Nine Football Players Earn All-MIAA Honors on Offense

Christian Bos, Kenyea Houston, Timothy Ivery, Zach Smith pose for portraits by Alan Babbitt

Nine Hope College football players have received All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association offense honors for the 2019 season from the league's coaches.

Quarterback Mason Opple was named MIAA Most Valuable Player on offense.

FIRST TEAM

Receiver Christian Bos, senior from Hudsonville, Michigan (Unity Christian HS)

Stats: Team leader with 46 receptions, 658 yards receiving and five touchdown receptions. Averaged 14.3 yards per catch. Totaled 28 receptions in MIAA games for 360 yards and two scores. His 133 career receptions are the sixth most in team history.

Coach's Breakdown: "A slick, intelligent receiver who catches the ball with the best receivers in college football. Christian is a four year starter with a work ethic that is unmatched. He finds a way to get open and make plays. He is an awesome teammate." — Peter Stuursma

Running back Kenyea Houston, sophomore from Chicago, Illinois (Westinghouse)

Stats: Team leader with 969 yards rushing. Second with 144 carries and 11 rushing touchdowns. Averaged 6.7 yards per attempt. Recorded career-high 194 yards against Adrian in regular-season finale. Rushed for team-best 713 yards against MIAA opponents. Second with nine touchdowns in league games.

Coach's Breakdown: "Kenyea uses his power and strength to break tackles and makes people miss with quick feet. He is also playing his best football down the stretch. Kenyea has a tremendous amount of yards after contact and will wear the defense out. Kenyea appreciates the work the big men do up front to open holes for him." — Peter Stuursma

Left tackle Timothy Ivery, senior from Bloomfield Hills, Michigan (Brother Rice)

Stats: Blindside protection for quarterback Mason Opple. Powered an offensive line that sprung the offense to be the highest-scoring in the MIAA at 46.0 points per game and ranked second in total offense at 439.7 yards per game. Offense averaged a league-high 46.4 points and 446.0 yards per game against MIAA foes.

Coach's Breakdown: "Timothy is as athletic as anyone we have had or played against this year.  He is able to block any type of defender in space due to his athletic ability. Timothy has great feet for pass protection and is a devastating run blocker. Timothy is a three-year starter and has been on a mission this season." — Peter Stuursma

Quarterback Mason Opple, senior from Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville)

Stats: Named MIAA Offensive MVP. Second All-MIAA First Team selection. Completed 107-of-168 passes for 1,496 yards and 16 touchdowns. Did not throw an interception and had a 63.7 percent completion rate. Finished second on the team in rushing with 839 yards and a team-leading 16 touchdowns on 156 carries. In MIAA play, threw for 834 yards and eight touchdowns and ran for 633 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Coach's Breakdown: "Mason is simply the best D-III football player in the country in my opinion. He is tough, rugged and has a fierce 'compete' level that is off the charts.  You only get the opportunity to coach a Mason Opple once in a lifetime." — Peter Stuursma

Center Zach Smith, senior from Suttons Bay, Michigan (Suttons Bay)

Stats: Second All-MIAA First Team selection. Powered an offensive line that sprung the offense to be the highest-scoring in the MIAA at 46.0 points per game and ranked second in total offense at 439.7 yards per game. Offense averaged a league-high 46.4 points and 446.0 yards per game against MIAA foes.

Coach's Breakdown: "The heart and soul of the O-line. A three-year starter, two-time captain, and All American candidate, Zach has never missed a practice or a rep with the first unit.  He is durable, tough and as strong as anyone we have had here at Hope College." — Peter Stuursma

SECOND TEAM

Receiver Cooper Cecchini, senior from Hudsonville, Michigan (Hudsonville)

Stats: Second on the team with 247 receiving yards and four receiving touchdowns. Made 14 catches. In MIAA play, totaled nine catches for 153 yards and three touchdowns.

Coach's Breakdown: "A four-year starter for this program, Cooper is consistent and steady.  He runs great routes and is a tremendous blocker at the perimeter." — Peter Stuursma

Left guard Noah de Velder, senior from Grand Rapids, Michigan (East Grand Rapids)

Stats: Powered an offensive line that sprung the offense to be the highest-scoring in the MIAA at 46.0 points per game and ranked second in total offense at 439.7 yards per game. Offense averaged a league-high 46.4 points and 446.0 yards per game against MIAA foes.

Coach's Breakdown: "Noah had a great senior year and is playing his best football at crunch time.  Noah is very athletic and is a key to our powerful run game." — Peter Stuursma

Right tackle Brady Eding, junior from Hamilton, Michigan (Hamilton)

Stats: Powered an offensive line that sprung the offense to be the highest-scoring in the MIAA at 46.0 points per game and ranked second in total offense at 439.7 yards per game. Offense averaged a league-high 46.4 points and 446.0 yards per game against MIAA foes.

Coach's Breakdown: "Brady is a two-year starter who just keeps getting better. At 6-8, 295 pounds, Brady is very athletic and takes great pride in blocking on running and passing downs. He is conscious of the details of being a great offensive lineman" — Peter Stuursma

Running back Connor Mellon, junior from Adrian, Michigan (Madison)

Stats: Third on the team in rushing at 597 yards and in rushing touchdowns with nine. Totaled 97 carries and averaged 6.6 yards per attempt. Also caught eight passes for 141 yards and touchdown. In MIAA play, rushed for 520 yards and nine touchdowns on 69 attempts.

Coach's Breakdown: "Connor is very elusive, has great vision and an outstanding burst. Connor made some huge plays for us in key situations for us this year." — Peter Stuursma