Eastern Michigan Eagles
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
Coach: Chris Creighton (22-40) 6th Season at Eastern Michigan
Stadium: Rynearson Stadium (Capacity: 30,200)
6th: MAC (3rd MAC West)
37th: Group of Five
128th: Division I
2018 In a Sentence: The Eagles went 7-6 overall (5-3 MAC), good enough for a tie for second in the West Division and a berth in the Camelia Bowl where EMU ended up losing to Georgia Southern 23-21.
Biggest Shoes to Fill: DE Max Crosby was relatively unknown in the NFL pre-draft process but posted enough production in three years for the Eagles (41 tackles for loss, 20.0 sacks, 8 forced fumbles). He was selected in the fourth round of the draft by the Oakland Raiders.
Key Player: QB Mike Glass III is expected to start the year as the Eagles’ signal caller, replacing Iowa grad transfer Tyler Wiegers. Glass gave a jolt to the EMU offense when on the field. The dual-threat quarterback played in eight games last season, passing for 1,024 yards and nine touchdowns while running for 412 yards and six scores.
Fearless Prediction: While a seven-win season was impressive last year, the Eagles could have been better as five of its six losses were by a touchdown or less. With the losses on defense will sting but the Eagles’ offense has a chance to be very good with Glass and RB Shaq Vann leading the way. This team has the talent again to go bowling and even challenge for the MAC West title if it can play well on the road (only five home games this season).
Originally from LaMoure, North Dakota, Kent is a 1996 graduate of North Dakota State University. His prior writing experience is over 15 years having previously worked with D2football.com, I-AA.org, and College Sporting News before coming to College Sports Journal in 2016. His main focus is college football in the western half of the United States– the Big Sky Conference and Missouri Valley Football Conference within the Division I FCS. And in 2017, he began also to look at the FBS Group of Five conferences of the American Athletic, Conference USA, Mid-American, Mountain West, and Sun Belt.
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