10 Rockets Earn All-MAC Honors

TOLEDO, Ohio – Ten players from the University of Toledo were selected to the 2022 All-MAC Football team in a vote by the league’s head coaches, the Mid-American Conference announced on Wednesday.

Toledo had five first-team selections, the most in the conference, and five second-team picks. Six Rockets made All-MAC for at least the second time. Senior defensive end Jamal Hines, a second-team pick, earned all-league honors for the fourth time. Senior defensive tackle Desjuan Johnson earned All-MAC for the third time, making the first-team after second-team selections in 2020 and 2021. 

Joining Desjuan Johnson on the All-MAC first-team are sophomore offensive lineman Nick Rosi, junior linebacker Dallas Gant, sophomore cornerback Quinyon Mitchell and sophomore safety Maxen Hook

Second-team All-MAC selections were Hines, sophomore quarterback Dequan Finn, sophomore wide receiver Jerjuan Newton, senior linebacker Dyontae Johnson and junior safety Nate Bauer.

Toledo, champions of the MAC West Division, will face the East Division champion Ohio Bobcats at Ford Field in Detroit on Saturday, Dec. 3. Kickoff is set for noon on ESPN.

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Toledo’s 2022 All-MAC Honorees

First-Team All-MAC

Nick Rosi (OL, Soph., Powell, Ohio): Rosi leads an offensive line that powers the second-highest scoring offense in the MAC (33.3 points per game). Rosi made third-team All-MAC as a freshman in 2019. He sat out the entire 2021 seaosn due to injury.

Desjuan Johnson (DT, Sr., Detroit, Mich.): Johnson earns first-team All-MAC recognition after making the second-team in 2020 and 2021. His 15.5 tackles for loss ranks fourth in MAC and 17th in nation. He is second on team behind Jamal Hines with 5.5 sacks. Johnson ranks fourth in Toledo history in career TFL (46.0), tied with Hines.

Dallas Gant (LB, Jr., Toledo, Ohio): Playing in is first season at Toledo after transferring from Ohio State, Gant leads the Rockets and ranks ninth in MAC with 103 tackles. He has been the team leader in tackles four times this season, with a high of 15 vs. Northern Illinois on Oct. 8.

Quinyon Mitchell (CB, Soph., Williston, Fla.): Mitchell is the nation’s leader in passes defended with 22 (five interceptions, 17 pass breakups). His 17 breakups is the all-time Toledo record, breaking the mark of 16 set by current San Francisco 49er Samuel Womack last year. He was named second-team All-America by Pro Football Focus.

Maxen Hook (Safety, Soph., New Palestine, Ind.): Hook is third on the team with 66 tackles and has two interceptions and four pass breakups. He earned third-team All-MAC honors in 2021.

Second-Team All-MAC

Dequan Finn (QB, Soph., Detroit, Mich.): Finn ranks third in the MAC in passing efficiency (137.98) and third in total offense (249.5). He has completed 58.6 percent of his passes for 1,973 yards and 21 TDs on the season despite missing two games due to injury. He is also second on Rockets in rushing with 522 yards and has a team-best eight TDs.

Jerjuan Newton (WR, Soph., St. Petersburg, Fla.): Newton leads the Rockets with 42 receptions, and is third in MAC and tied for 14th in country with nine touchdown receptions. He is also third in the MAC with 16.9 yards per reception.

Jamal Hines (DE, Sr., Cincinnati, Ohio): Hines leads the Rockets and is tied for fifth in the MAC with 6.5 sacks. He is second on team with 9.0 tackles for loss and has 51 overall tackles. Hines ranks fourth in Toledo history in career TFL (46.0), tied with teammate Desjuan Johnson. Hines is a four-team All-MAC selection. He made third team in 2019, second team in 2020 and first team last season.

Dyontae Johnson (LB, Sr., Detroit, Mich.): Johnson is second on the team with 95 tackles and has 7.5 tackles for loss. He was the team leader in tackles three times this season. Johnson made third-team All-MAC in 2021.

Nate Bauer (Safety, Jr., Akron, Ohio): Bauer is fifth on team with 54 tackles, and has 3.5 tackles for loss, three pass breakups and one interception. He earned second-team All-MAC honors in 2020.

2022 MAC Specialty Award Winners
Coach of the Year: Tim Albin, Ohio
Vern Smith Leadership Award Winner: Kurtis Rourke, QB, Ohio
Offensive Player of the Year: Kurtis Rourke, QB, Ohio
Defensive Player of the Year: Jose Ramirez, DL, Eastern Michigan
Special Teams Player of the Year: Alex McNulty, PK, Buffalo
Freshman of the Year: Sieh Bangura, RB, Ohio

2022 All-MAC First Team Offense
Quarterback – Kurtis Rourke, Ohio
Offensive Lineman – Sidy Sow, Eastern Michigan
Offensive Lineman – Marcellus Marshall, Kent State
Offensive Lineman – Nolan Potter, Northern Illinois
Offensive Lineman – Hagen Meservy, Ohio
Offensive Lineman – Nick Rosi, Toledo
Tight End – Brady Hunt, Ball State
Wide Receiver – Alex Adams, Akron
Wide Receiver – Devontez Walker, Kent State
Wide Receiver – Dante Cephas, Kent State
Wide Receiver – Sam Wiglusz, Ohio
Running Back – Carson Steele, Ball State
Running Back – Marquez Cooper, Kent State
Placekicker – Alex McNulty, Buffalo
2022 All-MAC First Team Defense
Down Lineman – Karl Brooks, Bowling Green
Down Lineman – Thomas Incoom, Central Michigan
Down Lineman – Jose Ramirez, Eastern Michigan
Down Lineman – Desjuan Johnson, Toledo
Linebacker – Bubba Arslanian, Akron
Linebacker – Shaun Dolac, Buffalo
Linebacker – Dallas Gant, Toledo
Linebacker – Zaire Barnes, Western Michigan
Defensive Back – Marcus Fuqua, Buffalo
Defensive Back – Donte Kent, Central Michigan
Defensive Back – Quinyon Mitchell, Toledo
Defensive Back – Maxen Hook, Toledo
Punter – Mitchell Tomasek, Eastern Michigan
2022 All-MAC First Team Specialists
Kickoff Return Specialist – Jaylon Jackson, Eastern Michigan
Kickoff Return Specialist – Keegan Wilburn, Ohio
2022 All-MAC Second Team Offense
Quarterback – Dequan Finn, Toledo
Offensive Lineman – Ethan Crowe, Ball State
Offensive Lineman – Jamezz Kimbrough, Central Michigan
Offensive Lineman – Brian Dooley, Eastern Michigan
Offensive Lineman – Sam Allan, Kent State
Offensive Lineman – Rusty Feth, Miami
Tight End – Christian Sims, Bowling Green
Wide Receiver – Jayshon Jackson, Ball State
Wide Receiver – Odieu Hillare, Bowling Green
Wide Receiver – Mac Hippenhammer, Miami
Wide Receiver – Jerjuan Newton, Toledo
Wide Receiver – Corey Crooms, Western Michigan
Running Back – Samson Evans, Eastern Michigan
Running Back – Sean Tyler, Western Michigan
Placekicker – Nathanial Vakos, Ohio
2022 All-MAC Second Team Defense
Down Lineman – DeVonte O’Malley, Northern Illinois
Down Lineman – Jamal Hines, Toledo
Down Lineman – Andre Carter, Western Michigan
Down Lineman – Brandon Fiske, Western Michigan
Linebacker – Clayton Coll, Ball State
Linebacker – James Patterson, Buffalo
Linebacker – Ryan McWood, Miami
Linebacker – Dyontae Johnson, Toledo
Defensive Back – Amechi Uzodinma, Ball State
Defensive Back – Nic Jones, Ball State
Defensive Back – Nico Bolden, Kent State
Defensive Back – C.J. Brown, Northern Illinois
Defensive Back – Nate Bauer, Toledo
Punter – Dom Dzioban, Miami
2022 All-MAC Second Team Specialists
Kickoff Return Specialist – Ta’ron Keith, Bowling Green
Kickoff Return Specialist – Ja’Shaun Poke, Kent State

2022 All-MAC Third Team Offense
Quarterback – DJ Irons, Akron
Quarterback – Collin Schlee, Kent State
Offensive Lineman – Anthony Whigan, Akron
Offensive Lineman – Gabe Wallace, Buffalo
Offensive Lineman – Desmond Bessent, Buffalo
Offensive Lineman – Deiyantei Powell-Woods, Central Michigan
Offensive Lineman – Logan Zschemitz, Northern Illinois
Tight End – Joel Wilson, Central Michigan
Wide Receiver – Shocky Jacques-Louis, Akron
Wide Receiver – Quian Williams, Buffalo
Wide Receiver – Tanner Knue, Eastern Michigan
Wide Receiver – Hassan Beydoun, Eastern Michigan
Running Back – Harrison Waylee, Northern Illinois
Running Back – Sieh Bangura, Ohio
Placekicker – Jesus Gomez, Eastern Michigan
2022 All-MAC Third Team Defense
Down Lineman – Zay West, Kent State
Down Lineman – Michael Kennedy, Northern Illinois
Down Lineman – James Ester, Northern Illinois
Down Lineman – Jack McCrory, Ohio
Linebacker – Kyle Moretti, Central Michigan
Linebacker – Matthew Salopek, Miami
Linebacker – Keye Thompson, Ohio
Linebacker – Corvin Moment, Western Michigan
Defensive Back – Jordan Riley, Ball State
Defensive Back – John Saunders Jr., Miami
Defensive Back – Tariq Drake, Ohio
Defensive Back – Keni-H Lovely, Western Michigan
Punter – Luke Elzinga, Central Michigan
2022 All-MAC Third Team Specialists
Kickoff Return Specialist – Jalen Walker, Miami
Kickoff Return Specialist – De’Javion Stepney, Central Michigan

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