CMU Seniors Talk Potato Bowl

MT. PLEASANT – As Central Michigan embarks on its fourth straight bowl game this week, the Chippewas are looking to send their seniors out with their first bowl win.

CMU (8-4) is making its 11th appearance in a bowl and ninth since 2006, but is seeking its first win since a 24-21 victory over Western Kentucky in the 2012 Little Caesars Bowl.

For senior defensive lineman and St. Ignace graduate Joe Ostman, Friday’s appearance in the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl will be a bittersweet one for one of the nation’s defensive leaders.

“It’s kind of a crazy feeling,” Ostman said. “It came fast, for sure. It hasn’t really hit me yet, that it’s going to be my last college game, my last few practices here. But, I’m just enjoying it, while I still can, and getting ready to go get a win next week.”

After missing the first five games of the 2017 season due to an injury, senior tight end Tyler Conklin returned in CMU’s 26-23 win over Ohio on Oct. 7 and has been a big part of why the Chippewas ended their year with five straight wins and victories in six of their final seven games.

Following CMU’s bowl game, Conklin will conclude his collegiate career in the Senior Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 27 in Mobile, Ala.

“Yeah, it flew by,” Conklin said. “My whole career, in general, flew by, and in bowl camp you sit there, and you look at how I don’t play another game for 30 days, and it just flies by. When we’re almost a week out, and just trying to cherish every moment, every day, every practice, and just enjoy it all, before it’s over.”

Kickoff Friday is slated for 4 p.m.