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Monday, May 3, 2010

EMU football earns dubious distinction of starting first

At least Eastern Michigan's football program got to be first in something.

Unfortunately for the Eagles, who are coming off a winless season in coach Ron English's debut, their opportunity to be first came in Monday's kickoff of The Orlando Sentinel's project to preview every Division I football team, from No. 120 to No. 1. (Read the full story here.)

Unfortunately for the Eagles, being first means the Sentinel predicts them to be last — dead last, the worst team in Division I football. That's not entirely a stretch for a team that graduated its four-year starter at QB — Andy Schmitt who, despite being injured in the Michigan game a third of the way through the season, recently made an appearance at the Detroit Lions' rookie minicamp — and gave up a whopping 277 yards per game on the ground last year.

English has assembled an impressive staff, even tweaking it from Year 1 to Year 2, but it's going to be a long haul for the Eagles to get out of the basement. And the Sentinel won't be the last to say that — just the first.

Since this is one of those series that will continue through the start of fall camps for most of the teams — including all five D-I teams in Michigan — I'll keep you apprised here when one of the local teams makes an appearance.

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