Central Michigan Chippewas

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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

Central Michigan S Kavon Frazier (foot) ran the 40-yard dash in 4.45 to 4.52 seconds at his Pro Day.

The unheralded Frazier put on a show, adding a 40.5 inch vertical leap and a 10-8 broad jump. He was unable to work out at the NFL Scouting Combine due to a small stress fracture in his foot. Frazier isn't just a one-day workout warrior. The 6-foot, 215-pounder recorded 108 tackles for the Chippewas last season and collected five career interceptions. He's known to be a big hitter with range.
Mar 20 - 4:44 PM

Central Michigan freshman RB Romello Ross rushed for 100 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in Monday's 21-14 loss to Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl.

Ross managed a long run of 19 yards, but while he wasn't busting out left and right, he earned enough positive gains to average 5.3 YPC. His lone touchdown came on a 13-yard scoring run shortly after play began in the fourth quarter. It lifted the Chippewas to a 14-13 lead. Minnesota would answer with under five minutes remaining, notching a touchdown and two-point conversion. Central Michigan had no counter-punch for that one. The 5-foot-10, 189-pound Ross played sparingly for much of the season, but scored four touchdowns in his final two contests.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 08:44:00 PM

Central Michigan junior QB Cooper Rush completed 15-of-29 passes for 145 yards and an interception in Monday's 21-14 loss to Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl.

Rush entered Monday's bowl on an absolute roll, having surpassed 335 passing yards in each of his last three games. He notched a 5/2 TD/INT ratio in that space, too, but failed to find any sort of aerial success against Minnesota's staunch passing defense. The 6-foot-3, 227-pound junior averaged just 5.0 YPA. He did manage a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, but most any you slice it, this was his poorest game of the season. It marked the second time he's failed to throw a touchdown pass and the 145 yards passing represented a season-low. All that gloominess aside, Rush finishes the 2015 campaign with fine numbers, having thrown for 3,848 yards with a 25/11 TD/INT ratio.
Mon, Dec 28, 2015 08:29:00 PM

Central Michigan HC John Bonamego announced via social media that he is cancer free.

Bonamego was diagnosed with a treatable form of cancer in his left tonsil in June and returned to the field in late August after undergoing chemotherapy and radiation. The Chippewas are 6-5 this season and face Eastern Michigan next week in their final regular season contest.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 10:05:00 AM

Central Michigan senior DE Blake Serpa played well Saturday in his first action since injuring his hamstring in August.

He was limited to 19 snaps versus Monmouth but should be in line for more going forward. "It was really exciting," Serpa said of his season debut. "It was funny, I kind of felt like an underclassmen getting back out there for the first time after not playing for so long. But after the first few snaps, it felt normal." Serpa had a team-best 12.5 TFL and a tied-for-team-best four sacks last year. In addition to the hammy scare, Serpa underwent knee surgery over the summer. "I think I’m going to get an increased workload this week," Serpa said. "I’ve been getting a lot more plays in practice and have been feeling good."
Source: Morning Sun
Thu, Sep 17, 2015 06:54:00 PM

Central Michigan head coach John Bonamego returned to the practice field Friday.

Bonamego had been going through chemotherapy and radiation treatment to treat cancer in his left tonsil. "I’m glad to be back, I’m glad to be done with treatment," said Bonamego. "I feel about as good as you can possibly feel coming off of seven weeks of radiation and eight weeks of chemo. The last couple weeks I’ve kind of dodged that question because I don’t want to lie and I don’t want to complain… It’s a relief to be done with the process." Central Michigan plays Oklahoma State in the opener.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 06:12:00 PM

CMU dismissed senior CB Brandon Greer after he was arrested for unlawful imprisonment.

Greer is facing charges of assault, attempted unlawful imprisonment and assault with intent to commit sexual penetration. The senior started 25 games during his career.
Sat, Jul 11, 2015 05:09:00 PM

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."
Tue, Jun 23, 2015 12:45:00 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.
Thu, Jun 18, 2015 04:46:00 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.
Mon, May 4, 2015 05:13:00 PM


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