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2020 MAC Football: Final Exams

As the 2020 MAC football regular season comes to a close this weekend, we give one player from each team our analysis prior to their final exams.


Western Michigan 

76 Jaylon Moore 6’5 315 LT-Senior

Moore has started 31 straight games at the left tackle position (entering 12/9/20).

Moore’s consistency dates back nearly three full seasons. A smooth mover with enough power, he simply needs more consistency with hand placement. He bears a strong resemblance to former Western Michigan tackles Taylor Moton (Carolina Panthers) and Chukwuma Okorafor (Pittsburgh Steelers). Both are former Broncos currently starting at the right tackle position in the NFL.

Ball State

2 Caleb Huntley 6’2 226 RB-Senior

Scouts are impressed that the 225-plus pound barreling ram has continued to improve his footwork in 2020. A recent rib injury has robbed him of the last two games, but his presence provides balance for quarterback Drew Plitt and the Cardinals (4-1). Prior to the injury, Huntley had posted three 100-yard games in 2020.

Central Michigan

8 Troy Brown 6’2 204 LB-Junior

A heat-seeking missile at just 204 pounds, the former safety turned linebacker sifted his way to 16.5 tackles for loss in 2019 (led the MAC). Along the way there was the occasional hiccup (targeting ejection, MAC Championship ’19) but it has not deterred him from continuing to lay the lumber in 2020. He busted loose versus Ball State last weekend (12/5/20) with 12 tackles, 2.5 quarterback sacks and 3.5 tackles for losses.

Toledo Rockets

0 Samuel Womack 5’10 187

Womack (No. 19 pictured, now wears No. 0) led the MAC as a junior with 17 passes defended and ranks second with seven in 2020.

One of the most competitive defenders in the conference, Womack overcomes ordinary size with pristine footwork and a glass half empty, glass half full approach. His gambles are often calculated and timely.  After defending 17 passes in 2019 (2 INTs, 15 PBUs), he has broken up seven passes so far in 2020. The key for him moving forward comes down to timing his opens to run out of his backpedal or in press-man coverage.

 Northern Illinois

3 Tyrice Richie 6’0 193 WR-Senior

The former JUCO product impresses in the intermediate passing game alongside fellow transfer quarterback Ross Bowers. Richie scored a receiving touchdown last weekend against Toledo, but it was not against the aforementioned Womack. Richie has four 100-yard receiving games in five contests, but may not even reach his listed measurements.

Eastern Michigan

99 Turan Rush 6’2 246 OLB-Senior

The 249-pound Rush posted two sacks against Ball State and his pass rush variety is improving. He has been more steady holding the edge in 2020 as opposed a season ago; particularly versus tight ends. The Charleston, West Virginia native has 11.5 quarterback sacks in his career and would benefit from taking advantage of an extra year if allowed to return to school, as he has slowed down in recent weeks.  

Buffalo

49 Taylor Riggins 6’2 255 DE-Senior

Buffalo’s Taylor Riggins, pictured, was supposed to form one of the better edge rushing duos in the MAC this season, but he has not appeared in any games due to an undisclosed ailment.

While teammate Malcolm Koonce get most of the ink, Riggins’ productivity has arguably been just as noteworthy (13.5 sacks over the 2018-19 campaigns). He has, however, been invisible in all of the Bulls contests in 2020 due to an undisclosed ailment. The former UMass transfer may decide to come back in 2021 to finish on a stronger standing.

Kent State

7 Dustin Crum 6’3 207 QB-Senior

Crum (No. 14 pictured in 2019 handing the ball off) understands the value of efficiency. Through four games, the senior signal-caller ranks sixth nationally in QB rating (192.7).

His ball placement continues to shine, particularly on routes that require touch and arc within three yards of the sideline on nine routes or fades down the field. A deft zone read specialist, Crum leads the nation’s second-ranked offense in scoring, No. 1 offense in yards per game and the second-ranked offense  in third down conversion percentage.

Editor’s Note: Crum now wears No. 7 for the Golden Flashes

Miami (Ohio)

51 Danny Godlevske 6’3 300 OC-Senior

While not a dominator, Godlevske gets to most of his spots and has even shown the ability to get out in space when the team uses the screen game. Improvement in his pass pro versus stronger defensive linemen should be his focus down the stretch.  Godlevske opted for the NFL Draft early before the MAC proceeded with its season this fall. He is not as strong of a prospect as fellow senior offensive line mate, left tackle Tommy Doyle, but he could at the least get into an NFL training camp.

Ohio 

47 Austin Conrad 6’2 245 OLB/DE-Senior

Conrad finished with at least six tackles for loss in 2018 and 2019.

His energy never wavers despite a relative lack of size. He fights relentlessly down-to-down. Coaches also lauded his first step. He’s the personal protector on the punt team, competitive versus the run and has even lined up as the three-technique defensive tackle in some of their packages. The Bobcats have only played three games as of press time (12-9-20), so Conrad’s numbers won’t jump off the page.

Akron

Bubba Arslanian 5’9 205 LB-Senior

Arslanian has reigned terror on Bowlling Green the last two seasons, recording 35 tackles, 2 QB sack, 4 TFLs and two forced fumbles. Can he cover well enough to play man-to-man versus bigger tight ends?

There are not a lot of 205-pound linebackers that play as if they’re carrying a boulder on their back. Arslanian averaged over 10 tackles a game in 2019 but has picked up the pace, averaging slightly over 11 in 2020. Most impressively, he’s been able to stay injury-free.

Bowling Green

Quintin Morris 6’4 251 TE-Senior

The former big wide receiver has transitioned positively to the tight end/H-back position after the staff convinced him of the move. He did so while adding weight. The 2019 second-team All-MAC pick brings flex capabilities to the table, with intriguing run after the catch skills.  After a slow start to the season, Morris has posted three consecutive 60-plus yard receiving games.

2020 NFL Draft: Kent State Jamal Parker 5’8 177 (E) CB-S-KR Kent State

What makes this player NASTY…(Strengths): Has started at both safety and corner for the Golden Flashes. Communicates with fellow DBs. Physical and instinctive. He will stick his foot in the dirt to break forward vs. the screen game with a sixth sense (TFL from 10 yards off, Toledo ’19). Works around traffic in man coverage and -after doing so- can react to tips and overthrows (3rd and 6, 2nd QTR, Bowling Green ’19). Comes up to support the run on the edge after getting off of blocks. In three-deep zone, he displays excellent transition out of his zone turns on sail route concepts (reads eyes of QB through route combo, hands INT, Bowling Green ’19). Adjusts his angles as a blitzer on corner cats to make tackles (Ohio ’19). Affects the three-step passing game in these instances (Ohio ’19). He is capable of breaking down to handle intermediate routes on the perimeter (Toledo ’19). Rakes through the hands of WRs on downfield routes to pilfer balls loose (PBU, 3rd and 11, Toledo ’19-fade pattern). Carries the No. 2 WR vertical and then will go up to high-point interception opportunities (Toledo ’19). After getting beaten, he will keep competing (PBU vs. back-shoulder fade, Tropical Smoothie Cafe Bowl ’19). As a kickoff returner, he runs through traffic at 90 miles per hour much bigger than his size. He has shown the ability to make the last man miss in kickoff coverage as a kickoff returner (98-yd TD, vs. Ohio ’19, called back). Did a good job of returning a squib kick with just under three minutes remaining vs. Utah State in the 2019 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Bowl.

Former Kent State cornerback/kickoff returner Jamal Parker (No. 7 pictured) finished his career with a 27.5 yd/avg. on kickoff returns (TD).

Weaknesses: Size is a major deterrent. Play strength. QBs have slipped out of his grasp on corner blitzes (Rourke breaks tackle, Ohio ’19). In man coverage, he will open the expressway on the outside lanes (Arizona State ’19). He has posted some unnecessary penalties working outside the numbers in man coverage (4th QTR, P.I., Bowling Green ’19). Struggled mightily with the size of Siaosi Mariner in the 2019 Tropical Smoothie Cafe Bowl. Posted a pass interference and allowed fade.

Other Notes:

  • Attended Central Catholic HS (N.J.) and was a football/basketball standout
  • 2016: 28 tackles, QB sack, TFL, 3 INTs (57 yds), PBU and one blocked kick
  • 2017 (11 gms): 57 tackles, QB sack, 2 TFLs, FF, INT and 11 PBUs; 20.8 yds/KR
  • 2018 (12 gms): 83 tackles, TFL, 2 INTs (20 yds), 16-yd FR-TD, 7 PBUs; 30.1 yds/KR
  • 2019 (13 gms, 2nd Team All-MAC): 62 tackles, 3 INTs (21 yds) and 10 PBUs; 27.5 yds/KR and one TD
  • Career Stats: 230 tackles, 2 QB sacks, 4 TFLs, FF, FR, 9 INTs (99 yds), 20 PBUs; 27.5 yds/KR and one TD
Parker also posted 230 tackles, nine interceptions and 20 pass breakups.

Time to get NASTY (Our Summary): The team’s coaches lauded Parker for his energy. In fact, the coaches created a music playlist and always had music playing during practices. Along with defensive lineman Theo Majette, he was a player who stood as one of the centerpieces on a scrappy defensive unit. The reason he made our all-purpose list is because…well, he can do just about everything on the football field. Whether it is playing outside, lining up at safety or returning kickoffs, the former All-MAC selection had a hand in it. In fact, he felt that playing safety helped his overall football IQ.

“It improved my football IQ,” Parker said. “Knowing what everyone else is doing.”

MAC Players to Watch, 10-16-18: It’s Miller Time

Scotty Miller 5’10 163 WR-Senior Bowling Green

Since Miller has arrived on campus, he’s been a terror despite his lack of size.  His body control, route-running expertise and fearlessness all get high marks.  While capable of playing outside, he’s most adept at working in-between the hash marks on inside dig routes, post corners and option routes.  He is the best receiver in the MAC when it comes to disguising his intentions on jerk and return-pivot patterns.  Linebackers, safeties and nickel backs have to maintain patience against his first moves.  Quite capable of tracking the ball versus tight man coverage, he can get his body to become limp along the sidelines. Perhaps most impressive is his ability to finish through double teams down the field.  Once he gets the ball in his hands, he uses his long speed to challenge defenses.

The former Barrington HS (Ill.) product has been a speed demon since his days at the prep level.  The former track and field standout holds personal-bests of 10.53 seconds in the 100 meters, 21.26 seconds in the 200 meters  and 6.36 seconds in the 55 meters.  Through six games, Miller has 42 receptions for 640 yards (15.6 YPR) and six touchdowns. This includes a 13-catch, 166-yard, two-touchdown performance against Oregon in Week 1 of the 2018 campaign.   For his career, the Falcons standout has 186 receptions and 20 receiving touchdowns.  Keep an eye on the Falcons speedster the rest of the year.  The MAC’s leading receiver is on pace for career-highs in receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions.