MACwood Squares is our summer reading series on the best athletes in Mid-American Conference sports history. This week features Ball State. Looking for your MAC school? Consult our schedule for other teams and please submit your nominees as well.
I couldn't do it. Two punters had to be included, because without both of them, there's no way to truly understand Ball State athletics. All things considered, they did have a handful of non-revenue athletes worth knowing about.
Oversimplified bios of each of the nine after the jump.
Tamara Bowie (women's basketball)
School record-holder in career points and blocks; 7th in MAC history in points; one of six MAC women to win MAC Player of the Year at least twice; Selected in the 2003 WNBA Draft by the Washington Mysics.
Nate Davis (football)
School record-holder in basically every major quarterback category: yards, completions, touchdowns — and all in just three years of time. Led team to two straight bowl games; drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in 2009.
Greg Garnica (football)
Three-time MAC Defensive Player of the Year as a linebacker, school leader in tackles.
LaTasha Jenkins (women's track and field)
1999 NCAA Championship in the 200-meter dash, holds three school records.
Bryan Bullington (baseball)
MAC record-holder in career strikeouts. Only MAC player to be taken No. 1 overall in the MLB, NFL, NBA, or NHL. Plenty enough to be the center square.
Brad Maynard (football)
1996 MAC Defensive Player of the Year and MVP … as a punter. 3-time First Team All-MAC. 44.2-yard average in college. Numerous All-American selections; third-round draft pick in the 1997 NFL Draft. 14-year pro career with the New York Giants and Chicago Bears; punted in two Super Bowls.
Chris Miller (football)
3-time First Team All-MAC. 44.8-yard punting average in college, a MAC record; AFCA All-American First Team in 2007. Also the first MACwood Squares nominee to be self-aware.
Sally Northcroft (field hockey)
Two-time First Team All-American (1998-99), one of only five women to net 7 goals in a game, fifth all-time in NCAA Division I for career goals (126) and points (270).
Bonzi Wells (basketball)
MAC all-time record holder in career points and steals, 7th in NCAA in career steals, perhaps the MAC's best-ever two-way player. Lottery pick in the 1998 NBA Draft; 10-year career with the Trail Blazers et. al.
Thus concludes Ball State's week. Next week: Bowling Green. (Or, "The Wordiest Week In Hustle Belt History.") Consult our schedule for your favorite team.