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The program hasn't enjoyed a winning season since 1995 and only has
one winning campaign since 1989. Making things tougher have been the
emergence of Central Michigan as a viable threat in the MAC and the
reemergence of Western Michigan as a league power. For EMU to take
the first step towards respectability, just winning the Michigan MAC
isn't enough; it has to actually be better than its rival programs.
Head coach Jeff Genyk has made things better in his first two
seasons, even if the overall record hasn't been that great. The
defense, once the worst in America, is now merely mediocre. Don't
laugh, EMU used to be really, really bad. The offense is still a
work in progress, but the system is starting to take shape.
Head coach: Jeff Genyk
3rd season: 8-14
Returning Lettermen: 31
Lettermen Lost: 16
Best Eagles Players
1. WR Eric Deslauriers, Sr.
2. LB Daniel Holtzclaw, Soph.
3. DE Kevin Howe, Sr.
4. PK Andrew Wallock, Sr.
5. LB Michael Richardson, Sr.
6. LB Darran Matthews, Jr.
7. TE Ken Bohnet, Jr.
8. WR Travis Lewis, Soph.
9. OG Khalid Walton, Jr.
10. QB Tyler Jones, Soph.
at Ball State
at Michigan State
at UL Lafayette
at Bowling Green
at Western Michigan
at Kent State
2005 Results: 4-7
2005 predicted wins
at Cincinnati L 28-26
at CMU W 23-20 OT
Kent State W 27-20
at Toledo L 30-3
at Northern Illinois L 24-8
Miami Univ. L 24-23
at Buffalo W 38-14
After two straight
4-7 seasons, Genyk's first goal has to be to figure out how to win close
games. Over the last two seasons, EMU lost five games by a total of 11
points including a loss to Cincinnati last year by two points and losses
to Miami University and Ball State by one. In other words, EMU was a
little bit of luck away from being 7-4 and the hot MAC program. Yeah,
wins are wins and coffee is for closers only, but for a team that got
annihilated in so many games over the years, last season was a major
The 2006 Eagles have a mix of major strengths and screaming concerns.
Four starters return to an offensive line that welcomes JUCO transfer
star Tom Schmeding, but the backfield is starting from near-scratch
breaking in new quarterback Tyler Jones and a slew of small, quick
backs. The linebacking corps has the potential to be sensational and
Kevin Howe is one of the best defensive ends in the conference, but the
secondary is going to be abysmal right off the bat.
Yes, Genyk has things pointed in the right direction and should make
more noise in the West. Even with all the issues, a winning season, or
at least a six win season, is very possible as long as the Eagles win
every close game.
starts out tough and ends up interesting. The five road games in the
first six aren't as painful as they might seem with trips to Ball State
and UL Lafayette along with the yearly obligatory losses to BCS
conference teams playing Michigan State and Northwestern this season.
Four of the final six games are at home, but there are tough battles
with Toledo, Navy and Northern Illinois.
Senior WR Eric
Deslauriers. Consistency will be the key for one of the MAC's most
talented receivers. He was shut down a little too often last season, but
he also have three games with double-digit catches and has six in his
career. When he's on, there are few receivers more unstoppable.
Sophomore LB Daniel Holtzclaw. Look for him to be in the hunt for MAC
Defensive Player of the Year honors before his career is through. He's
one of the team's strongest players and covers like a safety finishing
ninth in the nation with five interceptions.
to a successful season: Sophomore QB Tyler Jones. He's not big and
doesn't have a huge arm, but he's accurate and extremely mobile. He has
the inside track at the starting job even though he'll have to battle
with several other good quarterback options to take over for Matt Bohnet.
will be a success if ... Eastern Michigan wins six games. This isn't a good enough team
to even think about winning the MAC title, but the team hasn't won more
than four games in a season since 1995 and getting five or six victories
would be a nice stepping stone.
August 31st at Ball State. It's not just the opener, it's the MAC
West opener against a team EMU must beat to have any realistic hopes of
a winning season. A loss to the Cardinals likely means, at best, a 2-5
start and no shot to do much in the West race. A win makes things
The Last Time Eastern Michigan…
- Fumbles: Opponents 17 (lost 9) - Eastern Michigan 11 (lost 4)
- Attendance for EMU's game vs. Michigan: 109,511 - Attendance for all
five EMU homes games combined: 32,065
- Eastern Michigan tied Central Michigan with the fewest turnovers in
the nation, 10.
…played in a bowl game…1987 (California Bowl vs. San Jose State)
…missed a bowl game…2005
…pitched a shutout…1997 (Akron)
…was shutout…2005 (Michigan)
…scored 50 points…2004 (Central Michigan)
…won a conference title…1987 (MAC)
…had a 3,000-yard passer…1997 (Charlie Batch)
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…2003 (Anthony Sherrell)
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…2004 (Eric Deslauriers)
…had a first-round draft choice…1997 (T L.J. Shelton)