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Who is Central Michigan?

By mrasor Published: September 13, 2006


You may know the names Dan Bazuin and Ontario Sneed, but here is the real scouting report on Central Michigan...

  • In case those first names aren't familiar, Bazuin is one of the nation's best defensive ends. He is a tremendous pass rusher and run stuffer. Keeping tabs on his whereabouts will be an objective on each snap for the offensive line.

  • Sneed is only a sophomore, but possibly the MAC's second-best running back (although Dennis Kennedy might have a legitimate objection). Not only can he scurry for a hundred yards, Sneed has great receiving hands.

  • The offensive line, receivers and linebackers are Central Michigan's greatest strengths. The Chips returned four starters from last year's O-line. Senior receiver Damien Linson was the Chips' No. 1 target last year and really shined toward the end of the season. Linebackers Isaac Brown and Thomas Keith are great against the pass.

  • The Chippewas rely on a freshman quarterback to take over for the steady Kent Smith. Dan LeFevour has performed relatively well against Boston College and Michigan, completing 53 percent of his passes with three touchdowns and two interceptions.

  • CMU's secondary is its biggest weakness, says. The cornerback situation was so dire that coach Brian Kelly moved a starting safety to that position. One cornerback, Terrance Robinson, is 5-foot-6. You read that correctly. Five feet, six inches.

  • Speaking of Kelly, CMU's coach is thought of as highly as J.D. Brookhart. Many believe he will move on to a bigger job if the Chips have a big season.

  • The Chippewas gave top-25 Boston College a scare in the opening week. Last week, they had little chance against Michigan, but still covered the spread.

Allow me to interrupt this preview to bring you a very entertaining Terry Pluto column. I won't ruin anything for you, but here's the column's last line: "Maybe that's why you suddenly Fear the Roo."

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