Nov. 27, 2006
CLEVELAND -- Three members of Miami University's 2006 football team have been honored as all-Mid-American Conference selections, the league office announced today. Senior safety Joey Card (Canton, OH/Glenoak) and senior wide receiver Ryne Robinson (Toledo, OH/Central Catholic) were tabbed by the league coaches as frst-team selections, while sophomore middle linebacker Joey Hudson (Piqua, OH/Piqua) was named to the second team.
Card, a team captain and one of only two returning starters on Miami's defense, totaled 90 tackles on the season to rank third among MAC defensive backs. His 56 solo stops led Miami, while his 7.5 tackles per game ranked among the top 15 overall in the MAC. Known for his trademark big hits, Card totaled 10 or more tackles in a game four times in 2006, including career highs of 14 tackles and 11 solo stops in a narrow loss at Western Michigan on Nov. 4. The second-year starter, who was a second-team all-MAC pick last season, picked off two passes during his senior year, along with a team-high 11 pass break-ups, and finished his career with 219 tackles and six interceptions.
Robinson capped off a prolific career by leading the MAC in both receptions (91) and receiving yards (1,178). A 2005 second-team all-MAC pick and 2004 MAC Special Teams Player of the Year, Robinson finished his career as Miami's all-time leader in receptions (258) and receiving yards (3,697)--leading all active Division I-A players nationally. Robinson, who also amassed a team-high eight touchdown catches on the year, totaled four 100-yard receiving days in 2006, including a career-best 10 catch, 180-yard outing at Western Michigan.
The first Miami player to record back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving seasons, he finished his career ranked among the MAC's top three in both career receptions and receiving yards and owns the league records for career punt return yardage (1,677) and punt return touchdowns (7).
Hudson, a first-year starter for the Red and White, enjoyed a breakout campaign in 2006, leading the RedHawks in tackles (97), interceptions (5) and tackles for loss 10.0. Hudson's 8.1 tackles per game ranked 10th in the MAC, while his five interceptions ranked second nationally among linebackers. He was twice honored as the MAC East Division Defensive Player of the Week, earning the honor after intercepting two passes in a near-upset of Purdue (Sept. 9) and notching his second award after making a career-high 16 tackles in a win at Bowling Green (Sept. 15). He totaled a whopping 41 tackles (13.6 tpg) over his final three games.
Miami posted a 2-10 overall record during a trying season that was defined by key injuries and inexperience. The RedHawks lost six MAC games by a combined total of 32 points (5.3 ppg), including four by three points or less. The Red and White returns nine offensive and eight defensive starters next season.