Five Chippewas Receive All-MAC Honors
Courtesy: John Regenfuss/CMU Athletics
Senior offensive tackle Eric Fisher was named First Team All-MAC while senior safety Jahleel Addae, sophomore receiver Titus Davis, and junior running back Zurlon Tipton earned second team honors. Senior receiver Cody Wilson was recognized on the conference’s third team.
Fisher, who earned third team honors in 2011, was a mainstay up front for CMU this season, starting all 12 games at left tackle. He anchored a line that helped the Chippewa offense average 6.2 yards per play, second best in the MAC, and produce nearly 400 yards of offense per game. CMU also ranked fourth in the conference in sacks allowed (14). Fisher is widely considered to the top senior left tackle in the nation and is projected to be an early round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft.
A 2011 First Team All-MAC honoree and Jim Thorpe Award preseason watch list selection, Addae led CMU this year with four interceptions and ranked second on the team with seven tackles for loss. He totaled 81 tackles, including 37 solos, and added two sacks this season. Addae, a 2012 team co-captain, earned MAC West Defensive Player of the Week honors for his standout play in the Senior Day win over Miami, as he recorded his second straight double digit tackle game, totaling 10, including seven solos and 1.5 for a loss, to go along with half of a sack, and an interception.
In 2012, Davis built on last year’s standout freshman campaign for which he was named Third Team All-MAC, reaffirming his status as one of the MAC’s most dangerous offensive threats in his sophomore season. Despite missing time due to injury, Davis led the team with 860 receiving yards, eight receiving touchdowns, and a 71.7 receiving yards per game average. His eight scores equaled his total from 2011 and rank tied for sixth on the CMU single season charts while his yardage total has him just outside the top 10 in the Chippewas’ record book. Davis’ 20.0 yards per reception average leads the MAC and ranks No. 1 in the nation among receivers with more than 40 catches. Versus Western Michigan, he put together one of the greatest single game receiving performances in program history, catching 10 passes for 208 yards and two touchdowns. In that game, he accounted for 41 percent of CMU’s offense and totaled the third highest receiving yards all-time. With 16 receiving touchdowns in just 24 career games, Davis ranks tied for sixth in the CMU record book.
Tipton had a breakout season in 2012, establishing himself as CMU’s backfield workhorse. He rushed for 1,391 yards in 2012, which ranks seventh in the CMU single season charts and is the most by a Chippewa running back in 16 years. His 19 rushing touchdowns this season are tied for the second in the CMU record book and rank him fifth nationally among running backs. Tipton is No. 2 in the MAC in points per game, averaging 10.0, and his rushing total is the fourth highest in the conference. A two-time MAC West Offensive Player of the Week honoree, he scored three rushing touchdowns in two games this season and his four versus UMass were the most by a Chippewa player since 2009. Tipton finished the regular season by recording six straight 100-yard games and totaled seven for the 2012 season.
Wilson earns his fourth career All-MAC honor, after being was named to the all-conference third team in 2011 and to the second team as a receiver and third team as a punt returner in 2010. This season, Wilson, a team co-captain, led the team with 64 receptions and ranked second in receiving yards with 739 and receiving yards per game with 61.6. He owns the nation’s second longest games with a reception streak, catching at least one pass in 41 consecutive contests. With 220 receptions and 2,628 receiving yards for his career, Wilson hold a prominent place in the CMU record book, ranking third and fifth, respectively.
Central Michigan (6-6, 4-4) finished the 2012 regular season by winning four of its last five games, including three straight, to become bowl eligible for the fifth time in seven years.