ST. PAUL, Minn. – Five members of the Macalester College football team were honored by the MIAC as the conference announced its year-end awards for football today. Junior quarterback Michael Nadeau (Garden Grove, Calif./La Quinta) and senior receiver Rex Desso (Evergreen, Colo./Lakewood) were included on the All-MIAC first team, while senior offensive lineman Brant Newman (Indiana, Pa./Indiana Area), junior linebacker Noah Bresson (Homosassa, Fla./Crystal River) and sophomore defensive back Cameron Latvis (West St. Paul, Minn./Two Rivers) received All-MIAC honorable mention.
This is the second All-MIAC honor for Nadeau, who led the MIAC in passing yards (3,310), completions (287), attempts (465) and passing touchdowns (34) this season. All four of those totals are school records, and he currently ranks third in Division III in passing yards and sixth in touchdowns. A two-time MIAC Offensive Player of the Week, Nadeau passed for more than 400 yards three times and had at least four passing touchdowns in four games this season. At the end of this his third full season, Nadeau is Macalester’s all-time leader in career passing yards (6,804) and career passing touchdowns (56) with one season left to play.
Desso also repeats as an All-MIAC selection after recording 83 receptions for 925 yards and two touchdowns this season. He registered a season-high 14 catches for 115 yards in a win over St. Olaf on Nov. 12, and had 212 receiving yards on nine catches in a victory over Martin Luther on Sept. 10. Desso, who led Division III with 100 receptions in 2021, finished his career at Macalester with a school-record 208 catches for 2,594 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Newman makes his first appearance on the All-MIAC honorable mention team this season. The Scots’ starting left tackle since arriving at Macalester in 2018, Newman overcame injuries that sidelined him for most of 2021 to start all 10 games in 2022. With the Scots throwing the ball nearly two-thirds of the time this year, he played a key role in allowing Nadeau and the offense to break multiple school records. Also an excellent student, Newman has earned academic all-conference honors three times.
Bresson repeats as an All-MIAC honorable mention choice after leading Macalester with 38 solo tackles and 57 total tackles as a junior. He also had team highs of 3.0 sacks and three quarterback hurries while recording a pass breakup and a fumble recovery. His best games this season came against St. Olaf, with nine tackles in a loss on Sept. 24, and seven tackles in the win on Nov. 12. Bresson totaled 60 tackles as a sophomore in 2021.
Latvis had a solid season at safety for the Scots, finishing behind Bresson with 49 total tackles while leading the team in interceptions with three. He had eight tackles apiece in games against Minnesota Morris, Augsburg and Bethel, while intercepting passes in three straight games against Augsburg, Bethel and Hamline.
Macalester posted a 5-5 record this season, its first under head coach Phil Nicolaides, and won three games against MIAC opponents in a season for the first time since 1988.
Click here for the MIAC’s All-Conference release.