LeFevour MAC FOTY; 11 Chippewas Named All-MAC

MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan University quarterback Dan LeFevour of Lisle (Ill.) Benet Academy has been named Mid-American Conference Freshman of the Year, leading a contingent of 11 Chippewas to earn All-MAC honors.

CMU's 11 all-conference selections are the most in the MAC. Five Chippewas earned first team accolades, tied for the most in the MAC. CMU's 11 overall selections are the most for the program since 1990, while its five first team selections are the most since 1996.

Dan LeFevour is the fourth CMU player, and second quarterback, to earn MAC Freshman of the Year honors.

Named to the first team offense were LeFevour, senior tackle Joe Staley and freshman receiver Bryan Anderson, both of Rockford (Mich.) High School. Senior defensive end Daniel Bazuin of McBain (Mich.) High School and junior linebacker Red Keith of Franklin (Ga.) Heard County H.S. were selected to the first team defense.

Senior center Drew Mormino of Buffalo Grove (Ill.) Stevenson High School, sophomore tackle Andrew Hartline, Stevensville (Mich.) Lakeshore, and junior guard Eric Tunney of Alger (Mich.) Whittemore-Prescott High School were all named to the offensive second team. Junior defensive tackle Steve Friend of Grand Rapids (Mich.) Forest Hills Northern H.S. and junior punter Tony Mikulec of Pontiac (Mich.) Notre Dame H.S. were selected to the second team defense. Senior linebacker Doug Kress of Lapeer (Mich.) West High School was an honorable mention selection.

LeFevour is on the verge of rewriting the CMU record books in his rookie season. He has completed 209-of-332 passes for 2,555 yards and 22 touchdowns. His 22 touchdowns are tied for the most in a single season at CMU, while his completions rank second and his passing yards third. He already is eighth at CMU in career touchdown passes.

LeFevour leads the MAC in touchdown passes, completion percentage (63.0), completions and total offense (249.8 ypg), ranks second in passing efficiency (144.0 rating) and passing yards and third in passing yards per game (212.9 ypg). He has led CMU in rushing in four different games this season and has twice thrown a conference-high four touchdown passes in a game.

Staley is the anchor of an offensive line that has led the way for CMU to lead the MAC in scoring offense (29.5 ppg), and rank second in passing offense (247.2 ypg) and total offense (373.8 ypg). He has allowed just one sack over the past two seasons and has been invited to the 2007 Senior Bowl.

Anderson has posted team highs of 61 receptions and 746 receiving yards in 2006. His five touchdown grabs are tied for team-high honors. He is just five receptions short of Reggie Allen's single-season school record of 66, set in 1996. He has collected eight receptions in four different games and posted three consecutive 100-yard receiving efforts earlier this season.

Bazuin, a 2006 preseason All-American, is a three-time first team all-conference selection. He holds CMU career records for tackles for loss (60) and sacks (33) and single season records for tackles for loss (26.5) and sacks (16). His 16 sacks in 2005 tied what was then a MAC single-season record. He ranks eighth in MAC history in tackles for loss and fourth in sacks. His eight sacks in 2006 are tied for the third-most in a season at CMU, and his four forced fumbles are currently the second-most in Division I-A. He has recovered a pair of fumbles, returning one 32 yards for a touchdown at Toledo on Oct. 7.

Keith posted his second consecutive 100-tackle season in 2006. He leads the Chippewas, and ranks fifth in the MAC, with a career-high 109 stops. A 2005 second team All-MAC honoree, Keith has made at least 13 tackles in four different games this season.

Mormino, Hartline and Tunney all represent the Chippewas' offensive line on the All-MAC second team. Each is a returning starter and has started all 12 games in 2006. Never before has CMU placed four offensive linemen on the All-MAC team.

Friend, Mikulec and Kress are all having career-best seasons statistically. Friend has posted career highs of 44 tackles, nine tackles for loss and four sacks. Mikulec ranks second in the MAC with a 42.1 yards per punt average. He has placed 17 punts inside the 20-yard line and forced 10 fair catches. As a team, CMU ranks 12th in Division I-A, allowing just 4.6 yards per punt return. Kress is second among his teammates with a career-high 94 tackles. He has made at least 10 tackles in five games and returned an interception 31 yards for a touchdown in 42-20 win at Toledo on Oct. 7.

Central Michigan (8-4 overall, 7-1 MAC) makes its first appearance in the MAC Championship Game on Thursday at Ford Field in Detroit. The Chippewas, representing the MAC West Division, will face East Division champ Ohio (9-3, 7-1) at 7:30 p.m. ESPN will televise the contest live to a national audience.

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