2009 Eastern Michigan Eagles football team

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2009 Eastern Michigan Eagles football
Eastern Michigan Eagles logo.svg
Conference Mid-American Conference
Division West
2009 record 0–12 (0–8 MAC)
Head coach Ron English
Offensive coordinator Ken Karcher
Defensive coordinator Eric Lewis
Home stadium Rynearson Stadium
Seasons
← 2008
2010 →
2009 Mid-American Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
Ohio xy   7 1         9 5  
Temple x   7 1         9 4  
Bowling Green   6 2         7 6  
Kent State   4 4         5 7  
Buffalo   3 5         5 7  
Akron   2 6         3 9  
Miami   1 7         1 11  
West Division
#23 Central Michigan x$   8 0         12 2  
Northern Illinois   5 3         7 6  
Western Michigan   4 4         5 7  
Toledo   3 5         5 7  
Ball State   2 6         2 10  
Eastern Michigan   0 8         0 12  
Championship: Central Michigan 20, Ohio 10
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2009 Eastern Michigan Eagles football team represented Eastern Michigan University in the 2009 NCAA Division I FBS football season. Eastern Michigan competed as a member of the Mid-American Conference (MAC) West Division and played their home games in Rynearson Stadium.

Following the firing of Jeff Genyk during the 2008 season, Eastern Michigan hired Ron English, who had formerly been the defensive coordinator at the University of Michigan and the University of Louisville, as the team's head coach.[1] The coaching change initially brought excitement to the program, as English hired a new staff, including former University of Michigan, New York Giants, and Oakland Raiders running back Tyrone Wheatley, and replaced Genyk's spread offense with a pro-style offense.

However, the change in offense proved difficult for senior quarterback Andy Schmitt, and he was largely ineffective in the first several games of the season.[2] In the second game of the year, the Eagles traveled to Northwestern, and after trailing 21-0 in the second quarter, they tied the game at 24 with 2 minutes left, before Northwestern kicked a game winning field goal in the closing seconds. The following week, they had another trip just across the county to play Michigan. Similar to their 2006 game at Michigan State, they played a very competitive first half, only trailing by one score. But like many times before, they couldn't put two good halves together. In the second half, the Eagles were outscored 21-0 and Andy Schmitt suffered a season-ending knee injury.[2]

The rest of the season they used former starting quarterback Kyle McMahon, and freshman Alex Gillet. Eastern scored no more than 12 points in any of the next three games, including a 56-8 loss at Central Michigan. The week after that, they nearly beat Ball State who was also winless at the time. The difference was a safety in the fourth quarter. Next, they had one more non-conference game as they traveled to Arkansas. This game was the opposite of the Michigan game — bad first half, good second half. They were down 42-0 before eventually losing 63-27. For the rest of the year, they were only close in the finale at Akron, losing by 7. In previous years, Eastern was able to get at least a few wins because of a high scoring offense. Schmitt's injury ended that, and their defense was among the worst in the nation. Eastern gave up 3,321 rushing yards (276.8 per game), more than any other team in the nation,[3] which was their downfall. They statistically appeared to have one of the best passing defenses, allowing 150.5 passing yards per game, second only to Air Force,[4] but this was mostly an illusion. Everyone knew they couldn't stop the run, so opponents just didn't call many pass plays.

Eastern finished the season without a win, their first winless season since 1981. The Eagles were one of two winless FBS teams (Western Kentucky was the other).

Recruiting[edit]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
September 5 7:00 p.m. Army* Rynearson Stadium • Ypsilanti, Michigan L 14–27   14,499[5]
September 12 11:00 a.m. at Northwestern* Ryan FieldEvanston, Illinois BTN L 24–27   19,239[6]
September 19 12:00 p.m. at Michigan* Michigan StadiumAnn Arbor, Michigan BTN L 17–45   107,903[7]
October 3 1:00 p.m. Templedagger Rynearson Stadium • Ypsilanti, Michigan L 12–24   3,364[8]
October 10 12:00 p.m. at Central Michigan Kelly/Shorts StadiumMount Pleasant, Michigan (Michigan MAC Trophy) ESPN Plus L 8–56   26,730[9]
October 17 4:00 p.m. Kent State Rynearson Stadium • Ypsilanti, Michigan L 6–28   2,401[10]
October 24 1:00 p.m. Ball State Rynearson Stadium • Ypsilanti, Michigan L 27–29   1,535[11]
October 31 7:00 p.m. at Arkansas* Razorback StadiumFayetteville, Arkansas ESPNU L 27–63   62,501[12]
November 5 6:30 p.m. at Northern Illinois Huskie StadiumDeKalb, Illinois ESPNU L 6–50   10,527[13]
November 14 1:00 p.m. Western Michigan Rynearson Stadium • Ypsilanti, Michigan (Michigan MAC Trophy) L 14–35   3,281[14]
November 20 7:00 p.m. at Toledo Glass BowlToledo, Ohio L 21–47   9,967[15]
November 27 2:00 p.m. at Akron InfoCision StadiumAkron, Ohio L 21–28   9,962[16]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

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Roster[edit]

As of 2009-07-15[18]

Wide Receivers

  • 1 Kinsman Thomas - Freshman
  • 2 Dontayo Gage - Senior
  • 9 Tyrone Burke - Junior
  • 15 Jacory Stone - Senior
  • 18 DeAnthony White - Senior
  • 24 Corey Manns - Redshirt Freshman
  • 27 Marvon Sanders - Sophomore
  • 28 Brandon Boyle - Freshman
  • 80 Nick Olds - Freshman
  • 82 Terrance Gourdine - Freshman
  • 84 Trey Hunter - Sophomore
  • 86 L’Shane Bynum - Redshirt Freshman

Offensive Line

  • 55 Stephen Johnson - Senior
  • 60 Andy Fretz - Senior
  • 61 Derek Gotham - Sophomore
  • 63 Mark VanDenburgh - Redshirt Freshman
  • 65 Dan DeMaster - Junior
  • 68 Korey Neal - Redshirt Freshman
  • 70 Cory Watman - Redshirt Freshman
  • 71 Brian Moore - Junior
  • 72 Andrew Sorgatz - Freshman
  • 75 Scott MacLeod - Freshman
  • 76 Bridger Buche - Junior
  • 78 Eric Davis - Junior

Tight Ends

  • 81 Ben Thayer - Junior
  • 83 John Bonner - Senior
  • 85 Garrett Hoskins - Freshman
  • 86 Artie Tanguma - Freshman
  • 87 Drew Serruto - Sophomore
  • 88 Sonny Paluch - Junior
  • 89 Josh LeDuc - Junior
 

Quarterbacks

  • 7 Andy Schmitt - Senior
  • 11 Kyle McMahon - Junior
  • 12 Jason Williams - Sophomore
  • 13 Alex Gillett - Freshman
  • 14 Devontae Payne - Freshman

Running Backs

  • 3 Terrence Blevins - Senior
  • 22 Dwayne Priest - Junior
  • 26 Corey Welch - Sophomore
  • 32 Dominique Sherrer - Sophomore
  • 35 Joe Fleming - Freshman

Defensive Line

  • 17 Brandon Downs - Senior
  • 56 Ryan Leonard - Junior
  • 59 Matt Price - Freshman
  • 64 Khaled Mheisen - Freshman
  • 69 Shawn Sinawe - Freshman
  • 90 Javon Reese - Sophomore
  • 91 Dan Cordick - Junior
  • 92 Ryan Kuhlman - Sophomore
  • 93 Brad Ohrman - Sophomore
  • 94 Devon Davis - Freshman
  • 95 Orlando McCord - Freshman
  • 96 Brandon Slater - Sophomore
  • 97 Kalven Seilis - Redshirt Freshman
  • 98 Bronly Kashama - Freshman
  • 99 Tyler Palsrok - Junior
 

Linebackers

  • 11 Nate Paopao - Junior
  • 20 Andre’ Hatchett - Senior
  • 25 Jermaine Jenkins - Senior
  • 29 Lorenzo Seaberry - Senior
  • 40 Neal Howey - Junior
  • 42 Marcus English - Sophomore
  • 44 Kyle DeMaster - Freshman
  • 45 Matt Boyd - Freshman
  • 47 Chris Bittner - Sophomore
  • 48 James Ervin - Redshirt Freshman
  • 49 Andy Mulumba - Freshman
  • 50 Blake Browe - Freshman
  • 51 Herb Waits - Sophomore
  • 52 Steve Brown - Sophomore
  • 57 Tim Fort - Junior
  • 67 Marty Newman - Redshirt Freshman

Defensive Backs

  • 4 Kevin Long - Junior
  • 5 Willie Hickman - Freshman
  • 6 Marty Cardwell - Sophomore
  • 8 Johnny Sears - Senior
  • 10 Ryan Downard - Junior
  • 14 Brandon Pratt - Junior
  • 16 Jonte Lewis - Junior
  • 19 Arrington Hicks - Junior
  • 21 Garrett Gronowski - Freshman
  • 23 Chris May - Senior
  • 24 Kelip Goodwin - Freshman
  • 24 Tyler Thomas - Redshirt Freshman
  • 28 Nate Wilson - Sophomore
  • 31 Marcell Rose - Sophomore
  • 34 Jaron Gillespie - Freshman
  • 36 Jon Pryor - Redshirt Freshman
  • 37 Mark Mitchell - Junior
  • 41 Latarrius Thomas - Junior
  • 43 Alex Bellfy - Redshirt Freshman
  • 46 Sterling Vaughn - Freshman

Punters

  • 39 Patrick Treppa - Junior

Kickers

  • 33 Zach Johnson - Senior
  • 38 Joe Carithers - Junior

Long Snapper

  • 46 Alexander Gudejko - Sophomore
  • 53 Mike Zupancic - Redshirt Freshman
  • 58 Matt Bowman - Redshirt Freshman
  • 59 Tyler Cochran - Sophomore
† Starter at position     * Injured; will not play in 2009.

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Year at school
Ron English Head Coach 1st
Ken Karcher Offensive Coordinator
Quarterbacks Coach
1st
Eric Lewis Defensive Coordinator
Defensive Backs Coach
1st
Kurt Anderson Offensive Line Coach 2nd
Tom Burpee Tight Ends Coach
Special Teams Coach
1st
Antonio Carter Wide Receivers Coach 1st
Tim Carter Defensive Backs Coach
Recruiting Coordinator
1st
Casey Creehan Defensive Line Coach 1st
Steve Szabo Associate Head Coach
Linebackers Coach
1st
Tyrone Wheatley Running Backs Coach 1st

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Game summaries[edit]

Army[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Black Knights 6 7 0 14 27
Eagles 0 0 0 14 14

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

  • 06:12 ARMY - Mealy 6-yard run (Campbell kick failed) 6-0 ARMY

2nd Quarter

  • 05:56 ARMY - Carter 12-yard run (Campbell kick) 13-0 ARMY

3rd Quarter

4th Quarter

  • 13:58 EMU - Hunter 20-yard pass from Schmitt (Carithers kick) 13-7 ARMY
  • 10:22 ARMY - Ehie 10-yard run (Smith rush) 21-7 ARMY
  • 06:53 ARMY - Ehie 5-yard run (Campbell kick failed) 27-7 ARMY
  • 03:31 EMU - Priest 1-yard run (Carithers kick) 27-14 ARMY

Northwestern[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 3 7 14 24
Wildcats 7 14 0 6 27

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

  • 06:38 NU Simmons 1-yard run (Demos kick) 0-7 NU

2nd Quarter

  • 12:33 NU Simmons 14-yard run (Demos kick) 0-14 NU
  • 09:08 NU Johnson 70-yard interception return (Demos kick) 0-21 NU
  • 03:32 EMU Carithers 33-yard field goal 3-21 NU

3rd Quarter

  • 04:33 EMU Priest 1-yard run (Carithers kick) 10-21 NU

4th Quarter

  • 12:57 NU Demos 20-yard field goal 10-24 NU
  • 09:55 EMU Stone 25-yard pass from Schmitt (Carithers kick) 17-24 NU
  • 02:40 EMU Blevins 3-yard run (Carithers kick) 24-24
  • 00:06 NU Demos 49-yard field goal 24-27 NU

Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 3 14 0 0 17
Wolverines 10 14 14 7 45

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

  • 10:46 MICH Olesnavage 37-yard field goal 0-3 MICH
  • 05:32 EMU Carithers 43-yard field goal 3-3
  • 02:30 MICH Brown 9-yard run (Olesnavage kick) 3-10 MICH

2nd Quarter

  • 11:16 EMU Schmitt 11-yard run (Carithers kick) 10-10
  • 09:20 MICH Shaw 5-yard run (Olesnavage kick) 10-17 MICH
  • 07:15 MICH Brown 90-yard run (Olesnavage kick) 10-24 MICH
  • 02:05 EMU Priest 5-yard run (Carithers kick) 17-24 MICH

3rd Quarter

  • 04:47 MICH Odoms 13-yard run (Olesnavage kick) 17-31 MICH
  • 03:06 MICH Robinson 13-yard run (Olesnavage kick) 17-38 MICH

4th Quarter

  • 07:14 MICH Robinson 36-yard run (Olesnavage kick) 17-45 MICH

Temple[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Owls 14 7 0 3 24
Eagles 0 6 0 6 12

Central Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 0 0 8 8
Chippewas 14 21 14 7 56

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

  • 08:51 CMU Brown 70-yard pass from LeFevour (Aguila kick) 0-7 CMU
  • 03:58 CMU LeFevour 1-yard run (Aguila kick) 0-14 CMU

2nd Quarter

  • 12:33 CMU LeFevour 1-yard run (Aguila kick) 0-21 CMU
  • 02:51 CMU Brown 75-yard punt return (Aguila kick) 0-28 CMU
  • 00:18 CMU Schroeder 11-yard pass from LeFevour (Aguila kick) 0-35 CMU

3rd Quarter

  • 12:50 CMU Poblah 25-yard pass from LeFevour (Aguila kick) 0-42 CMU
  • 01:57 CMU LeFevour 5-yard run (Aguila kick) 0-49 CMU

4th Quarter

  • 11:25 EMU Welch 1-yard run (Gillett rush) 8-49 CMU
  • 07:36 CMU Volny 3-yard run (Aguila kick) 8-56 CMU

Kent State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Golden Flashes 14 0 7 7 28
Eagles 6 0 0 0 6

Ball State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Cardinals 6 7 16 0 29
Eagles 7 13 7 0 27

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

  • 10:59 EMU Carithers 20-yard field goal 6-10 EMU
  • 9:23 EMU Welch 12-yard run (Carithers kick) 6-17 EMU
  • 6:37 EMU Carithers 26-yard field goal 6-20 EMU
  • 4:06 BSU Lewis 48-yard run (Schott kick) 13-20 EMU

3rd Quarter

  • 10:44 EMU White 10-yard run (Carithers kick) 13-27 EMU
  • 6:37 BSU Sykes 6-yard run (Schott kick) 20-27 EMU
  • 5:33 BSU Team Safety 22-27 EMU
  • 1:47 BSU Sykes 37-yard run (Schott kick) 29-27 BSU

Arkansas[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 0 20 7 27
Razorbacks 21 21 21 0 63

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter

  • 10:42 AR Davis 36-yard run (Tejada kick) 0-7 AR
  • 6:42 AR Green 3-yard run (Tejada kick) 0-14 AR
  • 4:02 AR Burton 50-yard interception return (Tejada kick) 0-21 AR

2nd Quarter

  • 12:21 AR Adams 10-yard pass from Mallett (Tejada kick) 0-28 AR
  • 4:10 AR Green 99-yard run (Tejada kick) 0-35 AR
  • 1:38 AR Adams 78-yard pass from Mallet (Tejada kick) 0-42 AR

3rd Quarter

  • 12:38 AR Armbrust 1-yard blocked punt return (Tejada kick) 0-49 AR
  • 9:30 EMU Thayer 8-yard pass from McMahon (Carithers kick failed) 6-49 AR
  • 5:58 EMU Thomas 77-yard pass from McMahon (Carithers kick) 13-49 AR
  • 4:30 AR Davis 4-yard run (Tejada kick) 13-56 AR
  • 2:50 EMU Bonner 32-yard pass from McMahon (Carithers kick) 20-56 AR
  • 0:18 AR Miller 16-yard pass from Mallet (Tejada kick) 20-63 AR

4th Quarter

  • 2:14 EMU Priest 10-yard run (Carithers kick) 27-63 AR

Northern Illinois[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 6 0 0 0 6
Huskies 20 17 10 3 50

Western Michigan[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Broncos 7 21 0 7 35
Eagles 7 7 0 0 14

Toledo[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 0 14 7 0 21
Rockets 3 23 7 14 47

Akron[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Eagles 7 7 0 7 21
Zips 14 7 7 0 28

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Sources: English to be announced as EMU coach". ESPN. 2008-12-22. Retrieved 2010-04-20. English would become just the fifth African-American head coach among the 119 Football Bowl Subdivision schools. 
  2. ^ a b Arnold, Jeff (2009-09-22). "Eastern Michigan quarterback Andy Schmitt out for the season". AnnArbor.com. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  3. ^ "Sortable Team Stats: Rushing Defense". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  4. ^ "Sortable Team Stats: Passing Defense". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2010-04-21. 
  5. ^ "Army vs Eastern Michigan". EMUEagles.com. 2009-09-05. Archived from the original on 2009-09-11. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  6. ^ "Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Northwestern Wildcats Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  7. ^ "Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Michigan Wolverines Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  8. ^ "Temple Owls vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  9. ^ "CMU 56, Eastern Michigan 8". CMU Sports Information. 2009-10-10. Retrieved 2009-10-12. 
  10. ^ "Kent State Golden Flashes vs. Eastern Michigan Eagles Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  11. ^ "Ball State vs Eastern Michigan". Eastern Michigan University. 2009-10-24. Retrieved 2009-10-25. 
  12. ^ "Eastern Michigan vs Arkansas". Eastern Michigan University. 2009-10-31. Retrieved 2009-11-01. 
  13. ^ "Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Northern Illinois Huskies Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  14. ^ "Western Michigan vs Eastern Michigan". Eastern Michigan University. 2009-11-14. Retrieved 2009-11-16. 
  15. ^ "Eastern Michigan Eagles vs. Toledo Rockets Box Score". ESPN.com. Retrieved 2010-03-11. 
  16. ^ "Eastern Michigan vs Akron". ESPN. 2009-11-27. Retrieved 2009-11-27. 
  17. ^ "2009 Football Schedule". EMUEagles.com. Archived from the original on 2009-09-07. Retrieved 2009-08-23. 
  18. ^ "Numerical Roster" (PDF). 2009 Eastern Michigan University Football Media Guide. Eastern Michigan University Intercollegiate Athletics. 2009-07-15. pp. 12–13. Retrieved 2009-08-21. 
  19. ^ "Coaches" (PDF). 2009 Eastern Michigan University Football Media Guide. Eastern Michigan University Intercollegiate Athletics. pp. 66–76. Retrieved 2009-08-26.