Four CMU football players named to preseason watch lists, designations



Four Central Michigan University football players were named to various preseason college football watch lists with the season little more than a month away.

Here are some Chippewas to keep an eye on this fall:

Titus Davis, a senior wide receiver was named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list. The award goes to college football's top receiver, and is named for College and Pro Football Hall of Famer Fred Biletnikoff. Davis led CMU in all-purpose yardage (1,301) in 2013, earning First Team All-MAC honors.

Deon Butler, a senior tight end has been nominated for the 2014 Allstate American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team. Each year, 182  american college football players are recognized for community service contributions, volunteerism and leadership among their peers. Butler works with the Isabella Community Soup Kitchen, the Red Cross Food Pantry, and Special Olympics Michigan.

Andy Phillips and Justin Cherocci, two more CMU seniors, have been named to the 2014 Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List. The list is comprised of 123 student-athletes representing 76 universities nationwide. This prestigious award is granted to the nation's top lineman or linebacker annually.  The winner will be named on Dec. 10.

Phillips was a captain of the 2013 team and started 30 consecutive games, more than any other player.

Cherocci was the best backer in the Mid-American Conference lasts season, making 121 tackles which was good enough for 16th nationally.

The MAC is sure to be stacked with quality linemen and backers in 2014, as the two Chippewas are among nine other conference players named on the watch list.

Head coach Dan Enos and the Chippewas kick off the 2014 season at 7 p.m. on Aug. 28 at home against Tennessee-Chattanooga.


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