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The Heart Of America Football Media Day A Big Success

Contributed by admin on Aug 20, 2015 - 11:28 PM
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Olathe, Ks. – The Heart of America Athletic Conference (HAAC) held their annual conference meetings and their football media day this past Monday in Olathe, Kansas.
                                              
"This is the start of everything," said Central Methodist Head Football Coach Jody Ford. "I have a lot of respect for all of the coaches in this conference. I am very proud to be associated with all of these guys and I am very fortunate to be surrounded by everybody in this league."
 
While the conference meetings took up the larger portion of the day, the late afternoon was blocked off for the conference's football media day. Radio and television crews ventured to Olathe, Kansas for the chance to sit down with each teams head coach and star players. Representing CMU was head coach Jody Ford and senior wide receiver Jamall Williams.
 
When asked about where the Eagles were picked in the preseason poll, Coach Ford said, "Its right where we thought we would be. It's not a shocker to us after going 6-5 last season. We know that we are a much improved team from last season and we are excited for the chance to show that to folks this season."
 
Central Methodist is picked to finish in fifth place in a tough southern division. MidAmerica Nazarene received four first place votes, while Missouri Valley and Baker each received one first place vote.
 
On the northern side, Grand View University out of Des Moines, Iowa received four out of the six first place votes. The Vikings are a perennial contender each year and will be competing in "The Heart" for the first time in 2015.
 
The football season kicks-off for Central Methodist on Saturday August 29th, when the Eagles travel north to Peru, Nebraska to face Peru State. CMU returns home to Fayette the following week, when the Eagles entertain Grand View University for the 2015 regular season home opener at Davis Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30pm, with the game being televised on ESPN3.
 
For more information about Central Methodist University athletics, visit http://www.cmueagles.com. Follow CMU athletics on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cmathletics and on Twitter twitter.com/cmueagles.   


Eagles Football Preview: Offense

Contributed by admin on Aug 24, 2015 - 11:46 PM
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Fayette, Mo. – The Eagles football team is just days away from their 2015 season opener at Peru State and still many questions have yet to be answered on the offensive side of the ball. The number question on most fans mind, is who will be the starting quarterback?
 
"We are lucky to have Caleb Bedford who transferred in from Texas A&M Kingsville and Tyler Creath who transferred in from Lincoln University, both of them are working really hard," said CMU head football coach Jody Ford. "We also have Justin Connaway, who is originally from Moberly. He transferred in from Missouri Baptist. We also have a couple of young guys with Justin Baylard and Jeremy Gremminger."
 
To this point, the quarterback race is still open heading into Saturday, but both Bedford and Creath seem to have the best shot at nailing down the starting job.
 
The Eagles will look to run the ball a lot this year, with their new feature back in Kevin Denis. Denis is a transfer from NCAA Division 1 Utah State University.
 
"Denis has been an awesome addition," said Ford. "He is really tough and a great story. He got two of his front teeth knocked out in practice and we were worried that we would be without him for two weeks. However he showed up to practice the next day with a mouth guard ready to play. We expect a good year out of him."
 
Other running backs on the roster include: Tyler Steinkamp, Point University transfer Rufus Mason, and fullbacks Ronald McClean, Edward Bernard and John Fuller.
 
"It's a good group of running backs and very stable," said Ford. "We also have Jeremiah Jackson, so it should be a good year for our run game."
 
The other key position on the offensive side of the ball is the receiving corps. With question marks at quarterback, the receivers will have to work quickly to build a relationship whichever quarterback wins the job. The receivers are once again led by senior Jamall Williams.
 
"Shawn Whitley was All-Conference last year in punt returns and ranked in the top 10, along with Keenan Honroe who is our fastest guy on the team," said Ford. "Adam Weiland has played some wide receiver/tight end for us, and he presents match-up problems for other teams. Dillon Britt is having a good camp and Brandon Harrison is another guy that has been doing very well for us."
 
From the tight end stand point, both Brandon Elkins and Josh Hulsey have had good preseasons and had a good spring for the Eagles too.
 
Of course none of this will even matter, if the Eagles don't have a strong offensive line.
 
"The guys up front are doing well for us up on the line," said Coach Ford. "Max Hotelling can play anywhere on the line for us. Wayman Yeldell returns for his senior year, alsoRemington Slama will be really good for us and Karstan Luchini is doing some great things. Nick Franey is doing really well at the center position for us. And both Danny Wolf andAlex Black are two freshman that are really impressing us so far."
 
CMU kicks-off the season this Saturday night, when they travel north to Peru, Nebraska to face Peru State. The Eagles will return home to Fayette the following week, when they entertain Grand View University for the 2015 regular season home opener at Davis Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30pm, with the game being televised on ESPN3.
 
For more information about Central Methodist University athletics, visit http://www.cmueagles.com. Follow CMU athletics on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cmathletics and on Twitter twitter.com/cmueagles.


Eagle Football Preview: Defense

Contributed by admin on Aug 26, 2015 - 12:18 AM
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Fayette, Mo. – The Central Methodist University Eagles defense will have a new look to it this year, after the hiring of former Texas A&M - Kingsville head coach/defensive coordinator David Calloway this past offseason.
 
"David brings experience," said CMU head football coach Jody Ford. "He's been a head coach, a defensive coordinator for three conference champions and he brings a wealth of experience. He and I working together will be a great thing for me so I can bounce some ideas off of him. We are very lucky to have him here"
 
This will be a big transition for the Eagles, as Ford himself has been the defensive coordinator for the past six years, while serving as head coach for the last three. 
 
Calloway spent two seasons as the head coach and eight more as defensive coordinator at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, an NCAA Division II program in southern Texas.
 
"My philosophy is simple, and it's based on three things," Calloway said. "Those are energy, effort, and passion. You can measure in the weight room and in your 40-yard-dash time, but I'm looking for character and a willingness to sacrifice for the good of the team."

"Our approach will be to defend the middle, stop the run, and force the offense to make plays on our terms," he added.
 
Defensively the Eagles have a solid core coming back. The question will be how quickly will they be able to adjust to Coach Calloway's system. If the annual Green against Black scrimmage is an indication of anything, the defensive side of the ball will be a solid one this season.
 
"Starting with the linebacking corps, getting Matt Harmon (Kansas City, Mo.) back who led us in tackles is huge for us," said Ford. "Chris Collins (Bakersfield, Calif.) returns this season and will be a tough force to deal with. Ethan Epperson (Goodman, Mo.) is one of our special team specialists and Wes Davis (Boonville, Mo.) is coming off of a knee injury and he will be excellent for us. Kyle Livingston (Harrisonville, Mo.) has also shown us some things as well this preseason."
 
The big name that returns for the Eagles on the defensive line this season is senior Damien Stevens (Piscataway, N.J.), who finished third in tackles last season with 64. He will be accompanied by Jalen Troy (Moberly, Mo.) and Malik Burnley (Jefferson City, Mo.) on the front line.
 
Secondary wise, the Eagles return senior Brandon Justin (Fairfield, Calif.), who led the team last season in interceptions with three. Defensive back Jeremiah Clemon (University City, Mo.) transferred to CMU in time for this season from Lindenwood University – Belleville and will look to make an immediate impact for the Eagles as well.
 
CMU kicks-off the season this Saturday night, when they travel north to Peru, Nebraska to face Peru State. Kickoff is scheduled for 6pm and the game can be heard on 99.9 FM KIRK and on-line at www.centralmoinfo.com, starting with the pregame show at 5:30pm. The Eagles will return home to Fayette the following week, when they entertain Grand View University for the 2015 regular season home opener at Davis Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30pm, with the game being televised on ESPN3.
 
For more information about Central Methodist University athletics, visit http://www.cmueagles.com. Follow CMU athletics on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cmathletics and on Twitter twitter.com/cmueagles.