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Evin Ksiezarczyk and Jaret Patterson honored as first team all MAC Offensive team members

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NCAA Football: MAC Championship-Northern Illinois at Buffalo Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

The MAC announced the all conference today, and individual player awards.

The Bulls offense entered the season having lost nearly every starter in their skill position ranks. But the team put together a fantastic season and that was reflected today with the all conference team roster.

First Team

Evin Ksiezarczyk - The Big man on UB’s offensive line. A three year starter who leads the line that paves the way for the MAC’s best running attack, and the MAC’s best running back (more on that down below).

Jaret Patterson - The Sophomore was the freshman of the year last season and followed that up by being the best running back on the conference (more on that down below). He set UB’s single season record and led the MAC in yards. And he did all of this while sharing the backfield with another 1,000 yard ball carrier.

Second Team

The strength of this team is it’s offensive line, so it’s nice to see that while Ksiezarczyk is the only first teamer on the unit TWO of his linemates made the second team.

Paul Nosworthy and Kayode Awosika where put on the unit.

Third Team

UB’s passing game was a utility component of the game plan this season. Mainly used for short passes when the defenses started stacking the box, and the occasional downfield throw to keep defenses honest.

Still Antonio Nunn stepped up big for Buffalo, and for that he was honored on the third team.

BEST RUNNING BACK IN THE CONFERENCE:

I mean no disrespect to Western Michigan’s Levante Bellamy, the MAC Offensive player of the year, when I say that Jaret Patterson was snubbed.

Every time I watched WMU play this season Bellamy was fun to watch. But Patterson put together a better season and he did it while sharing his backfield with Kevin Marks, a player who arguably should have third team all MAC.

Patterson ran for 200 more yards, and had a higher YAC. The case for Bellemy is that he had six more touchdowns this season. Bellemy got almost 4 times as many carries (248) as the next Bronco Sean Tyler (66). Every time the Broncos got down low it was Levante finishing the drive.

Patterson, on the other hand, only carried the ball 65 more times than Kevin Marks.

But the MAC tends to give close races to the upperclassmen and Bellamy is a senior, so he got the nod.