PFN Preseason All-MAC Team 2022: Lew Nichols III, Sean Tyler rush in the preseason honors

    The PFN All-MAC Team awards the top players on both sides of the ball from the conference ahead of the 2022 college football season.

    This season’s midweek MACtion should be spectacular once again as the Preseason All-MAC Team is loaded with talent. The MAC returns a crop of 1,000-yard rushers and some dominant receivers on offense, while the linebacking corps nominated here could start at any Power Five school across college football. Presented in conjunction with our release of our College Football All-Americans, we at PFN debut our 2022 preseason All-MAC Team, as voted on by our team of national analysts and NFL draft evaluators.

    PFN’s 2022 All-MAC Team

    It’s important to note that these teams may look a bit different than the All-Conference teams listed by each individual conference. Our teams mirror our All-Americans, taking into consideration not only what a player has accomplished to date but looking forward to what we expect to see based on the growth of the athlete’s career.

    Offense | First team

    QB: Dequan Finn, Toledo
    RB: Lew Nichols III, Central Michigan
    RB: Sean Tyler, Western Michigan
    WR: Dante Cephas, Kent State
    WR: Trayvon Rudolph, Northern Illinois
    WR: Hassan Beydoun, Eastern Michigan
    TE: Christian Sims, Bowling Green
    FLEX: Marquez Cooper, Kent State
    OT: Marques Cox, Northern Illinois
    G: Dylan Deatherage, Western Michigan
    C: Ethan Crowe, Ball State
    G: Sidy Sow, Eastern Michigan
    OT: Brian Dooley, Eastern Michigan

    Defense | First team

    EDGE: Desjuan Johnson, Toledo
    DT: Daymond Williams, Buffalo
    DT: Judge Culpepper, Toledo
    EDGE: Karl Brooks, Bowling Green
    LB: Darren Anders, Bowling Green
    LB: James Patterson, Buffalo
    LB: Jeslord Boateng, Akron
    CB: Davon Ferguson, Bowling Green
    CB: Charles Amankwaa, Akron
    CB: Amechi Uzodinma II, Ball State
    S: Tariq Drake, Ohio
    S: Dean Clark, Kent State
    FLEX: Jamal Hines, Toledo

    Specialists | First team

    PK: John Richardson, Northern Illinois
    P: Luke Elzinga, Central Michigan
    KR: Trayvon Rudolph, Northern Illinois
    PR: Devin Maddox, Toledo
    LS: Steve Bird, Eastern Michigan

    If you blinked last season, you missed Dequan Finn’s dramatic surge to the top of the MAC QB rankings. Finn returns to give Toledo a chance to win any conference game on their schedule. Lew Nichols and Sean Tyler are back at their respective schools after toppling the 1,000-yard plateau with ease last year. Bowling Green’s Darren Anders was named a PFN First-Team All-American, while his cornerback teammate Davon Ferguson earned an Honorable Mention nod. The Falcons should once again be stingy on defense in 2022.

    Offense | Second team

    QB: Brett Gabbert, Miami
    RB: Harrison Waylee, Northern Illinois
    RB: La’Darius Jefferson, Western Michigan
    WR: Jayshon Jackson, Ball State
    WR: Yo’Heinz Tyler, Ball State
    WR: Corey Crooms, Western Michigan
    TE: Jack Coldiron, Miami
    FLEX: Mac Hippenhammer, Miami
    OT: Jeremiah Banks-Wall, Bowling Green
    G: Logan Zschernitz, Northern Illinois
    C: Rusty Feth, Miami
    G: Tyden Ferris, Central Michigan
    OT: Nolan Potter, Northern Illinois

    Defense | Second team

    EDGE: Max Michel, Buffalo
    DT: Braden Fiske, Western Michigan
    DT: Zach Morton, Akron
    EDGE: Thomas Incoom, Central Michigan
    LB: Tariq Speights, Eastern Michigan
    LB: Matthew Salopek, Miami
    LB: Corvin Moment, Western Michigan
    CB: Jason Rucker-Furlow, Miami
    CB: Donte Kent, Central Michigan
    CB: Montre Miller, Kent State
    S: Jacquez Warren, Miami
    S: Nico Bolden, Kent State
    FLEX: Bubba Arslanian, Akron

    Specialists | Second team

    PK: Andrew Glass, Kent State
    P: Jonah Wieland, Ohio
    KR: Sean Tyler, Western Michigan
    PR: Jhaylin Embry, Bowling Green
    LS: Franklin Lama, Central Michigan

    The strength of the MAC isn’t just indicated by the first team as the second team offers some elite players. Eastern Michigan’s Tariq Speights is a tackling machine who brings down any ball carrier. Miami’s Mac Hippenhammer, a former Penn State transfer, is quite literally a dual-threat as his documented baseball success only pales in comparison to his ability on the football field.

    Offense | Honorable mention

    Daniel Richardson, Central Michigan
    Rocky Lombardi, Northern Illinois

    Carson Steele, Ball State
    Samson Evans, Eastern Michigan
    Jonzell Norrils, Akron
    Ron Cook Jr., Buffalo

    Dylan Drummond
    , Eastern Michigan
    Quian Williams, Buffalo
    Dallas Dixon, Central Michigan
    Devin Maddox, Toledo
    Cole Tucker, Northern Illinois
    Tyrone Broden, Bowling Green

    Kris Leach
    , Kent State
    Joel Wilson, Central Michigan

    Jalen Walker
    , Miami
    DJ Irons, Akron

    Zach Whaley
    , Kent State
    Mitchell Berg, Toledo
    Cabe Wallace, Buffalo
    Sam Vaughn, Miami

    Ryan Beckman
    , Akron
    Caleb Shaffer, Miami
    J.J. Lippe, Northern Illinois
    Jalen Grant, Bowling Green

    Jamezz Kimbrough
    , Central Michigan
    Jakari Robinson, Bowling Green

    Defense | Honorable mention

    Andre Carter
    , Western Michigan
    C.J. Bazile, Buffalo
    Jose Ramirez, Eastern Michigan
    Adin Huntington, Kent State

    Rodney Mathews
    , Ohio
    George Wolo, Buffalo
    Austin Ertl, Miami
    CJ West, Kent State

    Brock Horne
    , Bowling Green
    Justin Whiteside, Central Michigan
    Cannon Blauser, Ohio
    Nick Rattin, Northern Illinois
    Zaire Barnes, Western Michigan
    Clayton Coll, Ball State

    Ronald Jackson Jr., Akron
    Deshawn Jones Jr., Bowling Green
    Quinyon Mitchell, Toledo
    Nic Jones, Ball State
    Jordan Gandy, Northern Illinois
    Dorian Jackson, Western Michigan

    Marcus Fuqua, Buffalo
    Jacquez Warren, Miami
    Jaylen Kelly-Powell, Akron
    Maxen Hook, Toledo

    Alvin Floyd, Ohio
    Kempton Shine, Eastern Michigan

    Specialists | Honorable mention

    Marshall Meeder, Central Michigan
    Graham Nicholson, Miami

    Nick Mihalic, Western Michigan
    Jackson Butler, Buffalo

    Ron Cook Jr., Buffalo
    Ja’Shaun Poke, Kent State

    Jalen Walker, Miami
    Hassan Beydoun, Eastern Michigan

    Kyle Bauman, Akron
    Evan Davis, Buffalo

    For other Pro Football Network’s All-Conference Teams, view each conference here: ACC | B1G | Big 12Pac-12SECIndependentsAACC-USA | MWCSun Belt

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