Kater Embarks on First Spring Camp as a Chippewa
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CMU sophomore quarterback Cody Kater looks downfield during a practice at Kelly/Shorts Stadium earlier this spring. Kater is in his first spring camp after enrolling at CMU in January.
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Senior Ryan Radcliff is entering his third season as Central Michigan's starting quarterback in 2012.

With 24 career starts, more than 6,700 career passing yards and the 2011 Herb Deromedi Most Valuable Player award on his résumé, he is easily one of the most familiar faces currently wearing the maroon and gold.

And this spring, he has taken on the role of mentor to one of the newest Chippewas.

Sophomore Cody Kater, fresh off leading Grand Rapids Community College to an undefeated 2011 season, enrolled at CMU in January and is taking part in his first spring camp at CMU this month.

Kater is one of four scholarship quarterbacks in camp this spring. And while Radcliff is the clear favorite to be under center for the season opener against Southeast Missouri State on Aug. 30, the competition for the remaining spots on the depth chart will likely play out through the summer and preseason camp in August.

"There's a lot of competition between all of us, and we know that's how each of us gets better," Kater said. "Ryan is a great guy and has helped me out with everything. He's been in the playbook with me over and over and been helping me out on the field. He's a great mentor and a great guy to look up to."

To hear more from Kater and CMU head coach Dan Enos on the Chippewas' quarterbacks, check out Spring Football Insider #5 on the CMU Sports Zone.

Spring Game April 14: CMU's spring football game is Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m. at Kelly/Shorts Stadium. The Chippewas' players and coaches will host a free kids clinic prior to the game; the clinic is set to begin at 11:30 a.m.