Central Michigan Chippewas

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Central Michigan senior QB Shane Morris completed 17-of-37 passes for 182 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in Saturday's 30-10 loss to Toledo.

Morris was throwing in poor, rainy conditions in what ended as a pretty miserable performance for the senior gunslinger. Central Michigan did not find the end zone until the 6-foot-3, 225-pounder hooked up with Tyler Conklin on a 26-yard touchdown with under two minutes remaining in the contest. Morris has now thrown at least two interceptions in four of his last five games.
Oct 14 - 6:43 PM

ESPN's Mel Kiper writes that he likes Central Michigan senior TE Tyler Conklin "as a potential early Day 3 draft pick."

After missing the beginning of the season while recovering from a broken foot sustained in preseason camp, Conklin (6'4/240) went off for a 10-136-2 receiving line in his season debut on Saturday against Ohio. "He has impressed me over the last two seasons with his hands -- he catches away from his body -- and his physicality after the catch," Kiper wrote. A former basketball player at Northwood University, Conklin is following in the footsteps of Tony Gonzalez, Antonio Gates, Jimmy Graham. Like many converted basketball players transitioning to TE, Conklin must work on his blocking.
Source: ESPN
Oct 10 - 12:54 PM

Central Michigan senior TE Tyler Conklin (foot) caught 10 passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 26-23 win over Ohio.

Conklin was making his season debut on Saturday, as he had previously been out for the campaign while recovering from a broken foot sustained in preseason camp. He was expected to be limited against Ohio, but that plan apparently went out the window early. The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder ended up leading CMU in receptions, receiving yardage and receiving touchdowns in the narrow victory. A year ago, he finished the season with a 42-560-6 receiving line. We're not counting him out from surpassing those numbers this time around, even with Conklin missing all of September.
Oct 7 - 5:22 PM

Central Michigan senior WR Corey Willis (hand) is expected to see limited work in Saturday's game against Ohio.

Willis suffered a fractured hand in mid-September. He ended up missing three games. Prior to going down injured, the senior had been working to a 16-183-1 receiving line.
Oct 7 - 2:32 PM

Central Michigan senior TE Tyler Conklin (foot) will play in a limited capacity during Saturday's game against Ohio.

Conklin has been sidelined for the entirety of the campaign to date due to a broken foot suffered in August camp. Given that the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder will not be implemented to the full extent on Saturday, Logan Hessbrook should see significant run once more versus the Bobcats.
Oct 7 - 2:27 PM

Central Michigan senior TE Logan Hessbrook (concussion) is uncertain for Saturday's game against Boston College.

Hesbrook was playing well prior to the injury, recording nine catches in the first two games before suffering the concussion early against Syracuse. The Chippewas are already without tight end Tyler Conklin, so the position will obviously be thin for CMU on Saturday when they take on the Golden Eagles.
Sep 27 - 1:27 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Shane Morris completed just 15-of-33 passes for 195 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in a 31-14 loss to Miami (OH) on Saturday.

Morris (6'3/225) was excellent in week two against the putrid Kansas defense, and has had virtually no success in the other three games. His touchdown pass was a 28-yard corner route to wideout Eric Cooper that was easily his best throw of the game. He also had a two-yard run for a touchdown, but that was the en of the success for Morris. He'll look to find the magic he found against the Jayhawks next week when the Chippewas take on Boston College.
Sep 23 - 7:20 PM

Central Michigan senior TE Tyler Conklin (foot) ran without pads during Wednesday's practice.

Conklin required surgery to repair a broken foot sustained early in August camp. While there is no current timetable for the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder's return, the team is hopeful that he could be back near the end of the regular season. His rehab has been progressing without setback.
Sep 21 - 12:28 PM

Central Michigan sophomore WR Brandon Childress will miss the remainder of the season due to a torn left ACL.

Childress (6'2/195) suffered the injury in Saturday's win over Kansas. And he did so in the most unfortunate of fashions. The torn ACL occurred while he was celebrating a Chippewas touchdown. With fellow wideout Corey Willis expected to miss at least the next month due to a fractured hand, the Chippewas are now exceedingly thin at receiver. Look for senior Eric Cooper and sophomore Cameron Cole to see plenty of work with Willis and Childress sidelined.
Sep 13 - 5:12 PM

Central Michigan senior WR Corey Willis is expected to miss four weeks due to a fractured hand.

Huge blow for the 2-0 Chippewas, as Willis was working to a 16-183-1 receiving line through the first two weeks of the season to lead the team. He had been gearing up to match or surpass the 71-1087-9 line that he tossed up last season. With Willis sidelined for the next month or thereabouts, senior WR Eric Cooper should see expanded opportunities.
Sep 12 - 5:38 PM

Central Michigan senior QB Shane Morris went 28-for-37 for 467 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in Saturday's 45-27 win at Kansas.

Morris considers himself an NFL prospect, a laughable sentiment prior to this afternoon. But Kansas' defense turned the ex-Michigan quarterback into a left-handed Tom Brady on Saturday. How out of character was Morris' stat line? Consider that Morris had thrown for 660 yards and a 1/6 TD/INT rate in games over four different campaigns (including last week for CMU against Rhode Island) coming into today. Morris has an NFL frame and NFL-caliber arm strength, but he'll need to improve on the other facets of his game against better defenses to get a long look in a camp next summer.
Sep 9 - 8:20 PM

Central Michigan senior WR Mark Chapman had eight catches for 168 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's 45-27 win over Kansas.

Chapman (6'0/180) is well on his way to setting career highs in all three of his slash lines. He's up to a 13-256-3 line after posting a personal best 44-592-4 mark last fall. Central Michigan is proving to have one of the MAC's best receiving corps.
Sep 9 - 8:18 PM

Central Michigan senior WR Corey Willis recorded eight receptions for 140 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's win over Kansas.

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline describes Willis as a "smaller pass catcher who could gain late-round momentum due to his return skills." He'll continue to draw eyes if he keeps producing like this. Willis is up to a 16-183-1 line through two games after posting a 71-1087-9 line last year.
Sep 9 - 8:14 PM

Central Michigan sophomore WR left Saturday's game against Kansas with a leg injury.

Childress (6'2/195) was in street clothes and using crutches on the sidelines after suffering the injury to his left leg. He had one catch for 22 yards before leaving the game.
Sep 9 - 7:15 PM

Central Michigan HC John Bonamego says he'll play redshirt freshman QB Tony Poljan "where we can."

Bonamego gave Shane Morris the starting job after calling Poljan the "quarterback of the future" last month. "We want to play Tony (Poljan) where we can," Bonamego said. "He can have a role and can help our football team. I think it will be important for his development to get him involved somewhere in the game plan." The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Poljan remains the program’s future, according to Bonamego.
Source: cm-life.com
Sep 8 - 2:53 PM


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