ROYAL OAK, Mich. – The 2014 Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MIAA) champion Adrian College Bulldogs have placed 14 student-athletes, including six First Team selections on this year's All-Conference list announced on Tuesday (Nov. 18).
Freshman running back Emmanuel Stewart (St. Petersburg, Fla./Gibbs HS), senior wide receiver Nathan Hartline (Cassopolis, Mich./Cassopolis HS) and senior offensive lineman John Rock (Portland, Mich./Portland HS) were all named First Team All-MIAA on offense.
Stewart led the team with 969 rushing yards and set a freshman record for rushing yards in a season at Adrian College. He currently ranks sixth in a season in school history in rushing yards and needs 31 more to become just the fifth 1,000-yard rusher at Adrian College. Stewart also ranks tied for seventh in a season with 11 rushing touchdowns. He ranked third in the MIAA in rushing yards and 58th in NCAA Division III. In addition, Stewart ranked third in the MIAA in rushing touchdowns and 44th in NCAA Division III. Stewart had three 100-yard rushing games this season including a school-record 281 rushing yards against Albion College on Oct. 18. He also carried 24 times for 161 yards and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs' MIAA-clinching win at Trine on Nov. 15.
Hartline makes the first team for the first time after being selected Second Team All-MIAA in 2013. This season, he caught 52 passes for 934 yards and nine scores. He ranks third in a season at Adrian College in receiving yards needing 66 more to become just the second 1,000-yard receiver in school history. Hartline's 52 receptions ranks sixth at Adrian College and his nine touchdown catches ranks him second just one behind the record of 10 set by Justin Hemm in 2012 and Ryan Speiser in 1999. Hartline led the MIAA in receiving yards and was 34th in NCAA Division III, while also ranking third in the conference in receiving touchdowns. He had five 100-yard games this season including a season-high 161 receiving yards and a school-record five touchdowns at Defiance on Sept. 6. Hartline also tied a season-high with seven catches for 108 yards at Trine on Nov. 15. For his Adrian career, Hartline ranks third with 1,753 receiving yards, fourth with 101 receptions and second with 16 touchdowns.
Rock is one of the more decorated offensive lineman at Adrian College receiving First Team All-MIAA honors for the second year in a row. He also was named Second Team All-MIAA in 2012. Rock has appeared in 40 career games and made 31 straight starts beginning with his sophomore season. He helped block for an offense that averaged 394.9 yards per game, while ranking second in the MIAA in rushing yards per game (214.8). The Bulldogs also ranked third in fewest sacks allowed in the MIAA.
Senior linebacker Juwan King (Hollywood, Fla./Archbishop McCarthy HS), senior safety Charles Fleck (Lake Orion, Mich./Lake Orion HS) and senior cornerback Ellis Ewing (Detroit, Mich./Martin Luther King HS) were all named First Team All-MIAA on defense.
King finished the regular season with 63 tackles ranking him second on the team. He started in 10 games and recorded 37 solo stops, 13 tackles for a loss of 44 yards, 2.5 sacks for a loss of 12 yards, one interception, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery. King ranked 10th in the MIAA in tackles for loss and was third on the team in that category. He had a season-high 11 tackles against Olivet College on Oct. 4. In addition, King recorded seven tackles including three tackles for loss at Defiance on Sept. 6. He is currently eighth all-time at Adrian College with 25 tackles for loss.
Fleck led the team in tackles for the second straight season totaling 71 including 53 solo stops. Fleck is now a two-time First Team selection also receiving the honor in 2012. He started all 10 games this season and also led the team with five interceptions for 73 return yards. Fleck recovered three fumbles and forced a pair of fumbles for the Bulldogs. His interception total ranks tied for sixth in a season at Adrian College and would need one more to tie for third and two more to tie for second. He has three double-digit tackle games this season including a career-high 17 tackles against Albion on Oct. 18. He also had seven tackles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery at Kalamazoo on Nov. 8. Fleck also returned punts this season with 15 attempts for 95 yards. He ranks eighth for his career at Adrian College in interception return yards (115) and seventh in solo tackles (143). In total, Fleck has played 40 games with 222 tackles, 23 pass breakups, seven interceptions and seven fumble recoveries.
Ewing is a repeat performer as First Team All-MIAA from last season. He started in 10 games for the Bulldogs and recorded 36 tackles, three interceptions and seven pass breakups. Ewing had a three-interception game and made five tackles at Benedictine on Sept. 20. He also had a season-high eight tackles and one pass breakup at Trine on Nov. 15. Ewing ranks tied for fourth in school history with 19 pass breakups and has played 37 games while making 85 tackles.
Senior running back Dae'Von Robinson (Detroit, Mich./Southfield HS), junior offensive lineman Jordan Simon (Jackson, Mich./Napoleon HS) and freshman offensive lineman Quest Gosnell (Eustis, Fla./Eustis HS) were all named Second Team All-MIAA on offense.
Robinson was named Second Team All-MIAA for the second time (2012) and this season rushed for 641 yards on 107 carries (6.0 per carry) and one touchdown. He ranked fifth in the MIAA in rushing yards per game (64.1) and carried for over 100 yards in the final two games of the regular season. Robinson ran for 118 yards and a score at Kalamazoo on Nov. 8 and carried 13 times for 125 yards at Trine on Nov. 15. He ranks ninth in school history with 1,734 rushing yards and 10th with 354 carries.
Simon started in nine games and appeared in all 10 for the Bulldogs. Gosnell started during every game of his freshman season at left tackle. The duo helped Adrian capture its second MIAA title in the last three years. The offense converted on 42.9 percent of its third downs which ranked third in the MIAA. The team also was fourth in the league with a 79.5 conversion rate in the red zone.
Senior defensive end Jack Carter (Paulding, Ohio/Paulding HS), freshman defensive end Damon Fuller (Redford, Mich./Thurston HS), senior linebacker Wallen Augustin (Lantana, Fla./Santaluces HS), senior linebacker Matt Sullivan (Howell, Mich./Howell HS) and senior cornerback Curtis Rhoden (Plantation, Fla./Archbishop McCarthy HS) were all named Second Team All-MIAA on defense.
Carter and Fuller were dominant book-ends for the Bulldogs this season. Carter finished fourth on the team with 51 tackles in 10 games. He also ranks tied for seventh in a season at Adrian College with 13.5 tackles for loss and tied for fourth with eight sacks. Carter ranked fifth in the MIAA in sacks and seventh in tackles for loss. He recorded a season-high 10 tackles and had 2.5 tackles for loss at Defiance on Sept. 6. He also had eight tackles including three tackles for loss and one sack at Trine on Nov. 15. He ranks second all-time in school history with 38 tackles for loss and 18 sacks. Fuller made an immediate impact in his first season ranking third on the team with 54 tackles in 10 games. He ranks fourth in a season at Adrian College with 17.5 tackles for loss and third with 11 sacks. Fuller led the conference in sacks and was third in tackles for loss. He had a season-high 10 tackles including three tackles for loss, two sacks, one forced fumble and one recovery at Kalamazoo on Nov. 8.
Augustine started in all 10 games during the regular season and totaled 37 tackles. He tallied four tackles for a loss of 11 yards, three pass breakups, one forced fumble and one recovery. Augustine had a season-high six tackles on two occasions in back-to-back weeks against Benedictine and Olivet. He has appeared in 40 games and has 102 tackles and 12.5 tackles for loss.
Sullivan played in all 10 games and recorded 37 tackles including 27 solo stops. He had 2.5 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one recovery. Sullivan had a season-high seven tackles and one tackle for loss at Defiance on Sept. 6. He also had five tackles and one tackle for loss against Wisconsin Lutheran on Oct. 25. He has played in 30 games with 57 tackles for his career at Adrian College.
Rhoden started in 10 games and finished with 27 tackles and a team-high nine pass breakups. The nine break ups is tied for sixth in a season at Adrian College and he now has 19 career break ups which is tied for fourth. Rhoden has played in 29 career games with 100 tackles and six interceptions.