September 29, 2010

Enos shares thoughts on Ball State game

ChippewaCountry was able to catch up with Central Michigan head coach Dan Enos after practice today to get his thoughts on Ball State, the kicking situation, and the Chippewas return to Kelly/Shorts after three straight weeks on the road.

How important is this MAC West match-up against Ball State?

"Anytime we play someone in the MAC, it is imperative that we win, but obviously a MAC West opponent kind of heightens that. I agree 100 percent, and a we know that all these games are so crucial if we want our final goal to be representing the MAC West in the MAC Championship game on December 3rd. So it's a huge game for us and we have had a great sense of urgency in practice yesterday and today."

After three straight weeks on the road at Temple, Eastern Michigan and Northwestern, what is the teams mood coming back to Kelly/Shorts Stadium?

"It feels great to be back home, we're really excited about playing here, we're really excited about not getting on a bus or plane to go somewhere. But more importantly I think everybody is just really excited about playing in front of our fans and in front of our students and in front of all the people that support us."

CMU kickers have hit just 3-8 field goals on the year and David Harman missed a few extra points last week after seemingly winning the kicking gig last in the EMU game. What is the status of the kicking situation and who can Chippewa fans expect to see on Saturday?

"Well we're working on it and we have two kickers that are injured. Richie Hogan can't kick because he's hurt and Paul Mudgett can't kick because he's hurt, so we're actually down to David Harman and Brett Hartmann, who has been kicking some PAT's and FG's as well. And Connor Gagnon has been kicking, so we're going to wait to see how the end of the week goes and then see what happens Saturday. We will put somebody out there, and if he makes it he will another shot, and if he misses it we will put the other guy in. So, we will keep rotating till we find somebody."

What challenges does Ball State present?

"They're a team that on offense is really multiple and they have two really good running backs. They play two different quarterbacks so they do different things with them. Coach (Stan) Parrish has spent time in the NFL, spent time at Michigan and spent time in a lot of places and is a very good coach. They do some good things systematically and then defensively, their defense ends have been playing really well and they play really, really hard on defense. They're a good football team and are well coached. They won the MAC Championship two years ago, so they're not too far removed from that."

How is the overall health of the team?

"Pretty good for Week 5, I would say we're pretty good. We've got some people banged up like most people around the country do. But overall we're pretty good and we got some guys we will be waiting to see on Saturday, but not bad."

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