The 2018 spring college football rankings, taking the first look at the Eastern Michigan Eagles.
No. 104: Eastern Michigan Eagles
Spring Practice Starts: March 5
Spring Game: April 7
Eastern Michigan Spring Status
EMU finally turned a corner two years ago, but last season it couldn’t keep the winning season-momentum going with a massively frustrating 5-7 season.
The team couldn’t catch a break in the close games, losing six straight all by a seven points or fewer, and by a grad total of 23 points. So is it possible to turn some of those around and be a player in the MAC race?
It’s a stronger year overall for the conference, and EMU has a little bit too much work to do with the passing game and on the defensive front. However, find the right parts this offseason, and this should be one dangerous team.
Eastern Michigan Biggest Depth Chart Battle
Wide receiver. With Iowa transfer Tyler Wiegers taking over at quarterback, there’s a strong chance EMU just upgraded the position even after a solid year from veteran Brogan Roback. And he’s going to throw to … ?
The top three – and four of the top five – receivers are gone, including top target Sergio Bailey. Wiegers will make everyone around him better, but every practice this offseason will be vital.
Eastern Michigan Biggest Issue
Special teams. The receiving corps might be the biggest position problem, but what’s the difference between a winning season, and losing six painfully-close games? Giving up four blocked punts, owning one of the nation’s worst kick return games, an awful punting game, and shaky coverage teams.
Eastern Michigan Biggest Positive
The secondary. All five starters are back on the offensive line that was good in pass protection, but struggled mightily for the anemic rushing attack. All five starting defensive backs return including Vince Calhoun, Justin Moody and Brody Hoying – the base for one of the MAC’s better groups of safeties.
Really, Why Are The Eastern Michigan Eagles Ranked Here?
There’s a chance to be far, far better than this, and they might be on the preseason rankings. But first, the receiving corps needs to show it can rise up, the special teams have to be night-and-day better, and the defensive front needs a few more parts of the puzzle to help out star pass rusher Maxx Crosby.