Two former area players earn MAC honors

Two former area players earn MAC honors
Two former area players earn MAC honors

Cleveland (WOIO) - Two former area football standouts earned Mid-American Conference Player of the Week honors for their week two performances.

Ohio kicker Matt Weller, from Twinsburg, was named MAC East Special Teams Player of the Week after kicking three field goals and six extra points in the Bobcats 51-24 win over New Mexico State.

Toledo's Terrance Owens, from Glenville High School, was named MAC West Offensive Player of the Week after completing 25-of-41 passes for 300 yards, 4 touchdowns in the Rockets 34-31 road win at Wyoming.

Here are the rest of the MAC Players of the Week:

East Division

Offensive Player of the Week:  Akron QB Dalton Williams

Senior quarterback Dalton Williams (Coppell, Texas) completed 27-of-54 passes for 313 yards and a school-record-tying five touchdowns in a 41-38 OT loss at FIU. The five TD tosses matched the mark set by Luke Getsy vs. Northern Illinois on Sept. 24, 2005. He was the first Akron quarterback to throw for 300 yards since Chris Jacquemain had 389 against Western Michigan on Oct. 6, 2007. Additionally, Williams' 54 pass attempts were the third most in a game in program history, while the 27 completions tied as the 12th highest in a contest in the school record book. Williams had two TD passes in the fourth quarter, the first was a 21-yard strike to Jawon Chisholm followed by a two-point conversion pass to Dee Frieson to give the Zips a 31-28 lead, and the second a 15-yard completion to Marquelo Suel to help Akron regain a 38-35 lead with 1:53 to play. Williams completed 7-of-15 passes for 105 yards in the fourth quarter.

Defensive Player of the Week:  Bowling Green DT Chris Jones

Senior defensive tackle Chris Jones (Brownsburg, Ind.) had five tackles, 1.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss in the Falcons 21-13 win over Idaho. The senior defensive tackle managed his first sack, even while drawing a holding penalty on Idaho and later sacked Idaho's quarterback, helping the Falcon defense hold the Vandals to a field goal late in the first half.

Special Teams Player of the Week:  Ohio K Matt Weller

Senior kicker Matt Weller (Twinsburg, Ohio) connected on 3-of-4 field goals, hitting from 37, 25 and 26 yards out and was a perfect 6-for-6 in extra points as he became the school's all-time leading scorer, surpassing former Bobcat Kareem Wilson, in a 51-24 win over New Mexico State. Weller now owns five Ohio University school records. In addition, Weller booted 10 kickoffs for an average of 61.6 yards, notching three touchbacks.

West Division

Offensive Player of the Week:  Toledo QB Terrance Owens

Junior quarterback Terrance Owens (Cleveland, Ohio) completed 25-of-41 passes for 300 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions in a 34-31 road win at Wyoming. Owens also ran for a career-high 74 yards on 13 carries.  His 41 pass attempts were a career high and his four touchdowns equaled his career-best effort.

Defensive Player of the Week:  Northern Illinois S Jimmie Ward

Junior safety Jimmie Ward (Mobile, Ala.) led Northern Illinois in tackles for the second straight game, broke up two passes and claimed the Huskies' first interception of the season.  Ward had 10 tackles, five solo, as he was all over the field during the Huskies' 35-7 win over UT Martin.  He returned his second career interception 18 yards to the Skyhawks' 20-yard line in the fourth quarter.  Ward led another strong defensive effort as the Huskies gave up just 63 rushing yards on 33 attempts and allowed only one touchdown in the game.

Special Teams Player of the Week:  Western Michigan K Andrew Haldeman

Redshirt freshman kicker Andrew Haldeman (Ferndale, Mich.) solidified himself as the Broncos' place kicker with seven made PATs, extending the program record of consecutive PATs to 137, in a 52-31 win over Eastern Illinois.  He also made his first career field goal from a distance of 37 yards.  Haldeman added nine kick offs with one touchback and forcing Eastern Illinois into an average starting field position of its own 27-yard line.