Complete All-MAC Preseason List
The opener for the 2017 football season is still over three months away, but expectations from national media are already beginning. This morning Athlon Sports announced its Preseason All-MAC teams, with 14 RedHawks being named, tied with Western Michigan for the most in the conference.
On the preseason first team were Heath Harding and Maurice Thomas (kick returner). The second team was highlighted by Ikeem Allen, James Gardner, Sam McCollum and Tony Reid. Jordan Diamond, Junior McMullen, De’Andre Montgomery, Gus Ragland, Ryan Smith and Nate Trawick made third team honors and Jared Murphy and Alonzo Smith made the fourth team.
Overall, Miami returns 18 starters to a team that made national news, winning its final six games of the 2016 season to advance to the St. Petersburg Bowl versus Mississippi State. The RedHawks also finished the MAC season 6-2 to capture a share of the MAC East Championship. Miami opens the season at Marshall on September 2.