Eastern Michigan outran Akron with 34 wins to twenty-eight. For a short second, it appeared like Eastern Michigan nonetheless had a shot at a visit to the MAC Championship, till Toledo pulled away with a win. Here are among the issues we realized:
Samson Evans is the true deal
Samson Evans had one other recreation the place he rushed for 100 yards. This was his third 100-yard speeding streak of the 12 months and fourth recreation during which he notched a number of touchdowns. He’s come shut just a few different instances by operating virtually 100 yards. Evans is now sitting at 11 speeding touchdowns and 855 yards within the season. If he can put in no less than yet another 100-yard tag. He might finish the season with over 1,000 speeding yards.
It’s a disgrace he is a senior as a result of he might be the important thing for Eastern Michigan to compete subsequent 12 months.
Akron’s report is confirmed, however there’s nonetheless quite a lot of promise
Akron is 1-9 and it reveals. They threw three interceptions and likewise had 97 yard penalties (although Eastern Michigan was not far behind).
Despite the whole lot, they saved combating and virtually made it with some late rallies. Akron is a crew that has misplaced 4 video games by a degree or much less this season, in order that they’re definitely so much higher than in earlier years. Last however not least, this reveals how a lot parity is within the MAC.
There’s nonetheless so much to be optimistic about in case you’re additionally a Zips fan; Quarterback DJ Irons is a junior. Running again Cam Wiley is a sophomore. Many of the offensive line’s contributors are additionally underclassmen. There’s quite a lot of returning expertise that can make a distinction subsequent season and so they might be the core of a reasonably good crew.
Austin Smith seems good
Austin Smith is simply a sophomore. He was 16 of 28 for 190 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, including 35 yards on the day. A few instances he saved a recreation alive together with his ft, one thing the crew lacked when he was off the sector. If he can enhance his passing recreation, which he is slowly been doing all through 2022, he might be a harmful weapon for the Eagles subsequent 12 months.
Jesus Gomez ought to get extra recognition
Jesus Gomez is 11 of 13 in area targets and has a size of 55 yards. That beats a faculty report. He’s additionally 34 out of 34 on additional factors. Gomez proved he might exchange Chad Ryland as a dependable floor kicker, which was a tall order contemplating how a lot Ryland meant to this system. He ought to get extra recognition off the crew and no less than be thought-about the convention’s particular groups participant of the 12 months.
The neatest thing about EMU is that he is solely a sophomore, which implies he might be one other common fixture for the Eagles going ahead.
Looking inside helped the Eagles enhance
Shortly into the season, Neal Neathery made some changes to protection. Early within the season he deployed a zone protection and the crew was noticeably injured. This, mixed with a shift to a man-to-man philosophy, has created dividends for the Eagles as a crew. The transfer has allowed the protection to play extra aggressively and get the very best out of the gamers they’ve on the roster.
It’s unlucky that many of those gamers will graduate this low season, however there are some youthful contributors who appear able to step up. With that defensive adjustment, possibly the teaching workers can construct on that and make it that rather more efficient.
BONUS: Midweek video games are irritating
Sorry I can not actually sugarcoat it. I personally hate weekday video games. This specific was 4 hours lengthy. It was good that it acquired nationwide airplay, however that meant just a few extra commercials. The consultants could say that title and picture licensing and the portal are killing the sport, however I believe the adverts and pacing of the sport are killing it.
Akron meets Buffalo on Saturday, November 19 at 3:30 p.m. Eastern, whereas the EMU will tackle Kent State subsequent Wednesday, November 16 at 6 p.m. Eastern.