By Andy Sneddon, CMUChippewas.com -
MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich. - Eight student-athletes have been named captains of the Central Michigan football team for the 2014 season.
All eight are seniors and one, Andy Phillips, served as a captain last season. The eight captains are believed to be the most for any one team in CMU football history.
The Chippewas, who finished 6-6 last season, open the season on Thursday, Aug. 28, at Kelly/Shorts Stadium against Football Championship Subdivision member Chattanooga. The Mocs went 8-4 in 2013.
Joining Phillips in taking the Chippewas' captaincy are Anthony Garland, Mike Kinville, Titus Davis, Leterrius Walton, Justin Cherocci, Jarret Chapman and Jason Wilson.
Phillips, who hails from Lansing, Mich. (Waverly High School), is the leader of an offensive line that returns all five starters. Phillips was a Second Team All-Mid-American Conference selection and was named CMU's Upfront Offensive Player of the Year in 2013. He has made 25 consecutive starts at left guard and 30 overall. He maintains a 3.05 grade point average.
Garland, a running back from Ferndale, Mich. (Ferndale High School), was the Chippewas' fourth-leading rusher last season with 159 yards on 32 attempts.
Kinville, a tight end from Northville, Mich. (Novi Catholic Central High School), appeared in all 12 of CMU's games last season, and made five starts. He maintains a 3.62 GPA.
Davis, a wide receiver from Wheaton, Ill. (Wheaton-Warrenville South High School), earned First Team All-MAC honors in 2013 and was the recipient of the Herb Deromedi Most Valuable Player Award after making 61 receptions for 1,109 yards and eight touchdowns. He is on the Biletnikoff Preseason Watch List for the second consecutive season.
Walton, a defensive tackle from Clinton Township, Mich. (Clintondale High School), started all 12 games last season, totaling 34 tackles. His 9 ½ tackles for loss ranked second on the team.
Cherocci, a linebacker from Rochester Hills, Mich. (Birmingham Brother Rice High School), was a Third Team All-MAC pick in 2013 after leading the league with 121 tackles and ranking 16th among Football Bowl Subdivision players with 10.1 tackles per game. He earned the CMU Defensive Upfront Co-Player of the Year Award.
Chapman, a defensive back from Port Huron, Mich. (Port Huron High School), made nine starts and appeared in all 12 games a year ago. He ranked sixth on the Chippewa roster with 54 total tackles (25 solos) and tied for second with four pass break-ups. He maintains a 3.23 GPA.
Wilson, a defensive back from Farmington Hills, Mich. (Farmington High School), started all 12 games at cornerback a year ago and finished fifth on the team with 61 tackles (32 solos). He tied for the team lead in interceptions (3) and pass break-ups (5). He maintains a 3.13 GPA.