Central Michigan Chippewas

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Central Michigan HC John Bonamego said that redshirt freshman QB Tony Poljan "hasn't even scratched the surface of his potential."

"He is an intensely competitive kid. Has a lot of natural leadership and he just has a tremendous amount of upside," Bonamego said. The big redshirt freshman (listed at 6-foot-7, 225 pounds) completed 11-of-20 passes for 153 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions during the team's spring game. While the Chippewa coaching staff seems optimistic about Poljan's development, he has not yet secured the right to replace Cooper Rush -- this competition will be settled in August, after Michigan graduate transfer QB Shane Morris joins the team.
May 18 - 6:00 PM

Cowboys signed Central Michigan QB Cooper Rush.

Rush (6’3/228) followed in immortal Dan LeFevour’s footsteps as a four-year starter for the Chippewas, finishing his career with a 62.0% completion rate, 7.8 YPA, and 90:55 TD-to-INT ratio en route to third-team All-MAC honors as a senior. A poor athlete with sub-NFL caliber arm strength, Rush’s strengths are his whiteboard smarts and quick decision making. Basically a bigger Chase Daniel, Rush would do well to earn a long-term No. 2 quarterback role in the pros, although he’s more likely to end up in Canada like his predecessor LeFevour.
May 1 - 6:04 PM

An area scout for an AFC team said that Central Michigan QB Cooper Rush "falls below the minimum standard for arm strength."

"He played in the MAC, not the SEC. If he made some of those throws against NFL cornerbacks and safeties they turn into pick-sixes," said the scout, who then offered small praise in saying that Rush was "smart" and "a great kid." NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares him to former Boise State QB Kellen Moore. A seventh-round pick is about the best that Rush can realistically hope for, but undrafted free agency is the most likely outcome, here.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 2 - 2:57 PM

Central Michigan signed three-star 2017 WR Drayton Law.

Grambling State, Southern Miss and Troy had also been hoping for Law's signature on Wednesday, to no avail. He had actually been committed to Troy as of this past weekend. The 6-foot-5, 198-pounder ranks as Rivals' No. 94 receiver in the 2017 class. Last May, Rivals recruiting analyst Rob Cassidy wrote that one of Law's biggest strengths as a receiver comes in his wide-catch radius, as he has "[shown] a knack for extending and snatching balls that looked to be thrown off line."
Source: Rivals
Feb 3 - 4:26 PM

Central Michigan QB Cooper Rush completed 11-of-17 passes for 94 yards in Saturday's East-West Shrine Game.

Rush's East team was unable to score a touchdown in the game, but for what it's worth, he led his squad in completions, attempts and yardage. The 6-foot-3, 227-pounder threw for 75 touchdowns in his final three seasons with Central Michigan, but he shouldn't be viewed as a player with true NFL potential. The arm just isn't there. He also failed to complete more than 60% of his passes this past season.
Jan 21 - 6:29 PM

Michigan graduate QB Shane Morris transferred to Central Michigan.

In terms of transfer destinations, this one is about as logical as they come. Not only will Morris not have to move out of state to link up with his new program, he enters a juicy situation in terms of potential playing time, as the Chips will be replacing the departed Cooper Rush this offseason. The 6-foot-3, 204-pound Morris failed to win the starting gig at any point during his time at Michigan and attempted a mere five passes this past season.
Jan 21 - 2:30 PM

Michigan graduate QB Shane Morris will transfer.

ESPN's Tom VanHaaren reported as much near the beginning of December, with Morris making his intentions public via a Twitter post on Monday. As a graduate transfer, he will be eligible to play immediately in 2017. He will have one year of eligibility remaining once he joins his next (yet unknown) program. The 6-foot-3, 204-pounder attempted five passes this season. He had a shot at winning the starting quarterback gig with the Wolverines in HC Jim Harbaugh's first season at the helm of the ship in 2015, but that ultimately went to Jake Rudock. Both Wilton Speight and John O'Korn beat him out on the depth chart this past season.
Jan 2 - 4:03 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Cooper Rush completed 24-of-49 passes for 241 yards and three interceptions in Monday's 55-10 loss to Tulsa in the Miami Beach Bowl.

Adding insult to injury, Rush fell just 25 yards short of becoming the all-time leading passer in the MAC. His final pass -- right around that necessary yardage number -- was dropped, summing up the game well enough. Including Monday's bowl loss, Central Michigan closed the season on a 1-6 skid. The 6-foot-3, 227-pound Rush wasn't above struggling along with the rest of his team. In those final seven games of the season, he worked to a 4/9 TD/INT ratio. He will be attending the East-West Shrine Game in January as he tries to latch on as a Day 3 pick in the coming draft.
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 06:32:00 PM

ESPN's Tom VanHaaren reports that Michigan senior QB Shane Morris will seek a transfer.

Should VanHaaren's report come to pass, Morris will be eligible to play immediately in 2017 as a graduate transfer. Morris believed that he had an inside track to become Michigan's starting quarterback in the summer of 2015, but Iowa transfer Jake Rudock ultimately won that job. The current season hasn't been much kinder to the 6-foot-3, 204-pound Morris, who has attempted all of five passes this time around while ceding way to Wilton Speight and (to a much lesser degree) John O'Korn. It is not yet known which schools are in the transfer conversation here.
Source: ESPN.com
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 06:46:00 PM

Central Michigan QB Cooper Rush will attend the East-West Shrine Game.

Some have suggested Rush could be an under the radar quarterback who could stick on a roster as a backup. We will find out during the week of practice in Florida. He threw 23 touchdowns and 13 interceptions this season.
Source: Shrine Game
Tue, Dec 6, 2016 08:40:00 AM

Central Michigan junior WR Corey Willis recorded seven receptions for 125 yards in Tuesday's loss to Eastern Michigan.

The loss squared the Chips' record at an even 6-6. Heading into bowl season, the most wonderful time of the year, Willis boasts a 68-1,024-9 line. Nobody called for a breakout of this magnitude after he logged 37 receptions for 564 yards and five touchdowns last year.
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 02:39:00 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Cooper Rush completed 21-of-35 passes for 256 yards and one interception on Tuesday against Eastern Michigan.

Both Rush and the Chippewas had hoped for better this season. Heading into bowl season, the team, expected to take a step forward following last year's competitive bowl loss to Minnesota, is just 6-6. As for Rush, who some thought could sprint up draft boards this fall, he has 3,299 passing yards and a 23/13 TD/INT rate through 12 games. The 6-foot-3, 227-pounder was a second-team All-MAC pick as a junior, completing 66.3 percent and throwing for 3,848 yards with a 25/11 TD/INT ratio. The most striking example of regression is found in his completion percentage, which dropped more than five full points.
Wed, Nov 23, 2016 02:05:00 PM

Central Michigan junior RB Devon Spalding (shoulder) practiced in a non-contact jersey on Friday.

No guarantee that Spalding plays against Eastern Michigan next Tuesday, but the fact that he was participating in practice at this late stage is a good sign. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound junior has missed each of the past two games due to a shoulder injury initially sustained against Kent State at the beginning of November. Through nine games played, he has rushed for 659 yards and a trio of touchdowns.
Fri, Nov 18, 2016 12:50:00 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Cooper Rush completed 25-of-32 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns in Tuesday's 27-20 win over Ohio.

Both of Rush's touchdown passes went to Tyler Conklin, with one coming near the end of the first half and the other coming -- even more crucially -- with the game tied at 20-all with 5:51 remaining in the contest. The victory bumped the Chippewas' record to 6-5, officially making them bowl eligible. For his part, the 6-foot-3, 227-pound Rush has thrown for 3,036 yards with a 23/12 TD/INT ratio through 11 games. Should he manage to fire off two more touchdown passes before all is said and done, he will notch his third consecutive season with at least 25 scoring tosses.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 02:08:00 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Cooper Rush completed 21-of-32 passes for 242 yards and an interception in Friday's 37-17 loss to Miami (OH).

This was Rush's first time in 10 games in which he has failed to throw for a touchdown pass. On the inverse of that, the 6-foot-3, 227-pound senior has now been picked off in four straight games. For the season as a whole, Rush has thrown for 2,768 yards with a 21/12 TD/INT ratio.
Sat, Nov 5, 2016 11:31:00 AM


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