Preview 2019: Previewing and looking ahead to the Central Michigan season with what you need to know.
2018 Record: 1-11 overall, 0-8 in MAC
Head Coach: Jim McElwain, 1st year
Photo Credit: Central Michigan Sports Information
5. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE CENTRAL MICHIGAN OFFENSE
– The O just didn’t move. It couldn’t convert on third downs, it was dead last in America in first downs, and it was second-to-last in total offense, averaging just 255 yards and 15 points per game. It’s up to offensive coordinator Charlie Frye to jump-start the attack under new head man Jim McElwain. But the Chippewas need the pieces.
– Start with the passing game – it has to start working. Tommy Lazzaro struggled last season – throwing for just 711 yards with five touchdowns and ten picks – but he’s still in the mix for playing time. Enter Quinten Dormady, the one-time excellent recruit for Tennessee and transfer to Houston. He’s stepping in to crank up the offense and start pushing the ball down the field.
– The O line that was such a problem is at least experienced. The interior is okay, but the tackles have to emerge in a hurry and be much, much better at the position. At the skill spots, 2017 1,000-yard runner Jonathan Ward needs to bounce back to form as a part of a veteran group of backs. Four of the top five receivers are back, but Virginia Tech transfer Kalil Pimpleton should be the new star.