MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE ANNOUNCES WEEK TWELVE
FOOTBALL OFFENSIVE, DEFENSIVE AND SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
Offensive Player of the Week: Buffalo QB Joe Licata
Sophomore quarterback Joe Licata (Williamsville, N.Y.) threw for a school-record 497 yards and four touchdowns in a 51-41 loss at Toledo on Nov. 12. Licata also broke the school record for completions with 36 and tied the all-time mark with 58 attempts. His 497 yards tied him for seventh in the history of the MAC for a single game. With the Bulls trailing, 38-0, early in the second half, Licata nearly single-handedly brought the Bulls back as the sophomore signal caller went 24-of-36 for 382 yards and all four touchdowns in the second half alone.
Defensive Player of the Week: Akron DB Malachi Freeman
Senior defensive back Malachi Freeman (Newark, Del.) recorded a career-high-tying three pass breakups, one interception and five tackles to help the Zips to a 14-13 win at UMass on Saturday. His team-high-tying third interception of the season, which was returned for eight yards, came during the final minutes of the second quarter and aided in Akron holding a 7-6 advantage at halftime. The win was the second-straight and third in four outings for the Zips, who also achieved their highest win total since 2008.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Bowling Green P Brian Schmiedebusch
Senior punter Brian Schmiedebusch (Ottawa, Ohio) punted four times and averaged 43.0 yards per punt in a 49-0 win over Ohio on Nov. 12. He downed two punts inside the Bobcats' 20-yard line. His first punt came in the third quarter, a 40-yarder which was downed at the one-yard line. The only punt returned by Ohio went for -4 yards. His final two punts, which traveled a combined 97 yards, were unable to be returned.
Offensive Player of the Week: Northern Illinois QB Jordan Lynch
Senior quarterback Jordan Lynch (Chicago, Ill.) accounted for 468 yards of total offense as Northern Illinois earned a 48-27 win over Ball State that was not decided until late in the fourth quarter. Lynch completed a career high 26 passes on 32 attempts for an 81.3 percent completion percentage, highest of his career. The 26 completions ranked tied for seventh at Northern Illinois all-time. Lynch had a season high 345 passing yards, the eighth highest single game mark in school history. He threw touchdown passes of 58 and 36 yards to Da'Ron Brown, the latter with 5:49 to play was the game-winner. On the ground, Lynch carried 20 times for 123 yards and two scores. He averaged nine yards per play in the game.
Defensive Player of the Week: Central Michigan S Tony Annese
Freshman safety Tony Annese (Hartland, Mich.) made his first career start and played a pivotal role in Central Michigan’s 27-22 win over rival Western Michigan. Annese scored the game-winning touchdown late in the third quarter, intercepting Broncos QB Zach Terrell and returning it 34 yards for a score, providing Central Michigan what would prove to be an insurmountable 27-16 lead. He also made two other big plays, breaking up a pass on a key third down late in the game and forcing a bad throw on a fake reverse/wide receiver pass with pressure. Annese finished the game with a career-high seven tackles.
Special Teams Player of the Week: Toledo K Jeremiah Detmer
Junior kicker Jeremiah Detmer (Hilliard, Ohio) booted a season-tying best three field goals to post his sixth multi-effort of the season in a 51-41 win over Buffalo on Nov. 12. Detmer was credited with a 32-yarder in the second quarter and a 42-yarder and 22-yarder both in the fourth quarter. He has now converted 11 consecutive field goals and is 17-of-18 (.944) on the year. Detmer moved into fifth place in school history with 53 career field goals attempted and tied for fifth in field goals made in a season with 17.