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October 14, 2013

Frazier named MAC West Defensive Player of the Week

Sophomore safety Kavon Frazier has been named the MAC West Defensive Player of the Week for his standout performance in Central Michigan's thrilling, last-minute 26-23 road win over preseason MAC East favorite Ohio, the conference office announced on Monday.

Frazier headlined a stellar effort by the Chippewa defense on Saturday, forcing two critical, drive-halting turnovers. Early in the second quarter, with the Bobcats in CMU territory, Frazier put an end to a 12-play drive by forcing a fumble of Ohio receiver Matt Waters, which was recovered by redshirt freshman defensive tackle Kelby Latta. On Ohio's next possession, Frazier intercepted Bobcat quarterback Tyler Tettleton and returned the pick 23 yards, setting up Central on the OU 47-yard line. In addition to the two turnovers, Frazier accounted for six tackles.

A starter of all seven games this season, Frazier ranks fourth on the team with 47 tackles and is first in pass break-ups with four. His three interceptions this season lead CMU and are tied for second in the Mid-American Conference.

Winners of two straight MAC road games, Central Michigan (3-4, 2-1) returns home for the first time since September 21 this weekend, hosting defending MAC champion No. 23 Northern Illinois (6-0, 2-0) in the Chippewas' annual Homecoming game. The intradivisional contest is scheduled for a 3 p.m. kickoff and will be broadcast by ESPN3. Central is the last team to hand the Huskies a conference loss, claiming a 48-41 victory in Mount Pleasant in 2011.

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