August 19, 2007

CMU coach concerned about Jayhawks

Lots of new faces

Last year Central Michigan relied heavily on the experience and attitude of three key players. Joe Staley (1st round, 49ers), Dan Bazuin (2nd round, Bears), and Drew Mormino (6th round, Dolphins) were some of the key senior leaders on the squad that won the MAC title.

That trio of players and other key leaders are gone and first year coach Butch Jones knows there is work to do.

"We will have six new starters on offense and six on defense," Jones said. "More than half of the players (against Kansas) will be getting their first starting assignments. I'm not happy where we're at and we have a long ways to go."


The offensive line will get tested

Maybe the biggest unit to get hit with inexperience is the offensive line. Jones admitted they have several players hobbling with injuries, but one area that can't absorb them is the offensive line.

Eric Tunney, one of the top lineman, has already missed practice and that kind of injury worries Jones.

"We've got to go into the Kansas game with three new starters and two freshman," Jones said. "Would you like to be going into that game against an All Big 12 defensive tackle breaking in those players? Probably not. We have to start being more physical up front."

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