Try as he might, Cen. Michigan's LeFevour can't dodge spotlight
"Central Michigan has had enrollment increase with the cost of tuition going up ever year, so I think they're spending their advertising dollars well," LeFevour said. "I'm just what they use for that advertisement."
For the record, he is right. CMU's 2008-09 enrollment of 27,354 was its highest ever and it did come on the heels of his
It wasn't until a reporter told him at the Mid-American Conference media day earlier this month that LeFevour learned he was just 382 yards away from breaking
Try as he might, LeFevour has made it increasingly hard for himself to deflect the spotlight. He's flourished in the spread offense under
"It might be a little unfair to compare quarterbacks," said LeFevour. "But the one thing that we all have in common is we've all had success in our own systems."
Success did of course follow, but when LeFevour looks back at the first moments of his college career, he certainly wouldn't have predicted he would put up gaudy statistics. It was the 2006 opener against Boston College, and on the second play from scrimmage, a helmet-to-helmet collision had knocked Central Michigan starting quarterback
While attempting to call a protection check out of the shotgun, center
"It was kind of a 'Welcome to college football, you better have your stuff together,'" LeFevour said. "I remember the center was yelling at me. The coach was yelling at the center. I was just trying to relax and take a deep breath."
LeFevour caught his own breath and then he went on to knock the wind out of the rest of the MAC, earning conference rookie of the year honors in '06 in leading Central Michigan to the conference title game. A year later he was MAC Offensive Player of the Year as the Chippewas made it two straight conference crowns. But LeFevour literally limped through his junior year, suffering injuries to both ankles, which kept him out of three games and robbed him of his game-breaking abilities.
"My body as a whole just functioned differently," he said. "from the throwing motion to being able to run and having confidence in making a cut up field." He threw for 2,784 yards, a career low, and his 592 rushing yards were 530 less than the season before. But even more glaring, as LeFevour sees it, were the three consecutive losses to end the season, one against Ball State that kept the Chippewas from a third straight MAC championship. Aside from a blowout loss at Georgia, Central Michigan's other four losses all came by seven points or less.
"I learned we can't beat ourselves and we gotta make plays," LeFevour said. "That's how you get [to the MAC title game.] Other than that ... stuff like [winning a championship] doesn't happen every year and it made me appreciate it that much more, and I'm glad I have one more chance to do something."
LeFevour has prepared himself. He's spent countless hours in the film room and added five pounds to his 6-foot-3 frame to bulk up to 230 pounds. He's healthy, and so are the Chippewas' chances of winning another MAC title. They were the overwhelming pick to win the West at the conference media day, boasting a defense that returns 10 starters and an offense that returns its top two receivers in
But while Bowling Green pushed