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  1. Welcome to the MAC Recruiting Recap show! I am your host Tim Timms, and I am excited to look at the mid-season state of recruiting. 10 recruits signed to MAC schools this week, and there were a couple of big ones. Coach beeznik added to his quality over quantity class with a 4.5 receiver and a 3.5 guard, while the Broncos got a 5 star backer from Florida. Central Michigan took away from Michigan, securing Bradley Lloyd, one of our spotlighted recruits. All others signed this week were of 3.5 star quality or below, and 5 went to Akron and EMU, who continue to build large, deep classes this season. Despite signing two recruits and ruining their perfect 5 star average, stays on top, and still sticking behind them are and . WMU jumped up after their one big signing, and CMU fell a few spots as well. Total Recruits Team 2.5-Star 3-Star 3.5-Star 4-Star 4.5-Star 5-Star Total Tot. Stars Avg. Stars 3 Ohio 0 0 1 0 1 1 3 13 4.33 2 Miami (OH) 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 8 4 7 Kent State 0 0 3 3 1 0 7 27 3.86 5 Western Michigan 0 0 4 0 0 1 5 19 3.8 5 Ball State 0 0 3 1 1 0 5 19 3.8 4 Buffalo 0 0 3 0 1 0 4 15 3.75 7 Central Michigan 0 1 3 2 1 0 7 26 3.71 3 Northern Illinois 0 1 1 0 1 0 3 11 3.66 13 Akron 1 4 6 1 1 0 13 44 3.38 12 Eastern Michigan 1 4 6 0 0 1 12 40.5 3.37 5 Bowling Green 0 4 0 1 0 0 5 16 3.2 0 Toledo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 To the national class rankings. Kent State maintains top spot, just narrowly however, as Ohio jumped up massively after signing Jordan Barnes, the big instate receiver. Western Michigan got their man, after targeting Christian Reese from Florida from the beginning, Jieret has locked him up, signing the OLB this week, which shot them up the rankings. However, most teams fell a few spots, some didn't secure any more signings, and those that did get lower tier players. And Toledo remains without a recruit for the fifth week in a row. Kent State (Class rank: 56) -4 Ohio (Class rank: 58) +32 Akron (Class rank: 64) -5 Central Michigan (Class rank: 65) +2 Eastern Michigan (Class rank: 72) -10 Western Michigan (Class rank: 80) +32 Ball State (Class rank: 90) -14 Buffalo (Class rank: 98) -6 Northern Illinois (Class rank: 103) -6 Miami (OH) (Class rank: 108) -4 Bowling Green (Class rank: 112) -2 Toledo (Class rank: 119) +0 On to the interview for the week. I was able to talk to johnkirk of the 1-5 Central Michigan Chippewas after his first career win about his experiences in his first season as a collegiate head coach. Tim Timms: Thanks for taking the time to talk to me coach! Coach jonhkirk: Thanks for having me here. Tim Timms: Let's start off with last week's game. Any thoughts on the performance of your players? Also, what do you think helped Matt Rowland have such a strong game? Coach johnkirk: Last week was a welcome change of pace for the season. There was a lot of unease in the locker room about going winless on the season, but I think the hype of a rivalry game really put them over the top, helped them stay focused. My hope is that the win will give them confidence for the second half of the season. While bowling might not be on the agenda this year, there is still a chance for a strong core of young players to learn and progress. Matt was given a tall order on the year. We've had a lot of young guys come up to starting positions this year and implementing a new system is difficult for anyone. I think we will know more after the bye, but it looks like Matt is really starting to gel in this offense and find his footing. Early in the year, a few picks and his confidence was gone. But even after a pick last game, he rebounded with a great performance. We hope to see more from him. Tim Timms: What has been your biggest surprise this year, and what has been your biggest struggle? Coach johnkirk: To wrap both into one response, it is just how long of a process it will take to get us to our full potential. As I mentioned before there is a lot of youth in this team and a healthy crop of highly regarding recruits waiting in the redshirt wings. We have to ease into a system and its unfortunately taken longer than anticipated. If we can round out the year on a few high notes, it will be a good step forward. Tim Timms: Have you achieved what you set out to do in recruiting? How do you expect recruiting to go in the second half of the season? Coach johnkirk: I'm glad you asked this week, following the commitment of Bradley Lloyd. (I might have audibly cheered when I saw he committed) To get a fantastic player at a position of major need while fending off other instate attention is a huge boon. For my first season getting into the college recruiting game, I'm pleased with the results so far but there is certainly room for improvement. For the second half, once we, well we hope, get ground on some of our last few marquee recruits, we will be looking to round out with some solid depth. I'm also considering saving some ammo to take to the JUCO market as well. Tim Timms: What would you give as an estimated win total for this year? Any thoughts on how that might change next year as the team is led by Byron Suggs and a new wave of freshmen come in? Coach johnkirk: There are two games left on the schedule I feel we have a good chance in, but I'd like to see us get to four wins on the year. The fourth win would require a pretty hefty upset but I think these guys have the fire and spark to get it done. Tough to predict for next year. Byron has been coming along well in practice and as a team member, but we will fully review our team come next season and make a decision then. However should our youth progress ideally, I could very well see us at 6 wins. Onto what is becoming a, what I will call, "fun" section for me. The recruiting battles in which I have no idea what is going to happen next. I think I need Jieret's prediction skills for these ones. WR Jordan Barnes, Target, 1.5/4.5 Top Teams: (Signed) They got him! After fighting a back and forth battle with the Buckeyes, beeznik has a receiver of the future, and a good one at that. I don't know if he will redshirt or not, but he will certainly be a big target for current redshirt Austin Lowe for at least a few seasons. OT Isaac Decker, Run Blocking, 2.0/5.0 Top Teams: , Toledo has just kept plodding along with Northwestern, not worried about putting too much on too early, as they want to get more than one recruit this season. They are playing the long game here, so this might stick around in this section until season's end. OLB Bradley Lloyd, Coverage, 1.0/4/0 Top Teams: (Signed) Coach Johnkirk has put the moves on Michigan, pulling away a very solid player from them. Lloyd will almost certainly redshirt, and will be a multi-year starter for the Chips, locking down backs and tight ends. WR Ajani Jennings, Target, 1.0/4.0 Top Teams: , EMU holds on, and Jennings might follow Lloyd's lead and commit to a MAC Michigan school, rather than a Big Ten Michigan team. This isn't over, but as the season progresses, Jamzz will most likely have a target for Giovanni Shaw and when he graduates, one of the myriad of 3.5 star freshmen the Eagles have. (One redshirting and two already redshirted). QB Misu Curtis, Hybrid, 1.5/4.0 Top Teams: , Now that NIU is coachless, and it looks like they will remain so, Curtis will be redshirting behind Chase Sims next season, and when he takes over he will have a very strong team around him, with a scarier DeSean Madison (I don't want to see that) as his backfield partner. CB Cooper Rainey, Man Coverage, 1.0/4.0 Top Teams: , This remains locked up, despite both teams efforts at signing the best man-coverage corner prospect in Illinois. This will be a very tight battle to the end, and this might be the closest thing to a tie we get. OT Felix McCormick, Pass Blocking, 1.0/4.0 Top Teams: , Now the "screw Tim" recruit of the week, McCormick had only one school on his board last week, and after a pair of visits organised by caesari, he has now written REDHAWKS in big letters over Kent State. Will the Golden Flashes look to build their lead back up, or will it be left for another year? FS Donte Murphy-Neal, Zone Coverage, 1.5/4.0 Top Teams: , , + Ball State are matching pace with the instate giants for Murphy-Neal. The question is, are the Fighting Illini content with 3.5 star Free Safety Jaden Hobson that they have already signed this cycle, or are they looking for more? Ball state is just looking to add talent wherever they can, and a solid free safety is a good place to start. DE David Hunt, Contain, 1.0/3.5 Top Teams: , , The pecking order stays the same, and I don't think there was much recruiting targeted at Hunt this week. He will be a solid starter for any team, but not something to get too excited about, so most teams will be looking to add higher rated players or address key needs before filling out depth. And on that note, that's all we have time for this week. I've been Tim Timms and this has been the week 8 MAC recruiting recap show! Good luck to the MAC teams out on the field this week. Thank you to @johnkirk for the interview.
  2. GG @Jieret, knew this was coming. Kinda annoyed with two short field goals, but it wouldn't have mattered in the end. Happy to have kept you to 3-13, and Garland only had 1 pick as well (also need interception on WMU defensive stats please thanks).
  3. @ZackTyzwyz holy shit that was close, you got something going here!
  4. That's how I did it before, just making sure of it.
  5. What do we do about vacancies?
  6. Welcome to the 4th instalment of the MAC Recruiting Recap show! I am your host Tim Timms, and it's great to be back for another week of recruiting talk! Another slow week, with only 7 commits, as the recruiting front is becoming a war of attrition. It seems that there will be a lot of recruits closed out late in the season, and many close battles that will be won on seemingly small decisions. It will be a lot of fun to cover this as we continue into the season. The table has changed quite a bit this week, with and rising, as they both signed one 4.5 star player each. Despite having the two biggest classes of the conference, and are ranked quite low, as the quality of player is not as high as teams like Kent State and Central Michigan. Total Recruits Team 2.5-Star 3-Star 3.5-Star 4-Star 4.5-Star 5-Star Total Tot. Stars Avg. Stars 1 Ohio 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 5 2 Miami (OH) 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 8 4 7 Kent State 0 0 3 3 1 0 7 27 3.86 5 Central Michigan 0 0 3 1 1 0 5 19 3.8 5 Ball State 0 0 3 1 1 0 5 19 3.8 4 Buffalo 0 0 3 0 1 0 4 15 3.75 3 Northern Illinois 0 1 1 0 1 0 3 11 3.66 4 Western Michigan 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 14 3.5 10 Akron 1 2 5 1 1 0 10 34.5 3.45 10 Eastern Michigan 0 4 5 0 0 1 10 34.5 3.45 5 Bowling Green 0 4 0 1 0 0 5 16 3.2 0 Toledo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 After another week of signings, the MAC as a whole went down in the national rankings, as only two teams went up, the same two that moved up in the table. One highly touted prospect each moved NIU and Ball State up tremendously, and all the other teams apart from recruit-less Toledo dropped, as if they did sign any recruits, they weren't particularly talented. Kent State (Class rank: 52) -8 Akron (Class rank: 59) -5 Eastern Michigan (Class rank: 62) -5 Central Michigan (Class rank: 67) -7 Ball State (Class rank: 76) +25 Ohio (Class rank: 90) -7 Buffalo (Class rank: 92) -4 Northern Illinois (Class rank: 97) +17 Miami(OH) (Class rank: 104) -6 Bowling Green (Class rank: 110) -5 Western Michigan (Class rank: 112) -4 Toledo (Class rank: 119) +0 After picking up his first win as a head coach this week, I was able to speak with Jamzz. He seemed very confident in the ability of his team and himself, maybe more so than many outsider, but I do agree that in the near future they could be a force, with Giovanni Shaw and recruit Tyler Pearson leading the team from the front. Tim Timms: Great to have you on the show, coach. Coach Jamzz: Thanks for having me on. Tim Timms: What is your target win total for the season? Would you be happy with solid performances and not wins? Coach Jamzz: Currently the goal is to get six wins and reach a bowl game. It may seem unrealistic with our slow start to the season but we feel like we've figured out some of our problems and that the schedule opens up a bit for us towards the end of the season. To answer the second part of your question, winning is always important and it's our main goal, but we also understand that we've been outmatched against some of the teams we've played and the solid performances are good to see. Tim Timms: Did you have any goals for this recruiting cycle? Building a base for the roster or trying to add some cornerstones? Coach Jamzz: My main goal for recruiting this year was to fill in the holes to the roster and add as much depth as I can. We're also looking to add in a few stars along the way but first we need to add in depth if we plan on being successful in the future. Tim Timms: Are you happy with how recruiting has gone, and how it is going in terms of current battles over recruits? Coach Jamzz: I'm pleased with how recruiting has gone so far. I feel like we've done pretty well to get the recruits we have, and I'm confident we can get the rest that we're aiming for. Now, an update on the recruiting battles we looked at last week. WR Jordan Barnes, Target, 1.5/4.5 Top Teams: , And now he isn't changing his mind. Barnes has kept his top target this week after changing two weeks in a row. The Bobcats are building a lead on the 6"0, 223 receiver out of Ada, and he looks to be a major building block to pair with Nicholas Blackwell, their only signing to this point. OT Isaac Decker, Run Blocking, 2.0/5.0 Top Teams: , The wildcats keep on frustrating Toledo, who are a long way from their classes of yesteryear. Northwestern has a sizeable lead on Decker at the moment, but there is almost no way that they will be able to take away Toledo's star recruit, unless they sacrifice their entire class for him. OLB Bradley Lloyd, Coverage, 1.0/4/0 Top Teams: , And after all my talk of Michigan taking Lloyd, Johnkirk continues to prove me wrong, maintaining his lead on the cover specialist. This could become a very dire contest, if the Wolverines decide they want Lloyd, but it looks like they are pulling out of this one. But, as I said before, I seemingly have very little insight into this battle, so I'm not putting my money on any result just yet. WR Ajani Jennings, Target, 1.0/4.0 Top Teams: , Well, who's going to listen to me now? Following the lead of CMU, a smaller Michigan school is taking a solid recruit from one of the big two in state schools. Jamzz has kept this tight all the way, and has made a move for Jennings, who will provide a very nice upgrade at receiver. Now, how will the Spartans respond? QB Misu Curtis, Hybrid, 1.5/4.0 Top Teams: , Despite Western Michigan's lead, NIU is not completely out of this. Or so I thought, I have just received word that coach Noobie has been fired, and now his assistants will have to take the reigns. This looked to be in the Bronco's favour, but is now almost a sure thing that he will be the successor to Chase Sims. CB Cooper Rainey, Man Coverage, 1.0/4.0 Top Teams: , Neither team is letting up here, and this could go to the last week of recruiting, unless someone pulls out. 2 teams with similar levels of prestige, two good coaches and a very important player for both teams. This is definitely one to keep an eye on. OT Felix McCormick, Pass Blocking, 1.0/4.0 Top Teams: , + Kent State keep their lead over McCormick. Not a lot to talk about here, he will be signed very soon and Miami have moved onto what they hope are bigger and better things. We have our first signed player of the covered recruits, as ILB Gregory Wilkins has signed with Ball State. Having secured their star recruit, they have been propelled upwards in the rankings, both in conference and nationally. And two new recruits we will be following over the coming weeks: FS Donte Murphy-Neal, Zone Coverage, 1.5/4.0 Top Teams: , , + Ball State is looking to add to a class growing in strength, and they are neck and neck with Illinois. Murphy-Neal comes with a slightly higher floor than most, but the Cardinals already have a free safety of similar potential red-shirting this season, so I'm not sure how necessary this is for them. The Fighting Illini on the other hand, have one of the best free safeties in the country, Tyler Patino, who is a junior. If he doesn't declare, then it give Murphy-Neal a year to sit and learn behind a great talent, and take his game to another level. DE David Hunt, Contain, 1.0/3.5 Top Teams: , , The Golden Flashes lead on Hunt, and Notre Dame have had an offer on him for a while. Only recently however, Toledo has come in with an offer of their own. Kent State seems to be building towards a 3-4, and another contain style end to pair with Geno Mason is what they are looking. Toledo has a small weakness at defensive end in comparison to the rest of their roster, and they have quite a few upperclassmen, so Hunt will be a replacement of similar level for those leaving. The Irish have a junior starting at both ends, so Hunt would be redshirted and starting in 2022. Thanks again for tuning in to the MAC Network, I have been Tim Timms, and this has been another Recruiting Recap Show! Thank you to Jamzz for the interview.
  7. Welcome back to the MAC Recruiting Recap show! I am your host Tim Timms, it's great to be back for another week of recruiting talk! A better week for signings, as we had 16 commits. Coach Jamzz managed to bring in 6 players this week, and some may have a chance to start next season, but they will definitely be raw if Jamzz makes the decision to give them the starting role. A lot of mid-tier players signing this week after a flurry of highly rated recruits coming to everyone's favourite conference. Akron continue to build a large and deep class after a particularly weak one last season, and they are only two players short of the total they managed to sign last season. Here we have our table of recruits by average potential, and atop sits Ohio, not moving until they sign more than 1 recruit. EMU dropped 5 spots, a result of a large number of lower potential commits. Kent State and Central Michigan maintain their strong starts to the recruiting season, as Kent State continues to sign a large number of recruits of reasonable quality, a step in the right direction for them. Total Recruits Team 2.5-Star 3-Star 3.5-Star 4-Star 4.5-Star 5-Star Total Tot. Stars Avg. Stars 1 Ohio 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 5 2 Miami (OH) 0 0 0 2 0 0 2 4 4 7 Kent State 0 0 3 3 1 0 7 16.5 3.86 5 Central Michigan 0 0 3 1 1 0 5 19 3.8 4 Buffalo 0 0 3 0 1 0 4 15 3.75 4 Ball State 0 0 3 1 0 0 3 7.5 3.63 8 Eastern Michigan 0 2 5 0 0 1 8 8.5 3.56 4 Western Michigan 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 3.5 3.5 9 Akron 1 2 4 1 1 0 9 31 3.44 3 Bowling Green 0 2 0 1 0 0 3 10 3.33 2 Northern Illinois 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 6.5 3.25 0 Toledo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Also, we have a nationwide ranking for recruiting this season, and post week 6, this is how the MAC is shaping up. Kent State (Class rank: 44) Akron (Class rank: 54) Eastern Michigan (Class rank: 57) Central Michigan (Class rank: 60) Ohio (Class rank: 83) Buffalo (Class rank: 88) Miami(OH) (Class rank: 98) Ball State (Class rank: 101) Bowling Green (Class rank: 105) Western Michigan (Class rank: 108) Northern Illinois (Class rank: 114) Toledo (Class rank: 119) Overall, the MAC doesn't look to be in a great way as a conference, with some of the top tier teams struggling so far. On the bright side, lower tier teams such as Kent State, Eastern Michigan and Central Michigan are looking to build strong classes as a foundation for future success. On to the interview for the week. I was able to talk to beeznik, the coach of the 2-2 Ohio Bobcats, about his recruiting efforts, his team's performance and his expectations for the season. Tim Timms: Thanks for coming on the show Coach! Coach beeznik: Thanks for having me. Tim Timms: Let's get right into the questions. Considering your championship and bowl game wins last year, what are your expectations for this season? Coach beeznik: I expect to win the conference and a bowl game. However, I do know the road will be a tough one as the conference is much more competitive this year. Tim Timms: How many recruits are you looking to sign by the end of the season, as you only have 1? Where would you hope to finish in terms of ranking in the MAC and in the Nation? Coach beeznik: For this year, it's not so much quantity as it is quality. I went all in on the DE out of Florida, and he's gonna be a good one. If I can fill several more positions out with top quality talent to really take the team to the next level, that will be huge. Tim Timms: Are you happy with your start to the season, both in recruiting and in games? Coach beeznik: I'm....content. I knew 2-2 was a real possibility. We played and lost to two ranked teams (SMU and Maryland) and beat a tough Buffalo team too. I would really have liked to win that close one against SMU though. Recruiting could be going more smooth, but when you get in a battle for recruits, it inevitably will slow you down for signings. That said, we're ahead of where we were last year. Now, an update on the recruiting battles we looked at last week. WR Jordan Barnes, Target, 1.5/4.5 Top Teams: , For the second week in a row, Barnes has changed his top school. After the Buckeyes scheduled a school and coaches visit last week, beeznik pulled out his visits and took what looks to be a commanding lead. What was looking like a tough battle for the Bobcats has just become one which looks a bit easier, and he could be signed in a few weeks. OT Isaac Decker, Run Blocking, 2.0/5.0 Top Teams: , And Toledo continues to struggle this year. The Wildcats are keeping this well within reach, but Toledo should come out on top eventually. I mean, who wouldn't want to be on this Toledo squad next year? OLB Bradley Lloyd, Coverage, 1.0/4/0 Top Teams: , Coach Johnkirk is looking for a strong future starter in Lloyd, who will be replacing upperclassmen in a couple of years. Michigan is just looking to add depth, as they have two young starters at outside backer, but the Wolverines should have this under wraps if it goes for much longer. WR Ajani Jennings, Target, 1.0/4.0 Top Teams: , After pulling ahead last week, the Spartans have kept their lead on Jennings, and maybe even increased it. Jamzz is already building a solid and well rounded class, and maybe Jennings may have to be let go to continue building a foundation of starters for the coming years. And now to some conference battles QB Misu Curtis, Hybrid, 1.5/4.0 Top Teams: , Michigan's top QB will be going to Kalamazoo in a few weeks, after Jieret continued building his lead on Curtis. Noobie's hopes for a stronger signal caller will go unanswered for the season, unless something big changes. CB Cooper Rainey, Man Coverage, 1.0/4.0 Top Teams: , And the Broncos continue to battle. The conference's best cornerback group is looking to be rejuvenated, with the possibility of Taylor leaving at season's end to play on Sundays. If he doesn't enter the draft early, it will give Rainey a red-shirt season to grow. Ohio are in two tight battles over big recruits at the moment, it will be interesting to see if they can pull through with both. And two battles that are all but wrapped up, ILB Gregory Wilkins, Will, 1.0/4.5 Top Teams: , + Now almost a sure thing, Wilkins will be signed to Ball State within the next 2 or 3 weeks. Darkage hasn't lost his whole class for the chance at one player, and wisely dropped out of this race. Experience from last year may have helped with that decision. OT Felix McCormick, Pass Blocking, 1.0/4.0 Top Teams: , + After battling for McCormick for a few weeks, TazerMan looks to bringing in the undersized tackle. Visits were used, and even though the Flashes have a tackle redshirting, McCormick has a higher ceiling, and building a stronger o-line can never hurt a team. Thanks again for tuning in to the MAC Network, goodbye, and good luck to the MAC teams playing this weekend! Thank you to beeznik for the interview.
  8. Welcome back to the MAC Recruiting Recap show! I am your host Tim Timms, and its great to be back after a break in the recruiting cycle. A bit of a down week in terms of number of recruits, as only 6 signed to MAC schools this week. It seems like its time for the corner issue in the MAC to be solved, at least a bit, with CMU and Miami grabbing one each. Kent State are building a strong core for this class, bringing in a QB, RB, DE and ILB who should all be much better than the current players for the Flashes. The signees look to be of a bit lower quality than Week 4, but solid starters or depth for the future. However, none of these players come ready to make an impact as true freshmen, and expect many to be red-shirted. Total Recruits Team 2.5-Star 3-Star 3.5-Star 4-Star 4.5-Star 5-Star Total Tot. Stars Avg. Stars 1 Ohio 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 5 2 Eastern Michigan 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 8.5 4.25 4 Kent State 0 0 0 3 1 0 4 16.5 4.125 1 Miami (OH) 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 4 4 5 Central Michigan 0 0 3 1 1 0 5 19 3.8 2 Ball State 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 7.5 3.75 4 Buffalo 0 0 3 0 1 0 3 15 3.75 3 Western Michigan 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 3.5 3.5 6 Akron 1 1 3 1 0 0 6 20 3.33 3 Bowling Green 0 2 0 1 0 0 3 10 3.33 2 Northern Illinois 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 6.5 3.25 0 Toledo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Due to the lack of exciting recruiting that happened this week, I thought I'd see if I could interview a MAC coach about their team's performance this season. Lucky for me, I was able to have a chat with Coach caesari of the 4-0 Miami(OH) Redhawks, AND Coach Darkage of the 3-0 Akron Zips. An excerpt from my talk with Darkage. Overall he was very optimistic for the season, setting a high bar for himself and his players. Tim Timms: What do you attribute your strong performances this season to? Good coaching, players performing well or both? Coach Darkage: I would mostly give it to the players... they train hard, work hard, and want to win. Coaching is a small part of what it takes to win games. Tim Timms: What do you think is the main difference between this season and last, considering you are only two wins away from last year's win total? Coach Darkage: Last season we had a tough schedule at the start of our year... Our tough schedule this year starts against Indiana. Our players have definitely improved and so has my coaching ... hoping to see a W next week too. Tim Timms: What is your best case scenario and worst case scenario for the season? Coach Darkage: Best case is we win the Mac championship and a bowl game... Worst case is we don't get a bowl game at all. I'm hoping to be the first Akron coach to make a bowl game and conference championship, and most importantly win it. And now to caesari, who was quietly confident in his team, but didn't try and build too much hype. I think there is enough of that already. Tim Timms: What were your expectations coming into this campaign? Coach caesari: Our sights were set on a bowl game and competing for the MAC. It's stiff competition, but we like our odds at this point of being bowl eligible - there's still a long way to go to prove we actually are a top team in the conference and to competing at the level we want to compete at. Tim Timms: What is your best case scenario and worst case scenario for the season? Coach caesari: I think 10+ wins and making the MAC championship are within reach, and of course would be the goal. Bowl eligibility is within reach, and that's our first priority. Tim Timms: Now, we can't have this interview without talking about Zack Cera. He is on pace to throw for 3696, 39, 9: an absolutely mind-boggling stat line. Is this what you expected coming into the season? Coach caesari: I said before the season I thought he'd have a shot at MAC records when all is said and done. At this point, he's still young and learning, so my hope is that he just continues to grow as a player and lead the team well. Now, an update on the recruiting battles we looked at last week. WR Jordan Barnes, Target, 1.5/4.5 Top Teams: , The top receiver in Ohio has changed his primary interest this week, as the Buckeyes have had him come in for a visit, and had the coaches go out to him. This is looking like it will become a long battle for Beeznik, who might only just come out on top due to prestige gained from that championship victory last season. OT Isaac Decker, Run Blocking, 2.0/5.0 Top Teams: , A very close contest here, Toledo just ahead. Even though robcarlson77 is looking to get a bookend with potential to start as a true freshman, Toledo has the appeal of a program on the rise, and one that was favoured to win the MAC Championship last year. Toledo might have to wait a while, but Decker will most likely end up in a Rocket uniform. OLB Bradley Lloyd, Coverage, 1.0/4/0 Top Teams: , Coach Johnkirk is looking for a strong future starter in Lloyd, who will be replacing upperclassmen in a couple of years. Michigan is just looking to add depth, as they have two young starters at outside backer, but the Wolverines should have this under wraps if it goes for much longer. WR Ajani Jennings, Target, 1.0/4.0 Top Teams: , Last week this looked very tight, but the Spartans are pulling ahead now, and unless the Eagles really commit to getting Jennings, it looks like SlinkyJr is going to have a big target for the future. If the Eagles do commit, they are going to struggle building a large class, as they only have 2 commits so far. A tough decision for Jammz early in his career, and one that will have a big impact on the coming seasons. And now to some conference battles QB Misu Curtis, Hybrid, 1.5/4.0 Top Teams: , Curtis looks to be staying instate with the Broncos, despite Noobie's efforts to draw him down to DeKalb. The Huskies quarterbacks are struggling at the moment, and Noobie is looking for his saviour, and in his eyes Curtis is the man for the job. But, with Western Michigan's lead on him, it seems unlikely that he will have his prayers answered. CB Cooper Rainey, Man Coverage, 1.0/4.0 Top Teams: , Ohio are pushing for Rainey, having leapfrogged the Broncos and now sitting ahead with not too small a lead. Rainey would be an important piece in a young and talented defense that is really only missing corners, and we know what this Bobcat team can do. Jieret is looking to continue building the best CB group in the conference, and with the possibility of Sean Taylor leaving, he may be looking for a new top dog. ILB Gregory Wilkins, Will, 1.0/4.5 Top Teams: , Despite Darkage's best efforts, lrickar's man looks to be going "home" to Muncie. The Zips have gone after another stud ILB for the second year in a row, and neither have signed, hopefully this one doesn't have the effect that going after Nazir Flowers did last year for the Akron class. And to finish, a battle that has been building for a while OT Felix McCormick, Pass Blocking, 1.0/4.0 Top Teams: , Miami has 2 sophomore tackles starting, and has another freshman red-shirting. McCormick would be better than two of these and similar in potential to one, as caesari looks to continue with solid bookends. On the other side, Kent State is looking for a major upgrade at tackle, and McCormick would come in as a red-shirt sophomore the year after the current starters have graduated. For Coach TazerMan this would be a great time to pick up a blindside protector for the recently signed Cameron Hare, as they would both come in and play as red-shirt freshmen, and he is in a growing lead for this recruit. Thanks for tuning in again to the MAC Network, its goodbye from me, and I wish the MAC boys out there this weekend the best of luck! Thank you to both caesari and Darkage for taking the time to talk to me this week.
  9. Final Score Bowling Green - 28 Kent State - 41 Player of the game - John Garland, KNT, 17 of 29 for 203 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT, 6 for 68 yards, 1 TD ("Fight on For KSU" is just audible from the locker rooms) "Well that was a good one, wasn't it? Very happy with that performance, +2 turnover differential for the game and 41 points is definitely a great performance from the boys. Not so happy with giving up 28 points in a half, but the defense did well, and Quinn showed up big with that pick-six." (Music gradually growing louder and much shouting heard) "Starting with the D, fantastic first half! Even though the Falcons haven't played that well offensively this season they have some potential. Nehemiah terrorised that line all day, and got a payoff with his sack, and his pressure lead to 2 picks, so a great day for him after being really quiet in the first 3 games. Aaron had another good game, very thankful that he transferred. Second half we let them off the hook, and we can't do that, most games we aren't going to have a 28 point lead, so that'll be addressed at training definitely, focus and stamina" ("Fight on" is beginning to drown out Coach, and a large group of people walking down the hall can be heard) "Offensively, really happy with how Harrison has played, twice getting close to 100 on the ground now, and showing up in the air. Upfront we held well against a strong front seven, probably the best game from the O-line. And John with a 3 TD, no turnover day, that is what we like from our leader, that's a great example to all the guys. He had some struggles with missed passes and a couple of miscommunications, but can't be mad at the final product" (John Garland walks around the corner leading the marching band, jumping up and down) "Let's fucking gooooo! Woooooooooooo! That's how we play, isn't it coach!" (Coach has his head in his hands) "Come on man, we just fucking won! 2 in a row baby!" "John, calm down. Just let me finish the damn press conference" (Garland runs and jumps, tackling coach out of his seat, then begins trying him to shake him into excitement) "COME ON COACH! SMILE OR SOMETHING!" "John! Get off me for Christ's sake!" (Garland eventually gets off, flashes the camera a smile then jogs back to the band and they continue marching along playing "Fight on", coach climbs back onto the chair) "Sorry about that. The floor is open for questions" Coach TazerMan after being tackled by Garland
  10. Good Game @DJSquiggle, surprised that I got away with allowing 28 points considering my offense.
  11. Best!Miami back at it again!
  12. Welcome everyone to the first MAC Recruiting Recap show! I am your host Tim Timms, and I am happy to be with you for my first appearance on the Network! After the first round of signings, the MAC had a total of 27 recruits commit, and some of these players are almost guaranteed to become big names in the MAC, and maybe take their talents to the pro game. Only two teams didn't have a signing, but these teams don't have too much to worry about, as they are 3-0 Miami (Best!Miami) and 2-1 Toledo . A couple of trends that seem to be coming through are the desire for a strong rushing presence in the conference, with 4 4-star or higher backs already signed, and 3 of these of are strong between the tackle runners, possibly taking the torch from veterans of the conference like Mamadou Wynn. Also, it seems that there was a strong need for outside backers, particularly in the City of Good Neighbours, where they grabbed 3 early on. Below is a chart of all teams recruits so far by potential, ranked by highest average potential. Total Recruits Team 2.5-Star 3-Star 3.5-Star 4-Star 4.5-Star 5-Star Total Tot. Stars Avg. Stars 1 Ohio 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 5 2 Eastern Michigan 0 0 1 0 0 1 2 8.5 4.25 2 Kent State 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 8.5 4.25 4 Central Michigan 0 0 2 1 1 0 4 15.5 3.875 2 Ball State 0 0 1 1 0 0 2 7.5 3.75 4 Buffalo 0 0 3 0 1 0 3 15 3.75 1 Western Michigan 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 3.5 3.5 6 Akron 1 1 3 1 0 0 6 20 3.33 3 Bowling Green 0 2 0 1 0 0 3 10 3.33 2 Northern Illinois 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 6.5 3.25 0 Miami (OH) 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Toledo 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 Luckily for me, I was able to talk to a few coaches about their thoughts on the early days of this recruiting cycle. Unfortunately, due to time constraints, we could only fit one interview into the program, so here is Jieret, coach of the Western Michigan Broncos. Tim Timms: Good to have you here coach, welcome to the first recruiting recap show for 2020! Coach Jieret: Thanks for having me here Tim. Tim: Now, lets get into the questions. What was your strategy going into the recruiting season? Coach Jieret: Filling positions of need, definitely. Most recruits aren't ready to contribute until year two at the earliest, so you have to look ahead and see the roster holes at least that far away. Tim: Where do you think your recruiting efforts rank compared to the rest of the MAC? Coach Jieret: I think the overall caliber of player I'm going for is a little higher than most of the MAC, but that's a bit misleading. I feel my roster is in the upper half of the conference, so I can aim a little higher. Tim: Did you have any goals for this class in terms of when they will impact your roster? Coach Jieret: It's about building into the future. I have a good roster now, but I ultimately want a roster that is competitive year in and year out. I'm not at the point that I can just grab one or two impact players and go for it next year. Tim: Has your plan and strategy changed much from your initial goal? Coach Jieret: No, not yet. Tim: Finally, are you happy with how recruiting is shaping up for you? Coach Jieret: For the most part, yes. I do regret wasting a couple of scholarships early, and I believe I have the least amount of committed players at this point. But I expected most of my recruiting to be a long-term process, so I'm not too worried yet. We thank coach Jieret for his time and wish WMU the best for the season. Now, a quick look at some major recruiting battles over highly touted prospects with MAC teams involved. WR Jordan Barnes, Target, 1.5/4.5 Top Teams: , The Bobcats are looking to bring in another fantastic recruit in Barnes to complement their 5-star DE, Nicholas Blackwell. They look to be in the lead over the Buckeyes, and with visits coming up and the Bobcats having a stronger recruiting department, it looks like Ohio will be addressing a major need, as their top 4 receivers are upperclassmen. A very solid start to recruiting for Beeznik. OT Isaac Decker, Run Blocking, 2.0/5.0 Top Teams: , Toledo are just unstoppable on the recruiting path it seems, as they are on their way to adding another 5-star recruit in Decker, who could quite possibly start next year at Right Tackle. The main weakness of this Toledo squad is their o-line, but already they have one young and talented bookend, getting two would make this a scary team in years to come. Next year they would have Ciamo and Thompson ready to dominate with a better line than this year. #Toledo2021 OLB Bradley Lloyd, Coverage, 1.0/4/0 Top Teams: , This could be very interesting, with CMU in the lead for a player who could get a lot of playing time in a few years, with both starting outside linebackers on the depth chart being upperclassmen. The only problem is that they are competing with Michigan, who always have the draw of being a big school. This could be a very important battle for the Chips to win, and will require some strong persuasion to get Llyod to Mt. Pleasant. WR Ajani Jennings, Target, 1.0/4.0 Top Teams: , A very tight battle here, and one that EMU is clearly keen to win, as Daniel Lentz will have just graduated if Jennings is redshirted, giving the Eagles a strong future number 1 receiver to work with. However, the Spartans are always going to have the advantage being the bigger school, so EMU will have to make a strong push to secure Jennings. And to finish the program, some MAC recruiting battles QB Misu Curtis, Hybrid, 1.5/4.0 Top Teams: , Having dominated the rushing scene in the MAC for years, the Broncos are looking to get a local signal caller to take over for Chase Sims after his graduation, and Curtis would have time to sit and develop. Meanwhile, at NIU, Charlie Sanford has been benched after some poor performances, and Coach Noobie is already looking for his successor in Curtis. A battle like this could have significant impacts on the future of the MAC, definitely one to keep an eye on. CB Cooper Rainey, Man Coverage, 1.0/4.0 Top Teams: , As discussed in the preseason previews for each MAC team, the lack of strong cornerbacks in the MAC is a major issue for many teams, and Beeznik is looking to get a future rock. The only team with any depth past their number 1 is the Broncos, and they are looking to add to that, and if they can continue adding to their perennial strength and depth at corner while denying other conference teams, it will be a huge win for Jieret. ILB Gregory Wilkins, Will, 1.0/4.5 Top Teams: , Ball state's star recruit is receiving some attention from Coach Darkage, and it looks like Wilkins is showing a bit of interest back. If Akron could manage to get Wilkins, it would be huge for them, with both starting ILBs graduating in the next 2 years, and they could give him a redshirt season without a major loss at the position. While this would be great for Akron, chances are Wilkins is going to Ball State, who have some young linebackers, but a player of Wilkins quality can't be passed up, and with a strong class last year, this signing could set up the Cardinals for a strong team in the near future. Thanks for tuning in to the MAC Network, Goodbye from me, and good luck to all MAC teams playing this week!
  13. I feel like we won't hold 8th place for very long. Beat the single worst team by 8 so I'm feeling a bit sketchy.
  14. First of all, I'd just like to say well done to the team for our first win on the season. Offensively, I was pretty happy, especially with John. 19 for 26 is a very solid performance for him, and this was a good bounce back game for him coming off two very tough games to start the season. Even though he threw a pick, he still managed to move us efficiently down field, 8.8 yards per attempt is good enough to get it done. Harrison had a great game as well, getting over 130 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown while averaging 4.5 yards per carry. However, we need to do better on 3rd down, 3-11 won't cut it against higher level competition. On the Defensive side of the ball, we got 2 sacks and an interception and allowed 13. We made it pretty tough to pass and if we keep improving as a unit I think we can get some low scores and turnovers which will give us some very winnable games. The floor is open for questions.
  15. First win! Also 16 total sacks is pretty crazy with no one one the statsheet