2008 Central Michigan Chippewas Season
Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour
Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour
Posted Jan 31, 2009

2008 Central Michigan Chippewas Season, Game Recaps, Scores and Reviews

2008 Central Michigan Chippewas

Dec. 26
2008 Motor City Bowl
Florida Atlantic 24 ... Central Michigan 21

Florida Atlantic took advantage of a roughing the pass penalty with a 52-yard touchdown pass from Rusty Smith to Chris Bonner midway through the third quarter, but it was an 18-yard scoring grab from Cortez Gent that put the Owls ahead for good. Central Michigan made a furious late rally. Down 11, the Chippewas passed up a field goal attempt to go for it on fourth down late in the fourth, but missed. They got the ball back and marched 34 yards in 1:09 with Dan LeFevour connecting with Antonio Brown from 15 yards out for the touchdown, and pulled within three on the two-point conversion throw to Kito Poblah. But FAU recovered the onside kick and was able to run out the final 3:09.
Player of the game: Florida Atlantic QB Rusty Smith completed 20-of-35 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns
Stat Leaders: Central Michigan - Passing: Dan LeFevour, 28-40, 253 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Dan LeFevour, 14-56. Receiving: Antonio Brown, 11-92, 1 TD
Florida Atlantic - Passing: Rusty Smith, 20-35, 306 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Charles Pierre, 16-77. Receiving: Cortez Gent, 7-98, 1 TD
Inside The Boxscore ...
5 Thoughts on the Motor City Bowl ... Bobby Seay made 14 tackles for CMU, Frantz Joseph made 13 stops for FAU. ... Total yards: FAU 418 - CMU 380. ... Sacks: CMU 4 for 25 yards - FAU 1 for 6. ... The two teams combined to convert 8-of-25 third down chances. ... Average yards per completion: FAU 15.3 - CMU 9.0. ... CMU WR Antonio Brown had 13 yards rushing, 92 receiving, with a score, 38 yards on punt returns and 75 on kickoff returns.

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2008 Schedule
CFN Prediction:
2008 Record: 8-

Aug. 28 Eastern Illinois W 31-12
Sept. 6 at Georgia L 56-17
Sept. 13 at Ohio W 31-28
Sept. 20 at Purdue L 32-25
Sept. 27 Buffalo W 27-25
Oct. 11 Temple W 24-14
Oct. 18 Western Mich W 38-28
Oct. 25 at Toledo W 24-23
Nov. 1 at Indiana W 37-34
Nov. 12 at No Illinois W 33-30 OT
Nov. 19 Ball State L 31-24
Nov. 28 at Eastern Mich L 56-52
Dec. 26 Florida Atlantic L 24-21

2007 Schedule
CFN Prediction:
2007 Record: 8-6

Sept. 1 at Kansas L 52-7
Sept. 8
Toledo W 52-38
Sept. 15 at Purdue  45-22
Sept. 22
North Dakota St L 44-14
Sept. 29 Northern Illinois W 35-10
Oct. 6 at Ball State W 58-38
Oct. 13 Army W 47-23
Oct. 20 at Clemson L 70-14
Oct. 27
at Kent State W 41-32
Nov. 6 at Western Mich W 34-31
Nov. 17
Eastern Mich L 48-45
Nov. 23 at Akron W 35-32
MAC Championship
Dec. 1 Miami Univ. W 35-10
Motor City Bowl
Dec. 26 Purdue L 51-48

Nov. 28
Eastern Michigan 56 … Central Michigan 52
Andy Schmitt set an FBS record with 58 completions on 80 attempts for 516 yards with five touchdown passes, but Tyler Jones didn't catch any of them. All he did was tie an FBS record with 23 catches for 170 yards. In the see-saw game, EMU's Terrence Blevins ran for two one-yard scores late in the third quarter, and then the defense held on allowing a 38-yard Ontario Sneed touchdown run in the fourth for the final points of the game. CMU had three more chances, but didn't get a first down in any of them. In all, the two teams combined for 1,171 yards of total offense and 894 yards of passing. 13 different players scored touchdowns.
Player of the game: Eastern Michigan QB Andy Schmitt completed an NCAA FBS record 58-of-80 passes for 516 yards and five touchdowns with an interception, while WR Tyler Jones tied an FBS record with 23 catches for 170 yards
Stat Leaders: Central Michigan - Passing: Dan LeFevour, 22-38, 378 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Ontario Sneed, 11-97, 1 TD. Receiving: Antonio Brown, 7-172, 1 TD
Eastern Michigan - Passing: Andy Schmitt, 58-80, 516 yds, 5 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: DeAnthony White, 2-47. Receiving: Tyler Jones, 23-170
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Did the team suffer a letdown after the heartbreaker to Ball State or was the defense really this bad against Eastern Michigan? The secondary and linebackers didn't do a thing to stop the short to midrange throws, giving up a record-setting performance from Andy Schmitt, and while Dan LeFevour and the CMU offense did its part with 555 yards of production, everything fizzled late. It was a bizarre game that might have been a whole bunch of fun, but now CMU has lost two straight to its in-state rival and is going into the bowl game on a serious down note.

Nov. 19
Ball State 31 … Central Michigan 24
Ball State scored the final 14 points of the game as Nate Davis connected with Louis Johnson, who spun out of a tackle, for a 45-yard touchdown, and with Briggs Orsbon for an 11-yard score. Central Michigan had one final shot, which was turned into two as an interception was ruled incomplete, giving Dan LeFevour and the Chippewas new life. But after driving the team deep into BSU territory, LeFevour was picked off by Sean Baker to preserve the win for the Cardinals. LeFevour threw two touchdown passes, while Davis threw for four scores in the excellent, see-saw battle.
Player of the game: Ball State RB MiQuale Lewis ran 28 times for 177 yards
Stat Leaders: Central Michigan - Passing: Dan LeFevour, 30-44, 345 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Dan LeFevour, 24-75. Receiving: Antonio Brown, 8-61
Ball State - Passing: Nate Davis, 12-22, 175 yds, 4 TD
Rushing: MiQuale Lewis, 28-177. Receiving: Briggs Orsbon, 4-30, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
CMU was probably two key spots away from beating Ball State. The defense has been spotty at best all year, but when it seemed like it was able to come up with stops and it didn't, the life seemed to be sucked out during the Cardinal drives. Dan LeFevour was Dan LeFevour, but in the end he appeared to be felling the pressure from the Ball State pass rush. The CMU O line had a decent day, but not a great one, and LeFevour had to make too many plays on his own. Now that the three-peat hopes are gone, the team has to gear it up and not lose to Eastern Michigan. A ten-win season is still possible; that would still be an amazing achievement, even if it doesn't come with a MAC title.

Nov. 13
Central Michigan 33 ... Northern Illinois 30 OT
Central Michigan got a Josh Gordy interception in overtime and Andrew Aguila came through with a 40-yard field goal to avoid the choke. The Chippewas got up 30-6 in the third quarter with an eight-yard Dan LeFevour touchdown to end the run. And then NIU want nuts as Chad Spann ran for two short touchdowns and Chandler Harnish ran for a one-yard score, and Mike Salerno nailed a 25-yarder with 19 seconds to play to end the 24-point run to force overtime. LeFevour ran for two touchdowns and threw a 25-yard touchdown pass to Antonio Brown and hit Ontario Sneed, who took the pass 27 yards for a score.
Player of the game: Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour completed 19-of-26 passes for 189 yards and two touchdown and ran 29 times for 121 yards and two scores
Stat Leaders: Northern Illinois - Passing: Chandler Harnish, 18-36, 288 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Chandler Harnish, 17-31, 1 TD. Receiving: Matt Simon, 6-131
Central Michigan - Passing: Dan LeFevour, 19-26, 189 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Dan LeFevour, 29-121 yds, 2 TD. Receiving: Antonio Brown, 7-50, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
CMU showed that it can't take its foot off the gas as it dominated for about 40 minutes before Northern Illinois mounted its comeback. The Chippewas might have thought they could just coast and could start concentrating on the task at hand, Ball State. While the run defense was fantastic throughout the game against the Huskies, but the secondary couldn't keep Chandler Harnish in check late and there wasn't enough of a pass rush to screw things up. However, the secondary came through in overtime with Josh Gordy's interception to keep the MAC title hopes alive. This team always comes through in MAC play. It has a special hold over the league, but getting by Ball State is a different animal. CMU will have to get all the parts working to keep up with the Cardinal offense.

Nov. 1
Central Michigan 37 … Indiana 34
Brian Brunner, filling in for an injured Dan LeFevour, ran for a one-yard score with just under nine minutes to play, and the Central Michigan defense was able to hang on to give Indiana its second defeat to a MAC team this year (the other was against Ball State). Indiana got a 64-yard touchdown pass to Ray Fisher and Marcus Thigpen touchdown runs from 22 and 77 yards out, but CMU matched home run for home run. Brunner threw four touchdown passes with two to Antonio Brown, including a 79 yarder, and short scores to Bryan Anderson and Joe Bockheim, but IU held the lead going into the fourth quarter after a three-yard scoring run from Demetrius McCray.  A 48-yard Andrew Aguila field goal and the Brunner run gave the Chippewas the win.
Player of the game: Central Michigan QB Brian Brunner completed 35-of-53 passes for 485 yards and four touchdowns with an interception, and he ran for the game-winning touchdown.
Stat Leaders: Indiana - Passing: Ben Chappell, 8-16, 156 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Marcus Thigpen, 6-109, 2 TD. Receiving: Ray Fisher, 3-75, 1 TD
Central Michigan - Passing: Brian Brunner, 35-543, 485 yds, 4 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Antonio Brown, 3-44. Receiving: Bryan Anderson, 9-132, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Don't forget that Brian Brunner was supposed to be a major player before that LeFevour guy took over. Brunner was the starting quarterback a few years ago, but he was knocked out in the opening drive of the opening game against Boston College, Dan LeFevour took over, and the rest was history. The pass protection was a problem against Indiana, and there wasn't any running game, but Mark Dietz and the CMU defensive front did a good job getting into the backfield and Brunner was on the mark. Now comes a week off before the showdowns against Northern Illinois and Ball State.

Oct. 25
Central Michigan 24 … Toledo 23
Ontario Sneed's one-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter tied it, the extra point won it as the defense held tough the rest of the way. Toledo saw three good drives end in Alex Steigerwald field goals, but it got in the end zone in the second quarter on a five-yard DaJuane Collins run and in the third on a 35-yard Nick Moore catch. But CMU got two Bryan Anderson touchdown catches from 21 and 22 yards out to keep pace before the game-winning drive in the fourth.
Player of the game: Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour completed 24-of-31 passes for 242 yards and two touchdowns, and he ran nine times for 25 yards.
Stat Leaders: Toledo - Passing: Aaron Opelt, 16-26, 216 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: DaJuane Collins, 19-94, 1 TD. Receiving: Nick Moore, 7-105, 1 TD
Central Michigan - Passing: Dan LeFevour, 24-31, 242 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Ontario Sneed, 18-72, 1 TD. Receiving: Antonio Brown, 10-85
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Dan LeFevour isn't able to run like usual, he's banged up, but he's throwing as well as ever with a coldly efficient game against Toledo. The running game got help from several areas with Ontario Sneed coming up big when he had to. The defense might not have been a rock, but it was good enough. With two weeks off from the MAC, playing Indiana and then getting a bye week, the team has to maintain focus on what's important; the MAC title.

Oct. 18
Central Michigan 38 … Western Michigan 28
In a wild shootout, CMU's Brian Brunner threw for 346 yards with a 24-yard touchdown pass to Joe Bockheim, and Brian Schroeder ran for two first half scores, as the Dan LeFevour-less Chippewas pulled away in the second half. LeFevour was out with an ankle injury, and Brunner came through. WMU got a 471-yard passing day from Tim Hiller with three Bronco receivers going over the 100-yard mark, but the CMU defense came up with the big stop when it had to in the second half. In a see-saw game, Hiller hit Juan Nunez for a six-yard touchdown pass early in the third, but CMU answered with a two-yard Antonio Brown TD pass to Rocky Weaver on a trick play on the way to a 17-7 run to close out. The two teams combined to amass 1,044 yards of total offense.
Player of the game: Central Michigan QB Brian Brunner completed 20-of 28 passes for 346 yards and a touchdown with an interception and he ran six times for 22 yards
Stat Leaders: Western Michigan - Passing: Tim Hiller, 38-53, 471 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Brandon West, 18-53, 2 TD. Receiving: Jamarko Simmons, 13-118
Central Michigan - Passing: Brian Brunner, 20-28, 346 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Bryan Schroeder, 25-106, 2 TD. Receiving: Antonio Brown, 10-113
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... CMU needs Dan LeFevour back to win the MAC title, but Brian Brunner came up with a gem against Western Michigan, and the rest of the team stepped up its play. Bryan Schroeder ran well, the defense wasn't bad down the stretch, even if the secondary was torched throughout, the overall mistakes were kept to a minimum … except for penalties. There were too many (10 for 95 yards), but the overall offensive production made up for it. Now starts a three-game road trip followed up by the showdown with Ball State. This should be fun.

Oct. 11
Central Michigan 24 … Temple 14
Central Michigan used four takeaways and two Dan LeFevour touchdown passes to Antonio Brown to come up with a tougher-than-expected win. LeFevour was on fire, completing 10-of-11 passes for 106 yards, but he was knocked out with an ankle injury. Brian Brunner came in and led the way to the final 10 points of the game with a 37-yard touchdown pass to Bryan Anderson to provide some breathing room. Temple got a 17-yard scoring run from Kee-ayre Griffin and a three-yard Bruce Francis catch in the second to tie it at 14. Temple outgained CMU 301 yards to 297.
Player of the game: Central Michigan WR Bryan Anderson caught eight passes for 149 yards and a touchdown
Stat Leaders: Temple - Passing: Chester Stewart, 15-32, 163 yds, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: Kee-ayre Griffin, 12-76, 1 TD. Receiving: Bryan Anderson, 8-149, 1 TD
Central Michigan - Passing: Brian Brunner, 7-13, 136 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Bryan Schroeder, 11-31. Receiving: Bruce Francis, 6-74, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Losing Dan LeFevour to an ankle injury is a killer. The team can't be without him for an extended period with a showdown against Western Michigan coming up next. Brian Brunner was decent against Temple, and the defense stepped up, but LeFevour is the difference between a good season and a MAC title. The running game needs all its top backs back or Ontario Sneed will have to start doing more.

Sept. 27
Central Michigan 27 … Buffalo 25
A.J. Principe's 46-yard game-winning field goal attempt hit off the upright with no time left on the clock to foil a late Buffalo rally, Central Michigan's Ontario Sneed ran for a six-yard score with 2:58 to play make it a nine-points game, but Buffalo answered with a 65-yard touchdown catch from James Starks and a recovered on-side kick leading to the missed attempt. Sneed also ran for a 16-yard touchdown and Starks also scored on a two-yard run in the second half. CMU outgained UB 208 yards to 66 on the ground.
Player of the game: Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour completed 21-of-26 passes for 152 yards, and he ran 16 times for 100 yards and a touchdown   
Stat Leaders: Central Michigan - Passing: Dan LeFevour, 21-26, 152 yds
Dan LeFevour, 16-100, 1 TD. Receiving: Antonio Brown, 9-41
- Passing: Drew Willy, 23-33, 270 yds, 2 TD
James Starkes, 22-94, 1 TD. Receiving: Naaman Roosevelt, 7-80, 1 TD

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... CMU just keeps on finding ways to win MAC games. It took a last-second Buffalo field goal attempt to hit the upright to come up with the win, but the Chippewas came through yet again helped by a big rushing day from Dan LeFevour. The passing game has been accurate, but nothing's happening deep. There's way too much talent at receiver to not be stretching the field more. The defense did a decent job against a tight UB offense, and now there's a week off before dealing with home games against Temple and Western Michigan.

Sept. 20
Purdue 32 … Central Michigan 25
Purdue RB Kory Sheets ran for a 46-yard touchdown, helped by a tremendous open field move, with one minute to play to save the Boilermakers from the upset. CMU got a six-yard Ontario Sneed touchdown catch with 1:18 to play, but it took just one play, after a big Desmond Tardy kickoff return and a facemask penalty, to get the win. Sheets also ran for a one-yard score in the second quarter, Desmond Tardy caught a two-yard touchdown pass, and Frank Duong picked off a pass for a touchdown as Purdue kept pace with a CMU attack that got a Sneed touchdown catch in the first quarter and a Dan LeFevour 12-yard touchdown run in the fourth.
Player of the game: Purdue RB Kory Sheets ran 17 times for 91 yards and two touchdowns, and added five catches for 23 yards.
Stat Leaders: Central Michigan
- Passing: Dan LeFevour, 25-44, 291 yds, 2 TDs, 2 INTs
Rushing: Dan LeFevour, 24-112, 1 TD. Receiving: Ontario Sneed, 6-57, 2 TDs
- Passing: Curtis Painter, 27-36, 261 yds, 1 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Kory Sheets, 17-91, 2 TDs. Receiving: Keith Smith, 5-59
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... CMU finally got Dan LeFevour going on the ground, but against Purdue, there wasn't even a hint of a balance in the ground game with Ontario Sneed getting nine carries and LeFevour getting 24. Eventually, the passing game has to start making bigger plays deep. Bryan Anderson is overdue to start making some big plays.

Sept. 13
Central Michigan 31 … Ohio 28
Ohio got up 14-0 on two of Chris Garrett's three touchdowns, but Central Michigan controlled the rest of the game with Ontario Sneed running for two short scores, Dan LeFevour adding a two-yard touchdown run, and Antonio Brown returning a punt 75 yards for a touchdown. Ohio cut the lead to three midway through the fourth quarter on a 77-yard scoring grab from Garrett but couldn't get back on the board. One drive deep into CMU territory ended in disaster with CMU's Nick Bellore sacking Boo Jackson and forcing a fumble to snuff out the drive. The two teams combined for 944 yards of total offense.
Player of the game:
Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour completed 28-of-42 passes for 361 yards, and ran 17 times for 45 yards and a score.
Stat Leaders: Central Michigan
- Passing: Dan LeFevour, 28-42, 361 yds
Rushing: Dan LeFevour, 17-45, 1 TD. Receiving: Antonio Brown, 10-78
Ohio - Passing: Boo Jackson, 17-31, 365 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Chris Garrett, 12-51, 1 TD. Receiving: Chris Garrett, 3-124, 2 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... Central Michigan is being Central Michigan again. The defense struggled way too much to slow down the Ohio offense, but it came through when it had to with a few big plays late. The offense rolled though the air, but only gained 70 yards on the ground as Dan LeFevour struggled to get the spread on track. However, nine different receivers caught passes and the Chippewas got a tough win.

Sept. 6
Georgia 56 .. Central Michigan 17
Georgia cranked out 552 yards of total offense, and got a rumbling 78-yard interception return for a touchdown from defensive end Demarcus Dobbs for a 28-0 first half lead. Mohamed Massaquoi scored on touchdown catches from three and 54 yards out, and Knowshon Moreno ran for three scores from one, 21, and a back-breaking 54 yards. Central Michigan worked its way back into the game with two Dan LeFevour touchdown passes, but could only manage a field goal over the final 27:45. Rennie Curran made 11 tackles and two tackles for loss for the Bulldogs.
Player of the game: Georgia RB Knowshon Moreno ran 18 times for 168 yards and three touchdowns, and caught three passes for 30 yards
Stat Leaders: Central Michigan - Passing: Dan LeFevour, 23-43, 250 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Dan LeFevour, 4-19. Receiving: Antonio Brown, 7-67
Georgia - Passing: Matthew Stafford, 18-28, 213 yds, 2 TD
Rushing: Knowshon Moreno, 18-168, 3 TD. Receiving: Mohamed Massaquoi, 5-79, 2 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ...
There's no shame in losing, and losing big, at Georgia. The offense didn't work, getting nothing going on the ground, and Dan LeFevour was a marked man from the start. The hope is for this to get the team ready for Ohio next week against a team that'll seem like it's running in mud compared to the Bulldogs. The defense struggled to hold up against the Georgia offensive line, but the bigger issue next week will be the offensive line vs. a Bobcat defensive front that stoned the Ohio State running game.

Aug. 28
Central Michigan 31 ... Eastern Illinois 12
CMU didn't exactly get the offensive machine rolling, but it did what it needed to do to get up 24-6 going into the fourth quarter helped by a 23-yard Ontario Sneed touchdown run and two of Dan LeFevour's three touchdown passes. The five-yarder to Bryan Anderson late in the third gave the Chippewas some breathing room, but EIU stayed alive with a Sean McGrath 15-yard touchdown grab. Nick Bellore came up with 16 tackles for CMU.
Player of the game: Central Michigan QB Dan LeFevour completed 21 of 31 passes for 217 yards and three touchdowns, and ran 11 times for 42 yards
Stat Leaders: Eastern Illinois - Passing: Bodie Reeder, 19-28, 201 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Desmin Ward, 9-33. Receiving: Sean McGrath, 6-66, 1 TD
Central Michigan - Passing: Dan LeFevour, 21-31, 217 yds, 3 TD
Rushing: Ontario Sneed, 13-88, 1 TD. Receiving: Bryan Anderson, 9-66, 1 TD
Whoopty doo. What does it all mean, Basil? ... While the offense wasn't exactly humming against Eastern Illinois, if did what it needed to do as Dan LeFevour spread the passing game around while only running 11 times. Meanwhile, after last year, the performance from the defense is worth noting keeping EIU to 284 yards. It'll be a different story next week against Georgia, but this appeared to be a good tune-up showing the Bulldogs that they'll have to deal with several different weapons, and not just LeFevour.

2008 Recruiting Class

Star of the Class

Jahleel Addae RB 5-9 176 Valrico, Fla./Riverview HS
Ran for 1,426 yards and 15 touchdowns in 2007 … third team Class 6A all-state honoree … Tampa Tribune All-Hillsborough County first team selection … rushed for 1,051 yards and 11 scores in 2006 … all-county second team selection by the Tampa Tribune and St. Petersburg Times in 2006 … just the second player in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in three different seasons … ran for 1,276 yards and 15 touchdowns as a sophomore … earned second team all-state accolades as a sophomore

Potential Instant Impact Players

Armond Staten LB 6-1 205 Detroit, Mich./Inkster HS
Three-year starter … No. 46 on Detroit Free Press Fab 50 … No. 53 on Detroit News Blue Chip list … named to Detroit Free Press All-West second team … helped lead Inkster to a 12-2 record and the Division 6 state championship game in 2006 … set a single-season school record with 24 sacks as a junior in 2006 … finished career with 35 sacks and four interceptions … recorded 72 tackles in 2007 … three-sport athlete who earned two varsity letters in basketball and three in track

John Williams DL 6-0 270 Miami, Fla./Miami Central HS
Four-year letterman … named to Miami Herald All-Dade 6A-4A second team in 2007… selected to play in Dade-Broward All-Star Game … played in Florida North/South All-Star Game … recorded 45 tackles, seven sacks, three fumble recoveries and one forced fumble in 2007

Rest of the Class
Jahleel Addae RB 5-9 176 Valrico, Fla./Riverview HS
David Blackburn TE 6-3 245 Detroit, Mich./Warren De La Salle HS
John Carr DB 6-2 180 Plantation, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas HS
Derek Carter DB 6-0 183 Sunrise, Fla./Dillard HS
Grant Cartwright OL 6-5 245 Westville, Ind./Chesterton HS
Paris Cotton RB 5-9 175 Miami, Fla./Hialeah HS
Cedric Fraser WR 6-3 180 Pembroke Pines, Fla./Everglades HS
Kashawn Fraser DE 6-3 215 Coconut Creek, Fla./Monarch HS
Jerry Harris WR 6-3 182 Delray Beach, Fla./Boca Raton HS
Richard Hayes OL 6-3 275 Lindenhurst, Ill./Lakes Community HS
Darren Keyton OL 6-3 275 Traverse City, Mich./Traverse City West HS
Yvener Lisca DB 5-9 170 Miami, Fla./Hialeah HS
Ryan Radcliff QB 6-2 195 Hicksville, Ohio/Fairview HS
Mike Repovz DE 6-4 243 Lansing, Mich./Lansing Catholic HS
Bryan Schroeder RB 5-9 212 Corydon, Ind./North Harrison HS
Valtorrey Showers WR 5-9 170 Detroit, Mich./Crockett HS
Armond Staten LB 6-1 205 Detroit, Mich./Inkster HS
Darryll Stinson DE 6-6 225 Jackson, Mich./Jackson HS
Lorenzo White DB 6-0 170 Fort Lauderdale, Fla./Dillard HS
John Williams DL 6-0 270 Miami, Fla./Miami Central HS
LaVarus Williams DB 5-11 185 Indianapolis, Ind./Ben Davis HS
Steve Winston DE 6-3 235 Muskegon Heights, Mich./Muskegon Heights HS

2008 Early Lookahead
Why to get excited: Can you say three-peat? It's all there for yet another title with two-time MAC Player of the Year Dan LeFevour leading an offense with nine starters returning. The offense should be the best in the league again, and while the defense was abysmal last year, it should be better with eight starters back. It can't be any worse. It might fly under the radar, but getting head coach Butch Jones back could be the biggest factor in the MAC race. In the hunt for the West Virginia job, he's back for at least one more go-around.
Why to be grouchy: The defense might get most of the starters back, but it loses the three best players in LBs Red Keith and Ike Brown along with DT Steven Friend. CMU might still be the favorite to win the MAC title, but the rest of the league is a whole bunch better from top to bottom. No conference in America has more experience returning, and it's going to be more of a dogfight than ever.
The number one thing to work on is: Pass defense. The offense will put up points in bunches and should be among the most productive in the nation, but it won't matter against the better teams if the secondary continues to stink. There wasn't any pass rush to help the cause, but the corners have to be far better and the safeties have to provide more help.
Biggest offensive loss: OG Eric Tunney
Biggest defensive loss: LB Red Keith
Best returning offensive player: QB Dan LeFevour, Jr.
Best returning defensive player: LB Nick Bellore, Soph.

2007 Recap
Recap: Losing head coach Brian Kelly to Cincinnati never looked more unsettling than when the Chippewas started the season 1-3, including a 44-14 loss to North Dakota State.  Central Michigan rallied, however, behind the dual-threat heroics of QB Dan LeFevour to win eight games and a MAC championship for the second year in-a-row.  LeFevour was otherworldly throughout his sophomore season, joining Vince Young as the only players to pass for 3,000 yards and rush for 1,000 more in a single season, while offsetting a Chippewa D that ranked among the worst in the league.

Offensive Player of the Year:
QB Dan LeFevour

Defensive Player of the Year: LB Red Keith

Biggest Surprise: WR/KR Antonio Brown.  Central Michigan needed a complement to Bryan Anderson in the passing game, and Brown stepped up with a school-record 102 receptions, giving the Chips the MAC Freshman of the Year for the second straight season.       

Biggest Disappointment: The Chippewas road to a conference title took a detour on Nov. 16, a 48-45 loss to lowly Eastern Michigan.  As usual, Central Michigan had no problems scoring points, but was equally generous on defense, allowing Pierre Walker and Andy Schmitt to combine for 210 yards and six touchdowns on the ground.     

Looking Ahead: With Butch Jones now settled in as the head coach and LeFevour back for a third season, Central Michigan will be the heavy favorite to repeat in the MAC.  Although the defense loses just three starters, all three were on the postseason honor roll in 2007, a concern for an already overmatched unit.


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