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[2023] Season in Review: Eastern Michigan

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Coach: @wisconsinfan

Pre-Season Projection: 3-9

Final Record: 3-9 (2-6), 5th in MAC West

 

The Eagles came into the season with some major holes. They hadn't done a great job of getting talent, and this season bore that out. Tyler Pearson did whatever he could to drag this team forward, but it just wasn't enough. The DL showed up, but the rest of the Defense didn't.

 

Schedule

 

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EMU went 1-3 against their OOC (I'm sensing a trend), with their lone win being UTEP. They got crushed by Maryland and lost a close one to UMASS. They didn't fare much better in MAC play, beating just Miami (OH) and NIU. They did push Conference Champs CMU right to the end of the game, but came up just short. They also lost to Ball State for the first time in school history. All-in-all, just a bad season.

 

Key Players

 

QB Robert Frazier (SR) - 173/298 1,961 Yards 58.05% 14 TD 12 INT 120.78 QB Rating

RB Tyler Pearson (SO) - 254 Carry 1,577 Yards 18 TD 6.21 YPC

WR Giovanni Hooker (SR) - 35 Rec 487 Yards 5 TD 1 Drop

WR Kevin Guzman JR - 35 Rec 435 Yards 4 TD

DE Thomas Randle-Douglas (SO) - 34 Tackle 5 TFL 5.5 Sack 2 FF

DT Erik Stoner (SO) - 32 Tackle 7 TFL 5 Sack

ILB Leo Forrest (JR) - 45 Tackle 1 TFL 1 Sack 4 INT 1 PD

OLB Marlon Grier (JR) - 42 Tackle 4 TFL 2 Sack

 

Frazier doomed this team at times with his play. But, when he played well, Eastern was actually a solid team. Tyler Pearson was the best RB in a Conference that also has DeSean Madison, Damani Laws, and Alec Self. He's an absolute Star in the making. Hooker and Guzman were reliable, but the offense limited their impact. TDR and Erik Stoner were constant nuisances in the backfield and you had to gameplan around both of them. Forrest and Grier kept the middle of the field locked down as best as possible.

 

Impact Recruits

 

None

 

The Eagles had one of the worst recruiting classes in the country. They had only 1 3.5 Croot, LS Faresa Polu (1.0/3.5). For a team with already bare cupboards, to get no one of real talent, is going to bury this team even further.

 

Season Awards

 

RB Tyler Pearson - MAC Runningback of the Year

RB Tyler Pearson - All-MAC, 1st Team

DT Erik Stoner - All-MAC, 2nd Team

DE Thomas Randle-Douglas - All-MAC, 2nd Team

ILB Leo Forrest - All-MAC, 2nd Team

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:( I want to see EMU get back bowling next year

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Love that Erik Stoner is having an impact. I recruited him in the final week with a few points entirely because I have a friend named Eric Stone.

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