Today I'm going to look at the upcoming 2024 MAC season and where some of the returning offensive players stand as far as Season and Career MAC records. Not all records will be looked at, just yards and TDs. Records for even more statistics in MAC history can be found in the wiki link at the end of the post.
Yards - 4502, Byron Suggs, Central Michigan 2023
TDs - 39, Zack Cera, Miami (OH) 2021
Yards - 14339, Zack Cera, Miami (OH) 2019-2022
TDs - 129, Zack Cera, Miami (OH) 2019-2022
Byron Suggs, (Sr) 5.0/5.0 - Central Michigan
2023 season stats: 4502 yards(1st all-time), 36 TDs(t2nd), 5 Ints; Career stats: 11719yards(2nd), 93 TDs(2nd), 18 Ints
Already second all-time in multiple passing statistics, Suggs has an opportunity to rewrite the MAC record book by the end of the 2024 season. Suggs' 2023 season is first all-time in yardage and tied for second all-time in TDs. The Chippewa quarterback also set the MAC record for yards in a game with 503 against Appalachian State. If Suggs repeats his Junior season he'll find himself atop the all-time standings for MAC passing yards and second all-time in TDs thrown. It'll only take 5 picks to end up 10th in interceptions thrown but, as a 4 year starter and providing Central Michigan with its first MAC Championship, you have to imagine that's not a real concern.
Austin Lowe, (Sr) 4.0/4.0- Ohio
2023 season stats: 3909 yards(4th), 31 TDs(6th), 10 Ints; Career stats: 10335 yards (6th), 85 TDs(3rd), 21 Ints
Another 4 year starter, Lowe has flown under the radar the majority of his career and he has Suggs to thank for that. Lowe performed well in 2023 with a top 10 season statistically and brought Ohio to the MAC Championship as the East Division representatives. It's highly unlikely that Lowe will have a performance that moves him ahead Suggs or Cera but he will almost certainly be third all-time in most passing stats, still very respectable.
Yards - 1944, DeSean Madison, Western Michigan 2022
TDs - 29, Emmanuel Fields, Western Michigan 2017
Yards - 7030, DeSean Madison, Western Michigan 2020-2023
TDs - 84, DeSean Madison, Western Michigan 2020-2023
Damani Laws, (Sr) 5.0/5.0 - Ball State
2023 stats: 1615 yards, 15 TDs; Career stats: 2867 yards, 31 TDs
Alex Self, (Sr) 4.5/4.5 - Buffalo
2023 stats: 1354 yards, 15 TDs; Career stats: 1858 yards, 20 TDs
Daveed Huff, (Jr) 4.5/4.5 - Central Michigan
2023 stats: 1087 yards, 16 TDs; Career stats: 1985 yards, 25 TDs
Tyler Pearson, (Jr) 5.0/5.0 - Eastern Michigan
2023 stats: 1577 yards, 18 TDs; Career stats: 2663 yards, 32 TDs
No returning Running Back had a top 10 season in 2023 in any statistical category, but multiple were pretty close. DeSean Madison found himself everywhere in the charts but he's now a member of the Las Vegas Raiders after being drafted in the 2nd round of the 2024 NFLHC Draft. If any of the players mentioned above, particularly Laws or Pearson, repeat their 2023 efforts, they will find themselves meddling in the bottom half of the top 10 charts. If Pearson stays for his Senior year he could find himself breaking into the top 4 in multiple statistics.
Yards - 1312, Joseph Aikman, Central Michigan 2023
TDs - 14, Casey Swann, Miami (OH) 2020 & 2021
Yards - 3319, Casey Swann, Miami (OH) 2019-2022/Kenneth Harrison, Miami (OH) 2018-2021
TDs - 39, Casey Swann, Miami (OH) 2019-2022
Joseph Aikman, (Sr) 4.0/4.0 - Central Michigan
2023 stats: 1312 yards(1st), 9 TDs; Career stats: 3127 yards(3rd), 29 TDs(4th)
Dontae Peppers, (Jr) 3.5/3.5 - Central Michigan
2023 stats: 1193 yards(t3rd), 13 TDs(3rd); Career stats: 2488 yards, 22 TDs
Is it a surprise that the top returning receivers are all on the same teams as the top returning Quarterbacks? No it isn't. Both Aikman and Peppers will go down as 2 of the best to do it in the MAC Conference but they wouldn't be where they are now if it weren't for Suggs getting them the ball. Aikman will likely be at the top of most charts after the 2024 season. If Peppers keeps up his pace for his final 2 seasons, he will own most receiving records for the conference but you have to wonder if he has peaked with his output and he may feel newcomer DaeSean Daniels breathing down his neck for targets come Peppers' Senior season.
Jordan Barnes, Sr 4.5/4.5 - Ohio
2023 stats: 1084 yards(10th), 10 TDs; Career stats: 2560 yards, 25 TDs(t6th)
Miles Hooker, (So) 3.0/4.5 - Ohio
2023 stats: 1127 yards(7th), 8 TDs; Career stats: 1127 yards, 8 TDs
QB Lowe and Barnes have been a duo that have fed off each other going into their fourth year now but the addition of the dynamic Freshman Tight End Miles Hooker allowed Barnes to have more freedom on the field in 2023 and it will likely continue into the 2024 season. Depending on the season that Aikman has, Barnes may end the 2024 season as high as first all-time in receiving yards but will most likely be second and probably third or fourth in TD receptions. Hooker has the potential to be the most production Tight End in conference history and with an even more talented QB coming in next season you have to like the chances of him reaching that potential.
Where will this years class of players end up on the all-time charts?
Will any players have a dud season and not live up to their history?
What will happen if a star player gets injured?
Will any players not listed here have an all-time great season?
It's MACtion baby
MAC records can be found at http://cfbhc.com/wiki/index.php?title=MAC_conference_records