Eight football players receive All-MAC honors


Central Michigan wide receiver Kalil Pimpleton catches a pass and runs for a first down against Bowling Green defender Oct. 19 at Doyt L. Perry Stadium in Bowling Green.

Eight Central Michigan football players have been named to an All-Mid-American Conference team.

The All-MAC awards, which were announced Wednesday by the conference, included 39 players from the offense and 39 from the defense.

Wide receivers Kalil Pimpleton and JaCorey Sullivan were named to the All-MAC First Team Offense, while linebacker Troy Brown and defensive end Sean Adesanya made the All-MAC First Team Defense.

The All-MAC Second Team members included tight end Tony Poljan on offense and linebacker Michael Oliver on defense.

Defensive tackle Robi Stuart and running back Jonathan Ward earned spots on the All-MAC Third Team.

Along with earning All-MAC First Team on offense, Pimpleton was a member of the All-MAC First Team member for special teams.

While helping to pace Central Michigan to an 8-4 overall and 6-2 MAC record, Pimpleton led the conference with 73 receptions for 771 yards and six touchdowns. He added six carries for 74 yards.

In the punt return game, Pimpleton made 20 attempts for 180 yards.

Sullivan struggled early in the season, but he hit his stride after a couple of games. In 10 games played, Sullivan has caught 47 passes for 712 yards and three scores. 

For his first season switching from quarterback to tight end, Poljan was a force to be reckoned with as a 6-foot-7, 235-pound offensive weapon. He made 30 receptions for 458 yards and four touchdowns in 11 games. He has not thrown a pass to this point in the season.

Following a 2018 campaign where he accumulated just 212 rushing yards in nine games, Ward bounced back for 1,340 all-purpose yards, of which 1,056 were on the ground. He scored 15 rushing touchdowns and one score as a receiver out of the backfield.

Playing in 10 games, Ward averaged 134 yards per game.

Moving from defensive back to linebacker, Brown has made 78 tackles, 14 tackles for a loss, one sack, one fumble recovery, three interceptions and two pass breakups.

Brown's fellow linebacker, Oliver, has made 73 tackles in his senior season, adding 7.5 tackles for a loss, one interception, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one pass defended.

In 12 games this season, Stuart has logged 25 tackles, 7.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks and three quarterback hits.