Slew of Storm players earn postseason awards

Anthony Bilal (Photo by Ryan Baker/Baker Media Productions)
Anthony Bilal (Photo by Ryan Baker/Baker Media Productions)

BAY CITY, Mich. – Nine Storm players were recognized on the All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference teams and honorable mentions which were announced on Wednesday. (GLIAC release)

Sophomore running back Anthony Bilal, junior wide receiver Tommy Jackson, senior left tackle Mike Price and junior defensive back Tanner Wells were tabbed as second-teamers on the All-GLIAC squad.

The Lake Erie players were selected by a ballot of the league's 15 head coaches. Senior quarterback Jonathon Jennings of Saginaw Valley State University (Mich.) was named the 2013 GLIAC Player of the Year. Saginaw Valley State senior wide receiver Jeff Janis was voted Offensive Back of the Year, while Ohio Dominican's Bill Conley garnered Coach of the Year honors.

For Lake Erie, Bilal, Jackson and Price were part of an offensive unit that set program records in most statistical categories. The Storm offense racked up 6,065 total yards (551.4 per game) in scoring 38.8 points per game. A balanced and diverse unit finished the regular season ranked third in the nation (NCAA-II) in yards per game.

Bilal accounted for 60 percent of Lake Erie's effective ground game in 2013. The Painesville, Ohio, native rambled for 1,542 yards and 24 touchdowns. He averaged 5.8 yards per carry, scored in 10 games and topped the 100-yard mark eight times.

Jackson was the top receiver for quarterback Brendan Gallagher, who set a slew of single-season passing records for the Storm. Jackson caught 72 passes for 937 yards, he scored nine TDs.

Bilal, Gallagher and Jackson operated behind a solid offensive line led by Price, who closed out his collegiate career with 22 consecutive starts.

Tanner Wells – a Carrollton, Texas, native – set an LEC program record with 110 tackles in 2013. Wells registered 4-1/2 sacks and 12-1/2 tackles for losses. A versatile player, the 6-foot-3, 215-pounder also served as a part-time punter and kickoff specialist. He logged double-digit tackle numbers in four games, including a 22-stop effort in Lake Erie's Nov. 16 finale.

In addition to those four members of the All-GLIAC Second Team, Lake Erie's Brendan Gallagher, Corbin Jackimowicz (offensive line), Ben Miller (offensive line), Shane VanFleteran (wide receiver), and Kyle Herth were recognized with honorable mentions.

 

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