KALAMAZOO, MI (WKZO) -- After tying for the most sacks in the MAC with 8.5 and ranking 2nd in tackles for loss with 20, Broncos senior defensive tackle Drew Nowak has been named the MAC Defensive Player of the Year. Nowak also recorded 83 tackles, placing him 3rd on the Broncos for tackles.
The last Bronco to be named defensive player of the year was Ameer Ismail in 2006. Nowak joins Ismail, Jason Babin (2002, 2003), Sean Mulhearn (1990), Mark Garalczyk (1986) and John Offerdahl (1985) as the only Broncos to win the defensive player of the year award.
In addition to winning Defensive Player Of The Year, Nowak was also named to the first team All-MAC, joining wide receiver Jordan White as the only two Broncos named to the All-MAC first team.
White has set numerous Bronco records this season and is currently leading the nation in receptions and receiving yards (127 & 1646) and ranks 2nd in touchdowns with 16.
Despite leading the conference in passing yards and throwing for over 400 yards in a game 4 times, Broncos quarter Alex Carder was named 2nd team All-MAC behind MAC Offensive Player of the Year, Northern Illinois quarterback Chandler Harnish.
Sophomore rover Johnnie Simon was named 2nd Team All-MAC on defense, after recording over 100 tackles in his first full season as a starter.
4 Broncos were named to the All-Mac 3rd team; junior offensive tackle Dann O’Neil, senior wide receiver Chleb Ravenell, senior kicker John Potter, and junior defensive end Freddie Bishop.