MAC Defensive Player of the Year Winners

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Award Winners

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Award Winners Table
Year Player School Summary
2018Sutton Smith*Northern Illinois43 Solo, 18 Ast, 15.0 Sk, 0 Int
2017Sutton Smith*Northern Illinois43 Solo, 20 Ast, 14.0 Sk, 0 Int
2016Tarell Basham*Ohio28 Solo, 21 Ast, 9.0 Sk, 0 Int
2015Jatavis Brown*Akron61 Solo, 55 Ast, 11.5 Sk, 1 Int
2014Quinten RollinsMiami (OH)53 Solo, 19 Ast, 0.0 Sk, 7 Int
2013Khalil Mack*Buffalo55 Solo, 45 Ast, 10.5 Sk, 3 Int
2012Chris Jones*Bowling Green State27 Solo, 15 Ast, 12.5 Sk
2011Drew Nowak*Western Michigan38 Solo, 53 Ast, 8.5 Sk, 0 Int
2010Roosevelt NixKent State19 Solo, 24 Ast, 10.0 Sk, 0 Int
2009Adrian Robinson*Temple31 Solo, 15 Ast, 12.0 Sk, 1 Int
2008Larry English*Northern Illinois26 Solo, 11 Ast, 8.0 Sk
2007Clayton MullinsMiami (OH)69 Solo, 74 Ast, 4.0 Sk, 0 Int
2006Ameer Ismail*Western Michigan55 Solo, 35 Ast, 17.0 Sk, 2 Int
2005Dan BazuinCentral Michigan52 Solo, 22 Ast, 16.0 Sk
2004Jonathan Goddard*Marshall1 Int, 23 Yds, 1 TD
2003Jason BabinWestern Michigan
2002Jason BabinWestern Michigan
2001Max YatesMarshall
2000Dwight SmithAkron10 Int, 208 Yds, 2 TD
1999Dustin CohenMiami (OH)3 Int, 12 Yds, 1 TD
1998Jojuan ArmourMiami (OH)
1997Jojuan ArmourMiami (OH)2 Int, 7 Yds, 0 TD
1996Brad MaynardBall State59 Punts, 2705 Yds, 45.8 Avg
1995Johnnie WilliamsMiami (OH)4 Int, 88 Yds, 0 TD
1994Vince PalkoBowling Green State2 Int, 2 Yds, 0 TD
1993Vince PalkoBowling Green State2 Int, 36 Yds, 0 TD
1992Curt McmillanMiami (OH)2 Int, 26 Yds, 0 TD
1991Curt McmillanMiami (OH)
1990Sean MulhearnWestern Michigan1 Int, 11 Yds, 0 TD
1989Greg GarnicaBall State7 Int, 24 Yds, 0 TD
1988Greg GarnicaBall State4 Int, 37 Yds, 0 TD
1987Greg GarnicaBall State1 Int, 5 Yds, 0 TD
1986Mark GaralczykWestern Michigan
1985John OfferdahlWestern Michigan1 Int, 4 Yds, 0 TD
1984Mark Brandon*Toledo7 Int, 112 Yds, 0 TD
1983Brian PillmanMiami (OH)
1982Ray BentleyCentral Michigan5 Int, 48 Yds, 1 TD
1981John ZupancicMiami (OH)
1980Kent Mccormick (tie)Miami (OH)
1980Mike Terra (tie)Northern Illinois
1979Frank LewandowskiNorthern Illinois
1978Ken KremerBall State
1977Jack GlowikMiami (OH)
1976Aaron BivinsToledo
1975Shafer SuggsBall State
1974Brad CousinoMiami (OH)
1973Brad CousinoMiami (OH)
1972Jack Lambert*Kent State
1971Mel LongToledo
1970Dick AdamsMiami (OH)
1969Joe GreenBowling Green State
1968Bob BabichMiami (OH)
1967Tom BeutlerToledo
1966Bob RoweWestern Michigan
1965Bob RoweWestern Michigan
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