April 16, 2010

Spring Game: Things to Look For

The new era of Central Michigan football is set to kickoff at 5pm tomorrow in the 2010 Spring Game. Numerous questions surround the program as Dan Enos embarks on his first season as Chippewas head coach and program figureheads such as Dan LeFevour, Bryan Anderson and Antonio Brown no longer dot the roster. With the Chippewas ready to roll tomorrow, here are a few things to look for in the game tomorrow.


-It's no secret that the Chippewas are a little banged up after a physical spring practice schedule. Players such as Jake Olson, Jeff Maddux and Kito Poblah have been limited in the spring and it is questionable as to whether they will play tomorrow. Other players banged up include WR Jeremy Wilson, DT Cody Pettit, LB Kyle Zelinskyand OL Matt Kanitz[/db.


-All eyes will be on the player's under center as the transition from the LeFevour era officially begins. [db]Ryan Radcliff figures to start the game as the number one quarterback, but he has been pushed all spring by Derek Rifenbury and A.J. Westendorp. Look for Rifenbury and Westendorp to split reps with the #2 offense.


-Enos has clamored to the media and fans for months now that his offense will not be a three yards and a cloud of dust style. A wide open offense that matches a pro-style scheme with elements of the spread has been preached and the offense will finally hit the limelight. How much of the offense will be shown tomorrow is still up in the air, but expect CMU fans to be very interested in the formations and play calling. The scrimmage segment of the spring game will see the Chippewas roster split into two squads, the Maroon and White. With a roster lacking some depth and dealing with injuries, expect to see some new faces as different positions.


-All spring ChippewaCountry has been keeping fans up to date with the roster and player performances and it's finally time for fans to see what players are ready to step up and become playmakers. Will guys like Jahleel Addae and Tim Phillips cap their impressive springs with good performances in the spring game?


-For the last five years, Central Michigan has steadily risen to the top of the MAC behind three MAC Championships, four bowl appearances and an eventual Top-25 ranking in 2009. With history backing them, will fans continue to support the program under new leadership? With the weather looking iffy, attendance will be key as the Chippewas continue to build their program and establish themselves as a power within the state.

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