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Football Makes MAC History; Davis Named Freshman of the Year

by Carolyn Binder

Courtesy of WMU Athletics/Mat Kanan

Corey Davis became the seventh Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year for the Western Michigan football program, becoming the seventh Bronco to earn the award.  No other MAC program has had more than five.

With Davis earning the award in 2013 and teammate Jaime Wilson earning it in 2012, WMU becomes the only program in MAC history to have the best freshman in the conference in back-to-back seasons twice.  Tim Lester and Robert Sanford earned the award in back-to-back seasons in 1996 and 1997, respectively.  Northern Illinois and Central Michigan are the only other programs to ever have back-to-back a MAC Freshman of the Year.

WMU MAC Freshmen of the Year

  • Kelly Spielmaker, TE (1983)
  • Brad Tayles, QB (1989)
  • Tim Lester, QB (1996)
  • Robert Sanford, RB (1997)
  • Tim Hiller, QB (2005)
  • Jaime Wilson, WR (2012)
  • Corey Davis, WR (2013)

"It is an honor to be recognized by the coaches in the conference and I thank them for voting me the freshman of the year.  We have two great quarterbacks that made our jobs as receivers much easier this season.  The coaching we received helped put us in position to be successful.  This is a blessing and I am very excited for what the future holds," commented Davis.

As a true freshman, Davis started in all 11 games played in 2013.  He led all freshmen wide receivers in the FBS in receptions (67), receiving yards (941), TDs (6), receiving yards per game (85.5), and 100-yard receiving games (5).  Davis set WMU freshman records in receiving yards and 100-yard games, sharing the record with teammate Wilson for receptions.

For his efforts, Davis was also named All-MAC Second Team Offense, joining defensive lineman Travonte Boles as the senior earned All-MAC Second Team Defense.  The honor is the first of Boles' career.  He started all 12 games on the defensive line and ranked fifth on the team with 60 tackles.  He had 5.0 TFLs, 1.5 sacks, his second career interception, one pass break up and a blocked kick against Central Michigan.

Donald Celiscar also earned All-MAC for the first time in his career, as the junior cornerback was named All-MAC Third Team Defense.  Celiscar shared the team lead with three interceptions and ranked second with nine pass break ups.  His 12 passes defended was second to only Ronald Zamort's 18, which ranks fifth in the nation.  Celiscar racked up 60 tackles (34 solo) in 2013, including 1.5 tackles for loss.  He also added a spark on special teams, leading the team with a 21.8-yard average on 13 kick returns.

2013 MAC Specialty Award Winners
Vern Smith Leadership Award Winner:  QB Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
Coach of the Year:  Rod Carey, Northern Illinois
Offensive Player of the Year:  QB Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
Defensive Player of the Year:  LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo
Special Teams Player of the Year: K Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo
Freshman of the Year:  WR Corey Davis, Western Michigan

2013 All-MAC First Team Offense
Position – Name - School
Quarterback – Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois &
Center – Chief Kekuewa, Bowling Green
Offensive Linemen – Dominic Flewellyn, Bowling Green !
Offensive Lineman – Tyler Loos, Northern Illinois +
Offensive Lineman – Jasen Carlson, Buffalo
Offensive Linemen – Jordan Hansel, Ball State #!
Tight End – Zane Fakes, Ball State &
Wide Receiver – Willie Snead, Ball State &
Wide Receiver – Alex Neutz, Buffalo +
Wide Receiver – Titus Davis, Central Michigan %+
Wide Receiver – Tommylee Lewis, Northern Illinois
Running Back – Branden Oliver, Buffalo @
Running Back – David Fluellen, Toledo &
Placekicker – Jeremiah Detmer, Toledo !

2013 All-MAC First Team Defense
Position – Name - School
Outside Linebacker – Khalil Mack, Buffalo @&
Outside Linebacker –Jamaal Bass, Northern Illinois
Inside Linebacker – Junior Sylvestre, Toledo
Inside Linebacker – Jatavis Brown, Akron
Down Lineman – Roosevelt Nix, Kent State ^@&
Down Lineman – Jonathan Newsome, Ball State +
Down Lineman – Ken Bishop, Northern Illinois
Down Lineman – Jayrone Elliott, Toledo
Defensive Back – Jimmie Ward, Northern Illinois #&
Defensive Back – BooBoo Gates, Bowling Green &
Defensive Back – Dayonne Nunley, Miami @&
Defensive Back – Najja Johnson, Buffalo
Punter – Zac Murphy, Miami $

2013 All-MAC First Team Specialists
Position – Name - School
Kickoff Return Specialist – Devin Bass, Ohio
Punt Return Specialist –Travis Carrie, Ohio 

2013 All-MAC Second Team Offense
Position – Name - School
Quarterback – Keith Wenning, Ball State +
Center – Zac Kerin, Toledo #&
Offensive Lineman – Greg Mancz, Toledo !
Offensive Lineman – Jared Volk, Northern Illinois
Offensive Lineman – Andy Phillips, Central Michigan
Offensive Lineman – Alex Huettel, Bowling Green
Tight End – Tyreese Russell, Eastern Michigan
Wide Receiver – Bernard Reedy, Toledo &
Wide Receiver – Da’Ron Brown, Northern Illinois
Wide Receiver – Corey Davis, Western Michigan
Wide Receiver – Donte’ Foster, Ohio
Running Back – Travis Greene, Bowling Green
Running Back – Jahwan Edwards, Ball State !
Placekicker – Josiah Yazdani, Ohio

2013 All-MAC Second Team Defense
Position – Name - School
Outside Linebacker – D.J. Lynch, Bowling Green
Outside Linebacker – Gabe Martin, Bowling Green &
Inside Linebacker – Ben Ingle, Ball State
Inside Linebacker – Kent Kern, Miami
Down Lineman – Nate Ollie, Ball State #!
Down Lineman – Travonte Boles, Western Michigan
Down Lineman – Ted Ouellet, Bowling Green !
Down Lineman – Wes Williams, Miami
Defensive Back – Jeff Garrett, Ball State
Defensive Back – Malachi Freeman, Akron
Defensive Back – Devin Bass, Ohio
Defensive Back – Darius Polk, Kent State
Punter – Anthony Melchiori, Kent State

2013 All-MAC Second Team Specialists
Position – Name - School
Kickoff Return Specialist – Jamill Smith, Ball State !
Punt Return Specialist – Ryan Burbrink, Bowling Green

2013 All-MAC Third Team Offense
Position – Name - School
Quarterback – Terrance Owens, Toledo
Center – Jacob Richard, Ball State
Offensive Lineman – Anthony Dima, UMass
Offensive Lineman – Jeff Myers, Toledo
Offensive Lineman – Jarrod Pugshley, Akron
Offensive Lineman – Lincoln Hansen, Eastern Michigan
Tight End – Alex Bayer, Bowling Green !
Wide Receiver – Jordan Williams, Ball State
Wide Receiver – Dri Archer, Kent State
Wide Receiver – Jamill Smith, Ball State &
Wide Receiver – Alonzo Russell, Toledo !
Running Back – Bronson Hill, Eastern Michigan
Running Back – Jawon Chisholm, Akron
Placekicker – Scott Secor, Ball State

2013 All-MAC Third Team Defense
Position – Name - School
Outside Linebacker – Justin March, Akron
Outside Linebacker – Adam Redden, Buffalo
Inside Linebacker – Shamari Benton, Central Michigan
Inside Linebacker – Justin Cherocci, Central Michigan
Down Lineman – Colby Way, Buffalo
Down Lineman – Joe Windsor, Northern Illinois
Down Lineman – Nico Caponi, Akron
Down Lineman – Treyvon Hester, Toledo
Defensive Back – Dechane Durante, Northern Illinois
Defensive Back – Luke Wollet, Kent State %+
Defensive Back – Donald Celiscar, Western Michigan
Defensive Back – Travis Carrie, Ohio #
Punter – Zach  Paul, Akron

2013 All-MAC Third Team Specialists
Position – Name - School
Kickoff Return Specialist – Dri Archer, Kent State &
Punt Return Specialist – Jamill Smith, Ball State #!

& 2012 First team All-MAC
+ 2012 Second team All-MAC
! 2012 Third team All-MAC
@ 2011 First team All-MAC
# 2011 Second team All-MAC
% 2011 Third team All-MAC
^ 2010 First team All-MAC
$ 2010 Third team All-MAC