(BAY CITY, Mich.) - The 2016 Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Football postseason awards have been announced after voting conducted by the league's coaches. Seven Cavaliers have been named with Nicholas King earning the highest honors of the group on the All-GLIAC Second Team at linebacker.
King served as one of the best linebackers in the conference with 109 tackles, third-most in the GLIAC. His 68 assists were second in the conference and 9.9 tackles per game were also third at the end of the regular season. His 74-yard fumble return for a touchdown against Wayne State was the longest scoring play of the season for the Cavaliers. King also reached double digits in tackles in five games this season, with season-highs of 15 against Tiffin and Ashland.
O'Neill was named as an offensive lineman that benefited the success of both Tate and Matuska. It's his second-straight season being named to the All-GLIAC Team. Tate blossomed in his first season with Walsh as he led the team with 41 receptions for 371 yards. His reception mark ranked 15th in the GLIAC. Tate also served as the Cavs' return specialist with 650 return yards. He recorded 1,040 total yards on the years for 94.5 yards per game. Tate also had a 64-yard touchdown return against Saginaw Valley.
Matuska was the second-leading receiver on the Cavaliers with 29 receptions for 265 yards and two touchdowns. His best game of the season came against Saginaw Valley when he caught three passes for 77 yards and a touchdown pass of 50 yards.
Jones totaled 49 tackles on the season, sixth-most on the team. Along with O'Neill, Jones is also a two-time All-GLIAC selection. He led the team with 3.5 sacks and was among the leaders with four tackles for loss. Sturgill recorded 34 tackles on the season and was second on the team with 6.5 tackles for loss. O'Sullivan was fourth on the teams with 56 tackles. He recorded a season-best 12 against Ohio Dominican.