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2011 CFN Midseason MAC Rundown
Western Michigan WR Jordan White
Western Michigan WR Jordan White
CollegeFootballNews.com
Posted Oct 21, 2011


The All-MAC team, top players, games, and more at the midseason

2011 MAC Midseason Roundup

2011 Midseason Roundups All-America Team | ACC | Big Ten | Big East | Big 12
CUSA | Ind | MAC | M-West | Pac-12 | SEC | Sun Belt | WAC

East    Akron | Bowling Green | Buffalo | Kent State | Miami Univ. | Ohio | Temple
West  Ball State | Central Mich | Eastern Mich | Northern Illinois | Toledo | West Mich

Offensive Player of the Midseason  
WR Jordan White, Sr. Western Michigan

Defensive Player of the Midseason
LB Brian Wagner, Jr. Akron

Ten Best Players At The Midseason
1. WR Jordan White, Sr. Western Michigan
2. RB Bernard Pierce, Jr. Temple
3. QB Chandler Harnish, Sr. Northern Illinois
4. WR Eric Page, Jr. Toledo
5. QB Alex Carder, Jr. Western Michigan
6. LB Brian Wagner, Jr. Akron
7. RB Branden Oliver, Soph. Buffalo
8. LB Travis Freeman, Jr. Ball State
9. LB Khalil Mack, Soph. Buffalo
10. S Jahleel Addae, Jr. Central Michigan

2011 CFN Midseason Offense
QB - Chandler Harnish, Sr. Northern Illinois
RB - Branden Oliver, Soph. Buffalo
RB - Bernard Pierce, Jr. Temple
WR - Eric Page, Jr. Toledo
WR - Jordan White, Sr. Western Michigan
TE – Evan Rodriguez, Sr. Temple
OL - Trevor Olson, Sr. Northern Illinois
OL – Anthony Parker, Sr. Western Michigan
OL - A.J. Strum, Sr. Ohio
OL - Mike VanDerMeulen, Sr. Toledo
OL - Scott Wedige, Sr. Northern Illinois
PK – Matt Weller, Jr. Ohio
KR – Dervon Wallace, Sr. Western Michigan

2011 CFN Midseason Defense
DL – Freddie Bishop, Jr. Western Michigan
DL – T.J. Fatinikun, Jr. Toledo
DL - Chris Jones, Jr. Bowling Green
DL - Adrian Robinson, Sr. Temple
LB - Travis Freeman, Jr. Ball State
LB - Khalil Mack, Soph. Buffalo
LB - Brian Wagner, Jr. Akron
DB - Jahleel Addae, Jr. Central Michigan
DB – Najja Johnson, Soph. Buffalo
DB – Johnnie Simon, Soph. Western Michigan
DB – Jimmie Ward, Soph. Northern Illinois
P – Brian Schmiedebusch, Soph. Bowling Green
PR – Eric Page, Jr. Toledo

Three Biggest Surprises
1. Ball State. The Cardinals weren’t expected to make much of a splash after a rough 2010, but they came up with a shocking win in the opener over Indiana and did a good job on the way to a 4-3 start and a 2-0 MAC beginning.
2. Eastern Michigan at 4-3. The wins over Howard and Alabama State were expected, and beating Akron wasn’t a stunner, but the win over Central Michigan on the road was big. The program hasn’t won more than four games since 1995, and now it needs just one more victory for the best season in well over a decade.
3. Temple 38, Maryland 7. The Owls were supposed to be down and depressed after a tough loss to Penn State, but instead, Chester Stewart completed 9-of-9 passes for 140 yards and Bernard Pierce ran for 149 yards and five touchdowns in the shocker.

Three Biggest Disappointments
1. Kent State. New head coach Darrell Hazell was supposed to make the offense better, but instead, the Golden Flash offense has been miserable, ranking last in the nation in scoring and yards, while the defense has taken a step back with the pass rush not working anywhere near as well as it did last year.
2. Miami University. With the exception of the coaching staff, most of the key parts were back from the MAC champion team of last year, but the offense has been lousy and the defense has struggled. The punting game is the worst in the country.
3. Western Michigan’s pass protection against Michigan. Before the game was called because of weather, the Broncos were outplaying the Wolverines in several ways, but the O line couldn’t stop the Michigan blitzes and the close game turned into a 34-10 blowout.

The MAC Champion Will Be ... Temple over Toledo

Three Best Games of the First Half
1. 9/24 at Syracuse 33 … Toledo 30 OT
2. 9/10 at Kansas 45 ... NIU 42
3. 10/8 at Buffalo 38 … Ohio 37

Worst Game of the First Half
Sept. 3 - at Buffalo 38 … Ohio 37

Coach of the Midseason
Steve Addazio, Temple

Three Best Performances So Far
1. Northern Illinois QB Chandler Harnish completed 14-of-27 passes for 203 yards and a pick, and ran 14 times for 229 yards in the win over Western Michigan
2. Western Michigan QB Alex Carder completed 37-of-51 passes for 479 yards and five scores in the win over Connecticut.
3. Temple RB Bernard Pierce ran 32 times for 149 yards and five scores in the win over Maryland.

Top Freshman
RB Anthon Samuel, Bowling Green

Three Big Calls For The Second Half
1. It’ll be the best battle for the MAC Player of the Year in conference history between NIU quarterback Chandler Harnish, Temple running back Bernard Pierce, and Western Michigan WR Jordan White. Harnish will get the nod.
2. Pierce will break the 30 touchdown mark.
3. Including a bowl game, White will finish the year with over 130 catches,

Best Remaining Conference Game
Nov. 1 – Northern Illinois at Toledo

Week 7 Game Recaps & Analysis
Toledo at Bowling Green
Buffalo at Temple
Eastern Michigan at Central Michigan
Ball State at Ohio
Miami Univ. at Kent State
Western Michigan at Northern Illinois

Week 6 Game Recaps & Analysis
Army at Miami University
Central Michigan at NC State
Temple at Ball State
Bowling Green at Western Michigan
Eastern Michigan at Toledo
Ohio at Buffalo
Kent State at Northern Illinois
FIU at Akron

Week 5 Game Recaps & Analysis

Ball State at Oklahoma
Toledo at Temple
Kent State at Ohio
Northern Illinois at Central Michigan
Buffalo at Tennessee
Akron at Eastern Michigan
Bowling Green at West Virginia
Western Michigan at Connecticut
Cincinnati at Miami University

Week 4 Game Recaps & Analysis
- Toledo at Syracuse
- Eastern Michigan at Penn State
- Ohio at Rutgers
- Temple at Maryland
- Bowling Green at Miami Univ.
- VMI at Akron
- Army at Ball State
- Western Michigan at Illinois
- South Alabama at Kent State
- Central Michigan at Michigan State
- Cal Poly at Northern Illinois
- Connecticut at Buffalo

Week 3 Game Recaps & Analysis & Previews 
- Boise State at Toledo
- Eastern Michigan at Michigan
- Miami Univ. at Minnesota
- Kent State at Kansas State
- Marshall at Ohio
- Akron at Cincinnati
- Penn State at Temple
- Wisconsin vs. Northern Illinois
- Central Mich at Western Mich
- Buffalo at Ball State
- Wyoming at Bowling Green

Week 2 Game Recaps & Analysis
- Alabama State at Eastern Michigan
- Morgan State at Bowling Green
- Gardner-Webb at Ohio
- Central Michigan at Kentucky -12.5
- Nicholls State at Western Michigan
- Toledo at Ohio State -19.5
- Northern Illinois -6.5 at Kansas
- Temple -14.5 at Akron
- Louisiana at Kent State -9.5
- Stony Brook at Buffalo
- Ball State at South Florida -20

 2011 CFN Week 1 Game Recaps & Analysis
- Villanova at Temple | Bowling Green at Idaho | New Hampshire at Toledo 
- South Carolina State at Central Michigan | Miami University at Missouri  
- Akron at Ohio State | Kent State at Alabama | Western Michigan at Michigan
- Buffalo at Pitt | Ball State at Indiana | Ohio at NMSU 
- Howard at Eastern Michigan | Army at Northern Illinois