Anderson Named MEC Offensive Player of the Year

Anderson Named MEC Offensive Player of the Year

BRIDGEPORT --  West Virginia Wesleyan running back Michael Anderson and Fairmont State defensive end Quincy Redmon have earned the top two individual honors in the Mountain East Conference as the league announced its awards and all-conference teams. Additionally, FSU's Laurence King was tabbed as the league's Offensive Freshman of the Year, while West Liberty's Logan Deri was selected as the Defensive Freshman of the Year. Shepherd head coach Monte Cater was named MEC Coach of the Year for the third time in four years. 

Anderson, a senior from Elkridge, Md., is the MEC Offensive Player of the Year after rushing for 1,417 yards and 12 touchdowns. Anderson led the league and was sixth in the country in rushing yards, and also scored 12 touchdowns for the Bobcats. He had seven 100-yard rushing games on the year, including a league-best 236 against Concord in September. He also led WVWC in receptions this year with 40 and had 299 receiving yards and two TDs. 

Redmon, a junior from Keyser, W.Va., is the MEC Defensive Player of the Year after leading a resurgent Falcons defense in 2016. Redmon led the league with 12 sacks (10 solo), and was fourth in the league with 15 tackles for a loss. FSU held teams to just 95.5 yards rushing and just 15.1 points per game.

King, a freshman from Greenbelt, Md., is the Offensive Freshman of the Year after averaging 138.2 all-purpose yards per game. King set a Fairmont State single season record for receptions with 81, a total that led the MEC, for 869 yards and five touchdowns. He also led the league in kick return average with 32.3 with a pair of touchdowns. He was named to the All-MEC first team as a return specialist and second team as a wideout.

Deri, a freshman from North Huntingdon, Pa., is the Defensive Freshman of the Year after recording five interceptions from his safety spot for the Hilltoppers. The five interceptions ranked second in the league and was tied for second-most in the country among freshmen. He was third on the team with 68 tackles.

Cater directed Shepherd to its sixth undefeated regular season and its third Mountain East Conference championship in four years. The Rams are one of just seven undefeated teams in NCAA Division II and are back in the NCAA Playoffs for the third time as the No. 3 seed in Super Region 1.  

In addition to the individual awards, the league also announced the All-MEC teams. Shepherd, the regular season champions, led all schools with 9 first team All-MEC selections (four offense, five defense). Fairmont State, the MEC runner-up and NCAA Playoff participant, had six selections (one offense, four defense and one special teams), as did Notre Dame (five offense, one defense).

The all-conference teams and individual award winners are selected by a vote of the league's coaches.

2016 MEC Individual Awards
Offensive Player of the Year: Michael Anderson (West Virginia Wesleyan)
Offensive Freshman of the Year: Laurence King (Fairmont State)
Defensive Player of the Year: Quincy Redmon (Fairmont State)
Defensive Freshman of the Year: Logan Deri (West Liberty)
Coach of the Year: Monte Cater (Shepherd)
2016 All-MEC First Team 
Pos. Name School Cl. Hometown
QB Jeff Ziemba Shepherd Sr. Newark, Del.
QB Malik Grove Notre Dame Jr. Cincinnati, Ohio
RB Michael Anderson W.Va. Wesleyan Sr. Elkridge, Md.
RB Marvin Elam Charleston Sr. Lawrenceville, Ga.
RB D.J. Greene Notre Dame So. Willoughby, Ohio
WR Dante Absher Glenville State Sr. Sterling, Va.
WR Billy Brown Shepherd Sr. Gaithersburg, Md.
WR Mitchell Shegos Notre Dame Sr. Fenton, Mich.
TE B.J. Baldwin Notre Dame Sr. Detroit, Mich.
FB/H-Back Jamie Deason Shepherd Sr. Fredericksburg, Va.
OL Justin Adamson Notre Dame Sr. Miamisburg, Ohio
OL Rodney Carroll Fairmont State Sr. Fredericksburg, Va.
OL Lavonte Hights Shepherd Jr. N. Chesterfield, Va.
OL Justin Johnson Charleston Sr. Parkersburg, W.Va.
OL Coleman Osborne Concord Sr. Gretna, Va.
OL Paul Smith Concord Sr. Roanoke, Va.
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DL Myles Humphrey Shepherd Jr. Upper Marlboro, Md.
DL Claudy Mathieu Notre Dame Jr. Philadelphia, Pa.
DL James King Shepherd Jr. Thurmont, Md.
DL Kevin Pharaon W.Va. Wesleyan Sr. Silver Spring, Md.
DL Quincy Redmon Fairmont State Jr. Keyser, W.Va.
DL Darnell Vickers West Liberty Sr. Akron, Ohio
LB Zachary Blair UVa-Wise Sr. Front Royal, Va.
LB James Gupton Shepherd Jr. Waldorf, Md.
LB Zach Malone Concord So. Charleston, W.Va.
LB Marcus Porter Fairmont State Jr. Accokeek, Md.
LB Rhakeem Stallings Charleston Sr. Chesapeake, Va.
LB Octavius Thomas Shepherd Sr. Myrtle Beach, S.C.
DB Jacob Jean-Charles Fairmont State Sr. Miami, Fla. 
DB Jeremiah Johnson Concord Jr. Baltimore, Md.
DB Tre Sullivan Shepherd Sr. Accokeek, Md.
DB Stephen Turner Fairmont State So. Clinton, Md.
DB Jabari Weems W.Va. Wesleyan Sr. Baltimore, Md.
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P Brett Benes Charleston Sr. Boca Raton, Fla.
K Trent Martin UVa-Wise Sr. Virginia Beach, Va.
KR/PR Laurence King Fairmont State Fr. Greenbelt, Md.
         
2016 All-MEC Second Team
QB Cooper Hibbs Fairmont State Sr. Odenton, Md.
QB Dakota Conwell West Liberty Sr. Pittsburgh, Pa.
RB Terrell Charles Fairmont State Jr. Ellicott City, Md.
RB Brandon Hlavach Shepherd Fr. Baltimore, Md.
RB Eric Kyle Glenville State Sr. Los Angeles, Calif.
WR Fabian Guerra Fairmont State Sr. Miami, Fla.
WR Laurence King Fairmont State Fr. Greenbelt, Md.
WR Dan Monteroso West Liberty Sr. St. Clairsville, Ohio
WR Trevon Saunders Urbana Jr. Columbus, Ohio
FB/H-Back Nick Passodelis Charleston Sr. Allison Park, Pa.
OL Corey Ernest West Liberty Jr. St. Clairsville, Ohio
OL Clifton Flemming Glenville State So. Fort Myers, Fla.
OL Jacob Kingston Shepherd Sr. Pasadena, Md.
OL Donnie Richards W.Va. Wesleyan Sr. Havelock, N.C.
OL Cody Wilburn Fairmont State Sr. Chesterfield, Va.
OL Brandon Wooten Shepherd Jr. Aberdeen, Md.
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DL Jalon Avent Notre Dame Jr. Akron, Ohio
DL John Cominsky Charleston So. Barberton, Ohio
DL Darryl Johnson Concord Sr. Port Deposit, Md.
DL Alex Robinson Glenville State Sr. Largo, Md.
DL Demetrius Lofton Glenville State Sr. Fort Washington, Md.
LB Cliff Clark West Liberty So. Cambridge, Ohio
LB Dennis Gardeck W.Va. State Jr. Lake In The Hills, Ill.
LB Jerry Iweh Fairmont State So. Baltimore, Md.
LB Marcus Umu Glenville State Sr. Ewa Beach, Hawaii
LB Onslow Williams Notre Dame Sr. Springfield, Ohio
DB Kevin Coffie W.Va. State Jr. Beltsville, Md.
DB Logan Deri West Liberty Fr. North Huntingdon, Pa.
DB Solomon Dixon West Liberty Sr. Honolulu, Hawaii
DB Emanuel Ivey Fairmont State Sr. Richmond, Va.
DB Chris Jones Shepherd Fr. Baltimore, Md.
DB Earon Settles Glenville State Jr. Suitland, Md.
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P Ruan Venter Shepherd So. Morgantown, W.Va.
K Brett Benes Charleston Sr. Boca Raton, Fla.
KR/PR C.J. Davis Shepherd Sr. Hagerstown, Md.
         
2016 All-MEC Honorable Mention
RB: Carlton Griffith (UVa-Wise)
WR: Joey Augustin (Charleston), C.J. Davis (Shepherd), Quinton Gray (W.Va. State)
FB/H-Back: Ian Kelley (Urbana)
OL: Jordan Barnes (WVWC), Andrew Garland (Urbana), Michael Koch (Notre Dame), Mike Kyle (Notre Dame), Dalton Shannon (W.Va. State), Truvell Wilson (UVa-Wise) 
DL: Bruno Anyangwe (Shepherd), Josh Ballard (Fairmont State), Jevon Fripp (West Liberty), Tatah Ndeh (Shepherd), Jay Terry (West Virginia State)
LB: Deangelo Niler (Shepherd), Josh Dillard (Urbana), Jake Chestnut (Notre Dame), Carlton Rematt (Urbana)
DB: Tavaris Anderson (WVWC), Demonne Cox (Fairmont State), Ed Kargbo (UVa-Wise), Zaire Lewis (Charleston), Chaudlier Shepherd (Concord), Andon Ware (Notre Dame)
P: Garrett Lee (Concord)
K: Sam Keil (Fairmont State)
KR/PR: Marvelle Ross (Notre Dame)