CHICAGO – Eleven University of Chicago football players were announced as Midwest Conference North Division All-Conference selections on Tuesday.
Six players claimed First Team nods, including four from the Maroon defense. Three offensive players and two defenders made up the five named to the Second Team.
Sophomore nose tackle Jackson Ross picked up First Team honors after being named North Division Newcomer of the Year and Second Team All-MWC North during his rookie season. Ross led the Maroons with 104 tackles, including 50 solo efforts. He racked up 10 tackles for loss, 4.5 sacks, three forced fumbles, and an interception. Ross also made his presence felt on special teams with two blocked kicks.
Senior safety and return specialist Jeremy Vincent earned a spot on the First Team for the second year in-a-row. Vincent racked up 49 tackles and a team-high 11 pass breakups with two interceptions. He averaged 12.1 yards per punt return, with a long of 72 yards and a 52-yard touchdown.
Joining Vincent in the First Team secondary was safety Bill Rotnicki. The junior tallied 49 tackles, with two for loss, and broke up three passes. Rounding out a strong showing from the well-represented Maroon defense was junior middle linebacker Henry Winebrake, who played his way onto the First Team during a season in which he recorded 52 tackles and two tackles for loss.
First-year quarterback Jeffrey Jackson was recognized as the top signal-caller in the MWC North after a freshman campaign in which he threw for 1,195 yards and 12 touchdowns in seven games while completing 64.5 percent of his passes. Jackson also gathered 202 yards and two touchdowns on the ground.
Alongside Jackson on the offensive First Team was junior center Doug Barkauski, his second-consecutive selection. Barkauski directed the Maroon line at the heart of an offense that averaged 36.5 points and 375 yards per game. UChicago scored 49 or more points in four games this season, an unprecedented feat, and its 63 points against Beloit were the most the Maroons had scored in a single game since 1919.
Senior right guard Tucker Squiers, also a part of that offensive line, earned Second Team honors. It was his second All-Conference award after being voted onto the First Team last season.
Two first-years joined Squiers on the Second Team – running back Nicholas D'Ambrose and wide receiver Jacob Jackson. D'Ambrose averaged 6.2 yards per carry as he rumbled for 517 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. Jackson quickly established himself as the Maroons' favorite aerial target, hauling in 59 passes for 769 yards and six scores.
The Second Team also featured a pair of UChicago defenders. Junior linebacker Zach Atiyeh was one of the Maroons' top tacklers, racking up 71 on the year. He also snagged two interceptions and recorded four tackles for loss. Senior defensive tackle Mike McGinley led the team with 10 tackles for loss and five sacks, with a total of 46 tackles.
UChicago finished second in the MWC North Division, with a 4-1 conference mark and 7-3 overall record.