The Mid-American Conference preseason poll was released at Wednesday's annual MAC Media Day, and Northern Illinois was picked to finish second in the MAC West behind Toledo. Here is the full poll (first-place votes in parentheses).
1. Toledo (11) 114
2. NIU (8) 110
3. Ball State 82
4. Central Michigan (2) 67
5. Western Michigan 44
6. Eastern Michigan 24
1. Bowling Green (18) 144
2. Akron (3) 114
3. Ohio 107
4. Buffalo 87
5. Kent State 72
6. Miami 43
7. UMass 23
MAC Championship Game winner: Bowling Green 11, Toledo 6, Central Michigan 2, NIU 1, Akron 1
Northern Illinois released its preseason depth chart at Monday's Chicago Media Day. Read into it how you want, but here it is. Players listed first are the listed starters.
QB: Matt McIntosh OR Drew Hare, Anthony Maddie
RB: Cameron Stingily AND Akeem Daniels
FB: Rob Sterling, Ricky Connors AND Shane Wimann
WR: Da'Ron Brown, Juwan Brescacin, Malik Mitchell
WR: Tommylee Lewis, Chad Beebe
WR: Aregeros Turner, Jacob Brinlee
TE: Luke Eakes, Desroy Maxwell
LT: Tyler Loos, Levon Myers
LG: Aidan Conlon, Wes Ott
C: Andrew Ness, Mike Gegner
RG: Tyler Pitt, Lincoln Howard
RT: Ryan Brown, Josh Ruka
DE: Jason Meehan, Cameron Clinton-Earl
DT: Mario Jones OR Michael Ippolito, William Lee
NG: Donovan Gordon, Corey Thomas
DE: Perez Ford, Austin Smaha
OLB: Jamaal Bass, Ladell Fleming
MLB: Boomer Mays, Sean Folliard
OLB: Jamaal Payton, Michael Santacaterina
CB: Anthony Brooks, Brandon Mayes
SS: Marlon Moore, Jackson Abresch
FS: Dechane Durante, Brandon Mayes
CB: Paris Logan, Jimmy Russell
P: Tyler Wedel
K: Tyler Wedel, Josh Orne
LS: Brian Mayer
Northern Illinois University tailback Cameron Stingily was named a candidate for the 2014 Doak Walker Award, the PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced Thursday.
Presented to the nation’s top collegiate running back, the Doak Walker Award is the only major college award that requires all candidates to be in good academic standing and on schedule to graduate within one year of other students of the same classification. In it’s 25th year, the award is named for SMU’s three-time All-American running back Doak Walker.
Stingily enjoyed a breakout season for the Huskie in 2013. The native of Bollingbrook rushed for 1,119 yards on 203 carries and averaged 5.5 yards per carry. He also added 44 yards receiving on seven catches in 13 games played. Stingily was named MAC West Offensive Player of the Week after rushing for a career-high 266 yards on 37 carries while scoring two touchdowns at Kent State.
One of 53 running backs named as a candidate from across the country, Stingily is one of three on the list by fellow Mid-American Conference players Jahwan Edwards of Ball State and Eastern Michigan’s Bronson Hill.
Stingily is the fifth Huskie to garner preseason recognition. Wide receiver Da’Ron Brown was named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list and linebacker Jamaal Bass was named to the watch list for the Rotary Lombardi Award earlier this week.
Tommylee Lewis earned a spot on the Paul Hornung Award watch list and tight end Luke Eakes was named to the Mackey Award watch list last week.
Northern Illinois linebacker Jamaal Bass has been named to the 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List.
The award is given to the best down linemen (offense or defense) or linebacker.
Bass finished with 87 tackles in 2013 and played in all 14 games. He added 1.5 sacks, six tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. He is one of 123 players on the list, and one of eight linebackers from the Mid-American Conference.