CMU Football Special Teams Players Elzinga, Meeder Make Pre-Season Watchlists
MT. PLEASANT — Two more Central Michigan football players make pre-season watchlists, as punter Luke Elzinga and place-kicker Marshall Meeder are the latest Chippewas to be nationally recognized ahead of the 2021 season.
Elzinga, a redshirt freshman from Grand Rapids, was named to the 2021 Ray Guy Award Watch List. He is one of 51 punters from around the country on the list.
The award goes to the top punter in college football.
Elzinga earned first team All-MAC honors in 2020 when he ranked second in the conference with a 43.2-yard average.
The other special teams player recognized is Central Michigan place-kicker Marshall Meeder, who was named to the 2021 Lou Groza Collegiate Place-Kicker Award Watch List.
Meeder, a freshman from Eaton Rapids, is one of 30 place-kickers on the list. He is the only one from a Mid-American Conference school to be named on the list.
The award goes to the best kicker in college football.
In last year’s game against Toledo last, Meeder had the longest kick by any MAC place-kicker in 2020 with a 53-yard kick. It also ties for the fourth-longest in CMU history.
Meeder also earned first team All-MAC honors last season and was named to the The Athletic Freshman All-America team.