Preview 2018: Eastern Michigan Eagles. So Close, But ...

Preview 2018: Eastern Michigan Eagles. So Close, But ...

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Preview 2018: Eastern Michigan Eagles. So Close, But ...


Best Eastern Michigan Offensive Player

OG Jimmy Leatiota, Sr.
The hope is for Wiegers to take advantage of his opportunity and be the star who takes EMU football to a whole other level. But it’ll be the great O line that has to give him a chance to work.

The 6-3, 295-pound Leatiota is the all-star guard with the quickness to play tackle, but the toughness to be the leader on the inside at either guard spot. Flanked by all-star tackles Chris Bukoski and Steve Nelson, and with veteran center Dakota Tallman anchoring the front five, EMU is rock solid.

2. QB Tyler Wiegers, Sr.
3. RB Ian Eriksen, Sr.
4. OT Chris Bukoski, Sr.
5. OT Steve Nielsen, Jr.

Best Eastern Michigan Defensive Player

DE Maxx Crosby, Jr.
The 6-5, 265-pound Texas native was a decent high school player, but nothing special. After redshirting a year and beefing up a bit, he made a nice impact as a freshman with 35 tackles and 5.5 tackles for loss. And then it all blew up last season, cranking up 57 stops with 11 sacks, 16.5 tackles for loss, and a fumble recovery for a score in his All-MAC season.

2. LB Brody Hoying, Jr.
3. DE Jeremiah Harris, Sr,
4. S Vince Calhoun, Jr.
5. S Justin Moody, Sr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

QB Tyler Wiegers, Sr. 
The 6-4, 225-pounder was neck-and-neck for the Iowa starting job going into last year – after serving as the backup to C.J. Beathard in 2015 – but he was beaten out by Nathan Stanley, saw limited time, and wasn’t going to take over the job this year.

So it’s off to EMU as a grad transfer, where he’s a much-needed fit for an offense that should be stronger with him at the helm. He’s got the size, the arm, and the upside to be a dangerous pro-style passer, but he can move, too.

Key Game To The Eastern Michigan Season

Northern Illinois, Sept. 29 
The MAC opener is on the road at Buffalo a few weeks earlier, but with Western Michigan and Toledo to follow the date with NIU, this is a desperate must-win to have any real chance of getting in the West race.

The Eagles lost 30-27 last season, making it ten straight defeats to the Huskies since a 21-19 win in 2007. Before that, the last win – and the last home victory – came in 2000.

2017 Eastern Michigan Fun Stats

– Overtime Scoring: Opponents 23 – EMU 10
– 4th Down Conversions: Opponents 10-of-17 (59%) – EMU 2-of-10 (20%)
– Kickoff Return Average: Opponents 21.4 yards – EMU 16.7 yards

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