Eastern Michigan Eagles Offense Will Be Unpredictable In 2014


Sep 7, 2013; University Park, PA, USA; Eastern Michigan Eagles quarterback

Brogan Roback

(4) attempts to throw a pass during the fourth quarter against the Penn State Nittany Lions at Beaver Stadium. Penn State defeated Eastern Michigan 45-7. Mandatory Credit: Matthew O

The Eastern Michigan Eagles were a running team under Ron English and they had good reason to be.  Their most talented offensive player, running back Bronson Hill, rushed for 1,101 yards for the Eagles last season in a run heavy offensive scheme.

First year head coach, Chris Creighton, still plans to build his offense around Hill but wants an element of unpredictability to the scheme.  The Eastern Michigan Eagles will put some responsibility for that offensive unpredictability in the hands of sophomore signal caller Brogan Roback. He passed for 640 yards, 4 TD and 5 INT while backing up Tyler Benz last season.

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Fans should expect to see a lot of play action built into the Eagles offense this season. Although there will be an increased emphasis on the pass, don’t expect the Eagle to throw it 50 times a game. Success in the passing game will likely be set up by Bronson Hill and the running game which means the Eagles will have to limit interceptions.  If Brogan Roback is to lead the offense, he will have to take care of the football in the Eagles new scheme.

Roback  is one of two quarterbacks on the roster with college game experience.  He was almost guaranteed a starting job until the Eagles accepted LSU transfer Rob Bolden.  Bolden made history at Penn State as the only true freshman to start the season at quarterback in school history.  After the Sandusky Scandal Bolden transferred to LSU where he has been a bench player for the last two seasons.

Whoever starts under center for the Eastern Michigan Eagles will be responsible for leading the them out of the MAC basement after a 2-10 finish in 2013. With a new head coach and 7 starters returning on offense, the Eagles hope to earn their first bowl bid since 1987.