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2015 Central Michigan Chippewas Two-Deeps Released

With the game against the OK State Cowboys approaching, Coach John Bonamego has released his first official depth chart.

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Football is coming around quickly, and each team is going about selecting their starters; Central Michigan is no exception.

Earlier today, the school released their two deeps, announcing their starters at each positions, as well as the backups. There aren't too many surprises, although running back and special teams seem to be the biggest competitions in camp thus far. Starters are in bold, with replacements in parenthesis.

OFFENSE

No surprise at quarterback, as Cooper Rush will be the starter. Junior Ryan Lamb will be the backup to the gunslinger after Cody Kater's graduation.

At running back, senior aylor Lavallii's year-long injury is good news for junior Martez Walker, who has been named the starter. This is a surprise to many, who projected promising sophomre Devon Spalding to start; Spalding is the #2 back. Expect Bobby Banks, Romello Ross, and Jahray Haynes to see reps as well. Joe Bacci will start at fullback.

At the receiver spots, the X receiver is senior Jesse Kroll, as expected. Y receiver honors go to junior Anthony Rice. Sophomores Mark Chapman and Corey Willis are their direct backups, with true freshman Brandon Childress likely seeing some time as well. Ben McCord starts at tight end, replacing Deon Butler.

The offensive line has been named. In order starting from the left tackle spot: senior Rahmadan Ahmeti, Austin Doan or J.P. Quinn, Nick Beamish, Kenny Rogers, and Derek Edwards. The left guard spot is still in mid-battle. Jack Ford, Joe Komel. Shakir Carr, and Joe Austin will be in backup roles at the other four spots.

The defensive scheme has switched from a 4-2-5 to a more traditional 4-3, requiring an adjustment in personell.

At defensive line, junior Joe Ostman and senior Blake Serpa will start at the end as expected. Shafer Johnson will play at nose tackle, and Jabari Dean will occupy the other tackle position. Mitch Stanizek and Chris Kantzavelos are backups at the ends, while Kelby Latta and Louis Palmer backup the tackles.

The linebacker battle has settled down, with junior Nathan Rickets and redshirt freshman Malik Fountain at the outside positions, and senior Tim Hamilton occupying the inside. Jeff Perry and Alex Briones are frighting for the backup ILB role, while Tyree Waller and Trevor Apsey are backups on the outside.

The secondary have been fighting tooth and nail for positions as there is one less defensive back position open thanks to the scheme switch. Senior Kavon Frazier will start at strong safety, while junior Tony Annese will be the free safety. Gary Jones and Otis Kearney will back up Frazier and Annese, respectively. The corners are still battling going into the season, with sophomores Amari Coleman and Josh Cox, juniors Winslow Chapman and Jordan Fields, and senior Stefon Armstead fighting for two spots. Coleman has been named a starter, while Cox and Armstead seem to be splitting first-team reps in practice.

ON special teams, sophomore Ron Coluzzi seems to have won back the punting spot after fierce competition from redshirt freshman Cooper Mosjiejenko and sophomore Matty Mills. Coluzzi will also handle kickoff duty. As expected, junior Brian Eavey returns at kicker. Sophomore wide receiver Mark Chapman will be the holder on all field goal attempts, beating out last year's holder Ron Coluzzi and Mosjiejenko. Senior Mike Zenk returns as the long snapper, while Amari Coleman and Corey Willis team up to split the returns, with COleman returning punts and Willis returning kickoffs.

Central's first game is Thursday, September 3rd vs. the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Kelly/Shorts Stadium in Mt. Pleasant, MI. The game starts at 7 p.m. EST and will be televised on ESPNU and ESPN3.