It’s finally time to release our SIS All-Conference teams. We used our all-encompassing player value stat, Total Points, along with other metrics and our scouting work as leading references in putting together our team of selections for 2022, plus a few honorable mentions.
You can learn more about Total Points and the statistics referenced here.
These picks are meant to honor this season’s best-of-the-best in the Mid-American Conference.
|RB||Carson Steele||Ball State|
|WR||Dante Cephas||Kent State|
|TE||Brady Hunt||Ball State|
|FLEX||Devontez Walker||Kent State|
|OT||Davis Heinzen||Central Michigan|
|OT||Marcellus Marshall||Kent State|
|OG||Deiyantei Powell-Woods||Central Michigan|
When talking about the 2022 MAC season, we must start with Ohio’s “Maple Missile” Kurtis Rourke. Rourke led all MAC QBs in Total Points with 97, taking a massive step forward from his 3FR season, while missing the final 3 games of the season. One reason for the progress was the addition of former Ohio State walk-on Sam Wiglusz. Wiglusz, playing primarily in the slot, was Rourke’s No. 1 target, contributing 893 yards and 11 TDs.
Kent State’s high-paced attack was led by receivers Dante Cephas and Devontez Walker during the 2022 season. Cephas was 2nd in the MAC in Total Points as a receiver with 24, while Walker led the conference with 921 yards receiving and 11 TDs on 103 targets.
Carson Steele was arguably the best player in the MAC in 2022, compiling 1,531 yards and 14 TDs. What put the nation on notice was Steele’s ability to break through tackles and first contact, finishing the year with 1,113 yards after contact and 65 broken tackles. Steele was a dominant player for the Cardinals in 2022, earning a Power-5 transfer to UCLA.
|DT||Braden Fiske||Western Michigan|
|DT||Devonte O’Malley||Northern Illinois|
|EDGE||Andre Carter||Western Michigan|
|EDGE||Jose Ramirez||Eastern Michigan|
|LB||Zaire Barnes||Western Michigan|
|CB||Nic Jones||Ball State|
|S||Trey Jones||Central Michigan|
|FLEX||Joshua Scott||Eastern Michigan|
Coming off an 8-sack year in 2021, Eastern Michigan’s Jose Ramirez became a house-hold name in 2022, finishing the year tied-3rd in the nation with 11 sacks, each one unassisted. Ramirez became the nightmare for QBs, earning a deserved 1st-Team honor.
Let’s stick with the pass rush as Western Michigan possessed two dynamic pass rushers themselves in Braden Fiske and Andre Carter. Fiske and Carter managed 6 and 6.5 sacks, respectively, in 2022, while both maintained a pressure rate greater than 9%.
|P||Luke Elzinga||Central Michigan|
Keegan Wilburn finished 2nd in the nation in kickoff return yards, and also returned one for a touchdown. Wilburn was one of the most explosive returners in the nation, and we expect to see another big year out of him next year. Luke Elzinga was a productive punter for CMU with 22 punts inside the 20 and 20 forced fair catches. Alex McNulty was a weapon for Buffalo from anywhere on the field. He made 85% of his kicks in 2022, which led the MAC.
|Marquez Cooper||Kent State|
|Cole Tucker||Northern Illinois|
|Karl Brooks||Bowling Green|
|Thomas Incoom||Central Michigan|
Karl Brooks and Thomas Incoom finished right behind EMU’s Ramirez in sacks, with 10 and 11 sacks respectively. Both also possessed pressure rates greater than 10% (13.8% and 10.9%, respectively). On the offensive side, Jamal Turner for Toledo finished the year with 8 TDs, making him the go-to scoring option for the MAC Champion Rockets.
Total Points, stats, and ranks as of 2/7/2023