The messages mixed, the final result still up in the air.
Central Michigan head football coach Dan Enos on Tuesday declared receiver Titus Davis, sidelined during the team’s 26-23 win over Ohio, questionable for Saturday’s game against Northern Illinois (3 p.m., ESPN3). Just 24 hours earlier, during the Mid-American Conference coaches’ teleconference on Monday morning, Enos called Davis probable.
“Good,” Enos said Tuesday after practice, following a long pause. “He’s questionable at this point, but he’s better than last week.”
Davis was abruptly held out of CMU’s game at Ohio after suffering an undisclosed injury to his left shoulder sometime last week. Details of the injury have been kept quiet, with the coaching staff and CMU officials insisting it’s nothing major, and Davis could be seen on the field Saturday at Peden Stadium throwing before the game.
Minutes before kickoff, Davis took to Twitter to squash any speculation, writing: “First and last game I’ll miss.”
Davis practiced on Tuesday, even tweeting about it, but was not made available to the media after. Junior receiver Courtney Williams characterized Davis’ performance in practice as going “really well.”
“He was looking like his old self again,” Williams said. “He’s happy to be out there.”
With Davis out, redshirt freshman quarterback Cooper Rush was forced to spread the ball around against Ohio, completing 20 passes to 10 separate receivers. Williams had five catches for 43 yards, including a game-winning 5-yard touchdown pass with 22 seconds remaining, while Rush hit tight ends Ben McCord (three catches, 42 yards) and Connor Odykirk (2 catches, 30 yards, TD) and worked backups Anthony Rice, Defarrel Davis and Andrew Flory into the mix.
“We came out firing on all cylinders in the second half,” Williams said. “It gave us a lot of confidence, and as wide receivers we want to keep that momentum rolling and hopefully take it into the next game.”
Saturday was the second time CMU has been without Davis for a full game. He was suspended in December prior to the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, a game the Chippewas won, 24-21, over Western Kentucky. Davis also missed a portion of the game against Eastern Michigan last season with an ankle injury.