NEW YORK—Four members of the Lake Erie College football team received All-American Honors from USA College Football for their outstanding play during the 2014 season.
Harlon Hill finalist Anthony Bilal (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) led the way with First-Team honors. Kyle Herth (Harrison, Ohio/LaSalle) and Tanner Wells (Carrolton, Texas/Parish Episcopal) earned Second-Team honors while Corbin Jackimowicz (North Fort Myers, Fla./North Fort Myers) was named a Honorable Mention.
A finalist for the top award in Division-II, Bilal broke several school records en route to becoming the Storm's first 2,000 yard rusher. Bilal was named Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Offensive Back of the Year and was a First-Team All-Super Region IV selection. He ended the year tied for lead nationally in rushing touchdowns with 29 and second in rushing yards with 2,091 on just 254 carries (8.2 avg.). His 270 yards in the final week against Michigan Tech- a team which allowed just over 120 yards per game to opponents- set a school record which he previously 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. Bilal had eight touchdowns of 40 yards or more including two 70-plus yard touchdowns.
Herth ended the season with 40 tackles (19 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss and one sack in just five games. He had a season-high 10 tackles at Malone. Against Michigan Tech, he forced two fumbles. He leads the Storm all-time in sacks, yards per sack and forced fumbles and is fifth in total tackles.
Wells earned his third All-GLIAC selection and his first as a First-Teamer this season. He 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.
Jackimowicz earned his second straight All-GLIAC selection and first Second-Team honor this season. 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.