The Chippewas return eight starters on both offense and defense, including three on defense who earned All-MAC honors a year ago: linebacker Malik Fountain, cornerback Amari Coleman, and end Joe Ostman. Fountain and Coleman were first-teamers in 2016, while Ostman was second team.
CMU, under third-year coach John Bonamego, opens the season at home on Thursday, Aug. 31, against Rhode Island. The Chippewas finished 6-7 last season, receiving a bid to the Miami Beach Bowl.
The award is known as college football’s premier award for community service. It goes to the student-athlete who best combines exemplary community service with athletic and academic achievement.
In 2016, Willis finished fifth in the Mid-American Conference with 72 receptions and was fourth with 1,087 yards, averaging 83.9 yards per game. He caught nine touchdown passes and was named to the All-MAC Second Team.
2.5 hours prior to kickoff
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Located Between the Rose Ponds