20 Eagles Named to Football Academic All-MAC Team

CLEVELAND, Ohio (EMUEagles.com) —  The Eastern Michigan University football team had 20 student-athletes represented on the 2020 Academic All-Mid-American Conference Football Team, the conference office announced Friday, Jan. 15. The 20 Eagles honored were tied with Miami University for the second-most among MAC institutions, as Ball State University led the league with 26 selections.

Making the Academic All-MAC team were: redshirt freshman Darius Boone Jr. (Tulsa, Okla.-Union), sophomore Steve Bird (Phoenix, Ariz.-Sandra Day O’Connor), sophomore Matthew Buschman (Brighton, Mich.-Brighton), senior Jake Donnellon (Ypsilanti, Mich.-Gabriel Richard), junior Dylan Drummond (Cleveland, Ohio-Cuyahoga Heights), junior Korey Hernandez (Decatur, Ga.-Cedar Grove-Arkansas-Iowa Western C.C.), junior Joey Hiser (Dexter, Mich.-Dexter), sophomore Alex Howie (Canton, Mich.-Salem), sophomore Marcellus Johnson (Normal, Ill.-Normal Community), redshirt freshman Broderick Jordan (Lansing, Mich.-Okemos), junior Tanner Knue (Mason, Ohio-Mason), redshirt freshman Alex Merritt (Cincinnati, Ohio-Moeller), senior Thomas Odukoya (Almere, Netherlands-Helen Parkhurst-Garden City C.C.), redshirt freshman William Racely (Flushing, Mich.-Flushing), junior Chad Ryland (Lebanon, Pa.-Cedar Crest), junior Tariq Speights (Valencia, Calif.-Valencia-College of the Canyons), sophomore Carter Stagner (Birmingham, Mich.-Seaholm), redshirt freshman Lucas Tesznar (Ottawa Lake, Mich.-Whiteford), junior Grant Trueman (Chino Hills, Calif.-Chino Hills-Citrus College), and senior Mike Van Hoeven (Paw Paw, Mich.-Paw Paw).

The Academic All-MAC honor is for a student-athlete who has excelled in athletics and academics. To qualify, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative GPA and have participated in at least 50 percent of the contests for that particular sport.

Donnellon earned the recognition for the fourth time, while Van Hoeven is a three-time honoree. In total, 190 student-athletes received the honor.

The 2020 season will go down as one of the most unique seasons in EMU football history, as the team played just six games, all against conference opponents, to safely manage competition during the COVID-19 pandemic. Unlike numerous teams around the MAC, EMU was lucky to play in each of its scheduled contests, finishing with a 2-4 overall record, and 2-3 mark in West Division Play.

EMU was incredibly effective in the red zone on both sides of the ball during the 2020 season. Offensively, EMU led the nation with a 100 percent red zone scoring clip. The Eagles produced points in 28-of-28 trips inside the opponent’s 20-yard line this season, a 22.5 percent improvement over last season’s efficiency. In total, 21 of EMU’s red zone trips resulted in touchdowns. Additionally, the team averaged 4.66 trips to the red zone per game in 2020, a considerable improvement from EMU’s 2019 numbers (3.8 trips per game).


Defensively, the Eagles ranked eighth nationally in the red zone. EMU’s opponents left the red zone scoreless eight times in 28 attempts, making EMU the best red zone defense in the MAC.


Ticket information and attendance policies for the 2021 season will be announced at a later date.

EMU kicks off the year at home against Saint Francis University (Pa.), Sept. 3, before traveling to the University of Wisconsin, Sept. 11. Eastern remains on the road with a trip to Amherst, Mass. to take on former MAC foe, the University of Massachusetts, Sept. 18. The non-conference schedule concludes Sept. 25 with a home date against Texas State University.


Eastern Michigan will host four Mid-American Conference opponents: Ball State, Miami, Ohio, and Western Michigan. MAC road games will be at Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Northern Illinois, and Toledo.

2020 Academic All-MAC Football Team

Akron (11)

Ryan Beckman, Fr. (R), Business Administration, 3.309

Brandon Bischof, Jr., Exercise Science/Pre-Physical Therapy, 3.206

Zach Dilauro, So. (R), Accounting, 3.698

Jerry Fitschen, Sr. (R), Sport Science/Physical Education, 3.567

Logan Hawkins, So. (R), Sport Management, 3.572

Cameron Lyons, Jr. (R), Sport Science, 4.00

Shawn Naim, Fr. (R), Biology, 3.306

Julian Richardson, So., Sport Management, 3.677

Alex Robarge, Fr. (R), Civil Engineering, 3.661

Corey Thomas, Fr. (R), Business Administration, 3.296

Bryce Wilson, So., Sport Management, 3.254

Ball State (26)

Chris Agyemang, Grad, 3.667, MBA (grad school)

Christian Albright, Senior, 3.311, Psychological Science

Curtis Blackwell, Senior, 3.695, Business Administration

Brock Burns, R-Junior, 3.852, Communication Studies

Clayton Coll, Sophomore, 3.927, Biology

Bryce Cosby, Senior, 3.360, Telecommunications

Antwan Davis, Grad, 3.704, Athletic Coaching Education (grad school)

Jimmy Daw, R-Junior, 3.375, Business Administration

Anthony Ekpe, Grad, 3.556, MBA (grad school)

Tye Evans, R-Sophomore, 3.290, Social Work

Joseph Greenwood, Senior, 3.235, Business Administration

Hank Grenda, R-Junior, 3.330, Exercise Science

Will Jones, R-Junior, 3.351, Business Administration

Kendal Kendrick, R-Junior, 3.212, Sport Administration

Jack Knight, R-Freshman, 3.875, Accounting

Dylan Koch, R-Senior, 3.767, Information & Communication Sciences (grad school)

Brandon Martin, R-Junior, 3.221, Marketing

Cole Pearce, R-Sophomore, 3.551, Geography

Drew Plitt, R-Senior, 3.567, MBA-Finance (grad school)

Cody Rudy, R-Senior, 3.261, Family and Child (grad school)

Jack Sape, R-Sophomore, 3.361, Business Administration

Kaleb Slaven, R-Senior, 3.21, Business Administration degree (now in MBA grad program)

Nathan Snyder, Senior, 3.24 Marketing degree (now in MBA grad program)

Anthony Todd, R-Senior, 3.556, MBA (grad school)

J.T. Wahee, Grad, 3.333, Athletic Coaching Education (grad school)

Jordan Williams, R-Junior, 3.675, Accounting

Bowling Green (12)

Darren Anders, Soph., 3.627, Pre-Exercise Science

James Carolan, Sr., 3.310, Sport Management

Derek Downs, RS Jr., 3.603, Sport Management

Brock Horne, RS Fr., 3.808, Construction Management

Matt McDonald, RS Jr., 3.204, Individualized Studies

Presley Motes, RS Sr., 3.823, Master’s in Business Administration

Jordan Murphy, RS Jr., 3.565, Construction Management and Technology

Matt Naranjo, RS Sr., 3.477, Aviation Studies

Nate Needham, RS Sr., 3.440, Aviation Studies

Jake Rogers, Soph., 3.500, Business Administration

Cameron Stage, RS Soph., 3.341, Sport Management

PaSean Wimberly, RS Fr., 3.225, Architecture

Buffalo (16)

Evan Davis – Sophomore, 3.2 GPA, Criminology

Jake Fuzak – Senior, 3.2 GPA, Media Study

Ron Cook – Sophomore, 3.3 GPA, Communication

Rich Miller – Sophomore, 3.3 GPA, Exercise Science

Cory Gross – Sophomore, 3.3 GPA, Social Science Interdisciplinary

Eric Black – Junior, 3.4 GPA, Business Administration

Zac Lefebvre – Senior, 3.4 GPA, Social Science Interdisciplinary

Evan Finegan – Junior, 3.4 GPA, Business Administration

Mike Novitsky – Sophomore, 3.4 GPA, Communication

Bence Polgar – Redshirt-Freshman, 3.4 GPA, History

Tyrone Hill – Senior, 3.5 GPA, Social Science Interdisciplinary

Dominic Johnson – Senior, 3.6 GPA, Educational Studies

Jovany Ruiz – Senior, 3.7 GPA, Public Health

Alex McNulty – Sophomore, 3.7 GPA, Biology and Physics

Dom Polizzi – Redshirt-Freshman, 3.8 GPA, History

Jack Klenk – Senior, 3.8 GPA, Communication

Central Michigan (9)

Hunter Buczkowski, Senior, 3.26, Physical Education

Luke Elzinga, Redshirt Freshman, 3.32

Tyden Ferris, Sophomore, 3.27

Cade Klimczak, Redshirt Freshman, 3.56

Oakley Lavallii, Senior, 3.42, Entrepreneurship

Mark Patritto, Junior, 3.33, Business Administration

Bernhard Raimann, Junior, 3.84, Actuarial Science

Derek Smith, Senior, 3.25, Sociology

Robi Stuart, Senior, 3.85, Neuroscience

Eastern Michigan (20)
Mike Van Hoeven, Senior, 4.00, Master’s student in Exercise Physiology
Chad Ryland, Junior, 3.79, Supply Chain Management
Tanner Knue, Sophomore , 3.72, Computer Science Applied
Jake Donnellon, Senior, 3.65, Master’s student in Exercise Science
Dylan Drummond, Junior, 3.64, Finance
Matthew Buschman, Sophomore, 3.62, Finance
Joey Hiser, Junior, 3.58, Communication
William Racely, Sophomore, 3.58, Marketing
Thomas Odukoya, Senior, 3.57, Master’s in Sport Management  
Alex Merritt, Redshirt freshman, 3.55, Exploratory
Darius Boone Jr., Redshirt freshman, 3.55, Communication
Broderick Jordan, Redshirt freshman, 3.52, Accounting
Carter Stagner, Junior, 3.49, Criminology and Criminal Justice
Lucas Tesznar, Redshirt freshman, 3.45, Finance
Alex Howie, Sophomore, 3.35, Supply Chain Management
Grant Trueman, Senior, 3.35, Sport Management
Marcellus Johnson, Sophomore, 3.32, Construction Management
Tariq Speights, Junior, 3.29, General Business
Steve Bird, Sophomore, 3.23, Biology   
Korey Hernandez, Senior, 3.20, Economics

Kent State (10)

Keshunn Abram Sr. 3.21, Accounting

Dean Clark, Soph. 3.70, Business Management

Dustin Crum, Sr 3.43, Aerospace Engineering

Adam Dutka, Sr 3.38, Education

Kesean Gamble, Sr. 3.24, Criminology

Daniel Johnson, R-So, 3.39, Sociology

AJ Musolino, R-Jr, 3.37, Marketing

Matt Trickett, Jr. 3.89, Accounting

Isaac Vance, R-Jr, 3.6, Sports Administration

Xavier Williams, Jr, 3 33, Digital Sciences

Miami (20)

Griffin Baumel, Jr., 3.5, Political Science

Brendan Beattie, R-Fr., 3.34, Business Analytics

Henry Beckett, R-Fr., 3.97, Pre-med
Mike Brown, Sr., 3.36, Sports Leadership and Management

Kameron Butler, Jr., 3.38, Sports Leadership and Management

Bennett Clark, R-So., 3.33, Marketing

Tommy Doyle, Sr., 3.26, Business

Austin Ertl, So., 3.53, Marketing

Rusty Feth, So., 3.2, Sports Leadership and Management

Brett Gabbert, So, 3.52, Sports Leadership and Management

Ben Jackson, R-Fr., 3.3. Sports Leadership and Management

Zach Kahn, Sr., 3.62, Accounting

AJ Mayer, R-So., 3.45, Kinesiology

Ryan McWood, Sr., 3.3 Kinesiology

Adam Mehelic, R-Jr., 3.22, Sports Leadership and Management

Ryan Newton, R-Jr., 3.32, Education

David Redding, R-Jr., 3.28, Mechanical Engineering

Austin Robinson, So., 3.59, Sports Leadership and Management

Matthew Salopek, R-Fr., 3.55, Engineering

Sterling Weatherford, R-Jr., 3.3, Mechanical Engineering

Northern Illinois (17)

Erik Abrell, Senior, 3.71, Finance

Miles Baggett, Senior, 3.66, Sport Management

Daniel Crawford, Senior, 3.20, Enterprise Software

Leif Engstrand, RS Freshman, 3.78

Matt Ference, Senior, 3.58, Marketing // Currently in MBA Program

Nathan Harman, Sophomore, 3.31, Business Administration

J.J. Lippe, RS Freshman, 3.80

Jyran Mitchell, Sophomore, 3.32, Business Management

Benn Olson, Senior, 3.68, Engineering Management

Brayden Patton, Senior, 4.0, Media Studies

Kyle Pugh, Senior, 3.8, Kinesiology

Nick Rattin, Sophomore, 3.55

Liam Soraghan, Junior, 3.23, Mechanical Engineering

Tristen Tewes, RS Freshman, 3.93

Maximillian Thrower, Senior, 4.0, Media Studies

Mohamed Toure, RS Freshman, 3.35, Business and Marketing

Logan Zschernitz, Sophomore, 3.71

Ohio (16)

Jonathan Barna, R-Jr., 3.887

Austin Conrad, R-Sr., 3.553, Marketing/Business Analytics

Kurt Danneker, R-So., 3.26

Griffin Davies, R-Fr., 3.617

Jared Dorsa, R-Sr., 3.355

Bryce Houston, R-So., 3.469, Management & Strategic Leadership

Kyle Kelly, R-Fr., 3.405

Brett Kitrell, Sr., 3.796, Marketing

Bryce Ramer, R-So., 3.29

Kurtis Rourke, R-Fr., 3.643

Nick Sink, R-Sr., 3.263

Parker Titsworth, R-Fr., 3.506

Luke Vannest, R-Fr., 3.354

Tristian Vandenberg, R-Fr., 3.666

Anthony Whitney, R-So., 3.226

Alex Wolff, R-Sr., 3.714

Toledo (17)

Tycen Anderson, Sr., 3.345, Professional Sales

Nate Bauer, So., 3.443, Marketing

Parker Bisek, R-Fr., 3.695, Exercise Science

Carter Bradley, So., 3.405, Interdisciplinary Studies

Thomas Cluckey, So., 3.315, Mechanical Engineering

Luke Doerger, Sr., 3.371, Mechanical Engineering

Bailey Flint, Sr., 3.890, Currently pursuing an MLS with a focus in theater

Zachary Ford, So., 3.266, Marketing

Vitaliy Gurman, Sr., 3.503, Master’s in recreation and leisure studies

Bryce Harris, Sr., 3.765, Master’s in school counseling.

Tyler Long, So., 3.628, Construction Engineering Technology

Danzel McKinley-Lewis, Sr., 3.444, Communication

Sean Mills, Sr., 4.000, Operations and Supply Chain Management

Jerjuan Newton, R-Fr., 3.218, Exploratory Studies

Josh Recker, R-Fr., 3.941, Mechanical Engineering

Drew Rosi, Sr., 3.753, Finance

Nick Rosi, So., 3.380, Health Care Administration

Western Michigan (15)

Wade Buckman, Sr., 4.00

Anthony Torres, So., 3.98

Michael Caliendo, Sr., 3.92, Biomedical Sciences

Harrison Taylor, Jr., 3.92, Sales & Business Marketing

Luke Sanders, Sr., 3.88

Jake Moertl, Jr., 3.83, Pre-Management

Tanner Motz, Jr., 3.81, Environmental/Sustainability Studies

Jaxson Kincaide, Gr., 3.80

Dylan Deathrage, Jr., 3.78, Biomedical Sciences

Boone Bonnema,  So., 3.76

Mark Brooks, Sr., 3.72, Integrated Supply Management

Wesley French, Sr., 3.65

Thiago Kapps, Sr., 3.46

Addison West, Fr., 3.32

Cam Cooper, Jr., 3.31, Pre-Sales & Business Marketing