Lindy’s announces its 2013 All-MAC Teams Staff

August 23, 2013 at 11:08 am.

Jordan Lynch can make waves behind a veteran offensive line. Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Northern Illinois Leads MAC Pack

A BCS repeat is a stretch, but as long as Northern Illinois can keep quarterback Jordan Lynch upright, the Huskies are the best bet to win the conference for a third consecutive season.

First-year coach Rod Carey is described as an innovator, and he’ll be challenged to stack the Xs in his favor. Lynch is one of six starters back on offense, but there are questions around him at skill positions.

The biggest worry in DeKalb is overtaxing Lynch while his supporting cast settles in. Carey is making it clear the BCS run isn’t a factor and the slate is clean heading to Kinnick Stadium to play Iowa on Aug. 31.

If NIU can steal that game, the BCS drum will be banging.

Ball State has to wait until Nov. 13 for its date with the Huskies. Entering the season, the Cardinals are a serious threat to NIU’s reign in the West Division, with Toledo a team to watch.

Ball State running back Jawhan Edwards is coach Pete Lembo’s top talent, but the defense was routinely torched for 462.4 yards per game — 6.11 per play — in 2012. Even in a points-driven league, Ball State can’t get by without vast improvement defensively.

That issue is the greatest hurdle for Toledo, which had the 109th-ranked defense last season — seven spots behind Ball State. The Rockets should live up to their name when they have the ball. Lynch notwithstanding, no MAC team has better top-to-bottom playmakers.

This is not a repeat — Frank Solich’s solid Ohio team has a great chance to claim the East’s spot in the MAC title game in Detroit.

The Bobcats, who steamrolled Louisiana-Monroe in the Independence Bowl, feature quarterback Tyler Tettleton, one of the best in the conference.


QB Jordan Lynch Sr. Northern Illinois QB Tyler Tettleton Sr. Ohio
RB Dri Archer Sr. Kent State RB Branden Oliver Sr. Buffalo
RB David Fluellen Sr. Toledo RB Jahwan Edwards Jr. Ball State
WR Nick Harwell Sr. Miami (Ohio) WR Titus Davis Jr. Central Michigan
WR Bernard Reedy Sr. Toledo WR Willie Snead Jr. Ball State
TE Zane Fakes Sr. Ball State TE Alex Bayer Sr. Bowling Green
C Zac Kerin Sr. Toledo C Lucas Powell So. Ohio
OL Jordan Hansel Sr. Ball State OL Dominic Flewellyn Sr. Bowling Green
OL Tyler Loos Jr. Northern Illinois OL Jared Volk Sr. Northern Illinois
OL Matt Krempel Sr. Northern Illinois OL John Prior Sr. Ohio
OL Greg Mancz Jr. Toledo OL Anthony Dima Sr. Massachusetts
AP Dri Archer Sr. Kent State AP Jamill Smith Jr. Ball State
K Mathew Sims Sr. Northern Illinois K Jeremiah Detmer Jr. Toledo
DL Roosevelt Nix Sr. Kent State DL Christian Smith Sr. Toledo
DL Nathan Ollie Sr. Ball State DL Joe Windsor Sr. Northern Illinois
DL Ted Ouellet Sr. Bowling Green DL Colby Way Sr. Buffalo
DL Jonathan Newsome Sr. Ball State DL Jayrone Elliott Sr. Toledo
LB C.J. Malauulu Sr. Kent State LB Chris Wade Sr. Miami (Ohio)
LB Gabe Martin Jr. Bowling Green LB Desmond Bozeman Sr. Western Michigan
LB Khalil Mack Sr. Buffalo LB Lee Skinner Jr. Buffalo
DB Dayonne Nunley Sr. Miami (Ohio) DB Jimmie Ward Jr. Northern Illinois
DB Jimmy Ward Sr. Northern Illinois DB Cheatham Norris Jr. Toledo
DB Johnnie Simon Sr. Western Michigan DB Najja Johnson Sr. Buffalo
DB BooBoo Gates Sr. Northern Illinois DB Darius Polk Sr. Kent State
P Brian Schmiedebusch     Sr. Bowling Green P Anthony Melchiori So. Kent State