Eagles Football Season Review

Managing Editor Josh Newkirk takes a look at the past season and looks at the positives going forward.

Breaking down the season

2012 Overall Record: 2-10, 1-7 MAC

Head Coach Ron English: English is 10-38 in his four years at EMU. The Eagles were 0-12 his first season at the helm. In his second season he went 2-10. In his third season he finished 6-6, which was EMU's best record in 17 years. This season was a little bit of a setback, with the Green and White only winning two games. But to downplay the record a little bit, English and his coaching staff played a lot of under classman. So the future will look brighter down the road.

Positives-The Eagles went 1-1 versus their rivals. They won at Western Michigan 29-23 and barely lost to Central Michigan 34-31 at Rynearson Stadium. A great measuring stick for any program, is how they perform versus its rivals. In this case, I think English has the team heading in the right direction.

Four Eagles Named All-MAC Performers-Four members of the Eastern Michigan University football team were named to the All-Mid-American Conference teams. Senior punter Jay Karutz earned first-team honors, while senior tight end Garrett Hoskins senior linebacker Justin Cudworth and senior defensive end Andy Mulumba were named to the second team.

Karutz- ranked second in the MAC and 27th nationally with 42.74 yards per punt. A two-time Ray Guy Award candidate, he finished the season with 24 punts that landed inside the 20-yard line and 12 punts of 50 yards-or-better. In total, he racked up 2,949 yards via the punt this season which ranks fourth-best in EMU history.

Hoskins- Led the team in catches with 38 receptions for 542 yards and three touchdowns. Hoskins finished with an average of 14.3 yards per catch.

Cudworth-He started 10 games for EMU at linebacker this season, finishing the year with 85 tackles (31 solo, 54 assists) to go along with 8.0 tackles-for-loss, two pass breakups, two quarterback hurries and a forced fumble. A two-time All-MAC honoree, he ranked 12th in the MAC in tackles and 13th in tackles-for-loss.

Mulumba started all 12 games for the Eagles in 2012 and 31 in his career. He had 73 tackles (27 solo, 46 assists) to go along with seven quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery. He finished second on the team with 7.0 tackles for a loss.

Overall:Yeah, the Eagles didn't improve record wise this season. That is very obvious, but to defend English, he didn't exactly get a full deck when he took over four years ago. I think the talent is coming in and in his fifth season the Eagles will start to soar a little higher. And remember, in college football it's all about recruiting. I think English is doing a good job of that. Next season should and will be an improvement, and will get a good feel for it come Spring football.


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