CMU Football Holds Media Day
Courtesy: John Regenfuss/CMU Athletics
The battle for the starting quarterback spot, the season opener versus Michigan and the progress of the defense were popular topics of discussion as head coach Dan Enos and the Chippewa players previewed the 2013 season for print, digital and television reporters in attendance.
Coach Enos first met the media in the team meeting room for a half hour, reviewing training camp to this point, breaking down the roster by position and answering questions.
“Practices have been very spirited,” said Enos. “Great attitude. The guys are working extremely hard. We have a lot of good competition going on in places. We have a lot depth, the most depth since I have been here. And we have brought in a freshman class that I feel is an outstanding class.”
Following Coach Enos, a group of offensive and defensive players responded to media questions. Receiver Titus Davis, tackle Jake Olson and running back Zurlon Tipton represented the offense while linebacker Shamari Benton and safety Avery Cunningham spoke on behalf of the defense.
Ten practices into preseason training and the quarterback competition remains unsettled but Enos is pleased with the progress he has seen from Cody Kater, Alex Niznak and Cooper Rush.
“We are still in a battle,” said Enos. “It has been very good, though. I think all three guys have benefited from the competition, meaning all three have raised their level from the spring. I think the sense of urgency with spring ball ending and going through the summer, they have all prepared very, very well. We talked to them about things they needed to work on between now and then and they have all made improvements in those areas.
“They all have had good days and they all have had a couple of down days. But at that position, you are going to have those types of situations. You always want to see how they are going to respond to them. All three continue to get repetitions with the ones and the twos. They are getting an equal amount of reps.”
The season opening showdown against Michigan in Ann Arbor looms less than three weeks away and Coach Enos envisions the game as an opportunity for his team, in particular for whoever seizes the starting quarterback job.
“When you play football, you dream about going to a college stadium and playing in a packed house on TV. That’s what these young men signed on for when they came to college. What a better way to get started. They are a great football team and are ranked 17th in the country. They are very well coached. Yes, it will be a huge challenge, but I would like to see whoever that guy is, step in there and be confident, hopefully play well and give him confidence for the rest of the season.”
Following the press conference, members of the media moved to Kelly/Shorts Stadium to meet one-on-one with players and coaches.
The Chippewas will be back on the field at Kelly/Shorts Stadium on Wednesday morning for the third two-a-day of preseason camp. The team will also practice on Thursday and Friday in advance of a second scrimmage, scheduled for Saturday morning.
CMUChippewas.com will continue to provide regular coverage throughout preseason training camp. Fans can also keep up-to-date on preseason camp news and information through the official Twitter account of the Central Michigan football program, @CMU_Football.