The Western Michigan Broncos capped off another successful season atop the division in All-Mac team selections. Accounting for three of the selections is Senior defensive back Darius Phillips receiving honors as back to back MAC Special Teams Player of The Year, First Team Defensive Back, and Second Team Punt Return Specialist. Phillips is the first player to be named MAC special teams player of the year back to back since Central Michigan Alumni Antonio Brown.
Joining Phillips on the First Team is Bronco all-time leading rusher Jarvion Franklin. Averaging One-hundred and two point three yards a game Franklin ranks fifth all-time in MAC history leaderboards. Taking two of the five offensive lineman slots are seniors Chukwuma Okorafor and John Keenoy. Okorafor was invited to the Reese’s Senior Bowl and is expected to be a first-round draft selection.
Second team honorees include Sophomore Offensive Lineman Luke Juriga who started every game for the broncos this season. In his second straight season receiving All-MAC honors is Senior Tight End Donnie Ernsberger. Ernsberger reeled in 34 receptions this year for nearly four hundred yards and four touchdowns. Ernsberger has been invited to the attend the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Senior inside Linebacker Robert Spillane returns as an honoree collecting over eighty tackles as well as eleven tackles for loss and an interception returned for a touchdown. Junior defensive back Sam Beal was also selected to the second team with twenty six tackles, three for a loss, two interceptions, and ten pass breakups. Outside Linebacker Asantay Brown was selected as a third team honoree. Brown was the Broncos leading tackler with ninety-eight tackles, ranking third most among the MAC.
Junior punter Derrick Mitchell was also selected to the third team. Mitchell led the FBS with thirty three punts inside the twenty. At this time of the year, much reflection is done over the season as a whole. While not everything went the Bronco’s way, it is important we celebrate what we have accomplished, while remaining eager to accomplish the goals ahead. Other than Ohio University.