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MAC Football 2018 All-Conference Team

Nathan Rourke, Ohio Football

Nathan Rourke, Ohio Football

Ohio is likely to begin the 2018 college football season as the favorite to win the MAC title, so it’s no surprise Frank Solich’s team features plenty of candidates for all-conference honors. The Bobcats have 14 players selected on Athlon Sports’ 2018 All-MAC team, which is the most of any team in the league. Miami (Ohio) and Toledo are tied for second with 13 selections, followed by Central Michigan (11) and Northern Illinois, Eastern Michigan and Buffalo tied with nine.  

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Athlon Sports has released its top 25 for 2018. 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 2018.

An important note on the all-conference teams: These are based on how players will perform in 2018. Career statistics and awards matter in the evaluation, but choosing players for the 2018 all-conference team is largely based on predicting and projecting the best for the upcoming year.

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MAC Football 2018 All-Conference Team

 

First-Team Offense

Second-Team Offense

Third-Team Offense

Fourth-Team Offense

QB

Nathan Rourke Ohio 

Gus Ragland Miami 

Tyree Jackson Buffalo 

Marcus Childers Northern Illinois 

RB

James Gilbert Ball State 

Shakif Seymour Toledo 

Kenny Young Miami 

Alonzo Smith Miami 

RB

A.J. Ouellette Ohio 

Jamauri Bogan Western Michigan 

Caleb Huntley Ball State 

Art Thompkins Toledo 

AP

Jonathan Ward (RB) Central Michigan 

Andrew Clair (RB) Bowling Green 

Justin Hall (WR) Ball State 

Johnathan Hawkins (RB) Buffalo 

WR

Anthony Johnson Buffalo 

James Gardner Miami 

Scott Miller Bowling Green 

Ian Eriksen (RB) Eastern Michigan 

WR

Diontae Johnson Toledo 

Cody Thompson Toledo 

Papi White Ohio 

Jon'Vea Johnson Toledo 

TE

Tyler Mabry Buffalo 

Logan Hessbrook Central Michigan 

Nolan Given Ball State 

Brandon Childress (WR) Central Michigan 

C

John Keenoy Western Michigan 

James O'Hagan Buffalo 

Luke Shively Northern Illinois 

Dakota Tallman Eastern Michigan 

OL

Joe Anderson Ohio 

Luke Juriga Western Michigan 

Bryce Harris Toledo 

Yazeed Atariwa Toledo 

OL

Joe Lowery Ohio 

Jordan Rigg Miami 

Hagen Meservy Ohio 

 Mike Caliendo Western Michigan 

OL

Max Scharping Northern Illinois 

Jordan Steckler Northern Illinois 

Lorenzo Taborn Bowling Green 

Evin Ksiezarczyk Buffalo 

OL

Jimmy Leatiota Eastern Michigan 

Sam McCollum Miami 

Kyle Ritz Akron 

Shakir Carr Central Michigan 

 

First-Team Defense

Second-Team Defense

Third-Team Defense

Fourth-Team Defense

DL

Sutton Smith Northern Illinois 

Mike Danna Central Michigan 

Nate Trawick Miami 

Nick Faulkner Kent State 

DL

Maxx Crosby Eastern Michigan 

Doug Costin Miami 

Will Evans Ohio 

Ben Leroy Northern Illinois 

DL

Jeremiah Harris Eastern Michigan 

Chuck Harris Buffalo 

David Konowalski Bowling Green 

Ali Fayad Western Michigan 

DL

Jamal Davis Akron 

Nathan  Brisson-Fast Central Michigan 

Nate Childress Toledo 

Kyle Pugh (LB) Northern Illinois 

LB

Khalil Hodge Buffalo 

Evan Croutch Ohio 

Brandon Harris Bowling Green 

Tyler Taafe Toledo 

LB

Ulysees Gilbert Akron 

Brad Koenig Miami 

Junior McMullen Miami 

Kyle Rachwal Eastern Michigan 

LB

Jim Jones Kent State 

Malik Fountain Central Michigan 

Alex Briones Central Michigan 

Jacob White Ball State 

CB

Sam Beal Western Michigan 

Kyron Brown Akron 

Cameron Lewis Buffalo 

Deondre Daniels Miami  

CB

Sean Bunting  Central Michigan 

Jalen Fox Ohio 

Jamal Parker Kent State 

Albert Smalls Northern Illinois 

S

Brody Hoying Eastern Michigan 

Vince Calhoun Eastern Michigan 

Kahlil Robinson Toledo 

De'Andre Montgomery Miami 

S

Javon Hagan Ohio 

Alvin Davis Akron 

Mykelti Williams Northern Illinois 

Justin Tranquill Western Michigan 

 

First-Team Specialists

Second-Team Specialists

Third-Team Specialists

Fourth-Team Specialists

K

Jameson Vest Toledo 

Louie Zervos Ohio 

Sam Sloman Miami 

Paulie Fricano Eastern Michigan 

P

Derek Adams Kent State 

Nick Gasser Akron 

Michael Farkas Ohio 

Jack Sheldon Central Michigan 

KR

Malik Dunner Ball State 

Diontae Johnson Toledo 

Jerrod Davis Central Michigan 

Julian Ross Ohio 

PR

Danzel McKinley-Lewis Toledo 

Papi White Ohio 

Corey Lacanaria Ball State 

Marcus Milton Bowling Green 

Team-by-Team Breakdown of Athlon's 2018 All-MAC Team

 

First

Second

Third

Fourth

Akron

Offense: 0 Defense: 2 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 2 Special Teams: 1

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0 

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0 

Ball State

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 1

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 3  Defense: 0 Special Teams: 1

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Bowling Green

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 2 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 1

Buffalo  

Offense: 2 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1  Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Central Michigan

Offense: 1 Defense: 1  Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 3 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 1

Offense: 2 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 1

Eastern Michigan

Offense: 1 Defense: 3 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 1

Kent State

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 1

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Miami

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 4 Defense: 2 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 2 Special Teams: 1

Offense: 1 Defense: 2 Special Teams: 0

Northern Illinois

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 3 Special Teams: 0

Ohio

Offense: 4 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 2 Special Teams: 2

Offense: 2 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 1

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 1

Toledo

Offense: 1 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 2

Offense: 2 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 1

Offense: 1 Defense: 2 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 3 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Western Michigan

Offense: 1 Defense: 1 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 2 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 0 Defense: 0 Special Teams: 0

Offense: 1 Defense: 2 Special Teams: 0

(Nathan Rourke photo courtesy of Ohio University Athletics; Ulysees Gilbert photo courtesy of Jeff Harwell/University of Akron)