ATHENS, Ohio — Injuries continue to mount for this Central Michigan football team, the latest to its play-making wide receiver Titus Davis.
Davis, a junior, is not dressed for Saturday’s game against Ohio (2 p.m., ESPN3) with what CMU is calling an “upper-body” injury. No specifics were revealed, nor a timetable for a possible return.
On Tuesday, Davis, known for revealing tidbits CMU officials would rather want kept quiet, posted to his Twitter account: “Done wit class, time to get dis MRI… ”
CMU did not respond to a request for comment on Tuesday, and the tweet was deleted later in the day.
Davis leads the Chippewas with 518 receiving yards and entered Saturday second in the nation in yards per reception (19) among active receivers. He’s also ninth in the country in receiving yards per game (71).
The Chippewas will now have to rely on sophomore Andrew Flory (177 yards, 1 TD) junior Courtney Williams (127 yards) and redshirt freshman Anthony Rice, who had two catches for 23 yards last week against Miami. Also expect seniors Jerry Harris and Defarrel Davis to get some action.
Head coach Dan Enos made no mention of Davis’ injury during the week — CMU even had Davis appear on the weekly “Sideliners” radio show on Thursday — but said the offense will have to “make more plays on the outside.”
Before the season, Enos considered the receiving corps one of the best in the Mid-American Conference, but the group has been hit and miss all season. He said on Thursday the coaching staff challenged the group to get open and placed more emphasis on redshirt freshman quarterback Cooper Rush helping move the ball down the field against Ohio.
“Against New Hampshire, when we had to throw the ball in the second half, you saw Jesse Kroll catching balls and Andrew caught a touchdown and Titus was really good,” Enos said. “I think that was kind of what we can do. In some of these other games, we haven’t had to throw the ball quite as much. So they haven’t had to be on the forefront if you will. These weeks to come, we’re going to need some plays out of of them.”
Davis’ injury is the second among the receivers, with CMU losing Kroll, a sophomore, after its loss at UNLV.
Junior Cody Kater, named starting quarterback at the beginning of the season, remains out trying to rehab a broken collarbone.
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