Notre Dame College football running back Jaleel McLaughlin has been named the Mountain East Conference (MEC) Male Athlete of the Year for 2019.
This is the second consecutive year that a Notre Dame student-athlete has won the award after Will Vorhees, men’s basketball, was honored last year. McLaughlin is the first sophomore and the first football player to win this award.
McLaughlin also was selected as the MEC Football Offensive Player of the Year Award and First Team All-MEC honors this season. He was runner-up for the Harlon Hill Award, received the National Offensive Player of the Year honor from D2Football.com and was recognized as First Team All-American by five outlets and First Team All-Region by two outlets.
“Jaleel is very deserving of this award, one of the hardest working players I have ever been around,” said Mickey Mental, Falcons football head coach. “His drive and passion to excel at a high standard is unmatched. Our program is very happy for him to be recognized as the top male athlete in this elite conference.”
Among active players in any of the NCAA divisions, McLaughlin is first in career rushing yards per game (169.2), career all-purpose yards per game (186.6) and career points per game (11.1).
Notre Dame’s starting running back led NCAA Division II in rushing yards, scoring, total touchdowns and all-purpose yards. McLaughlin also helped lead the Falcons to 12 total wins, a second consecutive MEC title and two wins in the NCAA Playoffs.
McLaughlin put together a historic season in 2019. He ran for 2,316 yards, recorded 146 kick return yards and totaled 64 receiving yards for a final number of 2,526 all-purpose yards. By the end of the season, he had totaled 33 touchdowns (30 rushing) and scored 198 total points, or 14.1 per game. McLaughlin rushed for over 200 yards in four separate games and scored at least three touchdowns in six games.
After playing 28 games over his first two seasons, the native of Marshville, N.C., already is at the top of the College’s career records in rushing touchdowns (48), rushing yards per game (169.2), all-purpose yards per game (186.6), total points scored (312) and touchdowns scored (52).
The MEC Male Athlete of the Year is selected by a vote of institutional administrators and the conference office.
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