2014 Football Media Day Press Conference
USATSI Gallery, Football -- 9/20/14
Phone: (989) 774-3896
CMU was hit hard by injuries from the season's outset, losing key offensive pieces in starting quarterback Cody Kater and Doak Walker Award nominee Zurlon Tipton to injury in the first quarter of the opener at Michigan. Redshirt freshman quarterback Cooper Rush took over the role of signal caller, throwing for 2,349 yards and 15 touchdowns, while sophomore Saylor Lavallii capably filled in at running back, rushing for 807 yards and five touchdowns, before Tipton returned for the final four games.
Early on, the Chippewas also lost veteran left tackle Jake Olson, a legitimate All-MAC candidate and NFL prospect, and budding young star defensive lineman Jabari Dean for the season. But quality depth resulting from strong recruiting allowed CMU to fill the gaps without missing a beat.
One of the major highlights of the conference schedule was CMU's 26-23 win over MAC East Division preseason favorite Ohio. The finale of a lengthy three-game road stretch, the Chippewas upset the Bobcats in thrilling fashion, getting a game-winning 5-yard touchdown pass from Rush to Courtney Williams with 22 seconds remaining. Central also swept in-state rivals Western Michigan, 27-22, in Kalamazoo; and Eastern Michigan, 42-10, in Kelly/Shorts Stadium to regain both the Victory Cannon and the Michigan MAC Trophy.
Four Chippewas received All-MAC recognition in 2013 -- receiver Titus Davis (first team), guard Andy Phillips (second third) and linebackers Shamari Benton (third team) and Justin Cherocci (third team) -- upping the total number of all-conference honors earned by Enos' players to 23 during his four-year tenure. Davis, who is ranked in the top 10 in the CMU record book in three career categories following his standout junior season, led the MAC in yards per catch (18.2), while Cherocci was the conference's top tackler with 121 total stops.
Enos' 2012 Chippewas won seven games overall, including four of their last five in the regular season, all in MAC play, to earn the program's fifth bowl bid in the last seven years. Central Michigan grabbed the national spotlight in week four, scoring nine points in the game's final 45 seconds to knock off Iowa on the road, 32-31, in thrilling, come-from-behind fashion. CMU punctuated 2012 with a 24-21 victory over Western Kentucky in the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl in Detroit.
The CMU offense, which finished the regular season on a tear by scoring 30 or more points in six straight games, flourished in both phases in 2012. Behind a talented offensive line, led by All-American left tackle Eric Fisher, junior running back Zurlon Tipton rushed for 1,492 yards, the most by a Chippewa running back in 16 years. Senior quarterback Ryan Radcliff reached the 3,000-yard passing plateau for the third time in his career and posted the best touchdown-to-interception ratio of his career (23-9). Radcliff's top two targets excelled in 2012, as senior Cody Wilson solidified his status as one of CMU's all-time great receivers, finishing third in receptions and fifth in receiving yards, while sophomore Titus Davis was among the nation's leaders in yards per reception.
Enos had five Chippewas earn All-MAC recognition in 2012 -- Fisher (first team), Tipton (second team), Jahleel Addae (second team), Davis (second team), and Wilson (third team). Fisher also received All-America recognition, earning second team honors from SI.com and third team mention by the Associated Press.
One of Coach Enos' cornerstone messages to recruits and his players is that whatever you can dream, you can achieve at Central Michigan. The entire sports world witnessed the embodiment of that philosophy in April, 2013, when Eric Fisher made history by becoming the highest NFL draft pick ever from CMU and the Mid-American Conference when he was selected No. 1 overall by the Kansas City Chiefs. Three other Chippewas from the 2013 class, Addae (San Diego Chargers), Darren Keyton (Detroit Lions), and Cody Wilson (Detroit Lions), also signed NFL contracts.
Enos has also had a total of 16 Academic All-MAC selections and five academic all-district honorees in addition to three Academic All-Americans, including Cody Wilson in 2011 and 2012.
A young team playing close, competitive games came to define Enos' first season as the Chippewas' head coach in 2010.
A team that included just 13 seniors and 19 first-time starters found itself in six games decided by seven points or fewer. And while the Chippewas finished 3-9 overall, five of the losses were by a combined 19 points.
The highlight of the season was a 26-22 Senior Night victory over Western Michigan in front of a national television audience on ESPNU. The Chippewas' fifth straight win over their in-state rivals kept a pair of traveling trophies in Mount Pleasant: the Victory Cannon, presented to the winner of each year's CMU-WMU matchup, and the Michigan MAC Trophy, awarded to the winner of the round-robin competition between Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan and Western Michigan.
CMU opened the season with 33-0 win over Hampton at Kelly/Shorts Stadium, making Enos the first CMU head coach since Herb Deromedi in 1978 to win his debut.
The 2011 Chippewas featured 24 first-time starters and 10 true freshmen playing significant roles on offense and defense, while eight or fewer seniors were available to see playing time during each of the final six games of the season. Freshmen accounted for 10 of the final 11 touchdowns CMU scored in 2011, and on Nov. 10 against Ohio the Chippewas fielded an offensive starting lineup that included seven true or redshirt freshmen.
The Chippewas' season was highlighted by a 48-41 win over eventual MAC champion Northern Illinois at Kelly/ Shorts Stadium on Oct. 1. CMU led by as many as 22 points in the fourth quarter in handing NIU its lone conference loss of the season.
True freshman receiver Titus Davis earned Freshman All-America honors from Phil Steele's Magazine after catching 40 passes for 751 yards and eight touchdowns, a CMU freshman record for touchdown receptions and tied for the sixth most in a season in school history. Junior receiver Cody Wilson was named to the Capital One/ CoSIDA Academic All-America second team, marking the second straight year the Chippewas had produced an Academic All-American.
Enos was introduced as the head coach of the Central Michigan football program in a press conference on January 12, 2010.
Prior to CMU, he spent four seasons at Michigan State. He was the Spartans' running backs coach from 2007-2009 after coaching the quarterbacks in 2006.
The Spartans' backfield featured a pair of true freshmen in 2009, as Larry Caper and Edwin Baker combined to rush for 895 yards and seven touchdowns. Caper was named to the Big Ten All-Freshmen Teams by ESPN.com and Sporting News.
In 2008, Enos worked directly with one of the nation's top running backs, Javon Ringer. Ringer led the nation in carries (390), scoring (132 points) and touchdowns (22) and ranked fourth in rushing (125.9 ypg) en route to being named a consensus first-team All-American. Ringer was the first Spartan running back to earn All-America honors since Lorenzo White in 1987.
In his first season coaching the Michigan State running backs, Enos mentored one of the top backfields in the Big Ten in Ringer and Jehuu Caulcrick. Michigan State ranked third in the Big Ten and No. 25 in the NCAA in rushing offense, averaging 198.2 yards a game, an improvement of 69 yards per game over 2006.
Enos began his tenure at Michigan State in 2006 coaching the Spartans' quarterbacks. He worked directly with Drew Stanton, who earned team MVP honors after accounting for 2,252 total yards and 17 touchdowns as a senior.
Enos spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons as the quarterbacks coach on Mark Dantonio's staff at Cincinnati.
In 2005, his pupil Dustin Grutza became the first freshman quarterback to start a Cincinnati season opener (vs. Eastern Michigan) since World War II. Grutza, a redshirt freshman, finished fourth in the Big East Conference in total offense, averaging 165.0 yards per game.
In 2004, Enos helped hone the talents of Gino Guidugli, who closed out his career as Cincinnati's all-time passing leader with 11,222 yards. As a senior, Guidugli completed 210-of-342 throws (.614) for 2,633 yards and a school- record 26 touchdowns while leading the Bearcats to a 7-5 record, including a 32-14 victory over Marshall in the Fort Worth Bowl.
Enos spent the 2003 season as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach under Craig Bohl at NCAA Division II North Dakota State, where he designed an offensive attack that averaged 30.1 points per game en route to an 8-3 record.
Prior to his appointment at North Dakota State, Enos worked for three years as the quarterbacks coach at Western Michigan (2000-02) under Gary Darnell. In 2002, the Broncos finished fifth in the Mid-American Conference and No. 30 nationally in passing offense, averaging 256.1 yards per game.
In 1999, Enos served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Missouri State under Randy Ball. The Bears ranked among the NCAA Division I-AA leaders in passing offense (No. 22 at 258.8 ypg), scoring offense (No. 23 at 33.9 ppg) and total offense (No. 30 at 417.8 ypg).
His full-time coaching credits also include stops at Southern Illinois (quarterbacks and wide receivers, 1997- 98), Northern Michigan (offensive coordinator/backfield, 1996) and Lakeland College (offensive coordinator/ quarterbacks and wide receivers, 1994-95). He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant for George Perles at Michigan State (1991-93).
Enos was a four-year letterman (1987-90) and two- year starter (1989-90) at quarterback at Michigan State, compiling a 16-7-1 record (.688) as a starter. He led the Spartans to back-to-back bowl victories: a 33-13 win over Hawaii in the 1989 Aloha Bowl and a 17-16 win over Southern California in the 1990 John Hancock Bowl. As a senior, Enos threw for 1,677 yards and four touchdowns while helping the Spartans earn a share of the 1990 Big Ten championship. Enos still ranks among Michigan State's all-time top 10 in pass attempts (No. 10 at 478), pass completions (No. 10 at 297), completion percentage (No. 3 at .621) and passing yards (No. 10 at 3,837).
Enos earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from Michigan State in 1991 and received a master's degree in sports administration in 2006. A native of Dearborn, Mich., Enos earned all-state honors as a senior for Coach Jack Bridges at Edsel Ford High School. He accounted for 5,743 total yards and 46 touchdowns during his prep career.
Enos and his wife, Jane, are the parents of two children: Lia and Alex.
|The Enos File||NFL Players Under Enos|
|1991-1993||Michigan State||Graduate Assistant||Brad St. Louis||2000||Cincinnati Bengals|
|1994-1995||Lakeland College||Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers||Drew Stanton||2007||Detroit Lions|
|1996||Northern Michigan||Offensive Coordinator/Offensive Backs||Javon Ringer||2009||Tennessee Titans|
|1997-1998||Southern Illinois||Quarterbacks/Wide Receivers||Jehuu Caulcrick||2009||San Francisco 49ers|
|1999||Southwest Missouri State||Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks||Nick Bellore||2011||New York Jets|
|2000-2002||Western Michigan||Quarterbacks||Eric Fisher||2013||Kansas City Chiefs|
|2003||North Dakota State||Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks||Jahleel Addae||2013||San Diego Chargers|
|2004-2005||Cincinnati||Quarterbacks||Darren Keyton||2013||Detroit Lions|
|2006||Michigan State||Quarterbacks||Cody Wilson||2013||Detroit Lions|
|2007-2009||Michigan State||Running Backs||Zurlon Tipton||2014||Indianapolis Colts|
|2010-Present||Central Michigan||Head Coach||Avery Cunningham||2014||St. Louis Rams|
|1990||John Hancock Bowl|
|2000||MAC Championship Game|
|2004||Fort Worth Bowl|
|2007||Champs Sports Bowl|
|2009||Capital One Bowl|
|2012||Little Caesars Pizza Bowl|
|1991||Michigan State||Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration|
|2006||Michigan State||Master's Degree in Sports Administration|