MAC Football 2018 All-Conference Team

Athlon projects the best of the MAC for 2018.

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.  

 

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.

 

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)

Event Date: 
Sunday, May 13, 2018 - 16:19

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