Cooper Rush threw three touchdowns passes as Central Michigan held on to beat Miami (Ohio) 34-27.
Central Michigan at NIU (USA Today); photos by Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports
2013 & 2014 Herb Deromedi MVP Award
2013 & 2014 Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List
2012 Second Team All-MAC
2012 CMU Co-Offensive Player of the Year
2011 Third Team All-MAC
2011 First Team Freshman All-American (Phil Steele)
2011 CMU Offensive Rookie of the Year
• The first player in NCAA FBS history with eight or more receiving touchdowns in four seasons.
• Holds CMU’s career record for receiving yards (3,700), receiving touchdowns (37) and is fourth on the program’s career receptions list with 204 catches.
• Is third in MAC history in touchdown receptions and fourth in receiving yards.
• Is just the third Chippewa to collect All-MAC accolades in each of his four seasons, joining Dan LeFevour and Bryan Anderson.
• Ranked 20th in career touchdowns in NCAA FBS history
2014: [Game-by-Game] Appeared and started in 10 games … earned CMU’s Herb Deromedi Most Valuable Player Award … earned First Team All-MAC honors … set CMU’s single season record with 13 receiving touchdowns, ranking second in the MAC and fifth in the nation … the 13 TDs ranks 14th in MAC history … had six catches for 137 yards in the Bahamas Bowl versus Western Kentucky (12/24) … the four touchdowns against WKU sets a CMU single game record, ties an NCAA bowl game record and ranks third all-time in MAC single game history … performance in Bahamas bowl also ranks seventh all-time in most touchdowns in bowl history and eighth in most points scored … captured CMU’s career receiving touchdown record against Buffalo with a TD in the fourth quarter … set CMU’s career receiving yards mark against Western Kentucky … first player in CMU history to be named to the Associated Press All-Bowl team … led CMU in receiving yards with 980 on 60 receptions (16.3 average), averaging 98.0 yards per game … finished the season third in receiving yards per game and fourth in receptions per game (6.0) … returned punt a season-long 67 yards against Chattanooga (8/28) … tallied 128 receiving yards against Toledo (9/27) … scored two touchdowns with 181 yards versus Ohio (10/4), earning MAC West Division Offensive Player of the Week honors … had a pair of touchdowns and caught 10 passes for 128 yards against Ball State (10/18) … hauled in six catches for 100 yards with a touchdown at Buffalo (10/25) … had three touchdowns with 102 receiving yards versus Miami (11/15) … named to the Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List … named to Phil Steele’s All-Mid-American Conference Postseason First Team and Mid-Season First Team.
2013: [Game-by-Game] Earned First Team All-MAC honors ... voted as 2013 recipient of the Herb Deromedi MVP Award ... honored on Phil Steele Midseason All-MAC First Team ... selected to Biletnikoff Award Preseason Watch List ... named to Phil Steele Preseason All-MAC First Team ... totaled 61 receptions for 1,109 yards with eight touchdowns ... notched six 100-yard receiving games, giving him 11 for his career ... led CMU with 1,301 all-purpose yards ... ranked first in the MAC in yards per catch (18.2), second in receiving yards per game (14th nationally) (100.8) and fourth in receptions per game (5.5) ... 1,109 receiving yards in 2013 ranks fifth in the CMU single season record book and ranked 29th nationally ... ranked second in CMU career record book in touchdowns (24), sixth in receiving yards (2,720) and 10th in receptions (144) ... ranks No. 1 in the NCAA among active players with a 18.9 yards per catch average and No. 9 in career receiving yards per game (77.7) ... caught six balls for 184 and two touchdowns, including the second longest scoring reception in program history, a 97-yarder, against New Hampshire (9/7) ... totaled eight receptions for 116 yards and one touchdown and rushed twice for 25 yards at UNLV (9/14) ... had a career long 54-yard punt return at Miami (Ohio) 10/5) ... hauled in five passes for 109 yards and one touchdown against Northern Illinois (10/19) ... had nine receptions for a season high 187 yards and one touchdown at Ball State (11/6) ... tied his season high with nine catches for 122 yards in win over rival Western Michigan (11/16) ... totaled 154 yards on seven receptions with two touchdowns (30 and 34 yards) in victory over UMass (11/23).
2012: [Game-by-Game] Named to the All-MAC Second Team ... selected to Phil Steele's All-MAC Third Team ... recipient of the team Co-Offensive Player of the Year Award ... led the team with 860 receiving yards, eight receiving touchdowns, and a 71.7 receiving yards per game average ... his 20.0 yards per reception average led the MAC and ranked No. 1 in the nation among receivers with 40 or more receptions ... ranked second on the team with 43 receptions ... caught four passes for 51 yards against Southeast Missouri State (8/30) ... led team with 64 receiving yards versus Michigan State (9/8) ... scored touchdowns on two of his five catches for 74 yards against Iowa (9/22) ... caught a 92-yard touchdown pass at Northern Illinois (9/29), CMU's longest play of the season ... made five receptions for 97 yards and one touchdown at Toledo (10/6) ... had a 29-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter against Navy (10/12) ... recorded five receptions for 75 yards against Ball State (10/20) ... made four catches for a game-high 112 yards and two touchdowns against Akron (10/27) ... moved into a tie for seventh all-time in career touchdown receptions in school history ... recorded a career-high 208 receiving yards and tied a career-high 10 catches against Western Michigan (11/3) ... first Chippewa since 2005 to have over 200 receiving yards (Damien Linson, 204) ... accounted for 41% of CMU's offense and totaled the third highest receiving yards all-time ... scored one touchdown against the Broncos to move him into a tie for sixth all-time in school history for career receiving touchdowns (16).
2011: [Game-by-Game] All-MAC third team selection ... named to Phil Steele's Freshman All-American first team ... named CMU's Offensive Rookie of the Year ... ranked fourth nationally among freshmen in receiving yards (751) and sixth in touchdown receptions (8) ... eight touchdown receptions set a CMU freshman record and tied for the sixth most in a season in CMU history ... led the team in all-purpose yards, receiving yards and touchdown receptions ... ranked second in receptions ... started at wide receiver in season opener against SCSU and scored a 67-yard touchdown on his first career reception ... caught a career-high 10 passes for a career-high 192 yards and two touchdowns at Kent State (11/4) ... 192 receiving yards are the fifth most in a game in CMU history ... over the season's final three games, caught 21 passes for 366 yards and six touchdowns.
High School: Helped lead team to a perfect 14-0 record and an Illinois Class 7A state championship in 2010 ... caught six passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns in the state championship game ... finished the season with 58 receptions for 1,239 yards and 18 touchdowns ... earned all-state honors from the Chicago Tribune and Champaign Gazette ... state qualifier in the long jump, 4x100m relay and 4x200m relay in track and field as a junior.