Seven Earn All-GLIAC Football Honors

Seven Earn All-GLIAC Football Honors

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BAY CITY, Mich.—Seven members of the Lake Erie College football team received All-Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) honors announced Tuesday (Nov. 17). 

Running back Anthony Bilal (Painesville, Ohio/Riverside) led the Storm honorees with his second straight First-Team All-GLIAC selection. 

BIlal rushed for 1351 yards in nine games.  He reached the endzone 18 times while averaging 6.0 yards per carry over 224 attempts. Bilal scored four touchdowns in two games this season.  He ran for 150 yards or more in five games and topped 200 yards three times. At Wayne State University in week 10, Bilal tied his career-high with 270 rushing yards. 

For his career, Bilal finishes with 886 carries for 5,839 yards (6.6 yards per carry) with 79 touchdowns. Those totals serve as program highs for the Storm.

Receiver Shane Van Fleteren (Shelby, Mich./Utica), right tackle Jeremy Durbin (Helena, Ohio/Fremont St. Joseph) wing Aaron Lindgren (Willoughby, Ohio/Willoughby South), defensive tackle Aaron Rojas (Wastonville, Calif./Wastonville/Cabrillo), tight end Anthony Kukwa (Perry, Ohio/Perry/Ball State) and safety Maurice Hale (Columbus, Ohio/Beechcroft) earned All-GLIAC Honorable Mentions. 

Van Fleteren led the Storm receivers this season with 59 receptions for 833 yards and three touchdowns.  He had a season-high 136 yards against Grand Valley State University in week four.  In the season finale against Michigan Tech University, Van Fleteren had 10 receptions and two touchdowns.

Durbin was a vital part of the Storm's offensive line, providing stability at the right tackle position.  He started all 11 games and helped pave the way for the Storm rushing attack that averaged 241.6 yards per game this season. 

Lindgren caught 24 passes for 347 yards and a pair of touchdowns this season.   On the ground Lindgren had 26 rushes for 265 yards and four touchdowns.  He had a season-long 67-yard run for a touchdown against Michigan Tech.  He accumulated a season-high 111 receiving yards at Wayne State and 75 rushing yards against Michigan Tech.

Rojas started in 10 games this season on the defensive line.  He totaled 14 solo tackles and assisted on 20 more for a total of 34 yards.  Rojas also tallied 1.5 sacks and three tackles for loss.  He had a season-high seven tackles against Malone University in week eight.

Kukwa started all 11 games for the Storm at tight end.  He caught 18 passes on the season for 245 yards and four touchdowns. Kukwa had a season-high 72 yards against Urbana University in week six. He also served as the long snapper.

Hale appeared in 10 games for the Storm this season.  He totaled 33 solo tackles and assisted on 24 more for 57 total.  Hale also had a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and an interception.  At Wayne State, Hale had a season-high 14 stops.

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