Central Michigan Chippewas

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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

Central Michigan senior QB Cooper Rush completed 25 of 45 attempts for 402 yards one interception and two touchdowns in the school's 49-35 loss to Virginia.

Rush helped CMU creep back into this game, but Virginia's late run sealed the deal. It is unlikely that Rush sees first or second round evaluations, but expect him to be involved in an all star game during the draft process.
Sep 24 - 5:10 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Cooper Rush completed 20-of-33 passes for 352 yards and six touchdowns in Saturday's 44-21 win over UNLV.

The Chippewas needed a Hail Mary + lateral miracle to beat Oklahoma State last Saturday, but no such dramatics were necessary against UNLV. Not necessary, as Rush was off destroying everything in his path. The 6-foot-3, 227-pounder tossed four of his six touchdown passes before halftime. Through three games, Rush has now thrown for 950 yards with an 11/3 TD/INT ratio. 10 of those touchdown passes have come in the last two contests.
Sep 17 - 6:46 PM

Central Michigan QB Cooper Rush completed 30 of 42 attempts for 361 yards, four touchdowns and an interception in the school's 30-27 win over Oklahoma State.

Rush's final touchdown was a hail mary initially caught by one receiver, who threw it back to Corey Willis for the final 10-plus yards. Rush will absolutely draw NFL interest and will likely end up at an all star game this winter. He displays touch and awareness in the pocket.
Sep 10 - 3:57 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Cooper Rush completed 16-of-26 passes for 237 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in Thursday's 49-3 win over Presbyterian.

The Chippewas held a 14-3 lead at the half before exploding for 35 points after the break, but it was something of a rocky open to the season for Rush. The 6-foot-3, 227-pounder wouldn't throw his singular touchdown pass until near the end of the third quarter, when he worked a bit of play-action pitch-and-catch with Corey Willis for the 46-yard score. Over the summer, Sports on Earth's Matt Brown forwarded his believe that Rush could end up being drafted in the mid- to -late rounds due to his "pure passing ability." A year ago, he passed for 3,848 yards (66.3% completions) and posted a 25/11 TD/INT ratio.
Sep 1 - 10:35 PM

Central Michigan sophomore RB Romello Ross will miss the 2016 season after tearing his ACL.

Just last week the school's running backs coach Gino Guidugli pointed to Ross as one of the leaders at the position, stating he would "be a really good player here for quite some time." Now the position will look even more like a committee, with senior Jahray Hayes and junior Devon Spalding leading the charge.
Aug 19 - 9:42 AM

Central Michigan running backs Coach Gino Guidugli said sophomore RB Romello Ross is among the leaders in the running back competition heading into the summer.

"(Ross is) in better shape, he’s stronger, he’s healthy and he knows the offense better," said HC John Bonamego. "He’s going to be a really good player here for quite some time." Central Michigan had planned to redshirt the 5-foot-10, 189-pound Ross last season, but had a late change of heart. Ross rewarded the accelerated timeline by dropping 100 yards on Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl. In total, the true freshman rushed for 247 yards on 54 carries and four touchdowns. Ross will try to edge out senior Jahray Hayes and junior Devon Spalding for top RB billing next month. "I think we’ll rely a little bit more on our run game (this year)," Guidugli said. "Obviously I feel we’ve got some guys that can be productive with the ball in their hands."
Aug 9 - 6:39 PM

Sports on Earth's Matt Brown believes Central Michigan senior QB Cooper Rush "could be a mid-to-late-round NFL draft pick because of his pure passing ability."

The 6-foot-3, 227-pound senior was 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. Rush, who has led the Chippewas to consecutive 7-6 bowl seasons, is gunning for Dan LeFevour's school passing record this year.
Jul 9 - 11:48 AM

Central Michigan redshirt sophomore LB Malik Fountain was acquitted of four misdemeanor charges stemming from allegations that he hit two women.

Fountain was being accused of hitting two women in December during a larger fracas, but he has steadfastly maintained his innocence. After the verdict was reached -- he was facing two counts of assault, one count of aggravated assault and one count of jostling -- the jurors actually went over to the 6-foot-2, 233-pounder and hugged him. "I’m not the person [the women] claimed I was. There’s no way I would do something like this," Fountain said on the courthouse steps. He is currently on an indefinite suspension, but could be reinstated to the Chippewas after he meets with HC John Bonamego. Last season, he recorded 67 tackles (5.5 for loss) and one forced fumble.
Jun 24 - 1:25 PM

Cowboys selected Central Michigan S Kavon Frazier with the No. 212 overall pick of the 2016 NFL draft.

Frazier (6'0/217) made 25 starts in college, logging five career tackles for loss, five interceptions, and three forced fumbles. He did almost all of that as a senior, wherein Frazier became a full-time starter for the first time and earned second-team All-MAC. Exceptionally athletic, Frazier ran 4.52 with a 40 1/2-inch vertical and explosive 10-foot-8 broad jump at the CMU Pro Day. A run thumper with big-time movement skills, Frazier may open his NFL career on special teams but has the potential to grow into a starting strong safety.
Apr 30 - 5:25 PM

Of Central Michigan S Kavon Frazier, an an NFC South scout says "I really like his potential because he's a big athlete who will hit you and immediately brings special teams value to the table."

Frazier was an All-MAC second-teamer last season after posting 108 tackles and 4.5 TFL. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares him to Barry Church. "Frazier will immediately appeal to teams who value the eye test as he's big, physical and athletic, but his true draft value could lie in a team's willingness to buy into him as a functional safety in coverage," Zierlein wrote. "Frazier's ability to support against the run and contribute immediately on special teams should lead to a [Rds. 4-7] selection and an early backup role with a chance to compete for a starting spot down the road."
Source: NFL.com
Apr 13 - 1:35 PM

A CBS Sports poll of NFL personnel (scouts to general managers) tabbed Central Michigan S Kavon Frazier as one of the most underrated players in the country.

Frazier received a pair of votes for most-underrated in the CBS Sports poll. Outlet draft analyst Rob Rang noted that Frazier's emergence onto the scene is relatively new, as he just earned full-time starting reps this past season. " Despite this fact, Frazier recorded 269 stops over his career, showing the heavy hitting and reliable open-field tackling so critical for success when playing as the last line of defense or on special teams (where he's excelled)," Rang wrote. A stress fracture in his foot limited him at the NFL Scouting Combine, but during his Pro Day earlier this month, he ran the 40-yard dash in the vicinity of 4.45 seconds to 4.52 seconds while working a 40.5-inch vertical leap and 10-foot-8 broad jump. Per Rang, Frazier's upcoming schedule includes meetings with seven clubs as well as a pair of team workouts. The analyst indicated that while the site's metrics tab him as a potential sixth-round selection, he could ultimately be swiped off the board a round or
Source: CBS Sports
Mar 22 - 12:54 PM


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