All-MAC football teams announced
Call it program development. In 2009, Ron English’s first year in Ypsilanti, EMU had two All-MAC athletes. Punter Zach Johnson made the second team and outside linebacker Andre Hatchett was third team.
In 2010, EMU had no All-MAC athletes. Zero.
In 2011, EMU had five All-MACsters — the most in 15 years — with defensive lineman Brad Ohrman on the second team, and tight end Garrett Hoskins, outside linebacker Justin Cudworth, safety Latarrius Thomas, and cornerback Marlon Pollard on the third team.
This year EMU stepped back slightly to four, but all of them rated higher. Senior punter Jay Karutz, who I’ve been talking about since Day One, was named to the first team. I don’t know when EMU last had a first-team All-MAC football player, but as you can see above, he’s certainly the first of the Ron English era. Meanwhile, senior tight end Garrett Hoskins, senior linebacker Justin Cudworth (the MAC has him listed as an outside linebacker, though he played about half the season on the inside), and senior defensive end Andy Mulumba were named to the second team. Using the Hustle Belt Points System, that’s nine points, a 50% improvement over last year!
All four of this year’s All-MAC football players for EMU have one important thing in common. They’re seniors. They won’t be back next year.1 When I look around the league and see guys like Jordan Lynch, Dri Archer, Roosevelt Nix, Bernard Reedy, David Fluellen, and Khalil Mack coming back next year, I have to say I’m not optimistic for EMU.
- Yes, Pollard will be back, and probably would have been All-MAC again if he had been healthy. [↩]