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MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan's projected offensive lineup for 2012 features experienced, returning players at nearly every position.
Among the most talent-laden groups, however, is the Chippewas' receiving corps.
Senior Cody Wilson, a two-time All-MAC selection and 2011 Academic All-American, is the unquestioned leader of a group that returns four individuals who combined to catch 18 touchdown passes last season.
Wilson enters his final season in the maroon and gold already ranking in CMU's all-time top-10 in both receptions (seventh, 156) and receiving yards (10th, 1,889). He has led the Chippewas in receptions both of the last two seasons and has caught at least one pass in 29 consecutive games played.
[Watch: Spring Practice Insider - CMU Sports Zone host Justin Hoff talks with CMU receivers Titus Davis and Jerry Harris.]
Titus Davis and Courtney Williams both had breakout seasons as true freshmen. Davis caught 40 passes for 751 yards and eight touchdowns in 2011; he ranked fourth nationally among freshmen in receiving yards and sixth in touchdown receptions, while his eight touchdown catches set a CMU freshman record and tied for the sixth most in a season in CMU history. Davis earned All-MAC third team honors and was named to Phil Steele's Freshman All-America first team.
Williams, meanwhile, played just six games but caught 21 passes for 385 yards and five touchdowns. He scored touchdowns on both of his first two career receptions, including a 79-yard score on his first collegiate play against Northern Illinois.
Davis and Williams were the only true freshman teammates in the country with at least five touchdown receptions apiece in 2011.
Also returning for the Chippewas are senior Jerry Harris and sophomore Deon Butler, who combined for 28 catches a year ago. Expected to step into contributing roles after redshirting last season are Andrew Flory and Jesse Kroll.
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.