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All-NEIM Defense Team - Week 1

Not Everything Is MACtion’s top MAC defenders through Week 1

Presbyterian v Central Michigan Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

First Team All-NEIM Defense:

DL

Pat O’Connor - Eastern Michigan - After leading the MAC with 7.5 sacks in 2014, O’Connor showed the MAC he’s back with 2 sacks and a forced fumble.

Jeremiah Harris - Eastern Michigan - Harris forced and recovered a fumble and if EMU has two greats on the DL and this isn’t just a case of FCS stat padding, EMU could be the next year 4 sleeper*.

Jamal Marcus - Akron - The former Buckeye also had 2 sacks and he added another tackle for a loss against VMI.

Tony Porter - Ohio - Porter also recorded 2 sacks against Texas State.

LB

Robert Spillane - Western Michigan - The man behind one of the biggest goal-line fumbles of the week, Spillane forced the fumble that preserved WMU’s upset of Northwestern.

Nathan Ricketts - Central Michigan - Put in the all around performance you like to see from an LB: 1 Pass defended, 2 tackles for a loss, a forced fumble and a recovery.

Brandon Harris - Bowling Green - Harris made the list for his homage to Khalil Mack.

DB

Kylan Nelson - Ohio - The Bobcats are last in the MAC in passing yards allowed after their MACtion style shootout with Texas State. That said Nelson leads the MAC with 2 INTs.

Davontae Ginwright - Western Michigan - The man behind the “fumble fail” Ginwright defended 3 passes and thanks to a painted sideline and video review, was credited for a fumble recovery instead of the worst play in college football history.

Jordan Collier - Buffalo - Collier recorded a sack and a pass defended.

Amari Coleman - Central Michigan - Coleman took an interception to the house late in CMU’s win over Presbyterian.

Second Team All-NEIM Defense:

DL - J’Terius Jones - Miami
DL - Kevin Robbins - Ohio
DL - Terrence Waugh - Kent State
DL - Anthony Winbush - Ball State
LB - Caleb Bailey - Western Michigan
LB - Ike Spearman - Eastern Michigan
LB - Junior McMullen - Miami
DB - Corey Hall - Ball State
DB - Winslow Chapman - Central Michigan
DB - Sean Bunting - Central Michigan
DB - Josh Teachey - Toledo

*See article on the year 4 sleepers next week.