Freeland, Mich. - Three players from the Alma College football team have been named to All-Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association teams, as announced by the conference on Tuesday (Nov. 14).
"I am very happy for our three all-conference players," said Head Coach Jason Couch. "They have each put significant time in the off-season to improve themselves."
Junior linebacker Zeke Ramirez (Homer, Mich. / Homer) was honored as a First-Team member, while junior offensive lineman Dakota Jelinek (Montrose, Mich. / Montrose) and defensive back Alex Szajko (Flint, Mich. / Mt. Morris) were named to the Second-Team.
Ramirez started at linebacker in all ten games for the Scots this season. He finished the year tied for first on the team in tackles for loss (3.5) second in tackles (74). He also had a 98-yard interception return for a touchdown in the season's final game at Finlandia, the first of his career and the conference-leading third defensive touchdown by the Scots.
"Zeke was a versatile player for us, he played different positions in multiple defensive packages. His athleticism allowed us to utilize his abilities by showing multiple fronts. His season was capped off with a 96-yard interception for a touchdown."
Szajko ended the year with the fifth-most tackles in the conference (76), leading the Scots' defense. He amassed 10 or more tackles in four of his ten starts during the season. He had 15 tackles against Albion and is one of three players in the MIAA to post that many tackles this season. Szajko also added one tackle for loss and three pass breakups.
"Alex was one of the hardest workers in the offseason. He stayed on campus and worked through the summer and was consistently in the weight room. He studied hours and hours of film each week in order to be the best players he could be on Saturdays."
Jelinek also started in all ten games at center for Alma. He anchored an offensive line that allowed only 16 sacks all season and paved the way for a Scots team that rushed for 164.9 yards per game.
"Dakota is a very strong anchor in our offensive line. He makes the calls up front and orchestrates the line. Dakota gained respect around the league for his play and improvement over the seasons."