Athletics
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Chippewas Continue to Work Hard and Make Progress
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – The Central Michigan football team took to the Kelly/Shorts Stadium turf on Friday morning for its first full-padded and fifth overall practice of the 2013 preseason.   

“The guys are working,” said head coach Dan Enos. “Five days in, we have a lot of install in. We are practicing a lot of different situations. We have a lot of good competition going on.”

Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Andrew Flory also likes what he sees on the practice field thus far in the preseason.

“Practice is going really well. I think we are ahead of the game. In my eyes, the receivers are making plays. The quarterbacks are getting the ball to us on time and the o-line is looking really good. The defense has looked amazing. They have put up a really good fight against us. We look good as a team right now.”

Training camp is typically a time for team leaders to emerge. Despite the departure of strong leaders in Eric Fisher and Jahleel Addae, who both are making their NFL debuts this week, Enos has witnessed a number of players stepping up to claim the mantle.

“Every year you have guys graduate and seniors leave, so that’s par for the course in college football. We have a lot guys – Shamari Benton, Avery Cunningham, Zurlon Tipton, Jake Olson, Jerry Harris. I could go on and on but we have a lot of good senior leadership plus we have a lot of young guys trying to lead as well.”

The team has remained relatively injury-free through the first week of practice. Players who are coming off injuries from last season, such as wide receiver Jerry Harris, offensive linemen Jake Olson and Kenny Rogers, defensive end Alex Smith and punter Richie Hogan, have been full-go. Fullback Tyler Lombardo, who injured his knee on the first play of the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, practiced early in the week but was given the last couple of days off.

On Saturday, CMU will take part in its first two-a-day of the preseason, practicing both in the morning and in the afternoon. On Sunday, the team will hold its first scrimmage of training camp.

Next week is a busy week for the Chippewas with two-a-days being held on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. On Tuesday, Central Michigan football will take part in its annual media day. Team, position group and individual photos will also be taken on Tuesday.  

The 2013 season opener versus Michigan in the “Big House” in Ann Arbor, which will be aired nationally on the Big Ten Network, is looming closer. Scheduled for a 3:30 p.m. kickoff on Saturday, Aug. 31, the highly anticipated showdown currently stands just 22 days away.

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.
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