Central Michigan Chippewas

Central Michigan Chippewas

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Central Michigan sophomore RB Jonathan Ward rushed for 80 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in Tuesday's 42-23 win over Kent State.

He added one catch for four yards. Ward has been a revelation for the Chips over the past month, reaching 80 yards in four straight games and topping 95 in the three before this one. With one regular season game and a bowl matchup to go, Ward has 839 yards and eight touchdowns along with a 40-357-1 line.
Nov 15 - 1:13 PM

Central Michigan senior TE Tyler Conklin had four receptions for 104 yards in Tuesday's 42-23 win over Kent State.

Conklin (6'4/240) hasn't broken out as expected following his 42-560-6 line last year. Injuries are a big reason for that, as Conklin missed all of September. Through six games, he's produced 22 catches for 339 yards and five touchdowns. Next time out, the Chips play their regular season finale against Northern Illinois. After that, CMU is going bowling.
Nov 15 - 12:58 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Shane Morris completed 11-of-18 passes for 155 yards and three touchdowns in Wednesday's 42-30 win over Eastern Michigan.

Morris coughed up a fumble which was returned for a touchdown on CMU's first offensive drive of the game, but he sharpened up from that point on. The Michigan transfer would go on to throw all three of his touchdown passes in the first half to help the Chips to a 28-17 halftime lead which they would not relinquish. Morris threw 12 touchdown passes through the first seven games of the campaign before upping the ante with nine of them -- against no interceptions -- in the last three contests. He'll lead Central Michigan into a road date with Kent State next Tuesday as he tries to keep up his recent success.
Nov 9 - 1:08 PM

Central Michigan sophomore RB Jonathan Ward rushed for 159 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries in Wednesday's 42-30 win over Eastern Michigan.

Ward (6'0/194) exploded for a 79-yard touchdown run near the end of the first quarter and added a three-yard score to his resume early in the third quarter. The sophomore back went through a six-game cold stretch after the opener in which he failed to surpass 60 yards on the ground, but he's gotten hot of late, rushing for at least 95 yards in each of his last three games. He's gone over 130 yards in each of the last two contests. For the campaign as a whole, Ward has rushed for 749 yards (5.9 YPC) and seven touchdowns. He's also been a reliable weapon in the passing game, having caught 39 passes for 353 yards and a touchdown.
Nov 9 - 12:42 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Shane Morris completed 12-of-30 passes for 243 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for two additional scores in Wednesday's 35-28 win over Western Michigan.

While Morris wasn't particularly efficient in his passing, he came through big in the second half, accounting for three of his four total touchdowns after halftime. The Michigan transfer has done a respectable enough job of leading the 5-4 Chippewas this season, throwing for 2,209 yards with an 18/11 TD/INT ratio. The interceptions are a wee bit high for our liking.
Nov 2 - 2:08 PM

Central Michigan sophomore RB Jonathan Ward rushed for 132 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in Wednesday's 35-28 win over Western Michigan.

Western Michigan entered the fourth quarter holding a 28-14 lead before Ward scored on a 29-yard run with about six minutes off the clock. The Chippewas would pick up two more touchdowns in the quarter to come away with a nice come-from-behind victory. For his part, the 6-foot, 194-pound Ward has now rushed for 590 yards (5.2 YPC) and five touchdowns. He's also been a useful weapon in the receiving game. On Wednesday, he caught four passes for 80 yards, bumping his overall receiving line to 38-326-1 in nine games.
Nov 2 - 1:45 PM

Central Michigan senior WR Corey Willis caught five passes for 148 yards and a touchdown in Wednesday's 35-28 win over Western Michigan.

Willis caught the key touchdown of the game, scoring from 77 yards out with 2:47 remaining in the contest to snap a 28-28 tie and delivering the Chippewas to the victory in the process. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound senior was waylaid by a broken hand early in the season, but has come back to catch 12 passes for 258 yards and four touchdowns in three contests since returning from the injury.
Nov 2 - 12:29 PM

Central Michigan senior WR Corey Willis caught five passes for 98 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 56-9 win over Ball State.

Willis (5'10/175) missed four games with a broken hand before returning to action against Toledo last weekend. He caught just two passes for 12 yards in that one, but with the rust shaken off, the senior excelled versus Ball State on Saturday. His highlight catch came on a 63-yard touchdown grab midway through the third quarter to put the Chippewas up 35-9. Willis logged a 71-1087-9 receiving line last season and should be good for a strong finish to the campaign so long as he can stay healthy. Central Michigan will be off on bye next weekend, with their next game set to come against Western Michigan on Wednesday, November 1.
Oct 21 - 6:36 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Shane Morris completed 16-of-21 passes for 199 yards and four touchdowns in Saturday's 56-9 drubbing of Ball State.

Morris failed to throw for a touchdown in the first quarter, but revved up the motor for the rest of the game with a pair of scoring passes in the second quarter and one in each of the final two stanzas. The senior also finally tamped down on his turnovers after being picked at least twice in four of his last five games. He now owns a 16/11 TD/INT ratio on the year. Nine of those 16 touchdown passes have come in just two contests, so it hasn't been the most consistent of campaigns for the former Wolverine.
Oct 21 - 6:29 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Shane Morris completed 17-of-37 passes for 182 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in Saturday's 30-10 loss to Toledo.

Morris was throwing in poor, rainy conditions in what ended as a pretty miserable performance for the senior gunslinger. Central Michigan did not find the end zone until the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder hooked up with Tyler Conklin on a 26-yard touchdown with under two minutes remaining in the contest. Morris has now thrown at least two interceptions in four of his last five games.
Oct 14 - 6:43 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper writes that he likes Central Michigan senior TE Tyler Conklin "as a potential early Day 3 draft pick."

After missing the beginning of the season while recovering from a broken foot sustained in preseason camp, Conklin (6'4/240) went off for a 10-136-2 receiving line in his season debut on Saturday against Ohio. "He has impressed me over the last two seasons with his hands -- he catches away from his body -- and his physicality after the catch," Kiper wrote. A former basketball player at Northwood University, Conklin is following in the footsteps of Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham. Like many converted basketball players transitioning to TE, Conklin must work on his blocking.
Source: ESPN
Oct 10 - 12:54 PM

Central Michigan senior TE Tyler Conklin (foot) caught 10 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 26-23 win over Ohio.

Conklin was making his season debut on Saturday, as he had previously been out for the campaign while recovering from a broken foot sustained in preseason camp. He was expected to be limited against Ohio, but that plan apparently went out the window early. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder ended up leading CMU in receptions, receiving yardage and receiving touchdowns in the narrow victory. A year ago, he finished the season with a 42-560-6 receiving line. We're not counting him out from surpassing those numbers this time around, even with Conklin missing all of September.
Oct 7 - 5:22 PM

Central Michigan senior WR Corey Willis (hand) is expected to see limited work in Saturday's game against Ohio.

Willis suffered a fractured hand in mid-September. He ended up missing three games. Prior to going down injured, the senior had been working to a 16-183-1 receiving line.
Oct 7 - 2:32 PM

Central Michigan senior TE Tyler Conklin (foot) will play in a limited capacity during Saturday's game against Ohio.

Conklin has been sidelined for the entirety of the campaign to date due to a broken foot suffered in August camp. Given that the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder will not be implemented to the full extent on Saturday, Logan Hessbrook should see significant run once more versus the Bobcats.
Oct 7 - 2:27 PM

Central Michigan senior TE Logan Hessbrook (concussion) is uncertain for Saturday's game against Boston College.

Hesbrook was playing well prior to the injury, recording nine catches in the first two games before suffering the concussion early against Syracuse. The Chippewas are already without tight end Tyler Conklin, so the position will obviously be thin for CMU on Saturday when they take on the Golden Eagles.
Sep 27 - 1:27 PM


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