Courtesy: Tim Fitzgerald/CMU Athletics
Kater to Start at Quarterback in CMU Season Opener
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos announced on Wednesday that junior Cody Kater will start at quarterback when the Chippewas open the 2013 season versus No. 17 Michigan in Ann Arbor on Saturday, Aug. 31.

"I felt all our quarterbacks have done a good job in camp but Cody's consistency set him apart from the others," Head coach Dan Enos said. "Cody has made big strides over the past year and will do a great job leading our team."

Kater vied with redshirt sophomore Alex Niznak and redshirt freshman Cooper Rush throughout training camp for the starting spot. Niznak will serve as Kater’s primary back-up.

Last season, in spot duty of 3,000-yard passer Ryan Radcliff, Kater completed 2-of-4 passes for 12 yards, appearing in games versus Northern Illinois and Navy.

Kater transferred to CMU from Grand Rapids Community College, where he guided the Raiders to a perfect 11-0 record in 2011, directing an offense that averaged 50 points and 509 yards per game.

A native of Montague, Mich., Kater led the MHS Wildcats to back-to-back state championships and a combined record of 27-1 in 2008 and 2009. A two-time all-state, all-area and all-conference selection at quarterback, he was named the Associated Press Division 5-6 Player of the Year as a senior. Kater was ranked No. 11 on the Detroit News Blue Chip list and No. 14 on the Detroit Free Press Fab 50 following his senior season.

CMU will face the Wolverines in the opener in front a national television audience on the Big Ten Network. A year ago, the Chippewas stunned Iowa at Kinnick Stadium with a last-second 32-31 win on the BTN. With a capacity of 109,000-plus, the match-up at Michigan Stadium could be the largest crowd in front of which Central has ever played.