9 Tech football players receive GLIAC recognition
BAY CITY — The Michigan Tech football team had nine players earn GLIAC postseason honors when they were announced by the conference office on Tuesday. Junior offensive lineman Jeremy Bell, junior defensive lineman Cody Goldsworthy and sophomore wide receiver Jacob Wenzlick were named to the All-GLIAC Second Team. In addition, six Huskies were selected as All-GLIAC Honorable Mention honorees.
Bell, a left tackle from Negaunee, Michigan, played in all 11 games for Michigan Tech and anchored the offensive line this season. The Huskies averaged 136.6 yards per game (1,503 total yards) on the ground and produced 15 rushing touchdowns. Bell and the Tech offensive line also ranked fourth in the GLIAC in fewest tackles for a loss allowed per game (5.18).
Goldsworthy, a defensive end from L’Anse, Michigan, averaged 4.2 tackles per game and led the Huskies in sacks (3) and was second in tackles for a loss (9.5). His tackles for a loss totals cost opposing offenses 48 yards and his three sacks resulted in a loss of 27 yards. Goldsworthy also recovered a fumble which set up a touchdown in Tech’s win over Davenport. His tackle total of 46 was a single-season career high as well as his 9.5 tackles for a loss. Goldsworthy will enter his senior season in 2018 with 106 career tackles, 7.5 sacks, and 18.5 tackles for a loss. Goldsworthy was an All-GLIAC Second Team selection following the 2016 campaign.
Wenzlick, a wide receiver from Meridian, Michigan, emerged as one of Tech’s top receivers and kick returners. Wenzlick led the Huskies with 41 total receptions and 444 yards, averaging 10.8 yards per catch with a pair of touchdowns. He hauled in a 75-yard touchdown catch in Michigan Tech’s win over Northern Michigan in the annual Miner’s Cup game.
In the return game, Wenzlick brought back 17 kickoffs for 526 yards, including a 93-yard touchdown. He averaged 30.9 yards per kickoff return at Sherman Field against Wayne State. Wenzlick was also a weapon in the punt return game as well, with 15 total returns for 122 yards. Wenzlick ranks third in the GLIAC in combined return yards (648) which is 35th most nationally in NCAA Division II.
Cayman Berg-Morales, Jordan Ferguson, Spencer Moran, Travis Tidwell, John Williams, and Marvin Wright were selected as All-GLIAC Honorable mention honorees.
Berg-Morales, a defensive lineman from Green Bay, Wisconsin, tallied 41 total tackles which included two sacks and six tackles for a loss. During his career at Tech, Berg-Morales recorded 93 total tackles, 3.5 sacks, and 13.5 tackles for a loss. Berg-Morales was also a nominee for the 2017 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team which brings together a select group of college football players from across the country to honor their dedication to volunteerism and enriching the lives of others.
Ferguson, a sophomore fullback from Alpena, Michigan, was instrumental in lead blocking in the Tech running game as well as catching passes out of the backfield. Ferguson led all running backs on the team with 12 receptions for 169 yards, which averaged out to 14.1 yards per catch.
Moran, a senior defensive back from Mount Pleasant, Michigan, was second on the team in tackles this season with 83 total stops. He averaged 7.5 tackles per game with one sack and 6.5 tackles for a loss. In addition, he blocked three kicks which were tops in the GLIAC and fifth in NCAA Division II.
Tidwell, a sophomore defensive back from Detroit, Michigan, was third on the team in total tackles with 79 leading to a 7.2 tackles per game average. He recorded four tackles for a loss and led the Huskies with eight pass breakups.
Williams, a senior running back from White Lake, Michigan, powered the Huskies’ rushing attack by covering 842 yards on the ground with a team-high 11 touchdowns. He averaged five yards per carry and broke loose for a 68-yard run this season. He had the second most rushing touchdowns in the GLIAC and is 33rd in all of NCAA Division II. Williams finishes his Tech career with 2,087 total rushing yards and 21 touchdowns. He is one of ten players in the history of Tech football to eclipse 2,000 career yards.
Wright, a sophomore linebacker from Lansing, Michigan, paced the Huskies’ defense in tackles for the second consecutive season with 102.0. He also produced two sacks, had a team-high 11 tackles for a loss, and three interceptions. He also had one of Tech’s six blocked kicks this season on special teams. Wright ranked third in the GLIAC in total tackles per game 9.3 and 32nd in NCAA Division II.