Eastern Michigan Eagles
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
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KEY LOSSES: QB Alex Gillett, TE Garrett Hoskins, LB Justin Cudworth, P Jay Karutz
PLAYERS TO WATCH IN 2013:
RB Bronson Hill Burst onto the scene in the first start of his career midway through the season with his then NCAA-best 283 yards rushing on 28 carries, along with a school record-tying four touchdown runs.
PK Dylan Mulder He was the difference in a win over Western Michigan, kicking three field goals, including a career-best 43-yarder.
QB Tyler Benz Wrestled the starting job away from senior and three-year starter Alex Gillett in the first month of the 2012 season, and then threw for five touchdowns in a win over Army. Benz will likely be pushed hard by top-notch recruits.
DB Marlon Pollard, who originally started his career at UCLA and then joined the Eagles in 2010, is no longer listed on the team's roster. Pollard sat out the 2010 season, started in 11 games in 2011, and then received a serious knee injury in the 2012 season-opener, sidelining him for the remainder of the year. He has one year of eligibility remaining.
QB Reginald Bell Jr. could turn out to be the real sleeper in the 2013 recruiting class. The 6-3, 180-pounder was a quarterback in high school in Los Angeles, and also the city champion in the high hurdles in track. As a senior, Bell had 1,800 yards passing to go along with 400 yards rushing and 21 touchdowns. Academic issues apparently caused him to be overlooked by the major programs, but a coaching connection of Eastern Michigan head coach Ron English linked Bell with the Eagles.