Scout.com MAC skill position rankings
Well, here we go. This is both the cause and result of the kind of long-term failure EMU football has experienced. Scout.com has published their rankings of skill position players in the MAC.
Of the top 10 kickers, there are no EMU players.
Of the top 12 receivers, there are no EMU players.
Of the top 12 quarterbacks, EMU’s Alex Gillette is ranked #9. (Think about it people, how many quarterbacks does a team usually play?)
Of the top 12 running backs, EMU’s Dwayne Priest is ranked #6.
The one bright spot for EMU is Ben Thayer, ranked #2 for tight ends.
The pessimist in me says that EMU is stuck in a negative feedback loop. Unsuccessful seasons lead to bad recruiting (because top players want to go where they can win), which leads to more unsuccessful season.
The optimist in me says that pre-season rankings are based on perception, which is largely shaped by the previous season. There’s a reason they play the games, and that is to find out which team is better. Except when it comes to the national championship, but let’s not go there today.
The realist in me is sticking with my prediction of 2-4 wins.