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5 MAC Players Who Could Raise Their Draft Stock During Bowl Season

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5 MAC Players Who Can Raise Their Draft Value During Bowl Season

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As the regular season winds down and college football fans await the outcome of who will play in the BCS National Championship game, bowl committees are gathering to select teams to fill open positions. For the MAC, there are a number of teams that have the opportunity to walk away with a bowl trophy and end their season on a positive note.

The MAC has three bowl tie-ins in 2013 and will have five potential teams that will be involved in postseason play this year. The Bowl, Little Caesars Bowl and the Famous Idaho Bowl all have MAC automatic bids and will look to secure those matchups this coming weekend.

The Northern Illinois Huskies who are sitting at a perfect 11-0, will end their season against the Western Michigan Broncos. The Huskies are still hoping to crash the BCS again this season, however, the Huskies will need help from other out of conference teams in order to make that dream a reality.

The MAC has seen some great performances in 2013 and will look to the bowl season for a chance to showcase the teams that make this conference a “hidden” gem.

The MAC boasts two teams (Ball State Cardinals, Northern Illinois) that are statistically in the top 15 in both rushing and passing offense. The Bowling Green Falcons have the conference’s stingiest defense (14.4 points per game) and are ranked sixth overall in the country in scoring defense.

Fans of the MAC have been treated to great football this year and as the bowl season comes around this holiday season, these players have an opportunity to rise their stock for the upcoming NFL draft.

Here are five MAC players who can breakout during the 2013 bowl season.

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5. Branden Oliver-RB Buffalo

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Branden Oliver is the heart and soul of the Bulls offense. His ability to run between the tackles have him on most draft radars. The senior has had a very solid season for the Bulls. Oliver has rushed for 1,375 yards (5.7 yards per carry) and 14 touchdowns.

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4. Jerry "Boo Boo" Gates- S Bowling Green

Bowling Green
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Jerry Gates is the emotional leader of the Falcons defense. On the year, the senior has 55 total tackles with two interceptions. His ability to come up in run support makes him a valuable commodity come draft time.

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3. Keith Wenning-QB Ball State

Ball State
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Keith Wenning is the best pure passer in the conference. On the year, the senior has completed 63.9 percent of his passes for 3,488 yards with 28 touchdowns and six interceptions. Wenning is a rare combination of size (6-foot-, 220 pounds) and strength. He can make every throw that scouts are looking for on the next level. He is poised in the pocket and makes great decisions to put his team in a position to win ball games.

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2. Khalil Mack-LB Buffalo

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Khalil Mack is considered a top-20 pick by many draft experts. This season, the senior has 82 total tackles with 10.5 sacks and three interceptions for the Bulls.

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1. David Fluellen- RB Toledo

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David Fluellen has been hampered with an ankle injury throughout the season. However, when he is on the field, he is one of the most explosive players in the conference. If the Rockets can secure a bowl spot, the senior can boost his draft status considerably with a strong performance. Fluellen can run and catch the ball out of the backfield. For 2013, the senior has rushed for 1,121 yards (6.7 yards per carry) and 10 touchdowns. He also caught 27 passes for 222 receiving yards.