Miami Dolphins Select CMU's Mormino

The Central Michigan University football program had a record third player selected in the 2007 NFL Draft when center Drew Mormino was picked by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round Sunday. Chippewas Insider spoke with Mormino about his future with the Dolphins.

Former Central Michigan University center Drew Mormino is known for his toughness on the gridiron.

He plans to take that toughness with him to the Miami Dolphins, who drafted him in the sixth round (No. 199 overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft Sunday afternoon.

"It was great, just an awesome feeling to be drafted by the Dolphins," said the 6-foot-4, 300-pound Mormino.

He added that he was getting calls from the Atlanta Falcons and Dallas Cowboys about taking him, but when Miami was on the clock in the sixth round, it was all over.

"When Miami was on the clock they called and asked if any other teams had been talking to me and I told them yes," Mormino related. "Miami said not anymore, were taking you right now."

Mormino said he plans to fly down to Miami Thursday to meet his new team.

According to Mormino, Miami head coach Cam Cameron and offensive line coach Hudson Houck have told him he could play any one of the three inside positions on the Dolphins offensive line.

"I don't care where I play, I just want to be part of the team," Mormino said. "I like coach Houck a lot. I was able to work with him during CMU's Pro Day."

Mormino is the fourth offensive lineman to be drafted from CMU in the past three years. In addition to Joe Staley, who was drafted in the first round Saturday by the San Francisco 49ers, Eric Ghiaciuc and Adam Kieft were selected in the fourth and fifth round, respectively, by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2005.

"The biggest thing I bring to the table is I'm tough, I like to knock people down," Mormino said.

Mormino started 52 games over the course of four seasons after redshirting in 2002. He was an All-Mid-American Conference second team selection as a senior in 2006 and led CMU with 75 knockdown blocks in 2005.

He joins seven other former Chippewas in the NFL: Staley (San Francisco), Daniel Bazuin (Chicago), Ghiaciuc and Kieft (Cincinnati), tight end Tory Humphrey and defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins (Green Bay) and quarterback Kent Smith (Tennessee).

Mormino said having all those former Chippewas in the ranks of the NFL speaks volumes about the CMU football program.

"It says we have a great program and great players at CMU," Mormino concluded.


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