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Monday, October 5, 2015

Central Michigan Chippewas Kicker, Punter & Snapper News


October 5, 2015 - kicker Brian Eavey named MAC West Special Teams Player of the Week
"junior kicker Brian Eavey (Grand Ledge, Mich.) on a windy and rainy day at Kelly/Shorts Stadium, Eavey had a career-high three field goals including a career-long of 44 yards in a 29-19 win over NIU. Eavey converted field goals of 44 yards, 28 yards and 41 yards.  His 41-yard kick into the wind in the fourth quarter gave Central Michigan a critical 16-point advantage. He was also 2-for-2 on his PATs." - MAC


September 22, 2015 - kicker Kaden Keon commits
"St. Louis High School senior kicker Kaden Keon verbally committed to the Central Michigan University football program Tuesday morning as a preferred walk-on.... Keon is currently ranked as the 37th-ranked kicker in the Class of 2016 by Chris Sailer Kicking, while on Kornbluekicking.com he is ranked as the 19th-best kicker and 12th-best punter.... Before St. Louis’ season opener against Beaverton, Keon boomed a career-long 60-yard field goal in warmups. Last year, he was 3-of-5 on field goal attempts with a long of 28 yards. He also had 10 touchbacks out of 20 kickoffs. Keon had a 40.4 yards per punt average on 32 punts last season and put eight inside the 20-yard line. His season-long was 65 yards." - MI Prep Zone

April 24, 2015 - spring specialists
"CMU has experience on special teams as well, with punter Ron Coluzzi, kicker Brian Eavey and long snapper Mike Zenk all returning." - Midland Daily News

October 9, 2014 - kicker Brian Eavey
"Eavey took over as the starter after starter Ron Coluzzi suffered a concussion during the first half against Purdue. He’s made all three of his field goal attempts and is 14 for 14 on extra points since taking over against the Boilermakers. It was just three years ago that Eavey nearly gave up on his college kicking dream after struggling to find any college opportunities. He didn’t receive any offers following his senior year at Grand Ledge in 2011 and decided to take a year off from school. A discouraged Eavey took a job working at a factory. 'I realized after about three months ... that that wasn’t the life I wanted to pursue,' he said. Eavey resumed kicking and noticed improvement before deciding to enroll in classes at Central Michigan in the fall of 2012. He attended one of the open walk-on tryout sessions and caught the eye of then-CMU director of football operations and Michigan State grad Plas Presnell." - Lansing State Journal

October 1, 2014 - punter Ron Coluzzi
"Central Michigan sophomore Ron Coluzzi was the so-called triple threat on special teams entering this season.... What did put a new spin on things was an attempted tackle by Coluzzi at Purdue that knocked him out for the rest of the game, leaving redshirt freshman Brian Eavey to do the kicking the remainder of the game while junior Matt Mills took over punting duties. 'I got knocked out. I lost my job with the field goal unit and it sucked. That’s life, dude,' Coluzzi said. Eavey proceeded to make his only field goal attempt from 23 yards out, while also converting all five extra-point chances in the 38-17 win. The aftermath of Coluzzi losing his placekicker job the following week did not go down as one might picture it as he decided to approach Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos suggesting Eavey remain at the top of the depth chart. 'It’s 100 percent true that I went to Enos,” Coluzzi said. “He was balling out that week in practice and I wasn’t hitting as well as I wanted. So I said, ‘Hey, go with Eavey. It’s better for the team.’ Coluzzi, however, continued with his punting responsibilities and in Saturday’s Mid-American Conference opener at Toledo he had his best game yet at the position. He averaged 52.7 yards on three punts which included a booming career-long 55-yarder, twice pinning the Rockets inside the 20-yard line. The performance earned Coluzzi MAC West Division Special Teams Player of the Week honors." - Morning Sun

September 4, 2014 - season opener 
"Kicker and punter Ron Coluzzi is taking ownership of the mistakes that prevented the Central Michigan University football team from putting Chattanooga away in the late stages in the Chippewa's home opener last week. Specifically, the Chippewas struggled in the place kicking game, yet the team also missed several opportunities to pull away in the game’s second half. 'We have to be a lot better on special teams if we are going to win games,' head coach Dan Enos said. 'Our approach isn’t changing, though. We have the right skill level at all the essential positions. We just need to execute better than we did that night.' Place kicker and punter Ron Coluzzi failed on both field goal attempts of the evening. One from 43 yards out missed wide right while the other, from 23 yards away, was blocked. 'When the ball goes doesn’t go through the uprights, that’s on me,' Coluzzi said. 'It doesn’t matter what else happened on the play. Everyone looks at the kicker when we can’t get it done. I’ve got to do a better job.' Enos said placing the onus on Coluzzi for all of the special mistakes is not necessarily fair. 'That’s just him being a team player,' Enos said. 'Special teams are something we work on a lot. It’s a very rhythmic thing. We can do better'." - Central Michigan Life 

April 19, 2014 - spring game
"Brian Eavey kicked a 34-yard field goal for the Maroon.... The Maroon had one last-gasp chance to tie the game, but Ron Coluzzi’s long field goal attempt into the wind on the final play fell short." - Chippewas

February 5, 2014 - punter/athlete Cooper Mojsiejenko signs
"Bridgman, Mich./Bridgman HS: Three-year letterwinner and starter on offense, defense and kicker/punter…led Bridgman HS to back-to-back playoff appearances (2012-13) for the first time in 30 years…2013 all-conference K/P/WR/LB and Associated Press Michigan All-State wide receiver selection…named all-conference K/P/WR and Detroit Free Press All-State K/P in 2012…selected all-conference as a K/P/WR and received all-state honorable mention recognition as a punter in 2011…in senior season, caught 52 passes for 1,124 yards and eight touchdowns, recorded 11 sacks, posted a 48.1 yards per punt average, made 31-of-32 extra points and had 65 percent of his kickoffs end in a touchback...as a junior, had 47 receptions for 991 yards and 12 touchdowns, totaled nine sacks, connected on 7-of-10 field goals, including a long of 50 yards, and averaged 42.2 yards per punt." - Chippewas

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