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December 15, 2010

Rivals.com MAC all-freshman team

MORE NON-BIG SIX ALL-FRESHMAN TEAMS: Conference USA | Mountain West | Sun Belt | WAC

You don't expect a squatty, 255-pound defensive tackle to be a difference-maker as a true freshman, but that's exactly what Kent State's Roosevelt Nix did this season.

Nix was the MAC's defensive player of the year, making him the obvious choice as the league's freshman of the year. Nix led the league with 10 sacks and with 20 tackles for loss, and he was a major reason the Golden Flashes finished fifth in the nation in rush defense. Nix also had 43 total tackles, eight quarterback hurries, four forced fumbles, two blocked kicks and two pass breakups.

Miami of Ohio wide receiver Nick Harwell is our top offensive freshman. Harwell finished second on the league-champion RedHawks with 57 catches, 785 receiving yards and five TD receptions. Harwell, a true freshman, got off to a slow start, with just two catches in the first five games. But he became a vital part of the offense in the second half of the season, including a 219-yard effort against Ohio U. He also had a 125-yard game vs. Bowling Green.

Rather then bypass some deserving candidates, we decided not to be position-specific (i.e., guards, tackles) on our all-freshman offensive line.

QB Matt Schilz, Bowling Green
Particulars: 6-2/212, redshirt; Pasadena (Calif.) Maranatha
RB Brian Fields, Western Michigan
Particulars: 5-8/195, redshirt; New Castle (Del.) William Penn
RB Javonti Greene, Eastern Michigan
Particulars: 5-10/180, true; Royal Palm Beach (Fla.) High
WR Nick Harwell, Miami
Particulars: 6-1/183, true; Missouri City (Texas) Elkins
WR Alex Neutz, Buffalo
Particulars: 6-3/200, redshirt; Grand Island (N.Y.) High
WR Jack Tomlinson, Ball State
Particulars: 5-9/160, true; Westerville (Ohio) South
L Dominic Flewellyn, Bowling Green
Particulars: 6-3/295, true; Maple Heights (Ohio) High
L Jordan Hansel, Ball State
Particulars: 6-4/300, true; Covington (Ky.) Simon Kenton
L Josh Harvey, Miami
Particulars: 6-5/322, redshirt; Columbia (Mo.) Hickman
L Jon Lechner, Ohio
Particulars: 6-5/332, redshirt; Omaha (Neb.) Creighton Prep
L Pat Wilson, Buffalo
Particulars: 6-5/283, redshirt; Buffalo Canisius
E Shahid Paulhill, Temple
Particulars: 6-3/295, redshirt; Fork Union (Va.) Military Acad., preceded by Philadelphia Northeast Catholic
T Travonte Boles, Western Michigan
Particulars: 5-11/300, true; Vero Beach (Fla.) High
T Roosevelt Nix, Kent State
Particulars: 6-0/250, true; Reynoldsburg (Ohio) High
E Kalonji Kashama, Eastern Michigan
Particulars: 6-4/250, redshirt; Avondale Estates (Ga.) Avondale
LB Khalil Mack, Buffalo
Particulars: 6-3/237, redshirt; Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central
LB Paul Swan, Bowling Green
Particulars: 6-1/222, redshirt; Oconomowoc (Wis.) High
CB Dayonne Nunley, Miami
Particulars: 5-8/173, true; Monroeville (Pa.) Gateway
CB Lewis Toler, Western Michigan
Particulars: 5-10/175, redshirt; New Castle (Del.) William Penn
CB Cameron Truss, Bowling Green
Particulars: 5-11/187, redshirt; Warren (Ohio) LaBrae
FS Demetrius Pettway, Western Michigan
Particulars: 5-10/177, true; Homestead (Fla.) High
SS Avery Cunningham, Central Michigan
Particulars: 6-0/209, true; Cincinnati Winton Woods
K David Harman, Central Michigan
Particulars: 6-0/182, redshirt; Traverse City (Mich.) Central
P Zac Murphy, Miami
Particulars: 6-0/188, redshirt; Mason (Ohio) Kings
KR Jerry "Boo Boo" Gates, Bowling Green
Particulars: 5-11/200, true; Middletown (Ohio) High
PR Jamill Smith, Ball State
Particulars: 5-8/140, redshirt; Muncie (Ind.) South

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