2023 All-MAC College Football Team and Individual Honors

The All-MAC team and individual honors highlight the best we saw from the 2023 season in the Mid-American Conference.

The 2023 MAC season saw two teams reach double-digit wins and ultimately square off in the title game. Toledo and Miami dominated the regular season, taking home most of our awards here, but the rest of the MAC is well represented on our 2023 All-MAC team and individual honors.

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MAC Football Team Honors for 2023

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  • Player of the Year
    Dequan Finn, QB, Toledo
  • Offensive Player of the Year
    Dequan Finn, QB, Toledo
  • Defensive Player of the Year
    Judge Culpepper, DT, Toledo
  • Specialist of the Year
    Graham Nicholson, K, Miami (OH)
  • Newcomer of the Year
    Gage Larvadain, WR, Miami (OH)
  • Coach of the Year
    Chuck Martin, Miami (OH)

All-MAC Offense

  • Quarterback of the Year
    Dequan Finn, Toledo
  • Running Back of the Year
    Peny Boone, Toledo
  • Wide Receiver of the Year
    Gage Larvadain, Miami (OH)
  • Tight End of the Year
    Harold Fannin Jr., Bowling Green
  • Offensive Tackle of the Year
    Nick Rosi, Toledo
  • Offensive Guard of the Year
    John Champe, Northern Illinois
  • Offensive Center of the Year
    Pete Nygra, Northern Illinois
  • Offensive Lineman of the Year
    John Champe, G, Northern Illinois
  • Offensive Line of the Year
    Northern Illinois Huskies
  • Offensive Newcomer of the Year
    Gage Larvadain, WR, Miami (OH)

2023 First-Team All-MAC Offense

QB: Dequan Finn, Toledo
RB: Peny Boone, Toledo
RB: Antario Brown, Northern Illinois
WR: Gage Larvadain, Miami (OH)
WR: Miles Cross, Ohio
WR: Chrishon McCray, Kent State
TE: Harold Fannin Jr., Bowling Green
FLEX: Marquez Cooper, Ball State
OT: Nick Rosi, Toledo
OG: John Champe, Northern Illinois
OC: Pete Nygra, Northern Illinois
OG: Vinny Sciury, Toledo
OT: Nolan Potter, Northern Illinois

2023 Second-Team All-MAC Offense

QB: Kurtis Rourke, Ohio
RB: Jalen Buckley, Western Michigan
RB: Rashad Amos, Miami (OH)
WR: Kenneth Womack, Western Michigan
WR: Sam Wiglusz, Ohio
WR: Jerjuan Newton, Toledo
TE: Anthony Torres, Toledo
FLEX: Ta’ron Keith, Bowling Green
OT: Jack Sherwin, Western Michigan
OG: Kurt Danneker, Ohio
OC: Jacob Gideon, Western Michigan
OG: Addison West, Western Michigan
OT: Brian Dooley, Eastern Michigan

2023 Third-Team All-MAC Offense

QB: Brett Gabbert, Miami (OH)
RB: Terion Stewart, Bowling Green
RB: Lorenzo Lingard, Akron
WR: Junior Vandeross III, Toledo
WR: Trayvon Rudolph, Northern Illinois
WR: Marlyn Johnson, Buffalo
TE: Grayson Barnes, Northern Illinois
FLEX: Tanner Koziol, Ball State
OT: Jay Amburgey, Ohio
OG: J.J. Lippe, Northern Illinois
OC: Devan Rogers, Toledo
OG: Trevor Campbell, Western Michigan
OT: Reid Holskey, Miami (OH)

2023 Honorable Mention All-MAC Offense

QB: Rocky Lombardi, Northern Illinois
QB: Jase Bauer, Central Michigan
RB: Ron Cook Jr., Buffalo
RB: Samson Evans, Eastern Michigan
RB: Sieh Banguar, Ohio
RB: Marion Lukes, Central Michigan
WR: Jasaiah Gathings, Akron
WR: Daniel George, Akron
WR: Tanner Knue, Eastern Michigan
WR: Tyson Davis, Central Michigan
WR: Jesse Prewitt III, Central Michigan
WR: Odieu Hiliare, Bowling Green
TE: Will Kacmarek, Ohio
TE: Blake Bosma, Western Michigan
FLEX: Luke Floriea, Kent State
FLEX: Hamze El-Zayat, Eastern Michigan
OT: Nate Williams, Akron
OT: Corey Stewart, Ball State
OG: John Hofer, Western Michigan
OG: Taran Tyo, Ball State
OC: Parker Titsworth, Ohio
OC: Dominic Serapiglia III, Central Michigan
OG: Alex Howie, Eastern Michigan
OG: Jon Mucciolo, Ball State
OT: Will Jados, Miami (OH)
OT: Damon Kaylor, Ball State

All-MAC Defense

  • Defensive Lineman of the Year
    Judge Culpepper, DT, Toledo
  • EDGE Defender of the Year
    Brian Ugwu, Miami (OH)
  • Defensive Interior of the Year
    Judge Culpepper, Toledo
  • Linebacker of the Year
    Bryce Houston, Ohio
  • Cornerback of the Year
    Quinyon Mitchell, Toledo
  • Safety of the Year
    Michael Dowell, Miami (OH)
  • Defensive Line of the Year
    Miami RedHawks
  • Secondary of the Year
    Miami RedHawks
  • Defensive Newcomer of the Year
    Raion Strader, Miami (OH)

2023 First-Team All-MAC Defense

EDGE: Brian Ugwu, Miami (OH)
DT: Judge Culpepper, Toledo
DT: Darius Alexander, Toledo
EDGE: Caiden Woullard, Miami (OH)
LB: Bryce Houston, Ohio
LB: Matt Salopek, Miami (OH)
LB: Dallas Gant, Toledo
CB: Jalen Husky, Bowling Green
CB: Quinyon Mitchell, Toledo
CB: Raion Strader, Miami (OH)
S: Devin Grant, Buffalo
S: Michael Dowell, Miami (OH)
FLEX: Ty Wise, Miami (OH)

2023 Second-Team All-MAC Defense

EDGE: Cashius Howell, Bowling Green
DT: Jacques Bristol, Central Michigan
DT: James Ester, Northern Illinois
EDGE: SIdney Houston Jr., Ball State
LB: Joe Sparacio, Eastern Michigan
LB: Cole Pearce, Ball State
LB: Darren Anders, Bowling Green
CB: Donte Kent, Central Michigan
CB: Chris McDonald, Toledo
CB: Tyler ‘Red’ Potts, Ball State
S: Kerry Martin Jr., Akron
S: Jordan Riley, Ball State
FLEX: Jordan Oladokun, Bowling Green

2023 Third-Team All-MAC Defense

EDGE: Marshawn Kneeland, Western Michigan
DT: Rayyan Buell, Ohio
DT: CJ West, Kent State
EDGE: Vonnie Watkins, Ohio
LB: Daniel Bolden, Toledo
LB: Red Murdock, Buffalo
LB: Keye Thompson, Ohio
CB: Davon Ferguson, Bowling Green
CB: Kempton Shine, Eastern Michigan
CB: Bennett Walket, Eastern Michigan
S: Tate Hallock, Western Michigan
S: Nate Valcarcel, Northern Illinois
FLEX: CJ Nunnally, Akron

2023 Honorable Mention All-MAC Defense

EDGE: Shane Bonner, Ohio
EDGE: Max Michel, Buffalo
DT: Tim Grant-Randall, Eastern Michigan
DT: Mason Nelson, Western Michigan
DT: Terray Jones, Akron
DT: Peyton Price, Eastern Michigan
EDGE: Mikah Coleman, Eastern Michigan
EDGE: Stephen Daley, Kent State
LB: Joseph Sipp Jr., Bowling Green
LB: Chase Kline, Eastern Michigan
LB: Bryan McCoy, Akron
LB: Kyle Moretti, Central Michigan
LB: Joe Andreessen, Buffalo
LB: Antavious Fish, Akron
CB: Javaughn Byrd, Northern Illinois
CB: Keni-H Lovely, Western Michigan
CB: Charles McCartherens, Buffalo
CB: RJ Delancy III, Toledo
CB: Justin Birchette, Ohio
CB: Yahsyn McKee, Miami (OH)
S: Bryce Sheppert, Kent State
S: Maxen Hook, Toledo
S: Quentavius Scandrett, Eastern Michigan
S: Damari Roberson, Western Michigan
FLEX: Torrie Cox Jr., Ohio
FLEX: Marcus Fuqua, Buffalo

All-MAC Special Teams

  • Kicker of the Year
    Graham Nicholson, Miami (OH)
  • Punter of the Year
    Mitchell Tomasek, Eastern Michigan
  • Kick Returner of the Year
    Jacquez Stuart, Toledo
  • Punt Returner of the Year
    Cade McDonald, Miami (OH)
  • Special Teamer of the Year
    Austin Ertl, Miami (OH)
  • Kickoff Specialist of the Year
    Graham Nicholson, Miami (OH)
  • Special Teams Newcomer of the Year
    Cade McDonald, Miami (OH)

2023 First-Team All-MAC Specialists

PK: Graham Nicholson, Miami (OH)
KOS: Graham Nicholson, Miami (OH)
P: Mitchell Tomasek, Eastern Michigan
KR: Jacquez Stuart, Toledo
PR: Cade McDonald, Miami (OH)
ST: Austin Ertl, Miami (OH)

2023 Second-Team All-MAC Specialists

PK: Luke Pawlak, Toledo
KOS: Ryan Kingston, Eastern Michigan
P: Alec Bevelhimer, Miami (OH)
KR: Marion Lukes, Central Michigan
PR: Hamze El-Zayat, Eastern Michigan
ST: Darrian Lewis, Akron

2023 Third-Team All-MAC Specialists

PK: Jesus Gomez, Eastern Michigan
KOS: Dante Jackson, Akron
P: Tom Foley, Northern Illinois
KR: Blake Hester, Akron
PR: Dane Pardridge, Northern Illinois
ST: John Motton, Ohio

2023 Honorable Mention All-MAC Specialists

PK: Andrew Glass, Kent State
PK: Kanon Woodill, Northern Illinois
KOS: Dante Jackson, Akron
KOS: Alex McNulty, Buffalo
P: Anthony Venneri, Buffalo
P: Jake Walrath, Central Michigan
KR: Hamze El-Zayat, Eastern Michigan
KR: Jaylon Jackson, Eastern Michigan
PR: Jhaylin Embry, Bowling Green
PR: Luke Floriea, Kent State
ST: Quinton Cannon, Western Michigan
ST: Bryce Sheppert, Kent State

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