Five UU football players earn All-MEC honors


Submitted story



BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. – For the second straight year, five members of the Urbana University football team have been selected All-Mountain East Conference performers.

Mikal Toliver (DE) and Duray Hall (LB) were voted All-MEC First Team while Doug Hardin (OL) and Brandon Purk (P) were picked All-MEC Second Team. Isaiah Young (RB) earned a spot on the All-MEC Honorable Mention Team.

Toliver, a junior from Dayton, led the MEC and ranked eighth nationally with 20.5 tackles for loss. He finished with the third-most sacks in the conference with nine, while recording a career-high 49 total tackles and he was credited with two forced fumbles. In 21 career games as a Blue Knight, Toliver has produced 19.5 sacks and 36.5 career tackles for loss. He was also voted All-MEC First Team in 2017.

Hall, a junior from Cleveland, led the Blue Knights and ranked fourth in the MEC with a career-high 97 total tackles including 10.5 tackles for loss. He had two sacks, five pass breakups, one forced fumble and recorded his first career interception. Hall currently ranks eighth in program history with 279 career tackles. He was also voted All-MEC First Team in 2017.

Hardin, a senior from Grove City, Ohio, earned his second straight appearance on the All-MEC Second Team. He started all 44 career games played on the offensive line and anchored a UU rushing attack that improved in each of the past four years. UU’s offense averaged 154 yards per game in 2018, the highest since 2012. This season, Hardin did not allow a sack and was credited with 35 knockdown blocks.

Purk, a senior from Mechanicsburg, earned his first postseason honors after ending his career as the school’s all-time leader with 39.9 yards per punt in 44 games. This season, he finished with a net average of 40.8 yards along with a career-high 12 punts of 50 or more yards and landed 12 punts inside the 20.

Young, a junior from Columbus, made a late surge to end his first season at UU on a high note. He became the first Blue Knight to record back-to-back 100-yard games since 2013, posting a career-high 130 yards against West Virginia State (Week 10) and 125 yards at Concord (Week 11). For the season, Young totaled the sixth-highest individual rushing total by a Blue Knight with 873 yards on 203 carries. He also led the team with five rushing touchdowns.

Notre Dame College’s Jaleel McLaughlin (RB) took home both Offensive Player of the Year and Offensive Freshman of the Year, while University of Charleston’s John Cominsky (DL) was tabbed as the Defensive Player of the Year. NDC’s Jack Kosko (DL) earned Defensive Freshman of the Year honors and Mike Jacobs was selected by his peers as the Coach of the Year.

UU finished the season 5-6 overall and tied for the seventh in the conference standings at 4-6 against MEC teams.

Submitted story