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Published: Thursday, 10/22/2009

CMU's LeFevour has BG's focus

BY DONALD EMMONS
BLADE SPORTS WRITER
Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour (1,549 passing yards this year) eludes Eastern Michigan Brandon Slater. Central Michigan's Dan LeFevour (1,549 passing yards this year) eludes Eastern Michigan Brandon Slater.
LISA YANICK-JONAITIS / AP Enlarge

BOWLING GREEN - Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour has been described in a variety of ways during a record-setting career.

The 6-foot-3, 238-pound senior is seen as a master of moving the chains - passing or running. He has passed for a school-record 88 touchdowns and has rushed for 41 TDs, two shy of a CMU record. Others have considered him as heroic in a sense he's directed the Chippewas to a number of memorable wins during his career, including a 29-27 victory over Michigan State earlier this season. He owns a 24-4 record against Mid-American Conference opponents.

Bowling Green State University coach Dave Clawson considers LeFevour among the best quarterbacks he's ever faced.

Clawson said he saw Florida's Tim Tebow last season, and given the numbers LeFevour has been putting up, he considers the latter the MAC's version of Tebow.

The Falcons (3-4, 2-1 MAC) will face LeFevour and the Chippewas (6-1, 4-0 MAC) at noon Saturday at Perry Stadium.

BG is riding a two-game win streak, and CMU has won six straight since a season-opening loss at Arizona.

LeFevour has completed 140 of 201 passes for 1,549 yards, including 14 touchdowns and four interceptions.

He is also CMU's leading rusher, gaining 394 yards on 90 carries, including nine TDs.

His dual-threat capabilities are big worries for the Falcons.

"He can beat you in all ways," Clawson said. "There were times that teams have completely unblocked guys in their backfield, and he scrambles on a third-and-six, third-and-seven, and he scrambles for 12 yards. There are times the defensive call is good and everybody does their job, but he's just hard to tackle.

"He's such a physical presence. He's deceptively fast. I'm sure he doesn't run as well as some of the guys trying to tackle him, but he always seems to be able to make them miss or outrun them and he's so big he's always finishing forward."

LeFevour is the latest MAC West Division offensive player of the week, while BG's Tyler Sheehan is this week's MAC East Division offensive player.

Sheehan is not the versatile playmaker for the Falcons that LeFevour has been for the Chippewas.

Sheehan has thrived more in the vertical game, leading the Falcons' air attack to a conference-leading 341 yards passing a game, which ranks fifth nationally.

He has completed 220 of 337 passes for 2,336 yards, including 14 touchdowns and four interceptions.

More than a third of Sheehan's completions have gone to the nation's leading receiver Freddie Barnes - 85 catches for 882 yards, including eight touchdowns.

Facing a team with another highly productive signal-caller can serve as added motivation for a QB heading into a game, according to Sheehan.

"You want to prove your name and you want to show that your team is better," Sheehan said.

"For me, I've got to treat it as any other week. I've been preparing just as hard for this game as I have for any other game. I'm hoping I perform as well as I have in any other game."

LINEMEN SHUFFLE: BG's offensive line will be without starting center Ben Bojicic (knee) and probably without starting tackle Brady Minturn (shoulder). Shane Steffy will slide over from his starting left guard spot to replace Bojicic, who suffered his injury at Ball State. Scott Lewis will fill in at Steffy's guard spot while Blaec Walker will step in at left tackle for Minturn, who also suffered his injury at Ball State.

Yet, the Falcons are planning not to miss a beat on offense with the changes up front.

"Seeing those guys work in practice, mentally for me, I have just as much faith in the guys in there now," Sheehan said, of BG's shuffled offensive line.

Contact Donald Emmons at:

demmons@theblade.com

or 419-724-6302



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