FREELAND, Mich.--Eight Adrian College student-athletes, plus another who received one of the three major individual awards, were named to the 2015 All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association football team, it was announced by MIAA Commissioner Penny Allen-Cook.
Senior running back Dylan Dunn (Livonia, Mich./ Stevenson High School) was named with the Pete Schmidt Memorial Scholar-Athlete Award. Sophomore running back Emmanuel Stewart (St. Petersburg, Fla./Gibbs HS) earned a spot on the All-MIAA First Team Offense while seniors Mitch Osadchuk, a defensive back from Saline High, and Dontrell Tucker, a linebacker out of Dowagiac High, and sophomore lineman Damon Fuller (Redford/Thurston HS) made the first unit on the defensive side of the ball.
Sophomore offensive lineman Eric McDonel (Titusville, Fla./Astronaut HS) placed on the all-conference second team, as well as junior defensive lineman Zach Reiger (Hudson High School), junior defensive back Jarius Garner (Mulberry, Fla.) and freshman linebacker Chris Adams (St. Petersburg, Fla./Gibbs HS).
Dunn is the epitome of what the conference's top football scholar-athlete stands for. A four-year letterman, Dunn ran for a career-best 132 yards. He carries a 4.0 overall grade-point average as a double-major in religion and history, is a two-time recipient of a scholarship award from the College, recognized as Student Scholar of the Game for Week 7 in 2014, and is named "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities & Colleges 2015-16." His co-curricular interests include serving as president of the Adrian College Fellowship of Christian Athletes and vice-president of AC Students for Life. He is active in community service including Share the Warmth (a program based in Adrian to provide overnight shelter for people who are homeless), New Life Rescue Mission, Jamaica Missions Team, Aurora Missions Team, Bell Creek Community Church, SpringHill Day Camp counselor, coaching youth basketball and flag football at The Centre, and helping coach the Livonia Stevenson varsity football squad.
Stewart repeats on the first-team All-MIAA after having a record-breaking campaign in 2015. He leads the conference with 209 rushes and 1,487 yards--the latter a new Adrian single-season record. He also ranks second in the MIAA with a career-high 13 touchdowns--12 via the ground. Stewart will enter his junior year already ranked in second place on the Bulldogs' career rushing chart with 2,489 yards.
Fuller improves on his second-team all-conference standing from his 2014 freshman season. This fall, he recorded 51 tackles, led the MIAA in sack yardage (59) and ranked second with 8-1/2 sacks. In a 36-7 win versus Benedictine (Ill.), he returned a 30-yard interception for his first career touchdown.
Osadchuk led the Bulldogs secondary with 56 tackles (29 solo), which is a career high. He also had an interception and broke up three other passes. He recorded a season-high six tackles and 11 total at Albion and also had 11 total stops at Hope. In his final appearance, Osadchuk had six tackles (9 total) in a 38-24 win over Trine on Senior Day.
Tucker led the Bulldogs with a career-best 89 tackles, shattering his previous personal record of 25 in 2014. His MIAA ranks included first in solo tackles (56), third in tackles per game (9.9) and fifth in total stops. He had 2-1/2 sacks for 25 yards for 10th in the conference.
Adams had an impressive debut with 31 tackles and 46 total, including 9-1/2 for loss with 32 yards. He also had a fumble recovery, two interceptions (52 yards) and eight pass breakups. He led Adrian with 10 passes defended.
Garner made 19 tackles and 28 total while leading Adrian with five interceptions (59 yards), which paced the MIAA. He also broke up four passes.
McDonel helped anchor an offensive line that paved the way for Stewart to have a record-breaking season, as well as the Bulldogs ranking third in MIAA-rushing offense (254.1 ypg) and 22nd in NCAA Division III.
Reiger contributed 25 total tackles, two sacks for 20 yards and six tackles for loss of 33 yards. He also recovered a fumble and broke up a pass.
The Bulldogs completed the season on a four-game winning streak to fashion a 7-3 overall record, 5-0 at home and 4-2 in the conference.