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MAC football's top 68 players in 2013

2013 marks the 68th season of MAC football, and in celebration we are counting down the 68 best football players returning from last year's MAC season. Transfers and freshmen will get their chance to prove themselves but we're focusing on the players you've already seen and mercilessly ranking them. Rankings were determined by a panel of Hustle Belt and Bull Run voters (Matt Sussman, Bryan Vance, Matt Daley, Matt Eliason, Conrad Mostiller, Tim Riordan) and we will feature one player a day for 68 days, counting down the summer to the 2013 MAC football season.

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Top MAC football players: #1 Jordan Lynch

The day is finally here. After more than two months of counting down, and 67 other players, we've finally arrived at the No. 1 player in our countdown. Meet Jordan Lynch.

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Top MAC football players: #2 Dri Archer

Rushing, receiving, returning ... Dri Archer is the Kent State do-it-all man who helped jolt enthusiasm into Flashes football.

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Top MAC football players: #3 Khalil Mack

And our top defensive player on the board is, no surprise, potential NFL first-rounder Khalil Mack. Conrad at Bull Run profiles this ferocious linebacker.

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Top MAC football players: #4 Roosevelt Nix

His name has been spoken around the MAC in admiration for three years. Now the senior defensive lineman has one more year to complete his goals.

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Top MAC football players: #5 David Fluellen

The top ranked Rocket is the senior running back from Lockport, New York.

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Top MAC Football Players: #6 Beau Blankenship

Our No. 6 player is the leading returning rusher who wasn't a quarterback.

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Top MAC Football Players of 2013: #7 Jimmie Ward

Don't punt if our No. 7 player is on the field.

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Top MAC football players: #8 Bernard Reedy

He may not be the biggest or fastest receiver in the MAC but Toledo's Bernard Reedy is a one-man highlight reel.

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Top MAC football players: #9 Dayonne Nunley

The two-time All-MAC DB and active FBS interception leader will be looking to reverse the RedHawks fortunes from the last two seasons. Despite sitting out spring practice recovering from surgery, he says he's ready to go.

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Top MAC Football Players: #10 Willie Snead

Santana Moss was right that “big time players make big time plays”, and the #10 selection in the Top MAC Players of 2013, Ball State junior WR Willie Snead, exhibits that weekly in Muncie.

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Top MAC Football Players: #11 Gabe Martin

When you seek to replace leadership and production from two key departures on your league-leading defense, it helps when you can turn to a player who is already first-team All-MAC and only entering his junior season.

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Top MAC Football Players: #12 Tyler Tettleton

He's already the greatest quarterback in Ohio Football history, so what is there left for Tyler Tettleton to do in his final season in Athens? Well, winning a MAC Championship for starts.

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Top MAC Football Players: #13 Keith Wenning

Keith Wenning looks to become a bigger household name in 2013, assuming you like 6'3" 220 pound quarterbacks with a laser rocket arm.

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Top MAC football players: #14 Alex Neutz

We missed our turn yesterday, so as penance for us and reward for you, you get two profiles today. The first one is #14 Alex Neutz, who actually wears #19 so please don't get too confused. Bull Run profiles him up.

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Top MAC Football Players: #15 Zurlon Tipton

Possibly the best name in the MAC, and also one of the best running backs in the MAC, Zurlon Tiptons returns to CMU after nearly 1,500 yards, and 19 touchdowns.

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Top MAC Football Players of 2013: #16 Tyler Loos

Northern Illinois' left tackle Tyler Loos is our top offensive lineman for 2013.

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Top MAC football players: #17 Luke Wollet

He underwent heart surgery at 13 years old, received just one division one football scholarship and is the 17th best returning player on our countdown.

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Top MAC football players: #18 Zac Kerin

The two-time Rimington Trophy Watch list center breaks the top 20 on our list.

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Top MAC football players: #19 Jahwan Edwards

As a public service announcement, Jahwan Edwards' "Quake" moniker is about the violent impact he makes when contact ensues. It isn't about a lameass 3D video game. You've been sufficiently warned.

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Top MAC Football Players of 2013: Jonathan Newsome

The senior transfer from Ohio State looks to improve on his 2012 2nd Team All-MAC selection and lead the BSU defense from a question mark to an exclamation point.

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Top MAC football players: #21 Branden Oliver

Bull Run profiles this injury-plagued running back who's probably the best in the league when he's healthy.

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Top MAC Football Players: #22 Jerry "BooBoo" Gates

BooBoo Gates is much better than your average football player. If he's on the field for defense or special teams, don't turn your head. He's known to deliver lightning-fast bolts of #MACtion that result in touchdowns for the BGSU Falcons.

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Top MAC Football Players: #23 Jaime Wilson

The conference's Freshman of the Year drops in at No. 23 on our top players of 2013.

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Top MAC Football Players: #24 Johnnie Simon

Western Michigan safety Johnnie Simon has come a long way to land in Kalamazoo.

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Top MAC Football Players: #25 Terrance Owens

If for some reason he proves us wrong for his fairly-high ranking, Toledo's quarterback strangely could have baseball in his future.

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Top MAC football players: #26 Trayion Durham

Trayion Durham talks to us about his father, coach Darrell Hazell and BCS aspirations.

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Top MAC football players: #27 Titus Davis

One of the biggest deep threats in the MAC, Titus Davis should be a big help to whoever emerges as the CMU quarterback.

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Top MAC football players: #29 Desmond Bozeman

His blowup of a play against UConn may be the most memorable, but he's much more than that.

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Top MAC Players of 2013: #30 Jordan Hansel

In the words of Mugatu from Zoolander, "That Hansel is so hot right now."

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Top MAC Football Players #31 Jamill Smith

Jamill Smith is rewriting the adage that big things come in small packages to the more appropriately phrased, "Explosive highlight reel inducing MAC playmakers come in small packages in Muncie."

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Top MAC football players: #32 Najja Johnson

Bull Run has profiled our top MAC football player with a double-J in his name. But there are other reasons.

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Top MAC Football Players: #33 Dominic Flewellyn

Our fifth Bowling Green player in the Top 68 is also our fifth offensive lineman. He is also an anchor of a very experienced position group and one of the keys to offensive success in 2013 for BGSU.

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Top MAC Football Players: #34 Zane Fakes

Zane Fakes may not be the flashiest Cardinal, but he may very well be one of the most important.

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Top MAC football players: #35 Donald Celiscar

Donald Celiscar and his high Defended Pass Rating come in at number 35.

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Top MAC football players: #36 Travis Carrie

After sitting out the entire 2012 season due to a shoulder injury, Travis Carrie is back to reclaim his title as one of the top defenders in the MAC.

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Top MAC football players: #37 Darius Polk

Polk comments on himself and the Kent State football program.

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Top MAC football players: #38 Bronson Hill

That one guy who had that one third quarter against Toledo? Yeah, we've got him at #38.

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Top MAC football players: #39 Justin Currie

The Broncos finally join the conversation inside the top 40 with their tackling specialist in the backfield.

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Top MAC football players: #40 Jake Olson

When healthy, one of the best linemen in the MAC, Jake Olson returns after being granted a sixth season of eligibility.

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Top MAC football players: #41 Dawan Scott

It doesn't matter if he's a running back or a wide receiver, he's the RedHawks' biggest threat to move the ball deep.

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Top MAC football players: #42 Nathan Ollie

Ball State plays defense as well as offense. With Ollie's size and love for violent contact, he'd like to remind you that you'd do well to remember that if you'd like to see your kids go grow up.

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Top MAC Football Players: #43 Alex Bayer

When an opponent's pass rush or coverage gives Matt Schilz a headache, all he needs is a Bayer to make it all better.

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Top MAC Football Players: #44 Matt Schilz

Bowling Green's hopes for the 2013 season rest largely on the shoulders of the Falcons' enigmatic quarterback. Which is real, 2011 or 2012, or something in between? The answer to that question is key for BGSU.

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Top MAC Football Players: #45 Cameron Truss

Cam Truss may not have the most iconic name in the BGSU secondary, but bring the ball to his side of the field at your own peril. If you do, he will hunt you down -- and his 50 solo tackles in 2012 ought to tell you he doesn't need any help.

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Top MAC football players: #46 Jeremiah Detmer

The junior from Hilliard, Ohio is the top ranked placekicker on our list.

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Top MAC Football Players: #47 Tyler Benz

From never losing a game in high school to playing for Eastern Michigan University, the quarterback who only knows how to win is #47 on our list.

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Top MAC football players: #48 Greg Mancz

The Yahoo! Sports' Freshman All-American had a good enough sophomore year to land him at number 48 on our list.

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Top MAC Football Players: #49 Shamari Benton

After a breakout junior year, the senior linebacker comes into 2013 as a preseason 1st Team All-MAC Selection.

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Top MAC football players: #50 Joe Windsor

The senior comes off the edge as our countdown cracks the top 50.

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Top MAC football players: #51 Joe Licata

Bull Run has the profile on Buffalo's quarterback who came on strong late in the year and looks to finally solidify the offense for the first time in a while.

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Top MAC football players: #52 Cheatham Norrils

And to think, the third team All-MAC cornerback wanted to be called Eddie.

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Top MAC football players: #53, Ken Bishop

The junior college transfer is a big part — philosophically and physically — of that veteran defensive line.

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Top MAC Football Players: #54 Trent Voss

There's a Dan Molls-sized hole in the linebacker ranks, but Voss has already filled it once.

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Top MAC Football Players: #55 Chris Wade

Miami's leading tackler of 2012 looks to anchor the linebacking corps.

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Top MAC Football Players: #56 Rob Blanchflower

Not only does Rob Blanchflower have the best name in the history of time, he's also a pretty good tight end.

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Top MAC Football Players: #57 Justin Cherocci

Quietly, one of the leading tacklers in the MAC.

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Top MAC football players: #58 Colter Johnson

There when you need him, even when you don't want to need him.

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Top MAC Football Players: #59 Ted Ouellet

Bowling Green's defense was out of this world in 2012, but it lost a star to the NFL. Can the Falcons find a way to rekindle that success for the 2013 season? It all begins on the defensive line.

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Top MAC Football Players of 2013: #60 Vince Penza

Toledo's veteran boot kicks his way onto the list at No. 60.

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Top MAC football players: #61 Dylan Mulder

Because kickers are football players, too.

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Top MAC football players: #62 Alonzo Russell

It's not often a freshman is able to take the redshirt off and immediately contribute to the team. Then again, it's not often a freshman is 6'4" and runs like a bolt of lightning.

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Top MAC Football Players Of 2013: #63, Jon Lechner

Ohio senior offensive lineman Jonathan Lechner will be this season's Nebraskan stud for Frank Solich's Bobcats.

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Top MAC football players: #64 Jawon Chisholm

He has been the shining hood ornament on an otherwise rusty car.

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#65: Patrick Clarke

Bull Run has the profile on this nifty Buffalo kicker.

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Top MAC football players: #66 Anthony Melchiori

He started his career making a cameo in a viral blooper reel, but by the end of the season he became one of the top field position movers in the MAC.

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Top MAC football players: #67, Jared Volk

No list of the MAC's best is incomplete without the senior leader of the MAC champs' superior offensive line.

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The MAC 68: #68, Austin Boucher, Miami QB

Our list begins with the only person on our list to have kissed Danica Patrick.

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Our summer series: the top 68 MAC football players

(movie voiceover guy): IN A WORLD ... WITH LOTS OF INTERNET LISTS ... THIS IS ANOTHER LIST. COMING THIS SUMMER. You [whoosh] don't [whoosh] want [whoosh] to [whoosh] miss [whoosh] it.

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