named to the Second Team as a linebacker and finished second in the league with 10.5 tackles per game and was just one of two players in the league to average double figure tackles. He finished his season with 105 tackles and also added two sacks and 8.5 tackles for loss.

The linebacker reached double digits in six games and posted a career high 17 tackles at Northwood. He added 14 tackles with Wayne State University and had 13 tackles at the University of Texas of the Permian Basin and Ferris State University. At FSU, he also recovered a fumble.

Earning second team honors as a kick returner, Cox paced the GLIAC with 27.9 yards per kickoff return. Against Wayne State, he took a return 99 yards for a touchdown for the longest return in the GLIAC this season. He also had a 54 yard return, a 45 yard return and 43 yard return this season.

The freshman tallied a total of 809 return yards on 29 returns.

Kwiecinski averaged 40.3 yards per punt this season and placed 17 inside the 20-yard line to help pin the opponents offense deep in their own territory. At Ashland University he booted a 65-yard punt for his season long but previously had a 60-yard punt at UT Permian Basin earlier in the Year.

At safety, Hanson tied for second on the team with 78 tackles to average 7.8 per game. The junior forced three fumbles and three interceptions to led the defense and also posted a team-high eight pass breakups. Against Wayne State, he picked off the Wayne State quarterback twice for a total of 38 yards then took an interception back 75 yards against Grand Valley State University. At UT Permian Basin, he blocked an extra point attempt. At Michigan Technological University, he forced two fumbles.

Young was the team's center this season and anchored the offensive line throughout the year.

Reiger also played linebacker for the Wildcats this season and tallied 39 tackles. He recorded 2.5 tackles for loss and recovered two fumbles. Against GVSU, he returned a fumble 10 yards for his first career touchdown. He then added his first career interception in the season finale at Ashland.

Howard Jr. tied Hanson for second on the team with 78 tackles and 7.8 tackles per game. The redshirt freshman tallied seven tackles for loss and had an interception in the team's game with Saginaw Valley State University. At Michigan Tech, he notched two fumble recoveries and had a career best three pass breakups.

King finished with 647 yards on the ground and added four receptions for 97 yards. He led the team with a total of eight touchdowns, seven rushing and one receiving. At Michigan Tech, King reached 100 yards for the first time in his career, gaining 114 on the ground. He reached 99 yards at UT Permian Basin and 95 yards at Northwood.

The team's 30-9 victory over McKendree was the largest victory over a Division II opponent in the past three seasons.