Staff and wire report
The career of Kent State senior defensive tackle Roosevelt Nix is now like none other the school has ever seen.
On Wednesday, Nix became the first player in program history -- and only the fifth-ever in the Mid-American Conference -- to earn First Team All-MAC honors in four consecutive seasons.
Nix led the Golden Flashes in tackles for a loss (13), sacks (31⁄2) and quarterback hurries (6), despite playing through injuries for the majority of the season. He also forced two fumbles, had 41 tackles, broke up five passes and blocked a kick.
Nix joins Buffalo DB Davnonte Shannon (2007-10), Toledo DB Barry Church (2006-09), Ohio punter Dave Zastudil (1998-2001) and Bowling Green QB Brian McClure (1982-85) -- a Rootstown High School graduate -- as the only MAC players to be named First Team for four years.
"Rosie didn't play a lot of snaps in a lot of our games, but when he was in there, he was very effective," Kent State head coach Paul Haynes said. "And to get voted First Team, this shows you the respect he gets around the league."
For Kent State, senior DB Darius Polk, senior RB Dri Archer, senior safety Luke Wollet and sophomore kicker Anthony Melchiori also were named All-MAC.
Archer also joined elite company, earning all-conference honors at two different positions for the second straight season. Earning Third Team honors this season at both wide receiver and kick returner, he owns the rare distinction of claiming All-MAC accolades at three different positions. In 2012, Archer was a First Team member at both kick returner and running back. Despite missing the better part of four games this season, he led the Flashes with 11 total touchdowns and 982 all-purpose yards.
"Dri can do a lot of different things," Haynes said. "And it's going to be fun to watch him in the future wherever he ends up. Everyone knew he had a chance to go the distance every time he touched the ball and he's done it at three different positions."
Wollet (78 tackles, 2 interceptions) was named to the Third Team, Polk (60 tackles, 7 pass breakups) to the Second Team and Melchiori (42.5 yards per punt, 14 punts inside the 20 and only 13 return yards by opponents on the season) was named to the Second Team.