Trio of Chippewas to play in postseason all-star games

Central Michigan wide receiver, Kalil Pimpleton, runs the ball down the field during a home game against Kent State on Wed. Nov. 10 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mount Pleasant.

Central Michigan will be well represented when it comes to postseason all-star games. 

Two Chippewas, offensive linemen Bernhard Raimann and Luke Goedeke, have earned the opportunity to play in the 2022 Reese's Senior Bowl, while wide receiver Kalil Pimpleton will play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. 

Raimann and Goedeke will be the first Chippewas since Tyler Conklin in 2018 to play in the Senior Bowl, while Pimpleton is the first since Jonathan Ward in 2019 to play in the Collegiate Bowl. 

Raimann, a 6-foot-7 offensive tackle from Austria, has ascended up draft boards since moving inside from the tight end position. Together, he and Goedeke have given CMU one of the best offensive tackle duos in the nation. 

Raimann was ranked as the 34th best prospect by The Athletic's Dane Brugler on his top-50 list published on Nov. 9. 

Goedeke transferred to CMU from UW-Stevens Point and also moved from tight end to tackle. He started all 14 games as a sophomore in 2019 before missing the 2020 season due to injury. 

Pimpleton is another transfer, coming to CMU by way of Virginia Tech. After sitting out due to transfer requirements in 2018, he was a first-team All-Mid-American Conference selection in 2019. 

This season, Pimpleton has 54 catches for 891 yards and four touchdowns. He's also notched two rushing touchdowns and two punt return touchdowns. He ranks among the top-10 in CMU history for both career receptions and career receiving yards. 

The Senior Bowl will be played at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 5, at Hancock Whitney Stadium on the campus of South Alabama. The Collegiate Bowl is scheduled for Jan. 29 at the Rose Bowl.