Eastern Michigan Scouting Report
This week's challenge for Maryland: Finding motivation for the game in between a big nonconference home game (Cal) and the ACC opener against a conference favorite (Clemson). A home game against Eastern Michigan doesn't necessarily provide a ton of natural motivation; even Prisbell would struggle to find someone on the Eagles' roster he could turn into a Heisman hopeful. (We kid because we love, Eric.)
The easiest way to focus the Terps should be regular references to their loss two weeks ago at Middle Tennessee State. But if you need more reason to take the Eagles seriously, here you go:
- They rank 18th in division I-A, and first in the Mid-American Conference, in rushing with 224 yards per game.
- They rank sixth in division I-A, and first in the MAC, in pass defense, surrendering just 117 yards per game through the air.
- They rank 41st in division I-A, and first in the MAC, in total defense, surrendering 299 total yards per game.
- MAC schools pulled off one of the season's bigger upsets (Bowling Green beating Pittsburgh) and put legit scares in a few other BCS schools (Ohio staying close with Ohio State; Miami, Ohio staying close with Michigan).
Now, a savvy reader might point out that three games into the season, the Eagles' stats remain skewed by a season-opening 52-0 victory over division I-AA Indiana State, during which Eastern Michigan rushed for 413 yards and gave up 132 yards overall. A really savvy reader might also add that the Eagles might be without their starting quarterback Saturday. And a REALLY savvy reader might observe that this is an awful lot of type devoted to Eastern Michigan football.
And all of those readers would be correct. But one final note: There might be more, but a quick glance reveals two Eagles with ties to the area. Freshman wide receiver Joseph Boateng is from Germantown, and safeties coach/recruiting coordinator Jim O'Neil is a Towson grad.
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