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MAC Football 2017 All-Conference Team

Logan Woodside

Logan Woodside

The favorites to win the 2017 MAC title feature a couple of familiar faces in Toledo, Western Michigan and Ohio, but Miami is a team to watch after winning six of its final seven games last year. The RedHawks feature 14 players on Athlon’s 2017 All-MAC team, which is tied with Western Michigan for the most of any team in the league. Eastern Michigan and Ohio are tied for second with 12 selections, while Toledo is third with 10 players. 

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Athlon Sports has released its top 25 for 2017. Now, it’s time to take a look at the best of the best and honor the top players in the league with a release of first, second, third and fourth all-conference teams for 2017.

An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2017. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2017 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year.

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MAC Football 2017 All-Conference Team

 

First-Team Offense

Second-Team Offense

Third-Team Offense

Fourth-Team Offense

QB

Logan Woodside Toledo 

Brogan Roback EMU 

Gus Ragland Miami 

Thomas Woodson Akron 

RB

Jarvion Franklin WMU 

Terry Swanson Toledo 

Shaq Vann EMU 

Warren Ball Akron 

RB

James Gilbert Ball State 

Jamauri Bogan WMU 

A.J. Ouellette Ohio 

Jordan Huff NIU 

AP

Nick Holley Kent State 

James Gardner (WR) Miami 

Josh Cleveland (RB) BGSU 

Alonzo Smith (RB) Miami 

WR

Cody Thompson Toledo 

Jon'Vea Johnson Toledo 

Sergio Bailey EMU 

Dieuly Aristilde EMU 

WR

Scott Miller BGSU 

Corey Willis CMU 

Papi White Ohio 

A.J. Wolf Akron 

TE

Tyler Conklin CMU 

Donnie Ernsberger WMU 

Ryan Smith Miami 

Jared Murphy (WR) Miami 

C

John Keenoy WMU 

James O'Hagan Buffalo 

Derek Edwards CMU 

Luke Shively NIU 

OL

Jake Pruehs Ohio 

Sam McCollum Miami 

Kyle Ritz Akron 

Stefano Millin Kent State 

OL

Tim McAuliffe BGSU 

Jimmy Leatiota EMU 

Jordan Diamond Miami 

Brandon Manosalvas Buffalo 

OL

Max Scharping NIU 

Elijah Nkansah Toledo 

Vinnie Palazeti Ball State 

Joe Lowery Ohio 

OL

Chukwuma Okorafor WMU 

Ryan Hunter BGSU 

Nate Jeppesen Toledo 

Luke Juriga WMU 

 

First-Team Defense

Second-Team Defense

Third-Team Defense

Fourth-Team Defense

DL

Joe Ostman CMU  

Ikeem Allen Miami 

Kevin Robbins Ohio 

Andre Turner WMU 

DL

Jeremiah Harris EMU 

Eric Assoua WMU 

Cleon Aloese Ohio 

William Lee NIU 

DL

Anthony Winbush Ball State 

Olasunkanmi Adeniyi Toledo 

Marquise Moore Toledo 

Darius Copeland Akron 

DL

Jon Cunningham Kent State 

Gus Schwieterman BGSU 

Nate Trawick Miami 

Chris Ford Buffalo 

LB

Quentin Poling Ohio 

Ja'Wuan Woodley Toledo 

Junior McMullen Miami 

Chad Moore Ohio 

LB

Ulysees Gilbert Akron 

Robert Spillane WMU 

De'Andre Montgomery Miami 

Jarrett Franklin Buffalo 

LB

Malik Fountain CMU 

Khalil Hodge Buffalo 

Asantay Brown WMU 

Kyle Rachwal EMU 

DB

Darius Phillips WMU 

Josh Cox CMU 

Justin Tranquill WMU 

Vince Calhoun EMU 

DB

Heath Harding Miami 

Javon Hagan Ohio 

Trevon Mathis Toledo 

Marc Walton Ball State 

DB

Amari Coleman CMU 

Tony Reid Miami 

Jason Beck
EMU 

Demetrius Monday Kent State 

DB

Shawun Lurry NIU 

Jerrell Foster Kent State 

Jamari Bozeman  BGSU 

Zach Guiser Akron 

 

First-Team Specialists

Second-Team Specialists

Third-Team Specialists

Fourth-Team Specialists

K

Louie Zervos Ohio 

Paul Fricano EMU 

Tom O'Leary Akron 

Morgan Hagee Ball State 

P

Joe Davidson BGSU 

Austin Barnes*  EMU 

Michael Farkas Ohio 

Derek Adams Kent State 

KR

Maurice Thomas Miami 

Darius Phillips WMU 

Van Edwards Akron 

Blake Banham EMU 

PR

Darius Phillips WMU 

Chad Beebe NIU 

Zaquon Tyson Kent State 

Papi White Ohio 

Team-by-Team Breakdown of Athlon's 2017 All-MAC Team

 

First

Second

Third

Fourth

Akron

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 2

Offense: 3 Defense: 2 Special Teams: 0

Ball State

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 1

Bowling Green

Offense: 2 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 1

Offense: 1 Defense: 1  Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 1  Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Buffalo

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 2 Special Teams: 0

Central Michigan

Offense: 1 Defense: 3 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Eastern Michigan

Offense:  0 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 2

Offense: 2 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 2 Special Teams: 1

Kent State

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 1

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 1

Miami

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 1

Offense: 2 Defense: 2 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 3 Defense: 3 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Northern Illinois

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0  Defense: 0 Special Teams: 1

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Ohio

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 1

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 2 Special Teams: 1

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 1

Toledo

Offense: 2 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 3 Defense: 2 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 2 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0  Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Western Michigan

Offense: 3 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 1

Offense: 2 Defense: 2 Special Teams: 1

Offense: 0 Defense: 2 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

* Eastern Michigan punter Austin Barnes is no longer with the team.