Junior Offensive Lineman Brian Dooley (Bowling Green, Ohio-Toledo St. John’s Jesuit)senior wide receiver Hassan Beydoun (Dearborn, Mich.-Dearborn)junior defensive lineman Jose Ramirez (Lake Alfred, Florida-Auburndale-Arizona-Riverside City)senior offensive lineman Sidy Sow (Bromont, Quebec-JH Leclerc-Champlain Lennoxville) won first-team selection for the Eagles, while senior wide receiver Dylan Drummond (Cleveland, Ohio-Cuyahoga Heights) and senior linebacker Joe Spacio (Naples, Florida-First Baptist Academy-Boston College) earned third-team honors.
EMU also saw Beydoun in the fourth team as a specialist.
Dooley started 13 games last year, spending 919 snaps on the pitch for the Green and White. Overall, he has appeared in 36 games for the East since entering the field in 2018. One of the most athletic linemen in the league, Dooley has even shown his ability to play tight end in a series of games during his debut campaign.
The East rush, largely enabled by Dooley and the offensive line, averaged more than 118 yards per game and accounted for 26 of EMU’s 48 touchdowns last season. Additionally, Dooley’s group was critical in late EMU efforts, where they converted 42% of third attempts (73 of 175) and 48% of fourth attempts (14 of 29).
Earning conference honors for the second straight season, Beydoun earned a second team nomination in 2021. Nominated for the Burlsworth Trophy, awarded to the nation’s top former extra, Beydoun was a critical factor in the explosiveness of the EMU offensive last year. . He finished the season with a record 94 receptions in a single season. His 1,015 receiving yards in 2021 were fourth in program history.
The former extra has 167 career receptions, a number that is good for fourth in program history. Beydoun is poised to take the top spot in the category, as he is just 81 receptions behind the all-time leader. Eric Deslauriers (248).
Overall, he had three games with 10+ catches last season. Beydoun was one of only three NCAA players to play at least three such games (Jerreth Sterns – Western Kentucky.; Drake London – Southern California).
Picking up All-MAC Third Team honors in consecutive seasons, Ramirez dominated the defensive line last season. He ranked 10th in the MAC with 6.5 sacks, a career-best mark for the native of Lake Alfred, Fla. Ramirez finished third on the team with 63 tackles (32 solo, 31 assisted) in 2021, and leads the team with 12.0 tackles for loss. Ramirez has also forced three fumbles at the helm this season.
As a unit, EMU forced 16 turnovers in 2021 and scored points on 14 (10 touchdowns, 4 field goals) of those opportunities. EMU scored 82 points on those turnovers, three as a direct result of the play and 11 times on subsequent offensive possession.
Earning All-MAC accolades in 2021 for the second time in his career, Sow has become one of the most dominant offensive linemen in the conference. Helping to anchor EMU’s experienced squad in the trench, Sow has been a major factor in building the EMU offense into one of the Mid-American Conference’s top scoring units in 2021. Averaging 30.2 points per game, EMU had 392 total points on 48 touchdowns, 19 field goals and 47 extra points.
A run-blocking nightmare, Sow helped run back Samson Evans (Crystal Lake, Illinois-Prairie Ridge-Iowa) finding paydirt 13 times in 2021. That number is tied for fourth most in a single season by any player in EMU. In the passing game, Sow and the offensive line helped protect EMU quarterbacks en route to an elite season with 3,419 passing yards and a 67.9 percent completion percentage.
Drummond started all 13 games at wide receiver, finishing with 64 catches for 704 yards and six scores. The Cleveland, Ohio native hauled seven balls for 105 yards against Ball State and followed that up with a 73-yard receiving day against Ohio. Overall, he caught at least three catches in all but one game last year.
Sparacio joins the EMU football program as an inbound transfer after starting his career at Boston College. Last year he played 11 games with five saves in limited playing time. Coming out of high school, the Naples, Fla. native was ranked the 67th inside linebacker in the nation by 247Sports.
Season tickets are on sale in anticipation of the fall, as fans will have the option of choosing their seat inside the stadium. The 2022 ‘fan-friendly’ schedule features six home games, with five to be played before the end of October. Additionally, Eastern will defend the gray turf for four out of six games between September 24 and October 29.
Eastern Michigan continues to offer the Ultimate Fan Season ticket plan for just $144. This package includes a wide backrest with armrests on the 50-yard line as well as VIP season parking. Seat season tickets are $108 and include a seat in reserved sections 104-109.
Reserved season tickets are only $99 (reserved sections 104-109), while general admission season tickets are $75 (sections 110-114 and visitor side).
Tickets are on sale at EMUEagles.com/tickets, by calling 734.487.3669 or by visiting the EMU box office.
First team attack
Hassan Beydoun -WR
Sidy Sow -OL
Brian Dooley -OL
First Defense Team
Jose Ramirez -DL
Third team attack
Dylan Drummond -WR
Third team defense
Fourth Team Special Teams
Hassan Beydoun – PR