The football team won four of its last five games to finish 6-6 and become bowl-eligible for the first time since 2009.
And the five players who received All-Mid American Conference honors Wednesday played a major part in the team’s success.
Senior offensive tackle Eric Fisher was named First Team All-MAC, while senior safety Jahleel Addae, sophomore receiver Titus Davis, and junior running back Zurlon Tipton earned second-team honors. Senior receiver Cody Wilson was recognized on the conference’s third team.
Fisher started all 12 games at left tackle and helped the Central Michigan offense give up the fourth-fewest sacks in the MAC (14).
“It’s a great feeling,” Fisher said. “Last year, I got third team, and I wanted to prove to myself that I improved this year and anytime I can represent the school, it’s a huge honor for me.”
According to SBNation, Fisher is the seventh-ranked NFL prospect among senior offensive tackles.
“Right now, the future is looking pretty bright,” Fisher said. “We’re waiting to hear on the bowl game, but as soon as that’s figured out, it’s already back in the weight room right now, so I’ve just got to keep working.”
After being named an All-MAC first-team selection in 2011, Addae helped bolster a young secondary this season. He led the team with four interceptions and was also fourth in total tackles.
Tipton finished the season rushing for more than 100 yards in six-straight games. His 19 rushing touchdowns are tied for second in CMU history and rank him fifth nationally among running backs. He also finished fourth in the MAC in rushing yards with 1,391.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better (running) back to block for this year,” Fisher said. “I love the kid, and I hope the best for him. When you block the first two levels and then see him take out the third level on his own, it’s an exhilarating feeling.”
Davis improved off his breakout freshman campaign, leading the team with 860 receiving yards and eight receiving touchdowns.
“I’m really proud of Titus,” Wilson said. “He works extremely hard. He’s got a really bright future, and I think everyone knows that.”
His 20 yards per reception average leads the MAC and ranks No. 1 in the nation among receivers with more than 40 catches. He is also tied for sixth in CMU history with 16 receiving touchdowns.
This is the fourth time Wilson has been recognized with All-MAC honors in as many seasons. He earned second-team accolades in 2010 and third-team in 2011. He was also named to the third-team in 2010 as a punt returner.
“I don’t really think about it too much, but it’s always nice to be honored a little bit at the end of the season,” Wilson said. “And, honestly, being the competitor that I am, I’ve been third-team a few times and second-team once, and I was hoping to get first-team one of these years, but it’s still a great honor.”
Wilson had more than double the receiving yards than the second-best receiver in 2010. He led the team in receptions (64) and was second on the team in receiving yards in 2012.
The Chippewas postseason hopes hinge on the outcome of three games, Saturday. In order to be guaranteed a bowl game, they need No. 13 Florida State to beat Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship Game, Cincinnati to defeat Connecticut and South Florida to upset Pittsburgh.
If one of those teams wins, CMU will have to wait until Sunday and put its resumé to the test against other bowl-eligible teams.