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      Blue Christmas: Midwest Conference Football Awards

      RIPON, Wis. â?? 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


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