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      Blue Christmas: Midwest Conference Football Awards

      RIPON, Wis. ?? St. Norbert captured a Midwest Conference (MWC) Championship for the 15th time in school history and also co-led the league with 13 selections on the 2013 MWC Football All-Conference Team. Illinois Col. was rewarded with a pair of individual awards as running back Cecil Brimmage was named 2013 MWC Offensive Player of the year and defensive lineman Kurt Frischman was named 2013 MWC Defensive Player of the Year. Cornell Head Coach Vince Brautigam earned the 2013 MWC Coach of the Year award in just the Rams second year back in the MWC.Every team was represented on the All-Conference list led by St. Norbert and Cornell who each had 13 selections with both of them having four on the First Team. Illinois Col. led all teams with six First Team award winners and had 12 overall selections while Lake Forest also had 12 selections (five First Team) as the only other teams to have double-digit All-Conference performers. Monmouth and Carroll both had eight selections with the Fighting Scots earning five First Team nominees. Knox was next on the list with seven selections (three First Team) followed by Ripon and Grinnell who each had one First Team player and four overall. Lawrence had three student-athlete award winners followed by Beloit with one to round out the All-Conference team.Brimmage becomes the first Blueboy to win the Offensive Player of the Year award in school history in a year where he rushed for 1,574 yards and 17 touchdowns and finished third in the league averaging 157.4 yards per game. Brimmage rushed for 100 or more yards seven times that includes three games where he rushed for 200 or more yards. He also caught 27 passes on the season for 257 yards and a score and second in the league in scoring, averaging 10.8 points per game. Brimmages highlight of the season was a 29 carry, 273 yard performance against Lawrence on October 5 where he also caught a pair of passes for 30 yards and finished the game with 303 all-purpose yards.Frischman is the second Illinois Col. defensive player to be named the Defensive Player of the Year and is the first one to do it since 2010 when linebacker Ricky Padilla was named co-Defensive Player of the Year. Frischman anchored a defense that surrendered only 16.9 points per game and allowed opposing passers to throw for 158.8 yards per game and only five touchdowns all season. He led the league with 20 tackles for loss and finished the year averaging 5.7 tackles per game. Frischman led the Blueboys with 5.5 sacks while intercepting two passes and forcing a fumble.Brautigam is the first Cornell coach to win the Coach of the Year award in a season where the Rams finished with a 7-3 overall record which was the most wins for the team since the 2001 season. Cornell ranked second in the conference averaging 33.3 points per game while allowing only 20.2 points per game. Cornell ranked second in the league in total offense (435.7 yards per game), third in total defense (314.3 yards per game), and finished the year on a three game winning streak that included a 35-29 win over #22 Illinois Col. on November 9. 2012 MWC Award Winners

      Offensive Player of the Year Cecil Brimmage Senior Running Back Illinois College Defensive Player of the Year Kurt Frischman Senior Defensive Line Illinois College Coach of the Year Vince Brautigam Cornell College

      First Team Offense

      Pos. Athlete Year School QB Michael Bates Junior Illinois College RB Cecil Brimmage Senior Illinois College RB Derek Mortensen Senior Knox College RB Trey Yocum Senior Monmouth College TE Neal Moon Senior Knox College WR Ben Knake Sophomore Cornell College WR Kevin Fuller Senior Illinois College WR Austin Peterson Senior Monmouth College OL Sam Cluck Junior Cornell College OL Travis James Senior Illinois College OL A.J. Ulrich Senior Monmouth College OL Eric Willms Senior Ripon College OL Jordan Willits Senior Knox College K Randy Hill Junior St. Norbert College RS Myron Seabrook Junior Cornell College First Team Defense

      Pos. Athlete Year School DL Kurt Frischman Senior Illinois College DL Jake Rotkvich Senior Lake Forest College DL Michael Garetto-Balmer Senior Lake Forest College DL Jack Porter Junior Monmouth College LB David Ternes Junior Grinnell College LB John Dillon Senior Lake Forest College LB Brian Feltz Senior St. Norbert College LB John Preston Junior Lake Forest College DB Nick Brautigam Senior Cornell College DB Zack Hanlon Junior Illinois College DB Ed Dobernig Senior Lake Forest College DB Anthony Parker Senior St. Norbert College P Brik Wedekind Senior Monmouth College ST Dan Egan Junior St. Norbert College

      Second Team Offense

      Pos. Athlete Year School QB Luke Barthelmess Senior Lawrence University RB Lamont Williams Junior Carroll University RB Stephen Covalt Sophomore Ripon College RB Brad Boockmeier Sophomore St. Norbert College TE Greg Alonso Senior Lake Forest College WR Brit Connor Junior Cornell College WR Josh Gentile Junior Illinois College WR Brian Fliess Senior St. Norbert College OL Drew Gough Senior Carroll University OL Zach Tamblyn Junior Carroll University OL Morgan Kinsinger Senior Grinnell College OL Tom MItchell Senior Lake Forest College OL Max Westphal Senior St. Norber College K Phil Tallman Senior Knox College RS Andrew Clark Senior Grinnell College

      Second Team Defense

      Pos. Athlete Year School DL Michael Ray Senior Illinois College DL Taylor Holzmeyer Senior Lake Forest College DL Dan Savino Senior St. Norbert College DL Peter Latham Senior St. Norbert College LB Geoffrey Miller Senior Cornell College LB Jeremy Demlow Senior Cornell College LB Carter Cox Senior Illinois College LB JOrdan Cruz Senior Lake Forest College DB Myron Seabrook Junior Cornell College DB Kevin Hwang Senior Grinnell College DB Nick Waters Senior Lake Forest College DB Sam Wagner Senior Lawrence University P Jon Gurchak Sophomore Lake Forest College ST C.J. Shields Junior Monmouth College Honorable Mention Offense

      Pos. Athlete Year School QB Juan Flores Senior Cornell College RB Mason Dixon Freshman Beloit College TE Dan Meyer Junior Carroll University WR Andy Laurin Senior Carroll University WR Matt Sklander Senior Carroll University WR Dan Dubnicka Senior Lawrence University WR Tommy Zak Senior Ripon College OL Troy Bedard Junior Cornell College OL Jessy Postlewait Junior Illinois College OL Chet Akers Senior Illinois College OL Jeremy Ransom Senior Knox College OL Kyle Vestal Junior Monmouth College OL Evan Broyles Sophomore St. Norbert College K Kaleb Whiting Freshman Cornell College K Jon Gurchak Sophomore Lake Forest College Honorable Mention Defense

      Pos. Athlete Year School DL TJ Gray Junior Cornell College DL Shane McNally Senior Cornell College DL Adam Hickson Junior Illinois College DL Andy Krueger Senior Ripon College LB Mitch Weissenhofer Sophomore Knox College LB Matt Petersilka Junior St. Norbert College DB Eliot Fields Senior Carroll University DB Jacob Wilson Junior Monmouth College DB Joe Schlueter Senior St. Norbert College P Kevin Krueger Junior St. Norbert College ST Mitch Weissenhofer Sophomore Knox College