Central Michigan Chippewas

Central Michigan Chippewas

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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
Dec 6 - 8:40 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.
Nov 23 - 2:39 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.
Nov 23 - 2:05 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.
Nov 18 - 12:50 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.
Nov 16 - 2:08 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.
Nov 5 - 11:31 AM

Central Michigan junior RB Devon Spalding (arm) has been ruled out for Friday's game against Miami (OH).

Spalding was injured on a short run in this past weekend's loss to Kent State. Following the injury, the 5-foot-11, 205-pounder donned a sling for his right arm. He was in visible tears on the sideline. Whether he will be able to return before the close of the 2016 season is unknown. In nine games this season, Spalding has rushed for 659 yards (5.5 YPC) and three touchdowns. With the junior out of the picture on Friday, Jahray Hayes (327 yards, five touchdowns) figures to see the bulk of the carries versus the Redhawks.
Nov 1 - 2:27 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Cooper Rush completed 20-of-43 passes for 244 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions in Saturday's 27-24 loss to Kent State.

Rush hit Mark Chapman for a 40-yard touchdown early in the third quarter. That toss gave the Chippewas a 17-10 lead, one which would they would extend to 24-10 after notching a pick-six against Kent State QB Nick Holley later in the quarter. They wouldn't score again in the game, though, allowing Kent State to come back for the win with some fourth-quarter heroics. For his part, Rush has now thrown for 2,526 yards with a 21/11 TD/INT ratio across nine games. Central Michigan now sits at 5-4. They will have three more cracks at earning that sixth win for bowl eligibility: Against Miami (OH), Ohio and Eastern Michigan. Only that Ohio game will come at home.
Oct 29 - 4:19 PM

Central Michigan junior WR Corey Willis had six catches for 73 yards in Saturday's loss to Toledo.

Willis has had to assume the school's No. 1 role after WR Jesse Kroll was ruled out for the season. He's handled the transition with aplomb, posting a 42-639-8 line. Named the team's Offensive Newcomer of the Year after posting 37 receptions for 564 yards and five touchdowns last year, Willis has broken out for the Chips this fall.
Oct 24 - 6:51 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Cooper Rush completed 18 of 31 attempts for 229 yards, one touchdown and one interception int the school's 31-17 loss to Toledo.

Rush's 20 yard touchdown run might have been the most impressive play of the whole game, running through multiple defenders at the goal line to score six points. CMU has lost three of their last five.
Oct 22 - 3:33 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Cooper Rush completed 19-of-35 passes for 254 yards and three touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 34-28 triple-overtime win over Northern Illinois.

While this was far from a clean game by Rush, his 25-yard touchdown pass to Tyler Conklin in the third overtime proved to be the game-winner, as Northern Illinois was unable to match them with a score. The 6-foot-3, 227-pounder holds a fine 18/7 TD/INT ratio on the season, though it should be noted that 13 of those touchdown passes came in just three games. He makes for a match-up dependent fantasy option rather than a must-start.
Oct 15 - 9:15 PM

With WR Jesse Kroll ruled out for the season, Central Michigan junior WR Corey Willis is expected to go forward as the school's No. 1 target.

Kroll was felled for the season against Virginia with a knee injury. Fellow WR Eric Cooper was also lost for the year in that game. Through four games, Willis has 17 receptions for 327 yards, but he's really come on recently. Willis has bagged back-to-back 100-plus-yard, two-touchdown games. Last week, his scores went for 85 and 14 yards. Following a nice 2015 season spent as a secondary option -- 37 receptions, 15.2 ypc -- Willis may be on the precipice of a breakout. He gets a big stage next week against Western Michigan.
Sep 28 - 2:16 PM

Western Michigan HC P.J. Fleck says Central Michigan senior QB Cooper Rush will "be an incredibly high draft pick."

"He’s an incredible leader," Fleck said. "He gets everybody in the right spot. You can see that everybody leans on him and that’s the definition of a true leader. Everybody looks to him to be his best all the time and he has been. He’s incredibly consistent. He's very accurate, has a big arm. He’s very, very smart and makes elite decisions and you can tell his leadership runs true through the entire football team." Rush ranks No. 8 in passing yards (1,359) and has completed 62.6 percent of his passes for a 9/4 TD/INT rate. The Chips get Fleck's Broncos this weekend.
Sep 27 - 5:38 PM

Central Michigan junior WR Eric Cooper (foot) has been ruled out for the season.

Rough day for the Chips, who also lost fellow WR Jesse Kroll (knee) for the year. Cooper was set to be a secondary option this year. He had four catches for 41 yards before his 2016 campaign came to an abrupt end.
Sep 27 - 5:05 PM

Central Michigan redshirt senior WR Jesse Kroll will miss the remainder of the 2016 season due to a knee injury.

Tough blow for the Chippewas, as Kroll exits for the year having caught 12 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown through four games. With the 6-foot-3, 214-pounder out of the picture, now, Corey Willis figures to receive extended work moving forward.
Sep 27 - 1:10 PM


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