The MAC will have seven student-athletes representing the conference during the NFL's annual college football draft showcase -- the NFL Combine from Feb. 23-26, 2013 from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.
Miami QB Zac Dysert; Central Michigan OT Eric Fisher; Ohio OL Eric Herman; Bowling Green DT Chris Jones; Ball State P Scott Kovanda; UMass OL Stephane Milhim and Kent State OL Brian Winters.
Dysert, Miami's all-star signal-caller, who finished his career with 12,013 yards-ranking 20th on the NCAA's all-time FBS list. Dysert threw for 3,483 yards and 25 touchdowns in 2012, completing 62.9 percent of his passes and averaging 290 yards per game. He broke Miami's career passing yardage record, previously held by Ben Roethlisberger. Dysert also participated in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 26 in Mobile, Ala.
Fisher was a mainstay up front for Central Michigan starting all 13 games at left tackle. He anchored a line that helped the Chippewa offense average 6.2 yards per play, second best in the MAC, and produce nearly 400 yards of offense per game. Central Michigan allowed just 18 sacks in 13 games in 2012, which ranks in the top 20 nationally. For his standout season, Fisher earned All-America recognition from SI.com (second team) and the Associated Press (third team) and was named First Team All-MAC by the conference and Phil Steele. Widely considered to the top senior left tackle in the nation, Fisher was also selected to the inaugural Senior Bowl All-Futures Team, an honor presented to the nation’s top seniors based on their college careers and NFL future.
Herman started every game at right guard for the Bobcats last season and earned All-MAC Second Team honors for the second straight season. The Oregon, Ohio native finished the 2012 season by starting in every game and finished his career by starting in 51 straight games. In 2012, Herman appeared in 796 plays on the season and graded out at a 1.88. He posted team highs in pancakes (128) and knockdowns (131).
Jones had one of the finest seasons by a defensive player in Bowling Green history, earning MAC Defensive Player of the Year after finishing the season with 42 tackles, 12.5 sacks and 19.0 tackles for loss. Jones would go on to be named a first-team All-American by the Football Writers Association of America, first-team All-MAC and was named the MAC East Defensive Player of the Week on three different occasions in 2012. Jones played in 50 games during his Falcon career, starting 44 consecutive contests, helping the Falcons to advance to bowl games in 2009 and 2012. The Brownsburg, Ind., native recorded 157 tackles, 28.0 sacks, 46.0 tackles for loss, fix forced fumbles and five fumble recoveries during his time with the Orange and Brown.
Kovanda was one of three finalists for the Ray Guy Award in 2012, which goes to the nation's most outstanding punter. Kovanda punted 47 times for 1,892 yards and a 40.3 average in 2012. Kovanda earned Academic All-MAC honors for the third time in his career in 2012. Kovanda managed a 3.884 GPA as a finance major and graduated in December.
Milhim started all 12 games at left tackle for UMass last season as the Minutemen made their transition year from FCS to FBS competition in the MAC. Milhim appeared in 40 games in his collegiate career at UMass.
Winters, a native of Hudson, Ohio, was a three-time Mid-American Conference selection, earning first team honors in 2012. Winters and the Golden Flahses made history with an unprecedented 11-win season, including 8-0 in the regular season conference action, and earned the program's first bowl invitation in 40 years with a bowl appearnance in the GoDaddy.com Bowl. Winters was also invited to play in the Senior Bowl on Jan. 26 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala.
Over 300 top prospects will continue on their quest to achieve their NFL dreams. The NFL Combine will be televised by the NFL Network. The NFL combine draws executives, coaches, player personnel staff and medical personnel from all 32 NFL teams to evaluate the nation’s top college football players eligible for the upcoming NFL Draft.
Combine workout schedule:
» Saturday, Feb. 23: Tight ends, offensive linemen, special teams
» Sunday, Feb. 24: Quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers
» Monday, Feb. 25: Defensive linemen, linebackers
» Tuesday, Feb. 26: Defensive backs