Central Michigan Chippewas

Central Michigan Chippewas

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ESPN's Adam Rittenberg reports that Central Michigan will hire former Broncos assistant Tony Coaxum to serve as cornerbacks coach and special teams coordinator.

Coaxum had been working in Denver since 2015. In terms of his collegiate coaching experience, he spent significant time on staff with Army (2007-13).
Feb 23 - 4:08 PM

Football Scoop reports that Central Michigan will hire former Nebraska TE coach Tavita Thompson to serve in the same capacity.

Thompson initially landed on staff with Nebraska in the winter of 2015, but was not retained when the team changed things up at head coach with the hiring of Scott Frost earlier this winter. The former offensive lineman played his college ball at Oregon State (2004-08).
Feb 21 - 6:49 PM

Central Michigan DE Joe Ostman did not receive an invitation to the NFL Scouting Combine.

Ostman (6'2/248) put up 14 sacks for the past campaign, most in the FBS. He kept up the heat at the East-West Shrine Game in January, where he logged the highest productivity grade of any player in St. Petersburg by Pro Football Focus metrics. Despite this strong early showing in the evaluation process, Ostman will be on the outside looking in when the draft universe coalesces from the primordial ooze to descend upon Indianapolis at the end of February. Pro day matters all the more, now, for the undersized defensive end.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 6 - 6:37 PM

Central Michigan TE Tyler Conklin caught two passes for 20 yards and scored a touchdown for the North in a 45-16 loss to the South on Saturday in the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Conklin's touchdown came on a beautiful throw from Josh Allen to open the scoring in the second half. The throw was great, but the catch was pretty good as well, as he had to get his two feet down in the back of the end zone. Conlins doesn't have the elite athleticism you see in early-round tight ends, but he's been a solid performer, and had a productive week in Mobile. Even if he's not the first of his position off the board, he has a chance to be among them on Day 3.
Jan 27 - 7:44 PM

Central Michigan DE Joe Ostman had the highest productivity grade of any player in the East-West Shrine Game according to Pro Football Focus.

Ostman's score of 91 comes in a point and a half ahead of SMU edge-rusher Justin Lawler. The former Chippewas star was a pass-rushing monster this year, registering 13 sacks and 51 total pressures. That latter figure was the fifth highest of any FBS eligible prospect. There are serious questions about where the 6-foot-3, 259-pound defender will play, but because of his productivity and analytical dominance, someone's going to give him a chance to play on Sundays.
Jan 18 - 7:47 PM

Central Michigan signed HC John Bonamego to a new five-year deal last month.

Bonamego is 21-18 in three seasons. This past year, the Chippewas went 8-5 (6-2 in the MAC), losing to Wyoming in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl. Bonamego is a 1987 graduate of Central Michigan.
Jan 16 - 6:35 PM

Central Michigan DE Joe Ostman met with the Falcons on Tuesday.

Ostman is at the East-West Shrine Game hoping to punch his ticket into Day 3. He finished among the leaders in the country with 13 sacks and 19.5 TFL last fall, earning second-team All-American honors from Pro Football Focus. You can't teach size, though, and Ostman (6′3/259) doesn't have an ideal frame. He might have move to outside linebacker as a pro. "When he gets into a camp, he’s going to be a really hard guy to get rid of," HC John Bonamego said. "I don’t know that he’s an end. He might be a Sam linebacker or could be a fullback. I think Joey Ostman can be anything he wants to be, or he’ll try to be anything anyone else asks him to be."
Jan 16 - 6:32 PM

Michigan freshman T Ja'Raymond Hall transferred to Central Michigan.

While the 6-foot-5, 280-pound Hall did not play in a game this season, he's still very young and should have a chance to carve out a real role with the Chippewas after he sits out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA transfer regulations. On the ESPN 300, Hall ranked as the No. 169 overall prospect in the 2017 class coming out of high school.
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 07:03:00 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Shane Morris completed 23-of-39 passes for 329 yards and a touchdown with four interceptions in a 37-14 loss to Wyoming on Saturday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Morris also lost a fumble in a game where the Chippewas turned the ball over a whopping eight times. It's an unfortunate end to the senior's career, who finishes 2017 with 27 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He certainly has the arm strength and has flashed NFL ability, but he just turns the ball over too much and has fits of inaccuracy with his throws. A team could give him a look as an undrafted free agent, but it's hard to imagine Morris is an NFL player based on what we've seen in his time at Michigan and Central Michigan.
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 07:49:00 PM

Central Michigan senior TE Tyler Conklin hauled in seven passes for 98 yards on Saturday in a loss to Wyoming in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Conklin didn't score, but he and Jonathan Ward were the only effective offensive players for the Chippewas. When Conklin was healthy over his senior season, he looked like one of the best tight ends in the country. Unfortunately, the 6-foot-4, 240-pound tight end missed five games this year, so his medicals will be heavily scrutinized. This is a potential third-to-fifth round pick, and he'll be on display at the Senior Bowl to try and improve that stock.
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 07:46:00 PM

Central Michigan sophomore RB Jonathan Ward ran for 29 yards and a score and had 109 yards receiving with a touchdown through the air in a 37-14 loss on Saturday in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl.

Ward's touchdown through the air came on a 74-yard wheel route that put CMU on the board at 14-7, and his rushing touchdown three-yard plunge that briefly brought the Chippewas back into the game at 30-14 near the end of the third. Ward was one of the better two-way backs in the MAC this season, totaling close to 1,500 yards as a receiver and rusher. He also finished the year strong, which is always nice to see from an underclassmen. He'll have to have another strong season if CMU is going to compete for the MAC in 2018.
Fri, Dec 22, 2017 07:39:00 PM

Central Michigan redshirt senior DL Joe Ostman will play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Ostman has been able to get pressure on the quarterback at an exceptional rate the last two years, and picked up 11 sacks for the Chippewas in 2017, good for fifth in the country. NFL Draft Scout currently projects him as a 6th round selection, but a quality pro day and showing at the Shrine Game could see that stock rise significantly when you consider how productive he was in the MAC.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 06:30:00 PM

247Sports' Sam Webb reports that Michigan freshman T JaRaymond Hall will transfer.

Hall (6'5/280) landed as ESPN 300's No. 169 overall prospect coming out of high school over the winter. Despite his immense physical gifts, he was unable to make a dent on the depth chart this season and did not play in a game during the campaign. Webb relays that Iowa State and Arizona are two programs which should be seriously watched for Hall's transfer. Regardless of where he winds up, he'll have to sit out the 2018 season to satisfy NCAA regulations. Three years of eligibility will await Hall come the start of the 2019 campaign.
Source: 247Sports
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 10:58:00 PM

Central Michigan senior TE Tyler Conklin has accepted an invitation to the Reese's Senior Bowl.

Conklin (6'4/240) missed the first four games of the year but still finished with 28 catches and five touchdowns. Mel Kiper recently called him a potential early Day 3 draft pick. Performing well in the Senior Bowl practices and game would go a long way towards justifying -- and possibly improving -- that stock.
Mon, Nov 27, 2017 06:59:00 PM

Central Michigan sophomore RB Jonathan Ward rushed 21 times for 159 yards and a touchdown in Friday's win against Northern Illinois.

Ward also added a receiving touchdown, his second of the season through the air. He rolls into the team's bowl game with at least one touchdown in five straight outings. The senior has scored seven rushing touchdowns and one receiving score over the past five games while running for 130 or more yards in three of his past four showings.
Fri, Nov 24, 2017 04:29:00 PM


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