BRIDGEPORT, W.Va. — West Virginia Wesleyan football had two players recognized on Tuesday when the Mountain East Conference announced the all-conference teams. Jujuan Linzy, a return specialist and wide receiver for the Bobcats, earned All-MEC Second Team honors, while linebacker Robby Huddleston earned All-MEC Honorable Mention.
Notre Dame’s Jaleel McLaughlin, Jack Kosko and Mike Jacobs, along with Charleston’s John Cominsky, have earned individual honors from the Mountain East Conference as the league announced its annual awards and all-conference teams.
McLaughlin took home both Offensive Player of the Year and Offensive Freshman of the Year, while Cominsky was tabbed as the Defensive Player of the Year. Kosko earned Defensive Freshman of the Year honors and Jacobs was selected by his peers as the Coach of the Year.
McLaughlin, a freshman from Marshville, N.C., set a MEC record with 1,883 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns this fall. He is second in the country in both rushing yards and rushing yards per game (171.2), and leads all freshmen in both of those categories. The three-time MEC Offensive Player of the Week had nine 100-yard rushing games, including a pair of 300-yard rushing performances. In fact, his 340 yards rushing against West Liberty were third-most in a game in NCAA Division II this season.
Cominsky, a senior from Barberton, Ohio, is the Defensive Player of the Year after leading all defensive tackles with 67 stops on the year. He piled up 16.5 tackles for a loss on the year to push his career total to 48.5. Cominsky led a defensive unit that ranked second in the league against the run holding teams to under 100 yards on the ground per game. He has a 3.92 grade-point average and is majoring in Biology and Chemistry.
Kosko, a native of from Ashburn, Va., is the MEC Defensive Freshman of the Year for his work on the defensive line for the Falcons. He helped a Notre Dame defensive unit that was the league’s best against the run giving up just 68.5 yards per game and scoring defense allowing just 17.5 points per game. He finished the year with 6.5 tackles for a loss, with 5.5 of those in sacks, recording a sack in four of his last five games.
Jacobs is the MEC Coach of the Year for the first time in his career after guiding Notre Dame to its first undefeated regular season and Mountain East Conference title. The Falcons have been ranked for the majority of the regular season and have earned its highest ranking under the third-year head coach. NDC is the No. 1 seed in Super Region 1 and will host play in the postseason for the first time in school history.
In addition to the individual awards, the league also announced the All-MEC teams. Notre Dame and Fairmont State each had seven first team selections, while Shepherd had six and Charleston and Glenville State each had four. Urbana, W.Va. State, West Liberty each had two and Concord and UVa-Wise had one first team honoree.
The all-conference teams and individual award winners are selected by a vote of the league’s coaches.
|2018 MEC Individual Awards|
|Offensive Player of the Year: Jaleel McLaughlin (Notre Dame)
Offensive Freshman of the Year: Jaleel McLaughlin (Notre Dame)
Defensive Player of the Year: John Cominsky (Charleston)
Defensive Freshman of the Year: Jack Kosko (Notre Dame)
Coach of the Year: Mike Jacobs (Notre Dame)
|2018 All-MEC First Team|
|RB||Khalik Hamlin||Fairmont State||So.|
|RB||Jaleel McLaughlin||Notre Dame||Fr.|
|RB||Mario Pender||Glenville State||Sr.|
|WR||Tyrell Henderson||W.Va. State||Sr.|
|WR||Marvelle Ross||Notre Dame||Jr.|
|OL||Jimmy Burchett||Notre Dame||So.|
|OL||Zach Cox||Fairmont State||Jr.|
|OL||Brandon Nicholson||Notre Dame||So.|
|OL||Chandler Zavala||Fairmont State||So.|
|DL||Austin Hill||Glenville State||Sr.|
|DL||Sha’haun Williams||Notre Dame||Jr.|
|LB||Jerry Iweh||Fairmont State||Sr.|
|LB||Cliff Clark||West Liberty||Sr.|
|LB||Dominic Cizauskis||Glenville State||Jr.|
|LB||Guam Lee||Notre Dame||So.|
|DB||Cedric Lynch||Notre Dame||So.|
|DB||Josh Ojo||West Liberty||Jr.|
|DB||Michael Porter||Fairmont State||Jr.|
|DB||Stephen Turner||Fairmont State||Sr.|
|P||Justin Watts||Glenville State||Jr.|
|K||Aaron Ball||W.Va. State||Sr.|
|KR/PR||Lyrics Klugh||Fairmont State||Sr.|
|2018 All-MEC Second Team|
|QB||Takwan Crews-Naylor||Fairmont State||Jr.|
|RB||Calil Wilkins||W.Va. State||So.|
|WR||Javon Butler||Glenville State||So.|
|WR||Shawn Harris||Fairmont State||Jr.|
|WR||Jujuan Linzy||W.Va. Wesleyan||So.|
|TE||Zaire Mitchell||Notre Dame||So.|
|OL||Devon Bradshaw||W.Va. State||Jr.|
|OL||Brice Hinton||Notre Dame||Jr.|
|OL||Garrett Kapstein O’Brien||Fairmont State||Jr.|
|OL||Lonnell McGuire||Fairmont State||Jr.|
|OL||Austin Treneff||Notre Dame||Sr.|
|DL||Josh Ballard||Fairmont State||Sr.|
|DL||Vincent Ellis||Notre Dame||Sr.|
|DL||Cody Rine||West Liberty||Jr.|
|LB||Curtis Collins||Notre Dame||Jr.|
|DB||Logan Deri||West Liberty||Jr.|
|DB||Jeffrey Thomas||Notre Dame||So.|
|K||Owen Rozanc||West Liberty||Fr.|
|KR/PR||Marvelle Ross||Notre Dame||Jr.|
|2018 All-MEC Honorable Mention|
|QB: Chris Brimm (Notre Dame)
RB: Rakeem Darden (Fairmont State), Carl Garmon (W.Va. State), Isaiah Young (Urbana)
FB/HB: Ridge Durbin (West Liberty)
WR: Wanya Allen (Shepherd), Javon Hayes (Fairmont State), Tywan Pearce (Concord)
TE: Alex Wetzel (Shepherd)
OL: Trevor Haislip (Glenville State), Sage McBride (UVa-Wise), Eric Ostrow (Shepherd)
DL: Derrick Brumfield (Notre Dame), Scott Dixon (Shepherd), Tatah Ndeh (Shepherd), Shavonta Timothy (UVa-Wise), Glenwood Williams (Fairmont State)
LB: RJ Goodwin (Notre Dame), Antonio Harris (Fairmont State), Buster Henderson (UVa-Wise), Robby Huddleston (W.Va. Wesleyan), Joe Stoneman (W.Va. State)
DB: Tevon Littleton (W.Va. State), Quintavius Twine (Glenville State), Moises Valcarcel (W.Va. State), Sam Quinn (Charleston)
P: Sam Tucker (Fairmont State)
K: Colin Harvath (Fairmont State)
KR/PR: Chaudlier Shepherd (Concord)Story Courtesy of Mountain East Conference