University at Buffalo safety Davonte Shannon joined elite company on Wednesday as he became just the fourth player in the history of the Mid-American Conference to be a four-time selection to the All-MAC First Team. Joining Shannon on the first team were fellow safety Domonic Cook and punt returner Terrell Jackson.
Shannon had another solid campaign for the Bulls. He led the team in tackles with 120 and added four interceptions, two pass breakouts and a fumble recovery. He finished his record-breaking career with a school record 461 total tackles as well as first all-time in solo tackles with 258.
He joins DB Barry Church, Toledo (2006-09), P Dave Zastudil, Ohio University (1998-2001) and QB Brian McClure, Bowling Green (1982-85) as the only four-time first-team All-MAC selections in the 65-year history of the conference.
Cook, also a senior, moved to safety this season after playing his first three years at cornerback and flourished. The Buffalo native is tied for sixth in the nation with six interceptions to go along with 58 tackles and six pass breakups. He added three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries to account for nine turnovers captured on the season. It marks the first time Cook has been named to the All-MAC team. Cook finished his career third in school history with 36 passes defended.
Jackson is also a first time All-MAC selection as he was named to the first team as a punt return specialist. The junior wideout averaged 16.7 yards per return. His return average was second in school history for a single season behind Drew Haddad who averaged 17.8 yards per return in 1998.
It is the third straight year the Bulls have had three All-MAC First Team selections. Shannon, Naaman
Roosevelt and James Starks were named to the first team in 2008 and Shannon, Roosevelt and Jesse Rack earned first team honors in 2009.