November 14, 2012

Curtin, Armstrong Headline Football's All-GLIAC Selections

BAY CITY, Mich. — Michigan Tech had seven football players earn All-GLIAC honors today as the league announced its 2012 postseason awards. Wide receiver Matt Curtin (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.) and linebacker Justin Armstrong (Las Vegas, Nev.) both garnered All-GLIAC First Team honors and five others were named to the All-GLIAC Second Team.

Curtin reset Tech's school record by hauling in 12 touchdown passes on the year. The senior wideout caught 47 passes for 838 yards on the season. He was on pace to become just the third player in Tech history to have 1,000 yards receiving before suffering a season-ending injury with more than two games to play. Curtin ranked third in the GLIAC in both receptions and receiving yards per game and was fifth in scoring.

Armstrong led the Huskies in tackles with 80 including 45 solos and 35 assists. The Las Vegas native also posted seven tackles for loss, two sacks and three fumble recoveries. He had a career-high 14 tackles in a 35-13 win at Wayne State and was the team's top tackler in four of the last five games of the year.

Akeem Cason (Benton Harbor, Mich.), Jacob Clark (Lansing, Mich.), Bryan LaChapelle (Crystal Falls, Mich.), Buddy Poljan (Hillsdale, Mich.) and Nelson Wienke (Kingsford, Mich.) were Tech's All-GLIAC Second Team honorees.

Cason, a senior, was picked as a return specialist. He finished second in the league in kick return average (26.5 yards per return) and had a 98-yard return for a touchdown vs. Grand Valley State—his third career kickoff return TD.

Clark was an anchor on the interior of Tech's defensive line. The senior tackle had 32 tackles including three for loss and 2.5 sacks. He was a major factor in the Huskies' rush defense, which finished second in the league allowing just 118.3 yards per game.

LaChapelle gained his third consecutive All-GLIAC honor by hauling in a team-best 55 receptions for 676 yards and six touchdowns. The senior tight end was All-GLIAC First Team as a sophomore and All-GLIAC Second Team each of the last two seasons.

Poljan, an offensive lineman, helped Michigan Tech rank fourth in the GLIAC in scoring (37.7 points per game) and seventh in total offense (429.4 yards per game). The junior started all 10 games at right tackle.

Wienke, a sophomore defensive end, had a breakout season with 40 total tackles and 11 tackles for loss. His 8.5 sacks ranked him second in the league and helped Tech finish first in the GLIAC in total sacks (32).

In addition to the seven players who earned All-GLIAC accolades, six others were honorable mentions. They were: sophomore defensive end Cam Allen (Clare, Mich.), senior defensive back Emmett Bjorn (Calumet, Mich.), senior defensive tackle Justin Blake (Bessemer, Mich.), senior wide receiver Alex Elsenheimer (Alpena, Mich.), sophomore quarterback Tyler Scarlett (Clarkston, Mich.) and junior fullback Cole Welch (Kingsford, Mich.).