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Thursday, November 15, 2012

College Football: Williams leads UF's all-GLIAC selections
University of Findlay senior running back Monterae Williams was named first team all-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference on Wednesday for the second consecutive season.

Williams finished his senior season with 1,348 rushing yards and 21 touchdowns. During his final year with the Oilers, Williams broke school records for career carries (980) and career rushing yards (4,660). He also ranked second all-time with 50 career touchdowns.

Williams had seven 100-yard games during his senior season and scored a touchdown in all but one game during the 2012 campaign. He averaged 5.0 yards per carry and also made 15 receptions for 94 yards.

The Canton native is also leading the nation in scoring, with 12.6 points per game.

The Oilers also had five other individuals earn second-team all-conference honors.

Senior center Scott Dearwester, senior defensive tackle Richard Sumlin, senior linebacker Brandon Butler, junior wide receiver Seth White and junior defensive back Ray Ballard were tabbed second team all-league.

Dearwester anchored an Oilers offense, which put up 32.5 points per game and 437.1 yards of total offense per outing. The Cincinnati, Ohio native started every game of his collegiate career, making 43 straight starts, and was named second team all-conference last year as well.

Sumlin racked up 43 tackles and a team-high 111/2 tackles for a loss during his final year with the Oilers. The Medina native also recorded four sacks and led the team with four quarterback hurries.

Butler finished his senior season with 112 total tackles, averaging 11.2 stops per game. His tackle total was the highest in the GLIAC this season and ranks seventh nationally.

Ballard, meanwhile, made the transition to defense this year and accounted for 47 tackles. He also registered five tackles for a loss, four sacks and six passes defensed.

White did a little bit of everything for Findlay as a junior, serving as a wide receiver, punter and kicker. As a receiver, White led the team with 698 receiving yards and five touchdowns. He caught 48 passes on the year, averaged 36.5 yards per punt and connected on all 30 of his extra point attempts while drilling four field goals as well.

In addition, senior quarterback Clay Belton, senior offensive lineman Tyler Johns, senior defensive end Josh Kloepfer, junior tight end Jaryd Brown, junior offensive lineman Justin Music and junior defensive back Jamon McClain made the all-GLIAC honorable mention list.

Ashland's Taylor Housewright was named the GLIAC player of the Year in balloting conducted by the league's coaches.

Saginaw Valley State University junior wide receiver Jeff Janis was voted Offensive Back of the Year while Ashland's Lee Owens garnered Coach of the Year honors.

Ferris State quarterback Jason Vander Laan earned the GLIAC Freshman of the Year award, Ashland senior Brian Gamble was named Defensive Back of the Year, Grand Valley State guard Tim Lelito was selected as Offensive Lineman of the Year and Ashland's Jamie Meder was named Defensive Lineman of the Year.

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