With the return of several conferences to the 2020 college football scene, we are rolling out an updated NFLPA Collegiate Bowl Big Board featuring players from those schools. Next up, the Mid-American Conference (MAC):
Dustin Crum, Kent State, Quarterback
Throwing 20 touchdown passes in a season is an accomplishment; throwing a 10-to-1 touchdown-to-interception ratio, though, is downright outstanding! Last season for the Flashes, Dustin Crum earned the starting quarterback position and made the most of the opportunity while leading Kent State to a 7-6 record and its first-ever bowl victory. Despite being slighter framed physically, the Grafton, Ohio native is a dual-threat athlete with good toughness and speed who’s capable of racking up yards on the ground as well as through the air. Making good decisions with the football while not forcing throws into coverage were a staple of Crum’s game in 2019 — and are what one might expect from an aerospace engineering major. Season No. 2 as the starter will be an important one for Crum to show that last season wasn’t a fluke and that he deserves consideration in the later rounds of the draft.
Tommy Doyle, Miami (OH), Offensive Tackle
Standing at 6-8 and 315 pounds, it’s difficult to get around RedHawks left tackle Tommy Doyle. With a wide wingspan and impressive feet for a player of his height, the first-team all-MAC performer from a season ago easily guides rushers around the pocket and away from the quarterback. With unusual ability to bend at the knees and sink his hips rather than bend at the waist, Doyle is able to stay in front of defenders and maintain positioning between his target and the ball carrier. With slightly improved play strength and a third upcoming season as a starter under his belt, the Edina, Minnesota native has the opportunity to present his case to NFL talent evaluators as to why he’s one of the top senior tackle prospects in the whole country.
Ali Fayad, Western Michigan, Outside Linebacker
Ali Fayad has been a menace to opposing MAC quarterbacks. With a toolbox full of finesse pass rushing moves, the third-year starter and first-team All-MAC defensive end has amassed an impressive career stat sheet that reads 32.5 TFLs and 16.5 sacks in 38 career games – and he still has his senior season to go! What makes the Dearborn, Michigan product an intriguing prospect for the NFL is that he will be a player changing positions, going from hand-in-the-dirt defensive end to stand-up linebacker. With a knack for being too slippery for blockers to latch onto, there’s no doubt that Fayad possesses the athleticism and short-area quickness to make the transition, but in 2020, he will need to demonstrate a little more consistent urgency getting to the football, particularly when plays go away from him.
2021 NFLPA COLLEGIATE BOWL BIG BOARD: MID-AMERICAN CONFERENCE (MAC)
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