September 10, 2009
WR Kito Poblah talks upcoming game against Michigan State
Quickly emerging as one of the top targets on the Central Michigan offense is junior wide receiver Kito Poblah. Poblah has played behind veteran wideouts Antonio Brown and Bryan Anderson the last few years, but took his game to the next level last year when he filled in for the injured Anderson. This year he figures to have an expanded role as the Chippewas utilize more three and four wide receiver sets more.
The first game at Arizona didn't quite go as planned, as the CMU offense struggled to gain any continuity, or even move the ball for that matter. As an offensive unit, the Chippewas tallied less than 200 total yards and were only able to muster one score in a 19-6 loss.
"It was the first game and everybody was just trying to get into a grove. We had a couple miscues and missed assignments, which kind of hurt us. This week in practice we've just worked on correcting our mistakes and getting ready for the next game".
Poblah was one of the few offensive bright spots for the Chippewas against Arizona as he caught 6 balls for 47 yards in leading the CMU receiving corps. The 6-foot-2 and 205 pound Poblah brings a unique blend of size, strength and athleticism that separates him from the other wide receivers on CMU's roster, even if he is unwilling to admit it.
"There's nothing that really separates me from the other wide receivers," said a laughing Poblah. "I guess I just play with a physical attitude and a mentality that I'm going to kill the guy across from me. So I just play with that attitude, and I want to score on every play".
Moving on from the Arizona game, CMU has an interesting in-state match-up with the Michigan State Spartans this week. The Spartans feature a very experienced secondary that's had as many as seven players start at one point in time. It's also clear that the MSU secondary brings some different looks both physically and with defensive schemes than Arizona.
"MSU is actually a little bit more aggressive, their bigger guys," said Poblah. "We just have to do the same exact same thing they are going to do to us, their probably going to be in our face and we have to match their tenacity and aggressiveness".
From watching film, some other things have stood out about the Spartans as well.
"Just their size, their size with their defensive backs is actually a lot different than we're used to. We see a lot of smaller DB's and those guys are actually pretty big. We're going to have to use out technique and stuff like that to get the separation we need" added Poblah.
The upcoming contest between the Chippewas and Spartans is a game that both teams are taking very serious. For CMU, a victory would mark not only their first win of the season, but a win over a Michigan State program on the rise.
"A win over MSU, that's something that would be really big. We're trying to do some big things out here at Central, we're trying to get into the Top 25, trying to get the MAC and trying to get to a bowl. So this win would just help us achieve our goals".
Poblah and the rest of the CMU offense have some rebounding to do after last week as they look to round into the offensive attack that Chippewa fans have become some accustomed to. Saturday's match-up between the CMU receivers and the MSU defensive backs may be one of the more intriguing game stories as game day approaches, look for those two position groups to do battle all game long.
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