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November 5, 2012Junior punter Richie Hogan has been recognized with MAC West Special Teams Player of the Week honors for his standout performance versus Western Michigan on Saturday. The conference award is the first of his career.
Hogan averaged 52.7 yards per punt against WMU, including a career-long 74-yard boot in the second quarter that pinned the Broncos at their own three-yard line. His booming kick led directly to the Chippewas' first touchdown of the game, as three plays later linebacker Shamari Benton intercepted a Tyler Van Tubbergen pass, setting up a Zurlon Tipton one-yard touchdown run. Hogan also had a 49-yard punt that was downed at the two-yard line and a 35-yarder that forced a fair catch.
Hogan is averaging 40.4 yards per punt this season, placing eight kicks inside the 20-yard line.
Hogan has also been nationally lauded for his efforts versus WMU, receiving College Football Performance Awards' Punter Performer of the Week honorable mention recognition.
Hogan is the second Chippewa to earn special team player of the week honors from the MAC the season. Senior kicker David Harman won the award on September 24 after going 4-for-4 on field goals, including nailing a 47-yarder with three seconds left to complete a last minute rally in CMU's 32-31 road victory over Iowa. Senior quarterback Ryan Radcliff and junior running back Zurlon Tipton have each been named MAC West Offensive Player of the Week in 2012.
Central Michigan (3-6, 1-4) will play its first road game in more than a month on Saturday when it visits rival Eastern Michigan (1-8, 0-5) for a 1 p.m. contest at Rynearson Stadium in Ypsilanti.
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