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Scout.com MAC skill position rankings

July 9, 2010

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.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. July 22, 2010 4:06 pm

    4 Wins is a stretch, but if this helps any consider the patch Buffalo Took under Gill.

    Gills two win season in 2006 was less impressive than the multiple games in which Buffalo actually looked like a team and not a slapstick bit.

    Last year the Eagles defense looked respectable in four or five games, at least two to three were in your grasp. Rather than expecting for 4 or five wins this season you should be looking for 2 and hope to be competitive in another 4 or 5.

    English did not have the personnel to run the offense he wanted to run last year and you will slowly get there…

    • July 23, 2010 8:13 am

      I really do think 2-4 wins is realistic, but then improvement will be very slow after that. I think going winless last season was an aberration that had more to do with the coaching change (new systems for the players to learn) and the early-season loss of the senior quarterback Schmidt than with the actual quality of coaching or athletes. I’ll post more on why I think 2-4 wins is a realistic range on Monday morning!

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