Darius Bracy making position change, switches from DB to RB


Central Michigan defensive back Darius Bracy watches from the sidelines as his teammates practice for the New Mexico Bowl Dec. 17 at the Indoor Athletics Complex at CMU.

Central Michigan junior Darius Bracy has switched from defensive back to running back according to an updated roster on the team's website. A team spokesperson later confirmed the change.

Bracy, a Mobile, Alabama native, adds depth to the Chippewa running back position, where the team only had four listed options. Junior Kobe Lewis is the starter, with freshmen Lew Nichols and Zahir Swann as the only other scholarship options available. Redshirt freshman Josh Crawford opted-out prior to the season, and true freshman Christian Brown is a walk-on and will likely redshirt.

On his Oct. 15 appearance on "The Coach Mac Show," Bracy and coach Jim McElwain said that they were exploring ways to get him involved on the offensive side. As a quarterback at Baker High, Bracy accounted for more than 2,000 total yards as a senior. 

"For me, I ain't think nothing about it," Bracy said. "I'm just gonna go right over here and do what I do. I was happy, this is my time to shine." 

Moving Bracy to the offensive side signals McElwain's confidence in his newcomers at the cornerback position. A trio of junior transfers Dishon McNary, Brian Edwards and Richard Bowens III have all joined the team in the past year and are projected to form the starting unit when the Chippewas open the season on Nov. 4 at home against Ohio. 

"I really like the way our secondary is playing right now," McElwain said on Oct. 22. "That's a good thing because we do have a lot of new faces back there so seeing those guys play together and communicate was huge." 

The Chippewas have recently lost two players at the cornerback position: Kyron McKinnie-Harper was arrested and no longer enrolled in school while Demarcus Governor entered the transfer portal. 

Outside of the three transfers, junior Brandon Brown returns after playing in all fourteen games last year. There's also freshman Daedae Hill, a 3-star prospect out of Palmetto, Florida. The Chippewas have plenty of depth at safety, with a pair of seniors in Alonzo McCoy and Gage Kreski leading the way.