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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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