CMU Hosts Albany In First Game of New McElwain-Era
MOUNT PLEASANT – Thursday night Central Michigan football fans will finally get a true look at the new era team under head coach Jim McElwain.
Coach McElwain is the tenth head coach in CMU football history and he’s looking to be only the fifth coach to win his opening game as head coach for the Chippewas.
“Excited to see kind of the first chapter this team actually writes come Thursday,” said McElwain.
The Chippewas are coming off a low point last year, going 1-11 for the first time in program history. The players returning this season are ready to write off the past and focus on the future.
“They’re very excited this season and to show what we’ve worked with the last couple months,” said sophomore tight end Bernhard Raimann. “How hard we’ve been working and how close we’ve come together as a team and as a team with the coaching staff as well, we’re just excited to get out there.”
“We’re ready to make some plays and prove that we’re better than what our record said last year,” added junior defensive back Alonzo McCoy.
CMU hosts Albany for the first time on Thursday night. The Great Danes went 3-8 last season and were 1-7 in the CAA. Redshirt freshman Jeff Undercuffler is their starting quarterback and they return their top four wide receivers from last season.
However, Central Michigan has won 11 straight games against FCS schools, including their lone win last year against Maine.
“The quarterback even though he’s listed as a red shirt freshman or whatever, had 4 really good games under his belt. He’s a guy I don’t look at as a new starter, you know he’s a guy that had a lot of reps so him coming back in and getting ready to go,” said McElwain. “And on defense, when you look at their linebacker and safety I think that’s going to be the strength. It’ll be interesting, it’s opening game and that’s what makes it fun.”
Kickoff for this Thursday night showdown is at 7 p.m. at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.