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Central Michigan RB Derrick Nash passed away after a two-year battle with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.

It's a sad end to the inspirational 20-year-old’s story. Nash was diagnosed with leukemia after signing with CMU in 2013. He vowed to return to the field and did so for the spring game in 2014. Unfortunately, his condition worsened and he had to miss the second straight season while undergoing chemotherapy. "I promise you that you will never be forgotten D Nash RIP," tweeted CMU head coach John Bonamego. "We Love You."
Jun 23 - 12:45 AM

Central Michigan HC John Bonamego was diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer in his left tonsil.

"This morning I met with our student-athletes and coaches to let them know I have been diagnosed with cancer in my left tonsil," Bonamego said in a statement. "As I told our team, I WILL beat this. It was discovered early and is very treatable." Bonamego plans to coach while undergoing treatment. He was hired as coach in February after serving as an assistant coach with the NFL’s Detroit Lions.
Jun 18 - 4:46 PM

Seahawks signed Central Michigan RB Thomas Rawls.

Rawls (5'9/215) spent three years at Michigan before transferring to CMU, where he earned second-team All MAC as a senior by gaining 1,103 yards with ten TDs on 210 carries (5.25 YPC), adding ten receptions. Rawls managed a 4.65 forty at the Combine with a 35 1/2-inch vertical and 9-foot-8 broad jump. An angry, aggressive runner and consistent finisher, Rawls is extremely physical, almost to a fault. He has some similarities to Ahmad Bradshaw.
May 4 - 5:13 PM

Chargers signed Central Michigan WR Titus Davis.

Davis (6'1/196) followed in the footsteps of Antonio Brown with the Chippewas, starting all four years and parlaying 204 career catches into 3,700 yards (18.1 YPR) with 37 TDs. First-team All MAC as both a junior and senior, Davis is the only wideout in FBS history to catch eight-plus TD passes in all four seasons. Despite his productive resume, Davis has abnormally short arms (29 5/8") and small hands (8 1/4"), and is an ordinary athlete with 4.51 speed, a 32 1/2-inch vertical, and a 9-foot-11 broad jump. Not quite skilled enough to excel on the perimeter, and not quite sudden enough for the slot, Davis figures to max out as a No. 3/4 receiver in the pros.
May 4 - 12:55 AM

Steelers selected Central Michigan DT Leterrius Walton with the No. 199 overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft.

Walton (6'5/319) made 32 starts for Central Michigan, piling up 18.5 tackles for loss, six sacks and two forced fumbles. He was a first-team All-MAC pick as a senior. Walton showed movement potential for his size at the Combine, running 5.25 with a 27-inch vertical. A size-gifted player with a good motor, Walton could become a legitimate contributor if he learns to play with better pad level.
May 2 - 4:30 PM

Central Michigan WR Titus Davis visited the Chargers on Thursday, according to Michael Gehlken.

Gehlken mentions Davis as a possible third to fifth rounder, but we doubt he is selected before the fifth in a deep receiver class. After recovering from a knee injury which hampered him during the early part of the 2014 season, Davis recorded a 4.51 forty (1.60 10 yard) at 6'1" and 196 lbs.
Apr 10 - 8:59 AM

Last week, Central Michigan WR Titus Davis dined with the Tampa Bay Bucs and met with the Cleveland Browns and Miami Dolphins, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

Davis decided to stand on his combine testing numbers at his pro day. He "looked good in pass-catching drills," according to Pauline. "[Davis] was explosive running routes and caught the ball well. Many felt he may have secured himself as a late-round pick," the analyst wrote. Davis caught only one ball for 11 yards in the school's first four games due to injury, but posted 59 catches for 971 yards and 13 scores across the last nine. If you were watching the Bahamas Bowl on Christmas Eve, you'll always remember Davis capping off a 75-yard Hail Mary followed by three laterals as time expired against Western Kentucky.
Mar 22 - 4:01 PM

Central Michigan RB Thomas Rawls said he was surprised to have been invited to the NFL combine.

In late September, Rawls accepted a plea deal to a charge of attempted larceny after he was arrested for stealing a 62-year old woman's purse at a casino last April. The former Michigan Wolverine didn't see the field much in Ann Arbor, but he excelled at Central Michigan in 2014. "When he found the field for the Chippewas, Rawls flashed NFL skills," wrote CBS Sports' Dane Brugler. "An angry runner, he looks to initiate contact and barrel through bodies with low pad level and center of gravity, making him a chore to bring down. He has the talent to be drafted, but will NFL teams be comfortable with who he is as a person? That's what Rawls is out to prove this week."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 20 - 8:26 PM

Central Michigan WR Titus Davis (knee) has returned to 100-percent health, reports TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

The Chippewas' star missed significant time early in the season due to a lingering knee injury. Good news, then, that he's returned to prime health, as the 6-foot-1, 190-pound Davis reportedly has a forty in the 4.4s. Over the summer, Pauline graded Davis as a Round 4 prospect, and noted NFL scouts "think highly" of him. Davis caught only one ball for 11 yards in the school's first four games due to injury, but posted 59 catches for 971 yards and 13 scores across the last nine.
Feb 20 - 4:38 PM

Central Michigan senior RB Thomas Rawls "had me texting scouts excitedly while running through his tape," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein.

"He can shake a loose defender at the line of scrimmage and will create yards for himself, but he also finishes his runs with determination and anger," Zierlein wrote. "At one point against Purdue last September, Rawls kept hitting the safeties like he was the tackler rather than the ball carrier. He is something of a one-year wonder after transferring from Michigan and he has to answer to teams about some character concerns." Rawls has been taking on buzz in recent days. CBS Sports' Dane Brugler wrote earlier this week that he is a "sleeper to keep an eye on." The 5-foot-10, 217-pound Rawls scampered for 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns across only nine games this season.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 12 - 9:02 PM

CBS Sports' Dane Brugler notes that Central Michigan senior RB Thomas Rawls is a "sleeper to keep an eye on."

"Sleeper to keep an eye on: CMU RB Thomas Rawls. Michigan transfer with off-field flags. But quick and physical on the field. Mid-round talent," Brugler tweeted. The 5-foot-10, 217-pound Rawls, rushed for 1,133 yards and 10 touchdowns in the nine games played this season. The Central Michigan prospect was forced to miss the Bahamas Bowl due to an academic issue, and also missed 2 games with a knee injury last season. In late September, Rawls accepted a plea deal to a charge of attempted larceny, as he was involved in a purse-snatching incident at a casino. Rawls was sentenced to a year of probation, 104 hours of community service to be completed in nine months, and numerous fines and restitution costs.
Feb 10 - 2:49 PM

Central Michigan announced the hiring of John Bonamego as head coach.

Over the past two seasons, Bonamego served as special teams coordinator of the Detroit Lions. He's the first alum to lead CMU since Bill Kelly in 1951-66. "John has all the traits we wanted," CMU Director of Athletics Dave Heeke said. "He has an extraordinary passion for Central Michigan. John knows how fantastic this university and community are, and he understands the responsibility that comes with being our head coach." Bonamego has 27 year's coaching experience in college and the pros, with 16 seasons on his NFL resume as an assistant. "Since I left CMU in 1987, my dream job was to be the head coach of the Central Michigan football program. Today, that dream came true," Bonamego said. "During my time here, I had some of the best experiences of my life and I expect to make many, many more in the coming years. The Mount Pleasant community is a very special place and my family and I are excited to be a part of it."
Feb 9 - 8:37 PM

Central Michigan senior DT Leterrius Walton combines ideal bulk with athleticism, says an AFC Director of Scouting.

"He's got really good size, and he's quick," the executive said. "It's not always complicated on the defensive line. He looked good this week." Walton has profited from his week in Florida. The 6-foot-5, 323-pounder, a jumbo-sized gap clogger, is hoping he's done so enough to enter the middle-round discussion. "Walton was one of the most buzzed about players from this week and is seen as an ascending prospect," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Lance Zierlein. "He solidified his standing in practice with quality one-on-one pass-rushing reps and with steady play in the scrimmage portion. Walton is an intriguing athlete. He was a three-sport letterman in high school and came into college as an offensive lineman before being moved to the other side of the ball."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 16 - 7:21 PM

NFL Media analyst Mike Mayock notes that Central Michigan senior DT Leterrius Walton had a "really good week" at East-West Shrine practices.

The 6-foot-5, 323-pound Walton was a three-year starter at Central Michigan, recording three sacks and 13 tackles for a loss in his last two years. The Chippewas prospect has the ability to clog up the middle against the run, though scouts will undoubtedly be curious to see if he can do this at the next level.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 16 - 2:53 PM

Central Michigan redshirt senior WR Titus Davis recorded six receptions for 139 yards and four touchdowns in Wednesday's 49-48 loss to Western Kentucky in the Bahamas Bowl.

If the Chippewas had converted a two-point conversion to win the game with no time remaining, Davis' last touchdown, a 75-yard score, completing a Hail Mary followed by three laterals, would have gone down as one of the most iconic plays in school history. It might anyway. The Chippewas scored 34 straight points in 12 minutes to storm back from a 49-14 deficit before coming up short. Injuries held Davis to one catch for 11 yards in the school's first four games. At full strength in the last nine, he posted 59 catches for 971 yards and 13 scores. The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Davis reportedly has a forty in the 4.4s. Over the summer, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline graded Davis as a Round 4 prospect, and noted NFL scouts "think highly" of the prospect.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 04:08:00 PM


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