Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
CMU Opens Spring Season with First Practice
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – For the first time since claiming the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl title in late December, the Central Michigan football team returned to the field early Tuesday morning, officially kicking off the 2013 spring season with its opening practice.

The Chippewas held a two-hour workout in helmets and shorts indoors on the turf field at the IAC.

“I thought it was very lively with very good tempo,” said head coach Dan Enos, who is entering his fourth season at CMU. “The good thing about having a lot of guys who have been around here a couple years is that they know how to practice, they know what we expect of them as far as the speed of practice, and they know how to move from drill to drill. Keeping pretty much the whole coaching staff in tact really helps as well. I thought we moved real quick and real fast. We were able to pick up right where we left off, as far as installation goes, from the bowl game and, obviously, are taking a look at some new things too. I thought it was a really, really good first day. We have a long way to go, but it was a good start to spring practice.”

On offense, 2012 leading rusher Zurlon Tipton and leading receiver Titus Davis were back in action, along with two key parts of the CMU offensive line, guard Andy Phillips and center Nick Beamish. Freshman quarterback Darrien Boone, who enrolled at CMU in January, also took his first snaps as a Chippewa. Defensively, five of the team’s six leading tacklers from a year ago were on the practice field.

Tuesday’s practice was marked by another return, as George Ricumstrict, an All-MAC linebacker and former coach at CMU, took the field for the first time since joining Enos’ staff as defensive line coach in January.

“It was spring football and I have been through a bunch of those,” said Ricumstrict. “But it’s great to be back in Mount Pleasant and at Central Michigan. The biggest thing was getting used to the routine and where to go sometimes, but I thought it went well. The kids gave great effort today.”

Wednesday is an off day, but CMU will return to the practice field on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday this week. will provide complete coverage of the 2013 spring season, focusing on the team by position group, beginning on Thursday with a report on the Central Michigan tight ends. 

The 2013 Central Michigan Spring Game is scheduled for Saturday, April 13 at Kelly/Shorts Stadium at 1 p.m. A free youth clinic, open to children 12 years or younger, will precede the game, lasting from 11-11:45 a.m.