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Central Michigan senior TE Tyler Conklin (foot) ran without pads during Wednesday's practice.

Conklin required surgery to repair a broken foot sustained early in August camp. While there is no current timetable for the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder's return, the team is hopeful that he could be back near the end of the regular season. His rehab has been progressing without setback.
Sep 21 - 12:28 PM

Central Michigan sophomore WR Brandon Childress will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn left ACL.

Childress (6'2/195) suffered the injury in Saturday's win over Kansas. And he did so in the most unfortunate of fashions. The torn ACL occurred while he was celebrating a Chippewas touchdown. With fellow wideout Corey Willis expected to miss at least the next month due to a fractured hand, the Chippewas are now exceedingly thin at receiver. Look for senior Eric Cooper and sophomore Cameron Cole to see plenty of work with Willis and Childress sidelined.
Sep 13 - 5:12 PM

Central Michigan senior WR Corey Willis is expected to miss four weeks due to a fractured hand.

Huge blow for the 2-0 Chippewas, as Willis was working to a 16-183-1 receiving line through the first two weeks of the season to lead the team. He had been gearing up to match or surpass the 71-1087-9 line that he tossed up last season. With Willis sidelined for the next month or thereabouts, senior WR Eric Cooper should see expanded opportunities.
Sep 12 - 5:38 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Shane Morris went 28-for-37 for 467 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in Saturday's 45-27 win at Kansas.

Morris considers himself an NFL prospect, a laughable sentiment prior to this afternoon. But Kansas' defense turned the ex-Michigan quarterback into a left-handed Tom Brady on Saturday. How out of character was Morris' stat line? Consider that Morris had thrown for 660 yards and a 1/6 TD/INT rate in games over four different campaigns (including last week for CMU against Rhode Island) coming into today. Morris has an NFL frame and NFL-caliber arm strength, but he'll need to improve on the other facets of his game against better defenses to get a long look in a camp next summer.
Sep 9 - 8:20 PM

Central Michigan senior WR Mark Chapman had eight catches for 168 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 45-27 win over Kansas.

Chapman (6'0/180) is well on his way to setting career highs in all three of his slash lines. He's up to a 13-256-3 line after posting a personal best 44-592-4 mark last fall. Central Michigan is proving to have one of the MAC's best receiving corps.
Sep 9 - 8:18 PM

Central Michigan senior WR Corey Willis recorded eight receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win over Kansas.

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline describes Willis as a "smaller pass catcher who could gain late-round momentum due to his return skills." He'll continue to draw eyes if he keeps producing like this. Willis is up to a 16-183-1 line through two games after posting a 71-1087-9 line last year.
Sep 9 - 8:14 PM

Central Michigan sophomore WR left Saturday's game against Kansas with a leg injury.

Childress (6'2/195) was in street clothes and using crutches on the sidelines after suffering the injury to his left leg. He had one catch for 22 yards before leaving the game.
Sep 9 - 7:15 PM

Central Michigan HC John Bonamego says he'll play redshirt freshman QB Tony Poljan "where we can."

Bonamego gave Shane Morris the starting job after calling Poljan the "quarterback of the future" last month. "We want to play Tony (Poljan) where we can," Bonamego said. "He can have a role and can help our football team. I think it will be important for his development to get him involved somewhere in the game plan." The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Poljan remains the program’s future, according to Bonamego.
Source: cm-life.com
Sep 8 - 2:53 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Shane Morris will start against Kansas on Saturday.

The Chippewas rolled out both Morris and redshirt freshman Tony Poljan for Thursday's opener against Rhode Island, but it was Morris who ended up taking the vast majority of snaps in the triple-overtime win -- the Michigan transfer completed 25-of-49 passes for 226 yards, a touchdown and an interception in the contest. For his part, Poljan attempted just five passes. While Morris will man the ship on Saturday and presumably moving forward if he plays well, Poljan should not be counted out of the picture completely -- the program views him as their quarterback of the future and he could see run later in the season if Morris struggles.
Sep 5 - 3:50 PM

Central Michigan sophomore RB Jonathan Ward rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in Thursday's 30-27, triple-overtime win over Rhode Island.

Coming out victorious in triple-overtime against an FCS opponent is not particularly ideal, but it could be worse -- Georgia State flat-out lost to Tennessee State earlier on Thursday. Ward (6'0/194) was immaculate in CMU's eventual victory, averaging 7.7 YPC while working in methodical fashion (none of his runs went for longer than 36 yards). Not only did Ward lead the Chips in rushing, he more than doubled up the yardage total of fellow running back Devon Spalding, despite the fact that Spalding received 20 carries to Ward's 19. This is a backfield situation worth monitoring as the season unfolds.
Aug 31 - 11:58 PM

Central Michigan plans on playing both senior QB Shane Morris and redshirt freshman Tony Poljan in the season-opener against Rhode Island on Thursday.

Morris transferred over from Michigan as a graduate this winter. He's the grizzled vet in this equation, with Poljan serving as the young upstart. Chippewas HC John Bonamego has called the latter the "quarterback of the future." For now, both future and present look set to play vs. Rhode Island. Poljan has the upside to win the job outright as the season unfolds.
Aug 28 - 3:23 PM

Central Michigan senior RB Jay Roberson has shifted to tight end.

"You want to get your players in position where they can contribute. Roberson’s a great example of that. He’s a good running back, but we’re really deep at that position," said HC John Bonamego. Prior to making the position shift, Roberson (6'2/215) had carried the ball just 21 times for 61 yards during his career with the Chips.
Aug 25 - 3:54 PM

Central Michigan HC John Bonamego says senior RB Devon Spalding is in line to start.

Spalding is running ahead of an interesting group that includes Romello Ross, Jonathan Ward, Berkley Edwards and Kumehnnu Gwilly. Ross looked like a rising star in 2015 but missed last year with an injury. Ward got his opportunity because of that injury. Edwards is a senior transfer from Minnesota, while the hulking Gwilly is the hammer back of the group. We anticipate a timeshare that Spalding clearly has the upper-hand in.
Aug 22 - 3:40 PM

Central Michigan HC John Bonamego called redshirt freshman QB Tony Poljan the "quarterback of the future."

In the present, Poljan is battling with Michigan transfer Shane Morris for starting right as the Chippewas look to replace Cooper Rush for the coming season. This is not the first time that Bonamego has made bold claims regarding the 6-foot-7, 225-pound Poljan -- in the spring, he said that the redshirt freshman "has a tremendous amount of upside." The Poljan-Morris competition could stretch out for another week-plus before a starter is settled upon.
Aug 21 - 1:52 PM

Athlon's Mike Bainbridge expects Central Michigan junior TE Logan Hessbrook to start until Tyler Conklin returns.

Conklin, who caught 42 passes for 560 yards and six touchdowns last year and was on the 2017 John Mackey Award watch list, underwent ankle surgery recently. He has no timetable for a return.
 Hessbrook transferred to CMU from Saginaw Valley State. In the Chippewas' new spread offense, the tight end is often spread out wide. That makes Hessbrook at least somewhat intriguing from a breakout perspective.
Source: Patreon
Aug 11 - 1:11 PM


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