Scout Watch: Two MAC Gems

The Packers will be scouting tonight's Toledo-Central Michigan game. Two top seniors — a quarterback and a safety — will be on display.

The Packers will be in attendance when Toledo visits Central Michigan on Wednesday night, according to Scout.com draft analyst Chris Steuber.

The top prospects are Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour and Toledo safety Barry Church, Steuber said.

LeFevour is an early candidate for all of the top quarterback awards. The 6-foot-3 senior has completed 68.5 percent of his passes for 1,848 yards, with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also leads the Chippewas in rushing with 548 yards and nine touchdowns.

He is Scout.com's sixth-ranked senior quarterback.

"LeFevour is one of the premier senior quarterbacks in the country," Steuber said. "He possesses great size and athleticism, and plays the game with great passion. But he has just an average arm and has to work on his mechanics. He's a great leader in the huddle and in the locker room, but has a long way to go as an NFL quarterback."

Church last week was named one of 12 semifinalists for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to the nation's top defensive back. He was a first-team all-MAC performer in each of his first three seasons. This year, the 6-foot-2, 219-pound senior has one interception, 2.5 sacks and three blocked kicks.

He is Scout.com's ninth-ranked senior safety.

"Church is an outstanding defender who's a bit of a tweener," Steuber said. "He could be converted into an OLB in a 3-4 defense, because of his physical nature. But he also has a chance to be a solid strong safety at the next level. He's an instinctive, physical defender who does a nice job in coverage. He also has great ball skills."

Toledo has Scout.com's fourth-ranked kicker, Alex Steigerwald. He is 9-of-12 this season, with the misses from 45, 50 and 50 yards. For Central Michigan, Frank Zombo is the 18th-ranked defensive end. At 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds, he'd move to linebacker in a 3-4 defense. He has 2.5 sacks after nine posting last season.


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