OT John Prior
6’6, 301 lbs.
Prior will man the left side for the Bobcats this year as they look to make a run at the MAC title. Prior who comes by way of Florida State will be asked to protect the most important part of the Ohio offense in QB Tyler Tettleton. Prior who got plenty of playing time last year (200+ plays) as a backup steps into the starting role this year with lots of confidence and ability.
DE Tremayne Scott
6’3, 257 lbs.
The veteran leader of this Bobcat defense Scott will be counted to make plays in multiple way this season. Scott is a smart players who knows how tells both on film and on the field which allow him to make plays. Scott’s 62 tackles last year were perfect for the defense but both the Bobcat faithful and us want to see more pass rush out of him (3.5 sacks last year).
CB Dayonne Nunley*
Don’t let the size fool you, Nunley knows how to make big plays happen and he does so consistently. Last year Nunley made three INT’s and had 13 pass breakups and was a constant terror in teams side. Nunley also added 58 tackles, with eight of them coming behind the line of scrimmage. Nunley understands that he’s shorter than ideal but he also knows that it gives him an advantage because there is less of him to try and block. He is very good at blowing up screens and evading blocks.
DE Jason Semmes
6’3, 247 lbs.
Redhawk fans will be looking at Semmes to try and take that next step next season. His 42 tackles and 4.5 sacks are a nice start but the Redhawks need from him if they hope to take that next step in MAC competition. With Semmes becoming a senior he’ll be looked upon by younger players to show them how to step their own games up in the moments that count the most.
OC Chip Robinson
6’5, 310 lbs.
A former TE turned interior OL, Robinson is among the best in the MAC when it comes to playing the pivot. His line was a juggernaut last season allowing only 23 sacks and averaging 465 yards per game. Robinson does a nice job anchoring down against the DT’s bull rush and has long arms to handle the speed rushers.
CB Cameron Truss*
5’10, 189 lbs.
Similarly to many of the CB’s we’ve already profiled in this piece Truss is a bit of a ballhawking CB who could be in for a big year. He broke up eight passes last season and if he can turn just a few of those pass breakups into INT’s this year then Bowling Green could be in great shape to make a surprise run.
LB Jake Dooley
6’3, 239 lbs.
Dooley was probably the most impressive LB in the MAC last year despite very few people knowing his name. He was an effective and consistent blitzer registering five sacks and he also showed off very good quickness and instincts when making plays behind the line of scrimmage (5.5 TFL). Dooley also showed off plenty of pop in his tackle as he was able to dislodge the ball three times from the ball carrier last season.
SAF Luke Wollett*
6’1, 193 lbs.
Wollett is the Golden Flash defense with his ability to make plays both up in the box and back in coverage. He’s very smooth in the open field showing off great agility and acceleration. We like him best in a CF style role when he can roam and play off what the QB shows him. He has the closing speed to make plays on almost any deep pass and when he can’t get there to play the ball he’s a very strong tackler.
WR Alex Nuetz
6’4, 209 lbs
If there is one thing that UB has done well since coming into the FBS it has been that it has produced solid WR talent. Guys like Naaman Rooselvelt (Bills), Drew Haddad (Ex-Bills/Colts), and most recently Marcus Rivers (Packers) have all been picked up by NFL teams. The next guy in line should be Nuetz who has the size of a guy like Rivers but very good speed and body control down the field.
OT Gokhan Ozkan
6’7, 330 lbs.
The massive UB OT prospect will look to continue to his development and become one of the most elite OL in the MAC conference. We all remember last year when Miami’s Brandon Brooks took the draft world by storm with his Pro Day, well look for Ozkan to possibly do a repeat. Ozkan has both the size and athleticism that will intrigue teams.
WR AJ Price
The former Penn State recruit left Happy Valley a couple of years ago and ended up in Akron playing for the Zips. He saw a good bit of time last year and quickly became the Zips big play threat as he averaged 16.3 ypc but caught only one touchdown pass. With new coach Terry Bowden expect Price to get plenty of opportunities this season as Bowden will look to utilize his superior size and speed.
CB Mike Lee
6’1, 185 lbs.
If Mike Lee were healthy all of last year he may already be a name you knew and wouldn’t qualify to be a sleeper but since he suffered a number of unfortunate injuries he’s still a pretty well kept secret. Lee who must stay healthy this season makes plenty of plays as he is constantly getting his hands on passes and is a very good tackler out on the edge. If healthy he could become a premier CB in the MAC.
OG Stephane Milkin
6’5, 315 lbs.
Yesterday Mike Loyko profiled OT Nick Speller in his piece as one of the UMass prospects to watch. In addition to Speller working as an OT make sure you look at the versatile Milkin. Milkin has started at least one game at every single offensive line position but center and has the size and power to become a dominant OG. The OL will be the focus of the UMass attack as they attempt the FCS to FBS jump and with guys like Milkin and Speller they could be more successful a lot sooner than most think.