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Many Chippewas may be holding their breath for the Central Michigan’s football season opener, but we believe there is a cause for high hopes for this football season and the program’s future.Head Coach John Bonamego and his team may be coming off a lackluster 6-7 season, but the promises of a winning future are on the horizon.After taking over from former coach Dan Enos’s 26-36 career at CMU, Bonamego has had two years to rebuild and create an entirely new team -- one that fits his vision and style of coaching.
Options and opportunity are in store for the Central Michigan football team this season.Fans can expect a dose of two starting quarterbacks calling the shots for a new offensive spread system when the Chippewas take on Rhode Island at 7 p.m.
With Central Michigan's previous starting quarterback graduated and completing preseason passes for the Dallas Cowboys, the question still remains for Chippewa fans — who will replace Cooper Rush?The competition has come down to redshirt freshman Tony Poljan and graduate transfer student Shane Morris.
In Saturday night's preseason game against the Oakland Raiders, former CMU quarterback Cooper Rush threw 12-for-13 tallying 115 yards and two touchdowns for the Dallas Cowboys after coming on for Dak Prescott. Rush is fighting for his chance to make the 53-man roster as an undrafted rookie.His most recent performance has caught the eye of Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones. "I'm very impressed," Jones told media after the game according to the team's website.
Tight end Tyler Conklin, cornerback Amari Coleman, defensive lineman Joe Ostman and running back Devon Spalding were voted captains of the 2017 Central Michigan football team yesterday. Conklin tallied 42 receptions and six touchdowns for the Chippewas last season.
With all of the buzz that is being generated around the start of the 2017 Central Michigan football season that is nearing on kick-off, there is one former Chippewa that is making his mark at the next level.Yes, the NFL and yes, it's Cooper Rush.The former star CMU quarterback has put on a show through the first three games of the NFL preseason.
Head coach John Bonamego and his trusty staff are back for
their third season at the Central Michigan University football team.Coming off of a 6-7 season last year with triumphant victory
against Oklahoma State and a disappointing bowl loss, the Chippewas’ were
picked to finish ranked fifth in the Mid-American Conference West Division in
the 2017 Preseason Media Football Poll.
Senior receiver Corey Willis showed plenty flashes of speed
and ability during his junior season with the Central Michigan football team,
leading the team in receptions, yards and touchdowns.
Senior tight end Tyler Conklin underwent surgery to repair a
broken foot on Wednesday, according to Central
Michigan head coach John Bonamego.Conklin reportedly broke his foot in training camp and
doctors currently have no timetable for his return, Bonamego said.
This season in the Mid-American Conference, you may notice a slight jersey change for undergraduate players.In the upcoming 2017 season, there will be 55 of these players total in the conference.
Following a 55-10 loss to Tulsa on Dec. 19 in the final
Miami Beach Bowl, the Central Michigan football team will hope for a different
result when it makes a trip back to the magic city in 2019.CMU announced Monday it will travel the play the University
of Miami (Fl.) on Sept.
CANTON, Ohio — Just over seven months ago, senior defensive end Joe Ostman and the Central Michigan football team’s season that was plundering out of control hit rock bottom when they lost 55-10 in the Miami Beach Bowl against Tulsa.After starting the season 4-2, CMU stumbled across the finish line to a 6-7 finish, losing five of their final seven games.
Ohio — The days of Western Michigan “rowing the boat” are officially
over.Former head coach P.J.
Canton, Ohio — Central Michigan football enters year-three
of the John Bonamego era with a new offense, new quarterback and possibly a new
identity.After a 6-7 2016 season, which ended with five losses in the
last six games, the Chippewas enter 2017 with mixed expectations surrounding
Canton, Ohio — Mid-American Conference commissioner Jon Steinbrecher started off Wednesday’s portion of MAC Media Day congratulating the conference teams and players for their recent accomplishments.The main school of focus was Western Michigan for their trip to the Good Year Cotton Bowl, finishing 15th in the AP top 25 poll, and former Bronco wide receiver Corey Davis for being drafted fifth overall in the 2017 NFL Draft.“Twice in the past five years, a Mid-American Conference team has earned an invitation to a New Years Six bowl,” Steinbrecher said.
CANTON, Ohio — Coming off a 6-7 season and a fifth place finish in the Mid-American Conference West Division in 2016, the Central Michigan football team was picked to finish fifth again in a preseason poll released Wednesday.Toledo was selected by the media to win the division, receiving 22 first-place votes and 142 points.
Two Central Michigan players were recognized on college football preseason watch lists.Senior tight end Tyler Conklin earned a spot on the John Mackey Award list, while senior center Austin Doan cracked the watch list for the Rimington Trophy.
A new year brought in new faces, milestones and downfalls for Central Michigan athletics.After returning from Miami without a bowl game win and a 6-7 season record, the football team’s next endeavor during the offseason was to replace star quarterback Cooper Rush.Starting 50 consecutive games in his four-year career, Rush became the second highest passer in Mid-American Conference history, throwing for 12,894 yards and 90 touchdowns in his tenure with the Chippewas.
While former Central Michigan quarterback Cooper Rush didn't get selected in the 2017 NFL Draft, it didn't take long after it ended for him to receive an opportunity.The Lansing Catholic high school graduate has landed a spot with the Dallas Cowboys as an undrafted free agent.
Cooper Rush’s time at Central Michigan is over.After finishing off an illustrious career, in which he
started almost every game and came within 15 yards of passing Dan LeFevour for
most passing yards in Mid-American Conference history, the 6-foot-3 quarterback
from Charlotte is officially done torching MAC defenses and has shifted his
focus to the next part of the journey — the NFL.