Athletics
Courtesy: CMU Athletic Communications
Chippewas Raise Competitive Bar with Intrasquad Scrimmage
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. – In an effort to gauge player response and reaction to game-like situations, the Central Michigan football coaching staff put the offensive and defensive units to the test on Sunday at Kelly/Shorts Stadium with the first intrasquad scrimmage of the preseason.

After seven practices, competition is still being waged at numerous positions, so the scrimmage was key in assessing the progress of players at certain positions. It was also important to see some of the newcomers in action.

“It was a good day,” said CMU head coach Dan Enos. “There was a lot of give and take on both sides. We put a lot of guys in situations to see how they respond and they made plays. I thought our effort was very good.”

“Certain guys only played one series on offense and defense, so we got them out, treating it like our first preseason game, if you will. We wanted to make sure we hit a lot of situations and get our young players and guys competing for spots more turns, so we can evaluate them. And I thought we accomplished that.”

Played in front of a crowd of family members on a sun-splashed morning, the competition was spirited, with the offense and the defense each garnering its moments to shine. The offense claimed the momentum early, putting together several scoring drives, but the defense used big plays to bounce back and gain control in the latter stages of the scrimmage.

All four of the quarterbacks saw action, taking their turn at leading the offense. With the Michigan game less than three weeks away, the competition for the starting spot remains open.

“They made some mistakes, obviously,” said Enos. “I thought they also did some very good things too. We will have to watch the tape to see exactly how it went, but I thought Cody Kater, in particular, was very sharp and picked up where he left off the last three days.”

The Chippewas also spent time practicing special teams, in particular kickoff and kick returns. Sophomore kicker Matt Cotiguala, a transfer from the College of DuPage, had his chance in the spotlight, connecting on several field goals.  

CMU is back in action on Monday with its second two-a-day of the preseason. The Chippewas will practice in full pads in the morning and shells in the afternoon. The team does not practice on Tuesday but will take part in its annual media day, which will feature a press conference with Coach Enos and one-on-one interview opportunities with the players and coaching staff. The second scrimmage of the preseason is scheduled for next Saturday.

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.

Scoring plays
10-yard reception by RB Martez Walker
45-yard interception return by CB Stefon Armstead
6-yard run by RB Maurice Shoemaker-Gilmore
2-yard reception by FB Adam Fenton
Safety (sack by DE Blake Serpa)
99-yard interception return by S Jarret Chapman
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