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Storm Football Earns Numerous All-GLIAC Honors

Storm Football Earns Numerous All-GLIAC Honors


BAY CITY, Mich.—Nine members of the Lake Erie College football team earned All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) honors for their performances in the 2014 season.

Anthony Bilal (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) was named GLIAC Offensive Back of the Year in addition to earning a spot on the All-GLIAC First-Team.  Tanner Wells (Carrolton, Texas/Parish Episcopal) earned his third straight All-GLIAC selection as he was named to the First-Team for the first time.  Corbin Jackimowicz (North Fort Myers, Fla./North Fort Myers) earned All-GLIAC Second-Team honors after earning a Honorable Mention nod last season.

Anthony Bilal broke several school records en route to becoming the Storm's first 2,000 yard rusher and second All-GLIAC honors.  Bilal ended the year tied for lead nationally in rushing touchdowns with 29 and second in rushing yards with 2,091 on just 254 carries.  Against Ohio Dominican University, Ferris State University and Michigan Tech University- three teams that qualified for the NCAA playoffs- Bilal totaled 626 yards and six touchdowns.  His 270 yards in the final week against Michigan Tech set a school record which he set earlier in the season.  Against Walsh University, Bilal scored six rushing touchdowns, which tied the GLIAC record for most in a game.  Overall, Bilal rushed for 200 or more yards in six games this season and scored three or more touchdowns in five games.

Tanner Wells earned his third All-GLIAC selection and his first as a First-Teamer.  Wells ended the season as the Storm's all-time leader in both total tackles and solo stops.  On the season, Wells led the Storm in tackles with 85, including 41 solo.  Four of his tackles were for losses including 2.5 sacks.  At Malone, Wells forced a fumble and against Michigan Tech, recovered one.  He also intercepted passes against Ashland University and Walsh, accounting for 86 interception return yards.  Four times this season Wells was in the double-digits in tackles despite offenses playing around him.  He hit his season-high in tackles with 13 against Ferris State and Michigan Tech. 

Corbin Jackimowicz earned his second straight All-GLIAC selection and first Second-Team honor.  Jackimowicz played every snap of offense in 2014 as the center.  He helped anchor a Storm offensive line that jolted the rushing attack to finish eighth in the country, averaging over 290 rushing yards a game.  Prior to the season, Jackimowicz was deemed a Preseason All-American by USA College Football.

Wide receiver Tommy Jackson (Hubbard, Ohio/Hubbard), offensive linemen Chris Higgins (Alliance, Ohio/Marlington) and Ben Miller (Archbold, Ohio/Archbold), defensive back Maurice Hale (Columbus, Ohio/Beechcroft), defensive lineman Ty Law (Madison, Ohio/Madison) and punter David Bojalad (St. Mary's, Pa./Elk County Christian) earned All-GLIAC Honorable Mention selections.

Tommy Jackson caught 36 passes for 621 yards.  He had a 58-yard touchdown reception against Walsh, ending the game with a season-high 134 yards.  Against Grand Valley State University, he had a season-high seven receptions. Jackson ends his career at Lake Erie with 2,281 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns.

Ben Miller started in all 11 games on the offensive line at right guard.  This marks the second straight year that he has earned All-GLIAC honors. 

Chris Higgins started in all 11 on the offensive line at left guard.  He ends his career with the Storm appearing in 33 games along the line.

Miller and Higgins, along with Jackimowicz, combined to make up one of the best offensive lines in the GLIAC to lead the Storm's offensive barrages.

Maurice Hale finished the year with the third most tackles for the Storm with 67.  Hale also had one sack and 6.5 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery.  He picked off three passes, including two in the fourth quarter at Notre Dame College to seal the Storm victory.

Ty Law had a terrific season lining up at the nose tackle position.  Law finished the year with 32 tackles including one sack and six tackles for loss.  He ends his career at Lake Erie with 95 tackles, 14.5 for loss and 5.5 sacks.

David Bojalad had a solid season as the punter for the Storm.  The former ECAC Special Teams Player of the Week had a net average of 38.1 yards per punt including a long of 53.  Nine of Bojalad's punts landed inside 20-yard line and 10 were fair caught.