PAINESVILLE, Ohio – The Lake Erie College football team had nine student-athletes named to the Great Midwest All-Conference Team. The Storm had five players named to the Second Team, and four players received Honorable Mention.
Antwan Harris (Youngstown, Ohio / Austintown Fitch) and Joshua Durst (Willoughby, Ohio / WIlloughby South) were the pair of offensive players named to the G-MAC Second Team. Harris led the Storm in rushing with 517 yards rushing on 114 carries. Harris averaged 4.5 yards per carry and found the endzone twice during the season. Head Coach Gerald Hazzard said, "Harris is a great leader and a hardnosed runner."
Durst was the starting left tackle for the Storm, as he started all 10 games and anchored the left side of the Lake Erie offensive line. Coach Hazzard added, "Josh has the potential to be great, he is natural in pass protection and is improving in the run game."
Thomas Covington (Tampa, Florida / Tampa Bay Tech), Jason Rogers (Laurel, Md. / DeMatha), and Dylan Starks (Fremont, Ohio / Fremont Ross) were named Second Team All-Great Midwest on the defensive side of the ball. Covington appeared in all 10 games this season. He was seventh in the conference in tackles and led the Storm with 75 total tackles. Covington led the Storm in forced fumbles with three and also had an interception on the season. Coach Hazzard noted, "Covington played five positions as a freshman, he has unlimited potential if he continues to work."
Rogers was third on the team in tackles with 49, nine of which were for a loss. Rogers led the Storm in sacks with 6.5 and also had an interception during the season. Coach Hazzard added, "Rogers developed into a great pass rusher this season."
Starks was fifth on Lake Erie in tackles as had 41 total tackles. He made two tackles for a loss and snagged one interception on the season. Coach Hazzard said, "Starks battled injuries, but he was a stabilizing force in our secondary."
Justin Growel (East Troy, Wisc. / East Troy), Nicolas Melsop (Lewis Center, Ohio / Olentangy Orange), Mike Muzic (Mentor, Ohio / Mentor), and Isaiah Wheeler (Copley, Ohio / Copley) were all named Great Midwest Athletic Conference Honorable Mention. Growel appeared in seven games as a defensive lineman for the Storm. He made 38 tackles, nine of which were for a loss, and had 2.5 sacks. Coach Hazzard added, "Growel has a non-stop motor with tremendous upside."
Melsop started all 10 games for the Storm and anchored the right tackle position. Coach Hazzard said, "Melsop was physical and nasty in the run game, and he was our best finisher this year."
Muzic appeared in all 10 games for Lake Erie and handled all kicking and punting duties. As a kicker Muzic was a perfect 11-11 on extra points and made seven field goals. He was fourth in the conference in punt average, as he averaged 38.5 yards per punt. Coach Hazzard added, "Muzic is as steady as it gets, he has been great for four years."
Wheeler started all 10 games for the Storm and was second on the team in tackles with 56. He finished the season with 13 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks from his defensive end position. Coach Hazzard said, "Wheeler is a high energy guy who made a ton of plays in the backfield."