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  Two Central Michigan football players have been named to the 2021 Bednarik Award Watch List. CMU defensive end Troy Hairston II and linebacker Troy Brown are on the list are among the 90 players listed. They represent Football Bowl Subdivision programs from coast to coast. The award goes annually to the defensive player of the year and is named in honor of Chuck Bednarik, a standout at Pennsylvania and with the Philadelphia Eagles of the NFL. He is a member of both the Pro Football and College Football halls of fame. The award is presented by the Maxwell Football Club.

Central Michigan is one of 11 schools with two candidates on the watch list. Brown and Hairston are two of five players from Mid-American Conference schools on the list. The others are Toledo's Desjuan Johnson, Buffalo's James Patterson and Western Michigan's Ralph Holley. Hairston, a senior from Birmingham, led the MAC with 5.5 sacks among 12.0 tackles-for-loss in 2020, earning the co-MAC Defensive Player of the Year Award and a spot on the all-conference first team. He ranked fourth on the team with 41 tackles while forcing one fumble and recovering one. - Central Michigan Football


(DS#46 ILB) rSr/2022 ILB Troy Hairston IICentral Michigan
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  Thirteen Central Michigan Chippewas have been named to the 2021 Phil Steele All-Mid-American Conference Preseason football teams. Five Chippewas were named to Steele's first team; two to the second team; four to the third team; and three to the fourth team. CMU junior Kalil Pimpleton was named to the squad at two positions, wide receiver (first team) and punt returner (third team). Four other Chippewas were named to the first team, three on defense and one on special teams. They are defensive end Troy Hairston II, linebacker Troy Brown, and cornerback Dishon McNary. Placekicker Marshall Meeder was also named to Steele's first team. - Central Michigan Football

(DS#43 WR) Sr/2022 WR Kalil PimpletonCentral Michigan
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  Central Michigan quarterback John Keller has been released from the hospital nearly a month after he was shot in the chest near campus. Keller and another student, Tyler Bunting, were shot at a party on April 24 after a fight broke out at Deerfield Village apartment complex in Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Keller had been on a ventilator and in the intensive care unit after the shooting but had the ventilator removed on May 1. Keller's father, Ray, tweeted on Friday that his son is being released and that the trauma team at Hurley Medical Center saved his son's life. - Central Michigan Life

(DS#999 QB) Jr/2023 QB John KellerCentral Michigan
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  05/20/21 - Kobe LewisSr/2022, Central Michigan, 5-11, 208 (DS#53 RB) + More +

  A bigger, stronger and faster running back duo at Central Michigan? A scary proposition for Mid-American Conference opponents. The Chippewas feature two known commodities in the backfield in Kobe Lewis and Lew Nichols III. In his three seasons in a Chippewa uniform, Lewis has amassed nearly 3,000 all-purpose yards and scored 19 touchdowns; Nichols gained 597 yards in rushing and receiving and scored five TDs in the COVID-shortened 2020 season, earning the MAC Freshman of the Year Award.

Combined, they give CMU a potent one-two punch that give defensive coordinators headaches what with their ability to not only run, but also block and catch the ball out of the backfield. "Both of them have tremendous hands, so that's a plus," CMU running backs coach Cornell Jackson said. "Both of them clearly understand pass protection, so that's a plus. "Kobe's more of a slide and glide and try to find that sweet spot. Lew's the kind of guy that once he puts his foot in the ground, if you're in his way, he's taking a body part with him. Both of them are excellent runners, both of them have excellent vision." - Central Michigan Football


(DS#53 RB) Sr/2022 RB Kobe LewisCentral Michigan
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  Mohamed Diallo has entered the ranks of professional football. Diallo was drafted 19th overall in the third round by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the CFL Draft Tuesday. He was one of two Mid-American Conference players selected, the other being Eastern Michigan kicker/punter Julien Lake. In two seasons with the Chippewas, Diallo made 26 total tackles. After missing the first half of the 2019 season while awaiting an immediate eligibility waiver, Diallo played the final five games of the season. He broke out in the shortened 2020 season, producing 9.5 tackles for loss and three sacks. Diallo was forced to move from the defensive interior to defensive end when an injury to starter LaQuan Johnson created a lack of depth at the position. - Central Michigan Life

(DS#999 DT) rSr/2022 DT Mohamed DialloCentral Michigan
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  A college football quarterback who was shot and wounded last weekend "is showing all of the right signs of his body healing," the organizer of a GoFundMe page said Wednesday, praising him as a hero. Central Michigan's John Keller was the victim in a shooting at an off-campus party on Saturday. Lauren Rhodes, who organized the fundraiser, said Keller prevented the gunman from entering the building and potentially causing more casualties. "The Keller family and I would like to thank each and every one of you for your support during this difficult time. John still remains in critical condition, but he is stable. He is showing all of the right signs of his body healing. John continues to fight for his life and prayers are needed now more than ever," Rhodes wrote in an update on Keller's GoFundMe page.

"For those of you who do not know, the individual who shot John on April 24th, was taken into custody yesterday. When the assailant showed up at Deerfield Village Apartments early Saturday morning, John took heroic actions to prevent him from entering into the building to shoot other individuals. John is a hero and he deserves our support and prayers." Kenneth Thomas, of Detroit, was arrested in the shooting and pleaded not guilty to 10 charges in Isabella County Court, according to WXMI, the Fox-affiliated station in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Thomas was allegedly with a group of people who were going to the bars near Mount Pleasant. - Central Michigan Life


(DS#999 QB) Jr/2023 QB John KellerCentral Michigan
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  A search continues for the suspects in early-morning shootings Saturday that left two Central Michigan University students injured, one of them a backup quarterback on the Chippewa football team. Investigators are poring over tips, witness accounts, social media posts and a few videos from the scene of the shootings, which occurred just before 1 a.m. Saturday at Deerfield Village Apartments in Union Township, said Isabella County Sheriff Mike Main. Family members have identified the most seriously injured victim as John Keller, a transfer quarterback from Ohio on the CMU football team. Keller, 20, was shot once in the chest and initially listed in critical condition after being flown by medical helicopter to Hurley Medical Center in Flint. - Morning Sun

(DS#999 QB) Jr/2023 QB John KellerCentral Michigan
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  Reid went from secondary contributor to first team All-MAC as a sophomore, picking off passes in each of CMU's last three games. He played a much higher percentage of snaps in his second year of action, averaging 63.5 snaps per game. "Willie Reid had the opportunity to play a role as a starter for us and really developed," Akey said. Working with new secondary coach Mike Zordich will also help him. There's a bit of a log jam at the position, with senior Alonzo McCoy returning along with junior Devonni Reed. However, with Reid establishing himself as a turnover creator, it will be tough to keep him off the field if this trend continues. - Central Michigan Life

(DS#20 SS) rJr/2023 SS Willie ReidCentral Michigan
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  Douglas took a massive step forward in 2020, leading the Chippewas in tackles during the six-game season. Now, he figures to be a mainstay in the Chippewas' 4-2-5 look as the middle linebacker. There are areas for him to develop, namely in pass coverage, but he's physical and athletic and those are two skills that spell success at his position. Douglas may get targeted a little more because of Brown working opposite him. There's also plenty of competition at the linebacker position with additions such as Michigan State transfer Marcel Lewis and freshman Lawai'a Brown, so that may lead to another uptick in production from the Ypsilanti native. - Central Michigan Life

(DS#133 OLB) rSr/2022 OLB George DouglasCentral Michigan
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  Central Michigan wide receiver Tyrone Scott has entered the transfer portal. Scott announced the decision Monday in an Instagram post. Scott spent three seasons with the program. He broke out as a redshirt freshman in 2019, playing in all 14 games and making 10 starts. In that season, Scott caught 37 passes for 650 yards and five touchdowns. He caught two scores in the 2019 season opener against Albany and added another in the Mid-American Conference Championship game against Miami (Ohio). In 2020, Scott played in just two games and finished with four catches for 33 yards. - Central Michigan Life

(DS#999 WR) rJr/2023 WR Tyrone ScottCentral Michigan
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  02/11/21 - David MooreSr/2021, Central Michigan, 6-1, 200 (DS#21 QB) + More +

  Along with announcing the start of spring football, McElwain added that CMU will be hosting its Pro Day the morning of March 23. The Chippewas are scheduled to practice that afternoon. Participants for Pro Day have not been announced. McElwain said that there will only be a few Chippewas participating as most of Pro Day-eligible players will be returning for a final season with an extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA. "As for a list of players, (Director of Player Personnel) Albert (Karschnia) puts that together," McElwain said. "Some of the scouts have asked, like usual, that there might be one or two of the guys from the (Division II) schools around that they want to get a look at. "There's not a lot of numbers going through it." - Central Michigan Life

(DS#21 QB) Sr/2021 QB David MooreCentral Michigan
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  Central Michigan's Robi Stuart has been named the Michael R. Sadler Division I Scholar Athlete of the Year. The Sadler Award is given in conjunction with the National Football Foundation - Michigan Chapter and goes to the outstanding NCAA Division I scholar-athlete in the state of Michigan as nominated by his or her university. The recipient demonstrates consistent academic excellence along with outstanding athletic achievement, strong character, integrity and compassion. Stuart, a senior defensive lineman from Saginaw, is a two-time All-Mid-American Conference selection and a three-time Academic All-MAC honoree. He was named a MAC Distinguished Scholar-Athlete in 2019, is a neuroscience major with a minor in psychology, and carries a 3.85 grade point average. - Central Michigan Football

(DS#100 DT) rSr/2022 DT Robi StuartCentral Michigan
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  In an offseason full of roster turnover, Central Michigan saw two defensive players enter the NCAA transfer portal in as many days. On Thursday, the Detroit News' Angelique Chengelis reported that linebacker Chuck Jones had entered the portal, with 247Sports reporting Friday that defensive lineman Deron Irving-Bey had followed suit. Irving-Bey, a former four star recruit, transferred to CMU in the fall of 2018 from the University of Michigan. The Flint native participated in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in 2017 and received 17 offers before settling on Michigan. - Central Michigan Life

(DS#999 DT) Sr/2022 DT Deron Irving-BeyCentral Michigan
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  01/22/21 - Ty BrockrSr/2022, Central Michigan, 6-3, 201 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  Central Michigan football quarterback Ty Brock is stepping away from football. He made the announcement Wednesday in an Instagram post. Brock told Central Michigan Life that he plans to finish his degree at CMU remotely and that he believes his scholarship will be honored through the spring semester. He's returning home to Texas in search of a new passion. Brock, a native of College Station, Texas, spent one season at CMU in which he played in five games, starting two. He was 38-for-65 passing for 351 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 118 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries. He came to CMU after three seasons at Division I FCS Sam Houston State, where he played in 15 games. - Central Michigan Life

(DS#999 QB) rSr/2022 QB Ty BrockCentral Michigan
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  Central Michigan football offensive lineman Romello Tarver entered the NCAA transfer portal on Jan. 14. Tony Paul of The Detroit News first reported Tarver's intent to transfer. Tarver, a redshirt sophomore from Delray Beach, Florida, never appeared in a game for the Chippewas. After a redshirt season in 2018, he underwent knee surgery and missed the entire 2019 season. He also missed each of the Chippewas' 10 spring practices in 2020. - Central Michigan Life

(DS#999 OT) Jr/2023 OT Romello TarverCentral Michigan
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