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Preview 2008 - The MAC Starting Lineups

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Posted Jun 2, 2008


The projected starting lineups, and key positions to spotlight going into the fall, for all MAC teams.

Preview 2008

Projected MAC

Starting Lineups


Who has the edge on a starting job going into the summer? What's the key position to watch out for and what needs to be addressed before the season starts? Here are the prjected starting lineups for every team.

Projected Starting Lineups
ACC | Big East | Big 12 | Big Ten
C-USA | MAC | M-West | SEC
Coming Wednesday: Pac 10, Sun Belt, WAC, Independents

EAST

Akron

QB 11 Chris Jacquemain, 6-2, 215, Jr.
RB 3 Dennis Kennedy, 5-11, 205, Sr.
FB 32 Joe Tuzze, 5-11, 215, Jr.
WR 21 Andre Jones, 5-11, 185, Sr.
WR 12 Jeremy Bruce, 5-10, 200, Jr.
TE 83 Merce Poindexter, 6-4, 250, Sr.
OT 74 Chris Kemme, 6-6, 305, Sr.
OG 71 Mike Ward, 6-3, 305, So.
C 51 Elliott Bates, 6-4, 295, Jr.
OG 78 Zack Anderson, 6-4, 305, Jr.
OT 75 Corey Woods, 6-5, 300, So.
PK 45 Igor Iveljic, 5-11, 190, So.

DE 56 Almondo Sewell, 6-3, 260, So.
NT 92 Ryan Bain, 6-2, 305, Jr.
DT 93 Eric Lively, 6-2, 275, Sr.
LB 23 Sean Fobbs, 6-1, 215, So.
LB 30 Kevin Grant, 6-2, 245, Sr.
LB 53 Doug Williams, 6-2, 235, Sr.
CB 1 Brandon Anderson, 5-11, 175, Sr.
Rover 27 Wayne Cobham, 6-2, 195, Jr.
SS 24 Bryan Williams, 6-0, 200, Sr.

Position Spotlight: Williams was the team's leading rusher last season and its second best offensive player behind WR Jabari Arthur, but with a good group of running backs returning and problems in the secondary, the coaching staff had to make a move. The ultra-athletic Williams appears to be a natural strong safety; he isn't afraid to hit.

FS 2 Jalil Carter, 6-1, 190, So.
CB 11 Miguel Graham, 5-9, 160, Jr.
P 38 John Stec, 5-9, 190, Jr.

Bowling Green

QB 13 Tyler Sheehan, 6-3, 225, Jr.
RB 17 Anthony Turner, 6-2, 229, Sr.
FB 89 Jimmy Scheidler, 6-4, 240, Jr.
WR 1 Corey Partridge, 5-11, 187, Sr.
WR 12 Chris Wright, 5-10, 190, Jr.
WR 7 Freddie Barnes, 6-2, 212, Jr.
LT 74 Jeff Fink, 6-5, 290, Sr.
LG 75 Shane Steffy, 6-3, 302, Jr.
C 61 Ben Bojicic, 6-4, 273, RFr.
RG 55 Brandon Curtis, 6-2, 285, 5-Sr
RT 56 Tyler Donahue, 6-6, 281, So.
PK 41 Sinisa Vrvilo, 6-1, 234, Sr.

DE 99 Diyral Briggs, 6-4, 230, Sr.

Position Spotlight: The Falcon offense gets all of the headlines, but Briggs showed this off-season that the defense might be the focus come fall. Briggs was a star last year, earning All-MAC honors, but he appears to have stepped his game up a few notches as he was unblockable all through spring ball.

NG 63 Orlando Barrow, 6-2, 287, So.
DT 58 Jacob Hardwick, 6-3, 260, Jr.
DE 51 Angelo Magnone, 6-3, 235, So.
LB 30 Erique Dozier, 6-0, 221, Sr.
LB 44 John Haneline, 6-2, 231, Sr.
LB 4 Jerett Sanderson, 6-0, 189, Jr.
CB 2 Antonio Smith, 5-10, 180, Sr.
RS 25 P.J. Mahone, 5-11, 201, Jr.
LS 24 Jahmal Brown, 5-10, 192, Jr.
CB 21 Kenny Lewis, 5-11, 185, Sr.
P 26 Nick Iovinelli, 6-0, 188, Jr.

Buffalo

QB 16 Drew Willy 6-3, 209, Sr.
RB 19 James Starks 6-2, 210, Jr.
FB 32 Chris Scharon 6-2, 242, Sr.
FL 18 Naaman Roosevelt 5-11, 184, Jr.
WR 21 Ernest Jackson 6-2, 215, Sr.
TE 82 Jesse Rack 6-3, 247, Jr.
LT 70 Ray Norell 6-6, 296, Sr.
LG 73 Peter Bittner 6-4, 293, So.
C 79 Chris Lauzze 6-2, 300, Sr.
RG 75 Jeff Niedermier 6-3, 310, Sr.
RT 78 Jordan Jerrold 6-8, 306, Jr.
PK 39 A.J. Principe 5-9, 165, So.


DE 48 Chris Callahan 6-3, 247, Sr.
DT 95 Ronald Hilaire 6-0, 288, Sr.
DT 74 Anel Montanez 5-11, 290, So.
DE 60 Mike Thompson 6-1, 278, Sr.
LB 26 John Syty 6-2, 190, RFr.
LB 41 Obi Ezemma 6-0, 215, Fr.

Position Spotlight: Don't get too comfortable with the linebacker depth chart. This is the team's biggest trouble area, and it's going to take all summer before a starting three is found with several incoming recruits, banged up veteran Larry Grant, and decent prospects like Raphael Akobundu getting their chance at jobs. The speedy, but small Ezemma isn't an ideal middle man, but he's promising.

LB 34 Justin Winters 5-11, 190, So.
CB 15 Josh Thomas 5-10, 175, So.
SS 7 Davonte Shannon 6-1, 180, So.
FS 30 Mike Newton 5-10, 195, Jr.
CB 25 Domonic Cook 5-9, 175, So.
P 11 Peter Fardon 6-2, 180, Fr.


Kent State

QB 1 Julian Edelman, 6-0, 198, Sr.
RB 6 Eugene Jarvis, 5-5, 170, Jr.
FL 9 Phil Garner, 5-11, 182, Jr.
HB 13 Leneric Muldrow, 5-8, 172, So.
SE 4 Shawn Bayes, 5-10, 181, Sr.
TE 26 Jameson Konz, 6-3, 222, Sr.
LT 56 Augustus Parrish, 6-5, 305, Sr.
LG 69 Michael Fay, 6-4, 265, RFr.
C 70 Josh Perry, 6-2, 295, Sr.
RG 76 Mike Roder, 6-4, 310, Jr.
RT 78 Pat Reedy, 6-4, 280, So.
PK 98 Nate Reed, 5-8, 178, Jr.

DE 90 Darrius Carter, 6-5, 245, Sr.
NT 74 Sam Frist, 6-4, 269, Jr.
DT 67 Aaron Hull, 6-0, 280, Jr.
Buck 49 Monte Simmons, 6-3, 220, So.
LB 54 Cedrick Maxwell, 5-10, 220, Sr.
LB 5 Stevon Moss, 5-11, 230, Sr.
LB 19 Derek Burrell, 6-2, 240, Sr.
HB 37 Kirk Belgrave, 6-1, 197, Jr.
SS 1 Will Johnson, 6-0, 200, So.
FS 31 Brian Lainhart, 6-1, 197, So.
CB 7 Rico Murray, 6-0, 196, Sr.

Position Spotlight: The secondary will be the defense's biggest concern after losing star all-around playmaker Jack Williams and decent safety Fritz Jacques, and that means Murray, the only sure thing in the lot, must be steady from the start. Teams are going to stay away from him as much as possible, but he still has to come up with some big plays.

P 47 Jake Kilroy, 5-11, 210, Jr.

Miami University

QB 12 Daniel Raudabaugh, 6-4, 216, Jr.
Position Spotlight: Considering Miami is one of the favorites to win the MAC title, its quarterback situation is still shaky. With a loaded team, the coaching staff wants a quarterback who doesn't screw up and can keep things moving. Raudabaugh is the leader, but redshirt freshman Clay Belton came on this spring and showed just enough to keep the job in question going into the summer.

RB 34 Thomas Merriweather, 5-10, 200, So.
WR 2 Eugene Harris, 5-10, 185, So.
WR 1 Dustin Woods, 5-11, 187, Jr.
WR 17 Chris Givens, 6-2, 198, So.
TE 80 Tom Crabtree, 6-5, 247, Sr.
OT 55 Steve Sutter, 6-6, 278, Sr.
OG 68 Dave DiFranco, 6-3, 303, Sr.
C 52 Josh Satterthwait, 6-4, 300, Sr.
OG 75 Bob Gulley, 6-4, 292, So.
OT 76 Zachary Marshall, 6-7, 312, Jr.
PK 35 Nathan Parseghian, 6-2, 197, Sr.

DE 99 Travis Craven, 6-4, 261, Jr.
DT 90 Sean Redwine, 6-4, 274, So.
NT 93 Martin Channels, 6-0, 320, Jr.
DE 51 Joe Coniglio, 6-2, 253, Sr.
LB 44 Caleb Bostic, 6-3, 225, Jr.
LB 48 Joey Hudson, 6-2, 240, Sr.
LB 9 Clayton Mullins, 6-2, 235, Sr.
CB 26 Wendell Brunson, 5-11, 183, Jr.
SS 6 Robbie Wilson, 6-0, 214, Sr.
FS 22 Jordan Gafford, 6-0, 206, Jr.
CB 3 Jeff Thompson, 5-10, 185, Jr.
P 4 Jake Richardson, 6-1, 201, Sr.

Ohio

QB 3 Theo Scott, 6-1, 197, Jr.

Position Spotlight: It was supposedly a forgone conclusion that Scott would lead the offense for the next few seasons, but star JUCO transfer Boo Jackson got off the bus and almost won the job. He was terrific throughout the off-season and was a machine in spring ball, but this is still Scott's job to lose. Jackson just made it a battle.

RB 2 Chris Garrett, 5-8, 174, Jr.
FB 39 Mitch Morsillo, 6-1, 243, Jr.
WR 23 Taylor Price, 6-1, 184, Jr.
WR 7 LaVon Brazill, 5-10, 172, So.
TE 81 Andrew Mooney, 6-3, 233, Sr.
OT 74 Josh Leuck, 6-3, 289, Sr.
OG 76 Mike Eynon, 6-3, 305, Sr.
C 58 David White, 6-1, 289, Jr.
OG 61 Michael Philbin, 6-4, 302, Jr.
OT 57 Chris Rodgers, 6-5, 289, Jr.
PK 37 Barrett Way, 59, 178, So.

DE 92 Conor Reilly, 6-3, 247, Jr.
DT 5 Ernie Hodge, 6-2, 287, So.
NG 96 Jacob Williamson, 6-4, 283, Sr.
DE 90 Jameson Hartke, 6-4, 262, Sr.
LB 48 Jordan Meyers, 6-0, 220, Sr.
LB 47 Noah Keller, 6-1, 225, So.
LB 35 Michael Brown, 6-3, 230, Sr.
CB 24 Mark Parson, 5-10, 188, Sr.
SS 34 Michael Mitchell, 6-1, 217, Sr.
FS 42 Steven Jackson, 6-2, 196, Jr.
CB 9 Julian Posey, 5-11, 183, So.
P 43 Matt Schulte, 6-0, 179, So.


Temple

QB 13 Adam DiMichele, 6-1, 202, Sr.
RB 3 Marquise Liverpool, 5-11, 192, So.
WR 34 Jason Harper, 5-9, 195, Jr.
WR 22 Travis Shelton, 5-11, 186, Sr.
WR 82 Bruce Francis, 6-0, 188, Sr.
TE 86 Steve Maneri, 6-6, 268, Jr.
LT 63 Derek Dennis, 6-4, 306, So.
LG 97 Chris Tremel, 6-4, 303, So.
C 59 Alex Derenthal, 6-4, 298, Sr.

RG 66 Andre Douglas, 6-5, 308, Sr.
RT 71 Jabari Ferguson, 6-5, 305, Sr.
PK 47 Jake Brownell, 5-10, 185, Jr.

DE 93 Leyon Azubuike, 6-3, 265, Sr.
DT 92 Terrance Knighton, 6-4, 291, Sr.
NT 98 Andre Neblett, 6-2, 285, Jr.
DE 52 Brian Sanford, 6-2, 268, Jr.
LB 56 Amara Kamara, 6-2, 230, So.
LB 38 Alex Joseph, 6-2, 238, Jr.

Position Spotlight: The veteran defense has several options to work around, but after this spring, the star of the show might be Joseph in the middle. He hit everything that moved showing good range and a more pop than expected. He was always a good tackler, but now he appears ready to become a great leader for the corps.

LB 58 Elijah “Peanut” Joseph, 6-2, 235, So.
CB 2 Daryl Robinson, 5-9, 178, So.
SS 21 Dominique Harris, 6-3, 218, Jr.
FS 16 Jaiquawn Jarrett, 6-2, 195, So.
CB 27 Jamal Schulters, 5-10, 186, So.
P 49 Jeff Wathne, 6-2, 195, So.


WEST

Ball State

QB 13 Nate Davis, 6-2, 217, Jr.
RB 33 MiQuale Lewis, 5-6, 184, Jr.
WR 86 Dante Love, 5-10, 179, Sr.
WR 4 Daniel Ifft, 6-3, 181, So.

Position Spotlight: It's not like the offense was in need of receiving weapons with the return of Darius Hill and Dante Love, but Ifft showed he could be more than just an occasional option. With everyone paying attention to the established veterans, Ifft should have a great season after showing he could be consistent, and after finding a nose for the end zone, to knock Louis Johnson out of a spot.

TE 88 Darius Hill, 6-6, 236, Sr.
TE 82 Madaris Grant, 6-5, 222, Jr.
OT 79 Andre Ramsey, 6-5, 304, Sr.
OG 74 Michael Switzer, 6-5, 277, So.
C 52 Dan Gerberry, 6-3, 292, Sr.
OG 66 Kreg Hunter, 6-3, 284, RFr.
OT 71 Robert Brewster, 6-5, 310, Sr.
PK 29 Jake Hogue, 5-9, 195, So.

DE 90 Brandon Crawford, 6-3, 260, Jr.
NT 95 Rene Perry, 5-11, 271, So.
DT 65 Drew Duffin, 6-3, 255, Jr.
DE 85 Justin Woodard, 6-3, 222, So.
LB 99 Kenny Meeks, 6-2, 230, Sr.
LB 42 Davyd Jones, 6-1, 200, So.
LB 49 Bryant Haines, 6-5, 223, Sr.
CB 12 Trey Lewis, 6-0, 190, Sr.
SS 38 Alex Knipp, 6-0, 194, Jr.
FS 6 Derrick Henry, 6-1, 1890, So.
CB 3 B.J. Hill, 5-7, 180, Sr.
P 35 Chris Miller, 6-2, 211, Sr.

Central Michigan

QB 13 Dan LeFevour, 6-3, 226, Jr.
RB 29 Carl Volny, 5-11, 189, So.
WR 89 Joe Bockheim, 6-2, 197, Sr.
WR 27 Antonio Brown, 5-11, 175, So.
WR 7 Bryan Anderson, 6-5, 205, Jr.
TE 86 Rocky Weaver, 6-6, 220, RFr.
OT 74 Andrew Hartline, 6-5, 297, Sr.
OG 66 Jeff Maddux, 6-4, 318, So.
C 63 Colin Miller, 6-3, 280, So.
OG 64 Allen Ollenburger, 6-4, 245, Jr.
OT 77 Greg Wojt, 6-4, 285, Sr.
PK 36 Andrew Aguila, 6-0, 175, Jr.

DE 34 Antrione Archer, 6-3, 232, Sr.
DT 54 Sean Murnane, 6-1, 237, So.
NG 51 Casey Droscha, 6-1, 258, Sr.
DE 98 Frank Zombo, 6-4, 259, Jr,
LB 30 Mike Petrucci, 6-2, 208, RFr.

Position Spotlight: The defense needed to make wholesale changes, which normally would be a big deal except the Chippewa D stunk last year. Petrucci might not be Ike Brown or Red Keith, but he's a good-looking playmaker with good range and veteran instincts for a young player.

LB 43 Nick Bellore, 6-1, 234, So.
LB 17 Tim Brazzel, 6-0, 185, Jr.
CB 19 Josh Gordy, 5-11, 190, Jr.
SS 4 Chaz West, 5-11, 181, Jr.
FS 9 Bobby Seay, 5-11, 185, So.
CB 14 Tommy Mama, 5-10, 187, Jr.
P 96 Brett Hartmann, 6-3, 215, So.


Eastern Michigan

QB 7 Andy Schmitt, 6-4, 238, Jr.
RB 3 Terrence Blevins, 6-1, 226, Sr.
WR 15 Jacory Stone, 6-1, 190, Jr.
WR 86 Tyrone Burke, 5-10, 194, So.
WR 8 Tyler Jones, 6-2, 218, Sr.
TE 89 Josh LeDuc, 6-3, 230, So.
OT 50 T.J. Lang, 6-4, 307, Sr.
OG 60 Andy Fretz, 6-2, 285, Jr.
C 78 Eric Davis, 6-2, 279, So.
OG 55 Stephen Johnson, 6-4, 280, Jr.
OT 76 Bridger Buche, 6-3, 284, So.
PK 38 Sean Dutcher, 5-10, 197, So.

DE 5 Spenser Smith, 6-1, 240, Sr.

Position Spotlight: Any hope of improvement on defense revolves around the health of Smith's hamstring. The line suffered a major blow losing Jason Jones from the front, and it needs someone to build around. Josh Hunt is a good one on the inside, but an outside pass rusher is needed. Smith, eventually, could be it.

DT 96 Brandon Slater, 6-3, 273, RFr.
DT 91 Josh Hunt, 6-5, 290, Sr.
DE 45 Brandon Downs, 6-0, 257, Jr.
LB 57 Tim Fort, 6-0, 214, So.
LB 44 Daniel Holtzclaw, 6-1, 246, Sr.
LB 25 Jermaine Jenkins, 6-2, 207, Sr.
CB 27 Kevin Long, 6-1, 196, So.
SS 21 Jacob Wyatt, 5-11, 197, Sr.
FS 10 Ryan Downard, 6-1, 201, So.
CB 19 Arrington Hicks, 5-10, 166, So.
P 33 Zach Johnson, 6-0, 195, Jr.

Northern Illinois

QB 19 Dan Nicholson, 6-2, 192, Sr.

Position Spotlight: Nicholson has been around forever and should be the type of veteran a new coaching staff can count on as a sure-thing, but he was hurting with a shoulder injury and now the quarterback job is open. It's still Nicholson's job to lose, but now he'll have to battle with DeMarcus Grady, a dangerous rushing option, and Chandler Harnish, even though he struggled at times. Top freshman Brandon Rogers will also get his shot.

RB 21 Justin Anderson, 5-11, 222, Jr.
WR 7 Britt Davis, 6-2, 205, Sr.
WR 85 Matt Simon, 6-2, 200, Sr.
WR 17 Greg Turner, 6-0, 190, Sr.
TE 83 Reed Cunningham, 6-4, 250, Jr.
OT 62 Trevor Olson, 6-6, 278, RFr.
OG 59 Kevin Skatrud, 6-6, 330, So.
C 50 Eddie Adamski, 6-2, 282, Jr.
OG 65 Jason Onyebuagu, 6-2, 310, Jr.
OT 60 Jon Brost, 6-6, 303, Jr.
PK 11 Mike Salerno, 6-0, 165, Jr.

DE 51 Larry English, 6-3, 254, Sr.
DT 99 Craig Rusch, 6-4, 274, Sr.
DT 69 Alex Krutsch, 6-2, 258, Sr.
DE 56 Brandon Bice, 6-3, 254, Jr.
LB 37 Alex Kube, 5-1, 203, So.
LB 53 Tim McCarthy, 6-0, 232 Sr.
LB 42 John Tranchitella, 6-2, 221, Jr.
CB 2 Melvin Rice, 5-10, 192, Sr.
SS 38 Mike Sobol, 6-0, 200, So.
FS 39 Justin Stewart, 6-1, 194, So.
CB 36 Chase Carter, 5-11, 170, Sr.
P 18 Andy Dittbenner, 6-1, 194, Sr.

Toledo

QB 19 Aaron Opelt, 6-2, 222, Jr.
RB 22 DaJuan Collins, 5-10, 216, Jr.

WR 88 Stephen Williams, 6-5, 197, Jr.
WR 1 Nick Moore, 6-4, 188, Sr.
WR 80 Tim Cortazzo, 6-1, 185, RFr.
TE 83 John Allen, 6-5, 209, Sr.
LT 74 Mike VanDerMuelen, 6-7, 290, RFr.

Position Spotlight: MAC teams just don't instantly replace four-year starters, and top NFL prospects, like John Greco. Toledo just did. VanderMeulen proved this off-season that he'll be a fixture for the next four years, and while he still has to work on his consistency, he played far better than his age would suggest.

LG 68 Jared Dewalt, 6-4, 318, Jr.
C 50 Buster Garrett, 6-3, 272, Jr.
RG 69 Kevin Kowalski, 6-4, 270, So.
RT 62 Chris Meenan, 6-7, 339, So.
PK 85 Alex Steigerwald, 5-11, 179, Jr.

DE 56 Derrick Summers, 6-2, 233, Jr.
DT 89 Skylaar Constant, 6-4, 270, Jr.
NT 98 Maurice Hill, 6-2, 282, Jr.
DE 92 Sean Williamson, 6-2, 254, Sr.
LB 54 Keith Forestal, 6-3, 245, Sr.
LB 42 Archie Donald, 6-2, 215, So.
CB 47 Myshan Pettis, 5-11, 175, So.
SS 8 Barry Church, 6-3, 212, Jr.
Rover 34 Lester Richmond, 6-1, 195, Jr.
FS 28 Tyrrell Herbert, 6-2, 193, Sr.
CB 3 Desmond Marrow, 6-3, 186, So.
P 2 Bill Claus, 6-0, 195, RFr.

Western Michigan

QB 3 Tim Hiller, 6-5, 228, Jr.
RB 2 Brandon West, 5-10, 169, Jr.
WR 83 Jordan White, 6-0, 206, So.
WR 27 Jamarko Simmons, 6-2, 234, Sr.
WR 11 Schneider Julien, 5-10, 175, Sr.
TE 82 Branden Ledbetter, 6-5, 230, Sr.
OT 72 Anthony Parker, 6-5, 305, RFr.
OG 65 Phillip Swanson, 6-4, 307, So.
C 60 Nick Mitchell, 6-1, 290, So.
OG 61 Nick Clemens, 6-5, 307, So.
OT 67 Rob Johnson, 6-5, 338, Sr.
PK 66 Chris Kelly, 5-10, 210, Jr.

DE 54 Greg Marshall, 6-0, 245, Sr.
DT 68 Cody Cielenski, 6-2, 280, Jr.
NT 99 Nick Varcadipane, 6-2, 285, Sr.
DE 90 Zach Davidson, 6-2, 239, Sr.

Position Spotlight: The defense lost its pass rushing mojo last year after an unstoppable 2006. That might change going into this year as the coaching staff unleashed the hounds all spring long. No one was more of a terror in the backfield than Davidson, a good player so far who might grow into a great one in his final season.

LB 43 Boston McCornell, 6-1, 233, Sr.
 

EAST

Akron

QB 11 Chris Jacquemain, 6-2, 215, Jr.
RB 3 Dennis Kennedy, 5-11, 205, Sr.
FB 32 Joe Tuzze, 5-11, 215, Jr.
WR 21 Andre Jones, 5-11, 185, Sr.
WR 12 Jeremy Bruce, 5-10, 200, Jr.
TE 83 Merce Poindexter, 6-4, 250, Sr.
OT 74 Chris Kemme, 6-6, 305, Sr.
OG 71 Mike Ward, 6-3, 305, So.
C 51 Elliott Bates, 6-4, 295, Jr.
OG 78 Zack Anderson, 6-4, 305, Jr.
OT 75 Corey Woods, 6-5, 300, So.
PK 45 Igor Iveljic, 5-11, 190, So.

DE 56 Almondo Sewell, 6-3, 260, So.
NT 92 Ryan Bain, 6-2, 305, Jr.
DT 93 Eric Lively, 6-2, 275, Sr.
LB 23 Sean Fobbs, 6-1, 215, So.
LB 30 Kevin Grant, 6-2, 245, Sr.
LB 53 Doug Williams, 6-2, 235, Sr.
CB 1 Brandon Anderson, 5-11, 175, Sr.
Rover 27 Wayne Cobham, 6-2, 195, Jr.
SS 24 Bryan Williams, 6-0, 200, Sr.

Position Spotlight: Williams was the team's leading rusher last season and its second best offensive player behind WR Jabari Arthur, but with a good group of running backs returning and problems in the secondary, the coaching staff had to make a move. The ultra-athletic Williams appears to be a natural strong safety; he isn't afraid to hit.

FS 2 Jalil Carter, 6-1, 190, So.
CB 11 Miguel Graham, 5-9, 160, Jr.
P 38 John Stec, 5-9, 190, Jr.

Bowling Green

QB 13 Tyler Sheehan, 6-3, 225, Jr.
RB 17 Anthony Turner, 6-2, 229, Sr.
FB 89 Jimmy Scheidler, 6-4, 240, Jr.
WR 1 Corey Partridge, 5-11, 187, Sr.
WR 12 Chris Wright, 5-10, 190, Jr.
WR 7 Freddie Barnes, 6-2, 212, Jr.
LT 74 Jeff Fink, 6-5, 290, Sr.
LG 75 Shane Steffy, 6-3, 302, Jr.
C 61 Ben Bojicic, 6-4, 273, RFr.
RG 55 Brandon Curtis, 6-2, 285, 5-Sr
RT 56 Tyler Donahue, 6-6, 281, So.
PK 41 Sinisa Vrvilo, 6-1, 234, Sr.

DE 99 Diyral Briggs, 6-4, 230, Sr.

Position Spotlight: The Falcon offense gets all of the headlines, but Briggs showed this off-season that the defense might be the focus come fall. Briggs was a star last year, earning All-MAC honors, but he appears to have stepped his game up a few notches as he was unblockable all through spring ball.

NG 63 Orlando Barrow, 6-2, 287, So.
DT 58 Jacob Hardwick, 6-3, 260, Jr.
DE 51 Angelo Magnone, 6-3, 235, So.
LB 30 Erique Dozier, 6-0, 221, Sr.
LB 44 John Haneline, 6-2, 231, Sr.
LB 4 Jerett Sanderson, 6-0, 189, Jr.
CB 2 Antonio Smith, 5-10, 180, Sr.
RS 25 P.J. Mahone, 5-11, 201, Jr.
LS 24 Jahmal Brown, 5-10, 192, Jr.
CB 21 Kenny Lewis, 5-11, 185, Sr.
P 26 Nick Iovinelli, 6-0, 188, Jr.

Buffalo

QB 16 Drew Willy 6-3, 209, Sr.
RB 19 James Starks 6-2, 210, Jr.
FB 32 Chris Scharon 6-2, 242, Sr.
FL 18 Naaman Roosevelt 5-11, 184, Jr.
WR 21 Ernest Jackson 6-2, 215, Sr.
TE 82 Jesse Rack 6-3, 247, Jr.
LT 70 Ray Norell 6-6, 296, Sr.
LG 73 Peter Bittner 6-4, 293, So.
C 79 Chris Lauzze 6-2, 300, Sr.
RG 75 Jeff Niedermier 6-3, 310, Sr.
RT 78 Jordan Jerrold 6-8, 306, Jr.
PK 39 A.J. Principe 5-9, 165, So.


DE 48 Chris Callahan 6-3, 247, Sr.
DT 95 Ronald Hilaire 6-0, 288, Sr.
DT 74 Anel Montanez 5-11, 290, So.
DE 60 Mike Thompson 6-1, 278, Sr.
LB 26 John Syty 6-2, 190, RFr.
LB 41 Obi Ezemma 6-0, 215, Fr.

Position Spotlight: Don't get too comfortable with the linebacker depth chart. This is the team's biggest trouble area, and it's going to take all summer before a starting three is found with several incoming recruits, banged up veteran Larry Grant, and decent prospects like Raphael Akobundu getting their chance at jobs. The speedy, but small Ezemma isn't an ideal middle man, but he's promising.

LB 34 Justin Winters 5-11, 190, So.
CB 15 Josh Thomas 5-10, 175, So.
SS 7 Davonte Shannon 6-1, 180, So.
FS 30 Mike Newton 5-10, 195, Jr.
CB 25 Domonic Cook 5-9, 175, So.
P 11 Peter Fardon 6-2, 180, Fr.


Kent State

QB 1 Julian Edelman, 6-0, 198, Sr.
RB 6 Eugene Jarvis, 5-5, 170, Jr.
FL 9 Phil Garner, 5-11, 182, Jr.
HB 13 Leneric Muldrow, 5-8, 172, So.
SE 4 Shawn Bayes, 5-10, 181, Sr.
TE 26 Jameson Konz, 6-3, 222, Sr.
LT 56 Augustus Parrish, 6-5, 305, Sr.
LG 69 Michael Fay, 6-4, 265, RFr.
C 70 Josh Perry, 6-2, 295, Sr.
RG 76 Mike Roder, 6-4, 310, Jr.
RT 78 Pat Reedy, 6-4, 280, So.
PK 98 Nate Reed, 5-8, 178, Jr.

DE 90 Darrius Carter, 6-5, 245, Sr.
NT 74 Sam Frist, 6-4, 269, Jr.
DT 67 Aaron Hull, 6-0, 280, Jr.
Buck 49 Monte Simmons, 6-3, 220, So.
LB 54 Cedrick Maxwell, 5-10, 220, Sr.
LB 5 Stevon Moss, 5-11, 230, Sr.
LB 19 Derek Burrell, 6-2, 240, Sr.
HB 37 Kirk Belgrave, 6-1, 197, Jr.
SS 1 Will Johnson, 6-0, 200, So.
FS 31 Brian Lainhart, 6-1, 197, So.
CB 7 Rico Murray, 6-0, 196, Sr.

Position Spotlight: The secondary will be the defense's biggest concern after losing star all-around playmaker Jack Williams and decent safety Fritz Jacques, and that means Murray, the only sure thing in the lot, must be steady from the start. Teams are going to stay away from him as much as possible, but he still has to come up with some big plays.

P 47 Jake Kilroy, 5-11, 210, Jr.

Miami University

QB 12 Daniel Raudabaugh, 6-4, 216, Jr.
Position Spotlight: Considering Miami is one of the favorites to win the MAC title, its quarterback situation is still shaky. With a loaded team, the coaching staff wants a quarterback who doesn't screw up and can keep things moving. Raudabaugh is the leader, but redshirt freshman Clay Belton came on this spring and showed just enough to keep the job in question going into the summer.

RB 34 Thomas Merriweather, 5-10, 200, So.
WR 2 Eugene Harris, 5-10, 185, So.
WR 1 Dustin Woods, 5-11, 187, Jr.
WR 17 Chris Givens, 6-2, 198, So.
TE 80 Tom Crabtree, 6-5, 247, Sr.
OT 55 Steve Sutter, 6-6, 278, Sr.
OG 68 Dave DiFranco, 6-3, 303, Sr.
C 52 Josh Satterthwait, 6-4, 300, Sr.
OG 75 Bob Gulley, 6-4, 292, So.
OT 76 Zachary Marshall, 6-7, 312, Jr.
PK 35 Nathan Parseghian, 6-2, 197, Sr.

DE 99 Travis Craven, 6-4, 261, Jr.
DT 90 Sean Redwine, 6-4, 274, So.
NT 93 Martin Channels, 6-0, 320, Jr.
DE 51 Joe Coniglio, 6-2, 253, Sr.
LB 44 Caleb Bostic, 6-3, 225, Jr.
LB 48 Joey Hudson, 6-2, 240, Sr.
LB 9 Clayton Mullins, 6-2, 235, Sr.
CB 26 Wendell Brunson, 5-11, 183, Jr.
SS 6 Robbie Wilson, 6-0, 214, Sr.
FS 22 Jordan Gafford, 6-0, 206, Jr.
CB 3 Jeff Thompson, 5-10, 185, Jr.
P 4 Jake Richardson, 6-1, 201, Sr.

Ohio

QB 3 Theo Scott, 6-1, 197, Jr.

Position Spotlight: It was supposedly a forgone conclusion that Scott would lead the offense for the next few seasons, but star JUCO transfer Boo Jackson got off the bus and almost won the job. He was terrific throughout the off-season and was a machine in spring ball, but this is still Scott's job to lose. Jackson just made it a battle.

RB 2 Chris Garrett, 5-8, 174, Jr.
FB 39 Mitch Morsillo, 6-1, 243, Jr.
WR 23 Taylor Price, 6-1, 184, Jr.
WR 7 LaVon Brazill, 5-10, 172, So.
TE 81 Andrew Mooney, 6-3, 233, Sr.
OT 74 Josh Leuck, 6-3, 289, Sr.
OG 76 Mike Eynon, 6-3, 305, Sr.
C 58 David White, 6-1, 289, Jr.
OG 61 Michael Philbin, 6-4, 302, Jr.
OT 57 Chris Rodgers, 6-5, 289, Jr.
PK 37 Barrett Way, 59, 178, So.

DE 92 Conor Reilly, 6-3, 247, Jr.
DT 5 Ernie Hodge, 6-2, 287, So.
NG 96 Jacob Williamson, 6-4, 283, Sr.
DE 90 Jameson Hartke, 6-4, 262, Sr.
LB 48 Jordan Meyers, 6-0, 220, Sr.
LB 47 Noah Keller, 6-1, 225, So.
LB 35 Michael Brown, 6-3, 230, Sr.
CB 24 Mark Parson, 5-10, 188, Sr.
SS 34 Michael Mitchell, 6-1, 217, Sr.
FS 42 Steven Jackson, 6-2, 196, Jr.
CB 9 Julian Posey, 5-11, 183, So.
P 43 Matt Schulte, 6-0, 179, So.


Temple

QB 13 Adam DiMichele, 6-1, 202, Sr.
RB 3 Marquise Liverpool, 5-11, 192, So.
WR 34 Jason Harper, 5-9, 195, Jr.
WR 22 Travis Shelton, 5-11, 186, Sr.
WR 82 Bruce Francis, 6-0, 188, Sr.
TE 86 Steve Maneri, 6-6, 268, Jr.
LT 63 Derek Dennis, 6-4, 306, So.
LG 97 Chris Tremel, 6-4, 303, So.
C 59 Alex Derenthal, 6-4, 298, Sr.

RG 66 Andre Douglas, 6-5, 308, Sr.
RT 71 Jabari Ferguson, 6-5, 305, Sr.
PK 47 Jake Brownell, 5-10, 185, Jr.

DE 93 Leyon Azubuike, 6-3, 265, Sr.
DT 92 Terrance Knighton, 6-4, 291, Sr.
NT 98 Andre Neblett, 6-2, 285, Jr.
DE 52 Brian Sanford, 6-2, 268, Jr.
LB 56 Amara Kamara, 6-2, 230, So.
LB 38 Alex Joseph, 6-2, 238, Jr.

Position Spotlight: The veteran defense has several options to work around, but after this spring, the star of the show might be Joseph in the middle. He hit everything that moved showing good range and a more pop than expected. He was always a good tackler, but now he appears ready to become a great leader for the corps.

LB 58 Elijah “Peanut” Joseph, 6-2, 235, So.
CB 2 Daryl Robinson, 5-9, 178, So.
SS 21 Dominique Harris, 6-3, 218, Jr.
FS 16 Jaiquawn Jarrett, 6-2, 195, So.
CB 27 Jamal Schulters, 5-10, 186, So.
P 49 Jeff Wathne, 6-2, 195, So.


WEST

Ball State

QB 13 Nate Davis, 6-2, 217, Jr.
RB 33 MiQuale Lewis, 5-6, 184, Jr.
WR 86 Dante Love, 5-10, 179, Sr.
WR 4 Daniel Ifft, 6-3, 181, So.

Position Spotlight: It's not like the offense was in need of receiving weapons with the return of Darius Hill and Dante Love, but Ifft showed he could be more than just an occasional option. With everyone paying attention to the established veterans, Ifft should have a great season after showing he could be consistent, and after finding a nose for the end zone, to knock Louis Johnson out of a spot.

TE 88 Darius Hill, 6-6, 236, Sr.
TE 82 Madaris Grant, 6-5, 222, Jr.
OT 79 Andre Ramsey, 6-5, 304, Sr.
OG 74 Michael Switzer, 6-5, 277, So.
C 52 Dan Gerberry, 6-3, 292, Sr.
OG 66 Kreg Hunter, 6-3, 284, RFr.
OT 71 Robert Brewster, 6-5, 310, Sr.
PK 29 Jake Hogue, 5-9, 195, So.

DE 90 Brandon Crawford, 6-3, 260, Jr.
NT 95 Rene Perry, 5-11, 271, So.
DT 65 Drew Duffin, 6-3, 255, Jr.
DE 85 Justin Woodard, 6-3, 222, So.
LB 99 Kenny Meeks, 6-2, 230, Sr.
LB 42 Davyd Jones, 6-1, 200, So.
LB 49 Bryant Haines, 6-5, 223, Sr.
CB 12 Trey Lewis, 6-0, 190, Sr.
SS 38 Alex Knipp, 6-0, 194, Jr.
FS 6 Derrick Henry, 6-1, 1890, So.
CB 3 B.J. Hill, 5-7, 180, Sr.
P 35 Chris Miller, 6-2, 211, Sr.

Central Michigan

QB 13 Dan LeFevour, 6-3, 226, Jr.
RB 29 Carl Volny, 5-11, 189, So.
WR 89 Joe Bockheim, 6-2, 197, Sr.
WR 27 Antonio Brown, 5-11, 175, So.
WR 7 Bryan Anderson, 6-5, 205, Jr.
TE 86 Rocky Weaver, 6-6, 220, RFr.
OT 74 Andrew Hartline, 6-5, 297, Sr.
OG 66 Jeff Maddux, 6-4, 318, So.
C 63 Colin Miller, 6-3, 280, So.
OG 64 Allen Ollenburger, 6-4, 245, Jr.
OT 77 Greg Wojt, 6-4, 285, Sr.
PK 36 Andrew Aguila, 6-0, 175, Jr.

DE 34 Antrione Archer, 6-3, 232, Sr.
DT 54 Sean Murnane, 6-1, 237, So.
NG 51 Casey Droscha, 6-1, 258, Sr.
DE 98 Frank Zombo, 6-4, 259, Jr,
LB 30 Mike Petrucci, 6-2, 208, RFr.

Position Spotlight: The defense needed to make wholesale changes, which normally would be a big deal except the Chippewa D stunk last year. Petrucci might not be Ike Brown or Red Keith, but he's a good-looking playmaker with good range and veteran instincts for a young player.

LB 43 Nick Bellore, 6-1, 234, So.
LB 17 Tim Brazzel, 6-0, 185, Jr.
CB 19 Josh Gordy, 5-11, 190, Jr.
SS 4 Chaz West, 5-11, 181, Jr.
FS 9 Bobby Seay, 5-11, 185, So.
CB 14 Tommy Mama, 5-10, 187, Jr.
P 96 Brett Hartmann, 6-3, 215, So.


Eastern Michigan

QB 7 Andy Schmitt, 6-4, 238, Jr.
RB 3 Terrence Blevins, 6-1, 226, Sr.
WR 15 Jacory Stone, 6-1, 190, Jr.
WR 86 Tyrone Burke, 5-10, 194, So.
WR 8 Tyler Jones, 6-2, 218, Sr.
TE 89 Josh LeDuc, 6-3, 230, So.
OT 50 T.J. Lang, 6-4, 307, Sr.
OG 60 Andy Fretz, 6-2, 285, Jr.
C 78 Eric Davis, 6-2, 279, So.
OG 55 Stephen Johnson, 6-4, 280, Jr.
OT 76 Bridger Buche, 6-3, 284, So.
PK 38 Sean Dutcher, 5-10, 197, So.

DE 5 Spenser Smith, 6-1, 240, Sr.

Position Spotlight: Any hope of improvement on defense revolves around the health of Smith's hamstring. The line suffered a major blow losing Jason Jones from the front, and it needs someone to build around. Josh Hunt is a good one on the inside, but an outside pass rusher is needed. Smith, eventually, could be it.

DT 96 Brandon Slater, 6-3, 273, RFr.
DT 91 Josh Hunt, 6-5, 290, Sr.
DE 45 Brandon Downs, 6-0, 257, Jr.
LB 57 Tim Fort, 6-0, 214, So.
LB 44 Daniel Holtzclaw, 6-1, 246, Sr.
LB 25 Jermaine Jenkins, 6-2, 207, Sr.
CB 27 Kevin Long, 6-1, 196, So.
SS 21 Jacob Wyatt, 5-11, 197, Sr.
FS 10 Ryan Downard, 6-1, 201, So.
CB 19 Arrington Hicks, 5-10, 166, So.
P 33 Zach Johnson, 6-0, 195, Jr.

Northern Illinois

QB 19 Dan Nicholson, 6-2, 192, Sr.

Position Spotlight: Nicholson has been around forever and should be the type of veteran a new coaching staff can count on as a sure-thing, but he was hurting with a shoulder injury and now the quarterback job is open. It's still Nicholson's job to lose, but now he'll have to battle with DeMarcus Grady, a dangerous rushing option, and Chandler Harnish, even though he struggled at times. Top freshman Brandon Rogers will also get his shot.

RB 21 Justin Anderson, 5-11, 222, Jr.
WR 7 Britt Davis, 6-2, 205, Sr.
WR 85 Matt Simon, 6-2, 200, Sr.
WR 17 Greg Turner, 6-0, 190, Sr.
TE 83 Reed Cunningham, 6-4, 250, Jr.
OT 62 Trevor Olson, 6-6, 278, RFr.
OG 59 Kevin Skatrud, 6-6, 330, So.
C 50 Eddie Adamski, 6-2, 282, Jr.
OG 65 Jason Onyebuagu, 6-2, 310, Jr.
OT 60 Jon Brost, 6-6, 303, Jr.
PK 11 Mike Salerno, 6-0, 165, Jr.

DE 51 Larry English, 6-3, 254, Sr.
DT 99 Craig Rusch, 6-4, 274, Sr.
DT 69 Alex Krutsch, 6-2, 258, Sr.
DE 56 Brandon Bice, 6-3, 254, Jr.
LB 37 Alex Kube, 5-1, 203, So.
LB 53 Tim McCarthy, 6-0, 232 Sr.
LB 42 John Tranchitella, 6-2, 221, Jr.
CB 2 Melvin Rice, 5-10, 192, Sr.
SS 38 Mike Sobol, 6-0, 200, So.
FS 39 Justin Stewart, 6-1, 194, So.
CB 36 Chase Carter, 5-11, 170, Sr.
P 18 Andy Dittbenner, 6-1, 194, Sr.

Toledo

QB 19 Aaron Opelt, 6-2, 222, Jr.
RB 22 DaJuan Collins, 5-10, 216, Jr.

WR 88 Stephen Williams, 6-5, 197, Jr.
WR 1 Nick Moore, 6-4, 188, Sr.
WR 80 Tim Cortazzo, 6-1, 185, RFr.
TE 83 John Allen, 6-5, 209, Sr.
LT 74 Mike VanDerMuelen, 6-7, 290, RFr.

Position Spotlight: MAC teams just don't instantly replace four-year starters, and top NFL prospects, like John Greco. Toledo just did. VanderMeulen proved this off-season that he'll be a fixture for the next four years, and while he still has to work on his consistency, he played far better than his age would suggest.

LG 68 Jared Dewalt, 6-4, 318, Jr.
C 50 Buster Garrett, 6-3, 272, Jr.
RG 69 Kevin Kowalski, 6-4, 270, So.
RT 62 Chris Meenan, 6-7, 339, So.
PK 85 Alex Steigerwald, 5-11, 179, Jr.

DE 56 Derrick Summers, 6-2, 233, Jr.
DT 89 Skylaar Constant, 6-4, 270, Jr.
NT 98 Maurice Hill, 6-2, 282, Jr.
DE 92 Sean Williamson, 6-2, 254, Sr.
LB 54 Keith Forestal, 6-3, 245, Sr.
LB 42 Archie Donald, 6-2, 215, So.
CB 47 Myshan Pettis, 5-11, 175, So.
SS 8 Barry Church, 6-3, 212, Jr.
Rover 34 Lester Richmond, 6-1, 195, Jr.
FS 28 Tyrrell Herbert, 6-2, 193, Sr.
CB 3 Desmond Marrow, 6-3, 186, So.
P 2 Bill Claus, 6-0, 195, RFr.

Western Michigan

QB 3 Tim Hiller, 6-5, 228, Jr.
RB 2 Brandon West, 5-10, 169, Jr.
WR 83 Jordan White, 6-0, 206, So.
WR 27 Jamarko Simmons, 6-2, 234, Sr.
WR 11 Schneider Julien, 5-10, 175, Sr.
TE 82 Branden Ledbetter, 6-5, 230, Sr.
OT 72 Anthony Parker, 6-5, 305, RFr.
OG 65 Phillip Swanson, 6-4, 307, So.
C 60 Nick Mitchell, 6-1, 290, So.
OG 61 Nick Clemens, 6-5, 307, So.
OT 67 Rob Johnson, 6-5, 338, Sr.
PK 66 Chris Kelly, 5-10, 210, Jr.

DE 54 Greg Marshall, 6-0, 245, Sr.
DT 68 Cody Cielenski, 6-2, 280, Jr.
NT 99 Nick Varcadipane, 6-2, 285, Sr.
DE 90 Zach Davidson, 6-2, 239, Sr.

Position Spotlight: The defense lost its pass rushing mojo last year after an unstoppable 2006. That might change going into this year as the coaching staff unleashed the hounds all spring long. No one was more of a terror in the backfield than Davidson, a good player so far who might grow into a great one in his final season.

LB 43 Boston McCornell, 6-1, 233, Sr.
LB 35 Austin Pritchard, 6-4, 233, Jr.
HB 1 E.J. Biggers, 6-0, 180, Sr.
SS 26 C.J. Wilson, 6-2, 206, Sr.
FS 9 Louis Delmas, 5-11, 196, Sr.
CB 6 Londen Fryar, 5-11, 192, Sr.
P 37 Ben Armer, 5-10, 201, RFr.