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 Draft Scout College Football Player News: Central Michigan
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  Central Michigan coach Jim McElwain said redshirt freshman Daniel Richardson, who started the team's first four games, will miss the Chippewas Dec. 5 game against Ball State due to a lower left leg injury. Redshirt junior. Richardson was carted off the field in CMU's Nov. 27 win over Eastern Michigan in the third quarter with an air cast on his left leg. McElwain confirmed that Richardson would not need surgery but did not specify what the injury was. - Central Michigan Life

(DS#999 QB) rFr/2024 QB Daniel RichardsonCentral Michigan
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  Lew Nichols III had two fourth-quarter touchdown runs and finished with a career-high 196 yards rushing, and Central Michigan scored 25 points in the final quarter to beat Eastern Michigan 31-23 on Friday night. Nichols scored from the 9 and 1 to cap long drives, and Marshall Meeder made a 21-yard field goal with 2:31 to play to give Central Michigan (3-1, 3-1 Mid-American Conference) a 24-23 lead.

Devonni Reed intercepted a Preston Hutchinson tipped pass on Eastern Michigan's (0-4, 0-4) next possession. Kobe Lewis scored on a 9-yard touchdown run three plays later for the Chippewas with 1:43 remaining. Nichols had 29 carries and Lewis added 106 yards rushing on 18 carries. Meeder kicked field goals from the 51 and 29 in the first quarter. Hutchinson was 23 of 37 for 365 yards passing, threw three interceptions and added 57 yards on the ground. Hutchinson had a 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter and broke loose for a 20-yard TD run midway through the second. - AP College Football


(DS#40 RB) rFr/2024 RB Lew Nichols IIICentral Michigan
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  Central Michigan's Kalil Pimpleton was named the weekly Paul Hornung Award Honor Roll for his performance last week in the Chippewas' 52-44 loss to Western Michigan. Pimpleton, a junior from Muskegon, touched the ball 14 times four different ways and scored four times. He had 107 yards and three touchdowns rushing; he caught three passes for 42 yards and a two-point conversion; he completed one pass for 30 yards; and he returned two punts for 15 yards. His touchdown runs covered 65, 25 and five yards. Pimpleton was one of six offensive players/return specialists named to the honor roll this week. - Central Michigan Football

(DS#40 WR) Jr/2022 WR Kalil PimpletonCentral Michigan
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  NOV 16 MAC WEST DIVISION SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Marshall Meeder, Central Michigan, Kicker, Freshman, Eaton Rapids, Mich. Eaton Rapids),...Meeder had a perfect day against Northern Illinois, going 6-for-6 on his kicks. The true freshman had a career-long 40-yard field goal and was a perfect 5-for-5 on PATs. - MAC Football

(DS#999 K) Fr/2024 K Marshall MeederCentral Michigan
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  Lew Nichols III had 12 carries for 91 yards and a touchdowns and added a 58-yard TD reception to help Central Michigan beat Northern Illinois 40-10 on Wednesday night. Drew Richardson was 13-of-19 passing for 196 yards and two touchdowns with one interception for Central Michigan (2-0, 2-0 Mid-American Conference). Richardson hit Dallas Dixon for a 58-yard touchdown with 11:33 left in the first quarter and the Chippewas led the rest of the way. Nichols ran up the middle, broke a tackled and raced 36 yards for a score on the second play of the fourth quarter to make it 33-0. Northern Illinois (0-2, 0-2) finished with just 244 total yards, converted just 2 of 15 third downs, and didn't get into the red zone until the closing seconds. Kyle Pugh had 14 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks for the Huskies. - AP College Football

(DS#40 RB) rFr/2024 RB Lew Nichols IIICentral Michigan
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  NOV 9 MAC WEST DIVISION SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Luke Elzinga, Central Michigan, Punter, R-Freshman, Grand Rapids, Mich. (Grand Rapids Christian),...In his first career game, Elzinga had a fantastic performance with a 47.2 average on five punts. He had three punts downed inside the 20 include one downed at the three. Elzinga also booted a 76-yard punt, the longest CMU punt since 2013. - MAC Football

(DS#17 P) rFr/2024 P Luke ElzingaCentral Michigan
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  NOV 9 MAC WEST DIVISION DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Troy Hairston, Central Michigan, Defensive Line, Senior, Birmingham, Mich. (Birmingham Seaholm),...Hairston had a dominate performance in CMU's victory over Ohio, racking up three sacks, the fourth-most sacks in a game by a CMU players in the last 15 years. The senior also added seven solo tackles and a forced fumble as the CMU defense held OU scoreless in the second half. - MAC Football

(DS#71 ILB) Sr/2021 ILB Troy Hairston IICentral Michigan
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  11/05/20 - Kobe LewisJr/2022, Central Michigan, 5-11, 208 (DS#43 RB) + More +

  Kobe Lewis had 28 carries for 112 yards and two touchdowns, Daniel Richardson accounted for two more TDs, and Central Michigan beat Ohio 30-27 on Wednesday night in the season, and Mid-American Conference, opener for both teams. Richardson was 23-of-41 passing for 243 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown to Kalil Pimpleton, and scored on a 1-yard run. De'Montre Tuggle had a 3-yard touchdown run to tie the score with 58 seconds left in the first half, and returned the opening kickoff of the second 93 yards for a score that gave Ohio a 27-20 lead. After Central Michigan was forced to punt on its ensuing drive, Willie Reid forced and then recovered a fumble by Tuggle at the Bobcats' 22, setting up an 8-yard TD run by Lewis with 10:36 left in the third quarter. CMU's Marshall Meeder kicked a 22-yard field goal to cap a 15-play, 70-yard drive with 9:05 to play. Ohio, which went three-and-out on its following two possessions, moved into Chippewas territory in the closing minute but a holding penalty and then a false start stalled its final drive. Kurtis Rourke passed for 231 yards and two touchdowns for the Bobcats. - AP College Football

(DS#43 RB) Jr/2022 RB Kobe LewisCentral Michigan
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  10/23/20 - Ty BrockrJr/2022, Central Michigan, 6-3, 201 (DS#999 QB) + More +

  It's a three-man battle at quarterback as the Chippewas look to replace the graduated Quinten Dormady. That trio comprises senior David Moore, redshirt freshman Daniel Richardson, and junior Ty Brock, a transfer from Sam Houston State. Moore was highly effective in four starts a year ago, completing 57.3 percent of his passes for 1,143 yards and five touchdowns when Dormady was sidelined with an injury. Brock is the late comer to the party. He was not in spring practice nor was he in Mount Pleasant in the summer. Still, his track record is strong: He became the starter early in his freshman season (2018) at Sam Houston State and in two years with the BearKats he completed 54 percent of his passes for 3,885 yards and 24 touchdowns.

In 2018, he was a finalist for the Jerry Rice Award, which goes to the top freshman in FCS. "He's able to do some things that the others can't do with his feet," McElwain said, adding that Brock compares favorably to Tommy Lazzaro, who last season frequently spelled Dormady in goal-line and short-yardage situations to take advantage of his running ability. "There's some things that (Brock) does, from being able to throw on the run, being able to use his feet and athletic ability, that probably is a little bit different than the other two," McElwain said. - Morning Sun


(DS#999 QB) rJr/2022 QB Ty BrockCentral Michigan
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  10/21/20 - Kobe LewisJr/2022, Central Michigan, 5-11, 208 (DS#43 RB) + More +

  Lewis, who rushed for 1,074 yards and 15 touchdowns a year ago, is CMU's top threat in the backfield. His 2019 running mate, Jonathan Ward, is now with the Arizona Cardinals. "He's an explosive runner," said Charlie Frye, CMU's offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach, of Lewis. "He's an every-down back. We ask him to (block), we ask him to catch, we ask him to run. He can do all three things. He's as good as you're going to get." Lewis, a junior, proved his explosiveness, versatility and durability in 2019. He added 23 receptions for 163 yards while posting five 100-yard rushing games. Redshirt freshman Lew Nichols should also see a lot of playing time in spelling Lewis. "With me being the No. 1 back and Lew being a freshman, I'll be depended on a lot this season," Lewis said. "I know that my body has to be right. This whole quarantine and COVID thing my focus has been getting bigger, faster and stronger and I've done that." - Central Michigan Football

(DS#43 RB) Jr/2022 RB Kobe LewisCentral Michigan
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  Plenty of talent and experience return to Akey's defense, including junior linebacker Troy Brown, who enjoyed a breakout year in 2019, earning First Team All-MAC honors. Brown is on the watch list for both the Bronko Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik awards. "He's a play-making son-of-a-gun," Akey said of Brown, who moved to linebacker from the secondary before last season. "He's got a great football awareness to him. He's gained comfort in knowing how to work within the package and how to make things happen. … he makes big things happen. He's getting stronger so he's helped himself physically but also mentally." - Central Michigan Football

(DS#41 OLB) rJr/2022 OLB Troy BrownCentral Michigan
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  Central Michigan starting offensive tackle Luke Goedeke underwent knee surgery and will miss the 2020 season. Coach Jim McElwain shared the news with reporters during his Webex press conference Oct. 5. "He's gonna miss this season," McElwain said. "The surgery went great, he's in really good spirits." Last season, Goedeke started all 14 games for the Chippewas at right tackle and was the team's highest graded player according to Pro Football Focus. He committed just five penalties throughout the season and played a large part in CMU having a pair of 1,000-yard rushers in Jonathan Ward and Kobe Lewis. Goedeke came to Central Michigan in 2018 as a walk-on after one season at UW-Stevens Point. - Central Michigan Life

(DS#999 OT) rJr/2023 OT Luke GoedekeCentral Michigan
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  As a freshman, Brown was a backup safety. As a sophomore, he was a First-Team All-MAC linebacker. The Flint native emerged as one of the best defenders in the conference last season, making 91 tackles and intercepting three passes. He was a versatile defensive option, as he was fast enough to cover running backs and physical enough to make plays in the trenches. Expect him to build off that in 2020. He will be leaned upon heavily, and defensive coordinator Robb Akey will likely draw up all sorts of different stunts to move him around. Because of this, as well as the comfort that comes with another full year at the new position, Brown will showcase his wide range of abilities. If the MAC plays on weekdays, which all signs are pointing to at points, Brown will have the chance to captivate a national audience. Should he be able to do so, professional teams will take notice. - Central Michigan Life

(DS#41 OLB) rJr/2022 OLB Troy BrownCentral Michigan
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  After a long offseason away from the spotlight, Central Michigan's football program is set to hold a training session modeled after the NFL Scouting Combine to showcase the players and their abilities. The program is hosting the event on Saturday inside Kelly/Shorts Stadium. "This will be fun for (the players)," coach Jim McElwain said on "The Coach Mac Show," which aired Thursday. "Being able to come out on a Saturday morning here and execute the NFL Combine." Typically, the NFL Combine puts players through a series of drills that test the player's athletic ability. There are two sets of drills typically executed, one set being done by all participants within the combine and another set that is position-specific.

Most years see all players run the 40-yard dash, the 3-cone drill and participate in the bench press, broad jump and vertical jump. There are plenty of other position-specific drills that test the player's ability to execute various movements and abilities. McElwain mentioned on his show that Saturday's workout will be structured similarly. "It's something that I think has been pretty good," McElwain said, "because you can work on some twitch and some things like body movement and those type of things with these drills." McElwain also mentioned that the event will be recorded. There is potential for NFL scouts to attend the event as well. It will also allow the Chippewas to take the game field, something they don't do often as they practice on a trio of practice fields surrounding Kelly/Shorts Stadium. - Central Michigan Life


(DS#145 WR) Sr/2021 WR JaCorey SullivanCentral Michigan
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  2020 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Kalil Pimpleton, Central Michigan,...Pimpleton, a junior receiver/kick returner from Muskegon, earned First Team All-Mid-American Conference honors as a wide receiver and as a punt returner in 2019, when he helped lead the Chippewas to an 8-6 finish, the MAC West title, a berth in the MAC Championship Game, and an appearance in the New Mexico Bowl. Pimpleton had 82 receptions for 894 yards - leading the MAC in both categories - and six touchdowns last season. He returned 24 punts for 208 yards, averaging 9.68 yards per. He ranked second in the league and 20th in the nation in that category. - Central Michigan Football

(DS#40 WR) Jr/2022 WR Kalil PimpletonCentral Michigan
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