Central Michigan coach Dan Enos will be keeping close tabs on the Iowa-Northern Iowa game Saturday to prepare for next week’s game against the Hawkeyes.
The Chippewas are off this weekend after falling to Michigan State, 45-7 last Saturday at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
The Iowa-Northern Iowa game should be competitive after Northern Iowa gave Wisconsin all it could handle
in a 26-21 loss to the Badgers in the season opener.
Enos is off to a slow start in Mt. Pleasant (7-19) and the Chippewas have a tough schedule during the next few weeks with road games at Iowa, MAC champion Northern Illinois (Sept. 29) and then Toledo (Oct. 6).
But, Enos has recruited well and is receiving high praise from former CMU coach Herb Deromedi who knows a lot about the game, a reason he is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame
The Chippewas could be a year away from contending from a MAC West title and Enos is bringing in another group of highly-talented players if Ypsilanti Lincoln’s Tyree Waller is any indication.
Waller , recruited as a defensive back, put on an offensive show in last Friday’s 51-29 rout at Ann Arbor Skyline, accounting for more than 350 all-purpose yards and 5 TDs.
And, yes Waller used his 6-foot-1, 215-pound frame to put on some punishing hits at the defensive end.
Waller’s first TD came on a 28-yard reception on a fourth down play to open the scoring. He had seven receptions with his most impressive one coming on a third and 14-play from his own 47 when he took a short pass, broke four tackles and turned it into a 53-yard score to open up a 35-21 cushion.
Enos has Waller coming to CMU next year, but he should also take a long look at 6-1, 220-pound linebacker Bryton Boyle.
Boyle already has 10 sacks this season and plays with the intensity that would make Adam Sandler ‘s character proud in the “Waterboy.”
In fact, Boyle has the same build and plays in the same style as former WMU All-MAC linebacker Mitch Zajac.
Waller and Boyle are two big reasons Lincoln has turned a program that was 3-33 from 2007-2010 to a playoff team last year and a team that is off to a 3-0 start.
CMU fans will smiling when Waller takes the field at Kelly/Shorts. Boyle is definitely a MAC caliber player as well. It should be interesting to see where he ends up playing.