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Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
CMU Football Breaks Preseason Camp, Elects Team Captains
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – With the highly-anticipated 2013 season opener at Michigan exactly one week away, the Central Michigan football team broke training camp on Saturday, ending the three weeks of preseason practice with a final scrimmage at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. The instrasquad scrimmage was open to CMU students.

The Chippewas scrimmaged for one-and-a-half hours, pitting the offense and defense against scout teams in addition to practicing all special teams. Newly christened starting quarterback Cody Kater led the first team offense on a quick scoring drive, finishing it off with a 30-yard touchdown pass to receiver Andrew Flory.

With a successful and preseason camp in the books and after a day off, CMU will be back on the practice field on Monday, continuing preparations for Michigan. The Chippewas will be facing the Wolverines for the fourth time in program history, with the last meeting coming in 2006.

CMU also announced the team captains for the 2013 season on Saturday, as elected by the players. The group, which is made up three seniors and one junior, includes running back Zurlon Tipton and guard Andy Phillips from the offense and linebacker Shamari Benton and safety Avery Cunningham from the defensive side.

Tipton, who rushed for 1,492 yards and 19 touchdowns in 2012, earning Second Team All-MAC honors, is a Maxwell and Doak Walker Award candidate. Phillips, a junior who has started 17 games straight, will help anchor a stout and veteran CMU offensive line.

Named the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl Lineman of the Game, Benton finished second on the team with 126 tackles in 2012 and led CMU with two fumble recoveries. Cunningham, who has the nation’s third-longest start streak among safeties at 31 consecutive, totaled 88 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, two forced fumbles and one blocked kick a year ago.

CMU will take on the Wolverines on August 31 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 potentially be the largest crowd in front of which Central has ever played.
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