5 MAC Offensive Players Who Could Be Playing On Sundays
5 MAC Offensive Players That Could Be Playing On Sundays
As college football enters the final stretch run before the much-anticipated BCS National Championship game on Jan. 6, players across every conference will be looking to fine tune their skills before heading into the NFL Draft next year. For the MAC, the NFL Draft poses an opportunity for some of the conference’s top talent to “fly under the radar” on most NFL scouts lists. However, these players can be diamonds in the rough and fill needed holes in NFL teams looking to make the next step to a possible Super Bowl berth.
The MAC has two teams (Ball State Cardinals and Northern Illinois Huskies) that are in the top 20 in both passing and rushing team statistics among all FBS schools. The Cardinals are averaging 323 passing yards per game and are ranked 17th in the country in passing offense. Northern Illinois prefers to pound the ball at their opponents with a rushing attack that is averaging 312.7 rushing yards per game and is the nation’s third-best rushing offense.
What has led to both these team’s success this season has been the ability of solid offensive line play. The MAC represents a blue-collar mentality that is instilled in every team throughout the conference. The conference as a whole has some of the most underrated college talent, and has some playmakers who are some of the most dynamic in the country.
When the NFL Draft rolls around next spring, keep these players in mind for your favorite NFL teams.
Bernard Reedy WR-Toledo
Bernard Reedy has great speed and is able to make plays after the catch. On the season, Reedy has 52 receptions for 587 yards and four touchdowns.
Zurlon Tipton-RB Central Michigan
Zurlon Tipton has not played since the opening game of 2013 against Michigan. Tipton injured his ankle and has not played since. However, his production in 2012 was very impressive. He ran for 19 touchdowns and is a very physical runner between the tackles.
Alex Neutz-WR Buffalo
Alex Neutz has great size at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds, and leads the Bulls in receptions (43). His ability to get open against any defense makes him comparable to Green Bay's Jordy Nelson.
David Fluellen-RB Toledo
David Fluellen is the best running back fans have never heard of. His ability to cut and run without losing top speed is a great attribute. He can run and catch the football out of the backfield. On the year, he has rushed for 1,067 (7.0 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns.
Keith Wenning-QB Ball State
Keith Wenning has great size at 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds. His ability to make every throw will make him a valuable commodity in the second-to-fifth rounds of the draft. On the year, Wenning has thrown for 3,164 yards (62.9 percent) with 27 touchdowns and only five interceptions.