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December 6, 2007
Rivals.com All-MAC Team
Rivals.com 2007 All-Mid-American Team
QB Nate Davis, Ball State, Soph., 6-2/214
HIGH SCHOOL: Bellaire (Ohio) High
BUZZ: Davis leads the league in passing yards (3,376) and touchdowns (27, against just six picks) and is completing 56.9 percent of his passes. The Cardinals are third in the league (and 30th nationally) in total offense.
RB Eugene Jarvis, Kent State, Soph., 5-5/158
HIGH SCHOOL: Pittsburgh Central Catholic
BUZZ: The little guy comes up big when running the ball. He leads the league and is fifth nationally in rushing yards per game (139.1) and has rushed for 1,669 yards and 10 TDs.
RB Kalvin McRae, Ohio, Sr., 5-11/207
HIGH SCHOOL: Avondale Estates (Ga.) Avondale
BUZZ: The Bobcats' workhorse (he has a league-high 294 carries) ran for 119.5 yards per game and leads the league with 19 rushing TDs. He ran for a career-high 1,434 yards, his third consecutive 1,000-yard season.
WR Jabari Arthur, Akron, Sr., 6-4/225
HIGH SCHOOL: Montreal Vanier Prep
BUZZ: The converted quarterback led the league with 10 TD receptions despite working with a lesser-caliber quarterback than the league's other elite receivers. Arthur had 86 catches for 1,171 yards.
WR Freddie Barnes, Bowling Green, Soph., 6-2/212
HIGH SCHOOL: Flossmoor (Ill.) Homewood-Flossmoor
BUZZ: Another converted quarterback. Barnes had 77 catches for 891 yards and was second in the league with nine TD catches, including two against Boston College.
WR Dante Love, Ball State, Jr., 5-10/176
HIGH SCHOOL: Cincinnati Withrow
BUZZ: He leads the league with 1,229 receiving yards and was second with 87 catches. All that production led to 102.4 yards per game and nine TDs.
OT John Greco, Toledo, Sr., 6-5/325
HIGH SCHOOL: Youngstown (Ohio) Boardman
BUZZ: Greco probably is the most-talented lineman in the league. He helped the Rockets lead the league in offense and paved the way for a 1,000-yard rusher (Jalen Parmele).
OT Andrew Hartline, Central Michigan, Jr., 6-5/297
HIGH SCHOOL: Stevensville (Mich.) Lakeshore
BUZZ: The Chippewas won the MAC title behind their powerful offense, and Hartline is the Chips' best lineman. CMU is second in the league and 22nd nationally in total offense.
OG Dave DiFranco, Miami, Jr., 6-3/303
HIGH SCHOOL: LaGrange (Ohio) Midview
BUZZ: He was a tight end and defensive end in high school, but settled in on the offensive line once he got to Miami. He played tackle his first two seasons, but looks to have found a home at guard.
OG Matt Miller, Ohio, Sr., 6-3/322
HIGH SCHOOL: Mechanicsville (Va.) Atlee
BUZZ: Hey, someone had to open hopes for McRae, and Miller was the Bobcats' best lineman. Miller is a four-year starter for the Bobcats, and befitting a former high school shot-put champion, he has good feet.
C Korey Lichtensteiger, Bowling Green, Sr., 6-3/300
HIGH SCHOOL: Van Wert (Ohio) Crestview
BUZZ: If Greco isn't the league's best lineman, this guy is. He has started every game in his college career – he owns a 47-game streak – and has helped lead the way for some powerful Falcons offenses.
DE Larry English, Northern Illinois, Jr., 6-3/254
HIGH SCHOOL: Aurora (Ill.) Marmion Academy
BUZZ: NIU struggled on defense, but English played well. He finished the season with 10.5 sacks, 67 tackles, 17 tackles for loss, three quarterback hurries, a forced fumble, a recovered fumble and two pass breakups.
DE Trevor Scott, Buffalo, Sr., 6-5/258
HIGH SCHOOL: Potsdam (N.Y.) High
BUZZ: The Bulls were a surprise contender in the East Division, and Scott was the defensive leader. He finished with 46 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, seven quarterback hurries, three forced fumbles and two pass breakups.
DT Jason Jones, Eastern Michigan, Sr., 6-5/270
HIGH SCHOOL: Southfield (Mich.) Lathrup
BUZZ: Okam His team struggled, but Jones didn't. Indeed, he stuffed the stat sheet. He finished with 70 tackles, 19.5 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, three pass breakups, 10 quarterback hurries and a forced fumble.
DT Colin Ferrell, Kent State, Sr., 6-0/283
HIGH SCHOOL: Highstown (N.J.) The Peddie School
BUZZ: He plugged the middle for the Golden Flashes, who finished third in the league in total defense. Ferrell had 55 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles, a quarterback hurry and a pass breakup.
LB Thomas Keith, Central Michigan, Sr., 5-11/242
HIGH SCHOOL: Franklin (Ga.) Heard County
BUZZ: The Chippewas weren't known for their defense, but Keith was too good to overlook. He was second in the league with 139 tackles and also was solid in pass coverage with two picks and six pass breakups.
LB Boston McCornell, Western Michigan, Jr., 6-1/233
HIGH SCHOOL: Macon (Ga.) Northeast
BUZZ: McCornell was an active playmaker for the Broncos. He led the team with 99 tackles, including 2.5 sacks and eight tackles for loss. He had 10 tackles against Iowa and Missouri. McCornell also had an interception return for a TD.
LB Clayton Mullins, Miami, Jr., 6-2/231
HIGH SCHOOL: Fairborn (Ohio) Ohio
BUZZ: The RedHawks were second in the league in total defense (update) and Mullins was a major reason. He leads the league in tackles with 143 and had four sacks, 13.5 tackles for loss and six pass breakups. For good measure, he also had two kickoff returns, averaging 21 yards per return. In five games against BCS-league teams, Mullins averaged 10.1 tackles per game.
CB Reggie Corner, Akron, Sr., 5-9/175
HIGH SCHOOL: Canton (Ohio) McKinley
BUZZ: Hey, nothing like an appropriate name, huh? Corner is tied for the league lead with seven interceptions, including one he returned for a TD in a victory over Army, and 12 pass breakups. He also had 52 tackles and three tackles for loss.
CB Jack Williams, Kent State, Sr., 5-9/176
HIGH SCHOOL: Norfolk (Va.) Washington
BUZZ: Williams had three picks and eight pass breakups. He also had 92 tackles and 6.5 tackles for loss.
SS P.J. Mahone, Bowling Green, Soph., 5-11/201
HIGH SCHOOL: Elyria (Ohio) High
BUZZ: Mahone also tied for the league lead with seven interceptions, and he also returned one for a touchdown. He had 80 tackles and three pass breakups for a team that won eight regular-season games.
FS Davonte Shannon, Buffalo, Fr., 6-1/180
HIGH SCHOOL: Jeannette (Pa.) High
BUZZ: Shannon had a monster freshman season for the Bulls, who were a surprise contender for the East Division title. He led Buffalo with 123 tackles, including 10 tackles for loss. He also had three interceptions, five pass breakups, three forced fumbles and 2.5 sacks.
K Michael Braunstein, Ohio, Sr., 5-8/198
HIGH SCHOOL: Gilbert (Ariz.) High
BUZZ: Braunstein was 20-of-24 on the season, including 8-of-9 from 40-plus yards. He is a transfer from Washington; he used his final season of eligibility at Ohio under the since-overturned NCAA rule that allowed transfers to be eligible immediately if they had graduated from their original school.
P Brett Kern, Toledo, Sr., 6-3/201
HIGH SCHOOL: Grand Island (N.Y.) High
BUZZ: Kern started off the season averaging almost 50 yards per punt on eight punts in the opener against Purdue, and trailed off only a bit. He is second in the nation with a 46.1-yard average and helped the Rockets lead the nation in net punting as almost a third of his kicks (17 of 52) were downed inside the 20.
KR Bryan Williams, Akron, Jr., 6-0/195
HIGH SCHOOL: Akron (Ohio) Buchtel
BUZZ: He led the league and was second nationally at 31.9 yards per return. He took one back for a score against Ohio University. He also rushed for 728 yards for the Zips.
PR Eugene Harris III, Miami, Fr. (RS), 5-10/181
HIGH SCHOOL: Atlanta McNair
BUZZ: Harris averaged 9.3 yards and led the league with 30 returns. He also caught 46 passes for the RedHawks.
ALL-PURPOSE Antonio Brown, Central Michigan, Fr., 5-11/175
HIGH SCHOOL: Miami Norland
BUZZ: A late signee – Brown wasn't even in the team's media guide – emerged as a playmaker. Brown averages 27.7 yards per kickoff return, including one touchdown. He also has 98 receptions for 909 yards and five touchdowns. He also scored a rushing TD and averaged 11.4 yards on 12 punt returns.