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October 17, 2013

Enos: 'Turnovers will be huge again this week'

Central Michigan is coming off arguably their biggest win under head coach Dan Enos, having held on for a 26-23 win over Ohio on the road. Look below for a transcript of Coach Enos's press conference as he addresses CMU's win over Ohio and the looming game vs. No.23 Northern Illinois.

Opening Statement

"Yeah, it doesn't get any easier, that's for sure. But we were very happy to come away with a win against a very good football team in Ohio. What a great environment for that game, and we are just very pleased about that game. Our defense played outstanding and really kept us in the game, offensively we were balanced as we try to be. Our redzone offense left a little bit to be desired in the first half. But the second half, we knew Ohio would make a run and they did. They are very well coached and a good football team. We just kept playing, I was really proud of the resiliency of our team and their character to get a tough win on the road."

On if WR Titus Davis will return this week and his impact on the offense

"I would say he is probable at this point. He's a great player, very explosive and I think he has 20 touchdowns already in his career. Every time he gets his hands on the ball he can take it the distance. And he makes defenses play differently against us, the coverage looks we get, he definitely has an impact. It would be really nice to get him back."

On how big the win vs. Ohio was

"Every win is big. When you are in MAC play it magnifies it, and when you are on the road that's huge. We were on the road three weeks in a row, and we were able to win two of those games, which we are very proud of. I think we are the only team in the country that had to do three in a row, and our team did a great job of remaining focused and being mature."

On the turnovers his defense forced against Ohio

"The turnovers were huge. I told our team we probably needed to be +2 in the turnover margin to win, and we ended up being +3. That was really the difference in the game to be honest. Again, I think Ohio is very, very talented and Tettleton is an outstanding player. But our defense stepped up in a huge way. But turnovers were huge, and when you play good teams you cannot lose the turnover margin. This week will be no different, this team is unbelievable in how talented they are and how well they execute. So turnovers will play a huge factor."

On Northern Illinois safety Jimmie Ward

"He's an outstanding player. Last year I thought he was a tremendous player and he's only gotten better. He's physical and very athletic. He's a very, very good player."

On finishing up the season with three of the next five games at home

"It's good to be home, we've only had two home games so far. We have a home game this week and then we have our next two on the road, so it's right back out for us. But you have to play with the cards you are dealt, and we have no control over the schedule. But being home is great. This week we obviously have a home game and we have a Top 25 team coming in here that is an outstanding football team."

On what improvements he saw from Cooper Rush

"I thought he handled their rush very well, he hung in there and got hit a few times and threw the ball. He played very well on third down, and he has really done that the past two weeks. Those have been huge for our offense to stay on the field and get more opportunities. And last week he took off and ran, didn't throw the ball into trouble, he threw an interception but it was not his fault. He was hit as he threw the ball and it went up in the air, he was actually getting ready to throw it to a post route that was open. I thought he took some big steps. That drive at the end, that's a huge drive against a good football team on the road."

On the availability of QB Cody Kater and the teams plan for him

"He won't be available this week, but we have a couple of weeks with the bye and we will evaluate where we are at that point."

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