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  SEPT 19 MAC WEST DIVISION SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jesus Gomez, Eastern Michigan, Kicker, Sophomore, Puebla, Mexico (Prepa Tec Puebla),...Sophomore kicker Jesus Gomez split the uprights on a 27-yard field goal attempt with 11:04 in the first quarter. It was the first field goal make of his career. Moreover, it was the first three-point attempt for Eastern Michigan this season. Prior to Saturday's game, EMU had not made a field goal since Dec. 18, 2021, against Liberty University. Gomez finished the contest a perfect 3-of-3 on field goal attempts, while also hitting each of his three extra-point attempts. - MAC Football

So/2025 K Jesus GomezEastern Michigan
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  SEPT 19 MAC WEST DIVISION OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Samson Evans, Eastern Michigan, Running Back, Senior, Crystal Lake, Ill.,...Senior running back Samson Evans put together a career night in EMU's win over ASU. The Crystal Lake, Ill. native carried the ball 36 times for 258 yards on the ground with one touchdown, an average of 7.2 yards per carry on the night. Evans also pulled in one pass for seven yards and returned one kickoff for 21 yards to finish the game with 286 all-purpose yards. The ground game, which finished with 305 yards against the Sun Devils, saw Evans record the third-highest rush total in program history and just the sixth 250-yard-plus game in program history, the first since the 2013 season (Bronson Hill, 257 vs. Ohio University, Oct. 19, 2013).

Evans, who entered the game with a career-best 89 yards rushing against Eastern Kentucky University (Sept. 2) earlier this year, recorded 107 yards rushing in the fourth quarter alone as he averages 8.9 yards per carry. Additionally, when adding in his 55 yards from the third quarter, Evans' 162 yards in the second half ranks second among full game totals for the year in the MAC behind Lew Nichols' 166 total for Central Michigan against Bucknell (Sept. 17, 2022). His 258 yard effort is the best single-game total by any player in the NCAA this season. In addition to having the single-best rushing performance in the NCAA this season, senior Samson Evans has also been one of the most consistently good backs in the nation. He currently ranks 11th in the nation with 366 rushing yards. He is sixth in the country with a 122.0 rushing yards per game average. Additionally, Evans ranks first in the MAC and 18th nationally in all purpose yards, where he has averaged 142.33 per game in 2022. - MAC Football


Sr/2023 RB Samson EvansEastern Michigan
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  SEPT 19 MAC WEST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Kempton Shine, Eastern Michigan, Cornerback, Junior, Chicago, Ill. (St. Rita),...Shine was instrumental in the Eagles' 30-21 victory over the Sun Devils Sept. 17., Perhaps the most important play of the game, Shine forced and collected an ASU fumble with just minutes remaining in the game and with the Sun Devils driving into EMU territory down just nine point. The forced fumble was the second of Shine's career, his first since punching one out against Northern Illinois, Dec. 12, 2020. It was his first fumble recovery since Nov. 27 of the same year, against Central Michigan. Shine finished the night with six total tackles, which ranked second on the team, with four solo tackles, the most among Eagle defenders. - MAC Football

Jr/2024 CB Kempton ShineEastern Michigan
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  Samson Evans had never run for 100 yards in a game at Eastern Michigan. He went way beyond that Saturday night. "Two years ago, if you had told me I'd have a game like this I don't know if I would have believed you," Evans said after carrying 35 times for 257 yards to lift the Eagles past Arizona State 30-21. "The O-line blocked phenomenally, there was a play where the receivers were blocking really well, the quarterback, everybody doing their job and I just capitalized on it." Evans had 96 yards by halftime - as the Eagles (2-1) never trailed in posting the Mid-American Conference's first victory over a Pac-12 team. "Samson's the real deal, he runs really hard. We really believe in him," Eastern Michigan coach Chris Creighton said. "We didn't run the ball particularly well in the first couple weeks and I think our guys wanted to prove that we can." Eastern Michigan scored on four of its five first-half possessions, with only an interception stopping the Eastern offense.

Arizona State (1-2), meanwhile, didn't get a first down until late in the first quarter, when they were already behind 10-0. Xazavian Valladay's 44-yard touchdown run with 10:48 to play cut Eastern Michigan's lead to 27-21 early in the fourth quarter. But Evans ran 32 yards on third-and-1 to give the Eagles a first down at the ASU 34. Evans carried on seven consecutive plays on the drive, which led to Jesus Gomez's third field goal, a 20-yarder to make it 30-21 with 4:24 to go. A fumble on ASU's next drive finished it off. Taylor Powell started at quarterback for the Eagles and completed 10 of 14 before being replaced by Austin Smith in the second quarter. The Eagles scored on their opening drive on Gomez's 27-yard field goal. Jaylon Jackson's 4-yard touchdown run capped an 11-play, 80-yard drive. Meanwhile, the Sun Devils went three-and-out in their first two series. - Eastern Michigan/AP College Football


Sr/2023 RB Samson EvansEastern Michigan
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  SEPT 5 MAC WEST DIVISION SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Mitchell Tomasek, Eastern Michigan, Punter, Sophomore, Columbus, Ohio (Worthington Kilbourne),...Mitchell Tomasek made his collegiate debut with the Green and White against Eastern Kentucky Friday night, punting three times in the game for 126 total yards. Tomasek averaged 42 yards per boot while placing one kick inside the 20 as he angled his punt toward the sideline and out of bounds to pin the Colonels on their own three-yard line. Tomasek also logged a best of 51 yards to help flip the field for the Eagles. - MAC Football

So/2025 P Mitchell TomasekEastern Michigan
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  2022 PRESEASON WUERFFEL TROPHY (COMMUNITY SERVICE) WATCHLIST: Tariq Speights, Eastern Michigan, Sr., LB,...Off the field, Speights helped organize a voter registration drive at EMU to get students out to vote. The goal was to challenge every eligible member of Eastern's varsity teams to be registered to vote. Additionally, he helped organize a Black Lives Matter rally that involved both athletic departments of EMU and Michigan. The rally was about student-athletes using their platform as college athletes, opening eyes, sharing a cause, and bringing awareness to racial inequality in this country.

He also hosted a MLK Day March for student-athletes in Ypsilanti. The celebration consisted of both an in-person march and virtual panel discussion. Due in part to his leadership, EMU Athletics was able to send five student-athletes and an administrator to the Black Student-Athlete Summit this summer, and upon returning Speights developed a Black Student-Athlete organization on campus. Furthermore, he has twice been honored by the American Football Coaches Association as a watch list member of the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, one of the most coveted community service awards in college football. - Eastern Michigan Football


rSr/2023 ILB Tariq SpeightsEastern Michigan
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  2022 PRESEASON ALLSTATE AFCA GOOD WORKS TEAM NOMINEE: Tariq Speights, Eastern Michigan University,...Off the field, Speights helped organize a voter registration drive at EMU to get students out to vote. The goal was to challenge every eligible member of Eastern's varsity teams to be registered to vote. Additionally, he helped organize a Black Lives Matter rally that involved both athletic departments of EMU and Michigan. The rally was about student-athletes using their platform as college athletes, opening eyes, sharing a cause, and bringing awareness to racial inequality in this country. He also hosted a MLK Day March for of student-athletes in Ypsilanti. The celebration consisted of both an in-person march and virtual panel discussion. Due in part to his leadership, EMU Athletics was able to send five student-athletes and an administrator to the Black Student-Athlete Summit this summer, and upon returning Speights developed a Black Student-Athlete organization on campus. - Eastern Michigan Football

rSr/2023 ILB Tariq SpeightsEastern Michigan
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  2022 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Hassan Beydoun, Eastern Michigan,...Beydoun is the first EMU player to receive the preseason accolade since 2020, when Dylan Drummond was tabbed with the honor. Overall, he is one of six Mid-American Conference receivers named to the 52-man list. He has previously been announced as a candidate for the Biletnikoff and the Maxwell Award. Selected to both the Athlon Sports and Phil Steele as a Preseason First Team All-MAC selection in 2022, Beydoun is coming off a historic 2021 campaign that saw him collect Second Team All-MAC honors. He set the EMU record for receptions in a season and led the MAC with 97 grabs, as he racked up 1,015 yards through the air. Beydoun's 2021 tally ranks fourth in the Eastern Michigan record book, while he also became EMU's first 1,000-yard wide out since 2004. - Eastern Michigan Football

rSr/2023 WR Hassan BeydounEastern Michigan
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  2022 PRESEASON CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: Jose Ramirez, Eastern Michigan, Junior DE,...Ramirez is the first EMU player to receive the preseason accolade since 2019, when Kevin McGill was tabbed with the honor. Overall, he is one of five Mid-American Conference receivers named to the 90-man list. Selected Preseason First Team All-MAC by both Athlon Sports and Phil Steele in 2022, Ramirez dominated on the defensive line last season. He ranked 10th in the MAC with 6.5 sacks, a career-best mark for the Lake Alfred, Fla. native. Ramirez was third on the team with 63 tackles (32 solo, 31 assisted) in 2021, and led the team with 12.0 tackles for loss. Ramirez also forced a team-leading three fumbles this season. - Eastern Michigan Football

Sr/2023 DE Jose RamirezEastern Michigan
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  2022 PRESEASON OUTLAND TROPHY WATCHLIST: G Sidy Sow, Eastern Michigan,...Named a preseason All-MAC selection by Phil Steele's College Football Preview as well as Athlon Sports' Mid-American Conference preview, Sow returns after an incredible 2021 campaign that saw him collect First Team All-MAC accolades. Sow appeared in and started all 13 games for the Eagles and emerged as one of the most dominant offensive linemen in the conference in 2021. He anchored EMU's experienced group in the trench, and help turn the Eagles' offense into one of the best scoring units in the Mid-American Conference in 2021, averaging 31.0 points per game and putting up 372 total points during the most recent regular season. - Eastern Michigan Football

rSr/2023 OG Sidy SowEastern Michigan
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  The Mid-American Conference will host its 2022 Football Media Day on Tuesday, July 26, at the House of Blues in Cleveland, Ohio, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The MAC Football Media Day kicks off the 2022 season, which officially begins on Thursday, Sept. 1, and will conclude with the Rocket Mortgage MAC Football Championship Game. Once again this year's MAC Football Media Day will be shown live on ESPN+ from 11-1:30 p.m. The production will highlight the league's annual kickoff event as the hosts will visit with all MAC head coaches and several student-athletes throughout MAC Media Day. Attending from Eastern Michigan will be Head Coach Chris Creighton, senior wide receiver Hassan Beydoun (Dearborn, Mich.-Dearborn), and senior defensive lineman Jose Ramirez (Lake Alfred, Fla.-Auburndale-Arizona-Riverside City). - Ann Arbor News

rSr/2023 WR Hassan BeydounEastern Michigan
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  2022 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD CANDIDATE: Samson Evans (Jr.), Eastern Michigan,...Former prep record-breaker as rusher and passer at Prairie Ridge High in Crystal Lake, Ill, Samson Evans (6-0, 218) began his college career at Iowa, then moved to EMU in 2020. Last season he was Academic All-MAC selection...Appeared in 12 games for EMU, amassing 316 rushing yards on 83 attempts for 13 touchdowns and 19 receptions for 107 receiving yards while passing for three touchdowns...His 13 rushing touchdowns led the Eagles and finished third-best in the Mid-American Conference...Found paydirt multiple times in a contest four times for the Green and White...Finished second on the squad in passing touchdowns (3)...Rushed 13 times for 52 yards and a touchdown in the LendingTree Bowl versus Liberty (Dec. 18)...Racked up 47 rushing yards and a passing touchdown to defeat Western Michigan. - Eastern Michigan Football

Sr/2023 RB Samson EvansEastern Michigan
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  2022 PRESEASON BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Hassan Beydoun, Eastern Michigan,...Beydoun is one of five Mid-American Conference receivers named to the 42-man list. Selected to both the Athlon Sports and Phil Steele as a Preseason First Team All-MAC selection in 2022, Beydoun is coming off a historic 2021 campaign that saw him collect Second Team All-MAC honors. He set the EMU record for receptions in a season and led the MAC with 97 grabs, as he racked up 1,015 yards through the air.

Beydoun's 2021 tally ranks fourth in the Eastern Michigan record book, while he also became EMU's first 1,000-yard wide out since 2004. A nominee for the Burlsworth Trophy in 2021, the former walk-on has 167 career receptions, a number that is good for fourth-most in program history. Beydoun is on pace to take over the number one spot in the category, as he sits just 81 receptions shy of all-time leader Eric Deslauriers (248). - Eastern Michigan Football


rSr/2023 WR Hassan BeydounEastern Michigan
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  2022 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: Hassan Beydoun, Eastern Michigan,...Selected to both the Athlon Sports and Phil Steele as a Preseason First Team All-MAC selection in 2022, Beydoun is coming off a historic 2021 campaign that saw him collect Second Team All-MAC honors. He set the EMU record for receptions in a season and led the MAC with 97 grabs, as he racked up 1,015 yards through the air. Beydoun's 2021 tally ranks fourth in the Eastern Michigan record book, while he also became EMU's first 1,000-yard wide out since 2004. A nominee for the Burlsworth Trophy in 2021, the former walk-on has 167 career receptions, a number that is good for fourth-most in program history. Beydoun is on pace to take over the number one spot in the category, as he sits just 81 receptions shy of all-time leader Eric Deslauriers (248). - Eastern Michigan Football

rSr/2023 WR Hassan BeydounEastern Michigan
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  A total of six Eastern Michigan University football student-athletes were named Preseason All-Mid-American Conference by Phil Steele's College Football Preview, the magazine announced this week. Junior offensive lineman Brian Dooley (Bowling Green, Ohio-Toledo St. John's Jesuit), senior wide receiver Hassan Beydoun (Dearborn, Mich.-Dearborn), junior defensive lineman Jose Ramirez (Lake Alfred, Fla.-Auburndale-Arizona-Riverside City), senior offensive lineman Sidy Sow (Bromont, Quebec-J-H Leclerc-Champlain Lennoxville) garnered the Eagles' first team selection, while senior wide receiver Dylan Drummond (Cleveland, Ohio-Cuyahoga Heights) and senior linebacker Joe Sparacio (Naples, Fla.-First Baptist Academy-Boston College) earned third team honors. EMU also saw Beydoun on the fourth team as a specialist.

Dooley was a 13-game starter last year, spending 919 snaps on the field for the Green and White. Overall, he has appeared in 36 games for Eastern since stepping on the field in 2018. One of the most athletic linemen in the league, Dooley even showed the ability to play tight end in a set of games during his freshman campaign. - Ann Arbor News


Sr/2023 OT Brian DooleyEastern Michigan
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