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July 1, 2014

CMU offers TC West offensive linemen Roush, Cerny

TRAVERSE CITY — Offer number one in the books for Tommy Roush.

But it’s likely not the last.

Central Michigan University offered a scholarship to the sophomore Traverse City West offensive guard Monday. The Chippewas also offered fellow Titans lineman Jake Cerny, who had previously received an offer from Western Michigan.

Central is the first to offer the 6-3, 270-pound Roush, who is now one of three Titan offensive linemen — all juniors-to-be — to be offered Division 1 football scholarships.

Besides Roush and Cerny (6-5, 280), Thiyo Lukusa (6-5, 300) has been offered by Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Illinois, among others.

More offers appear likely for the three.

“I’ve gotten a lot of letters from different schools,” Roush said. “Right now, schools are still keeping me on their radar, but not doing anything about it. And I totally understand that, because I know you progress a lot from sophomore to junior and senior year.”

West coach Tim Wooer said he’s excited for his players.

“I’m extremely excited for all three,” Wooer said. “All three are high character, high work ethic kids. They lead by example. Tommy might have been our most consistent lineman last year.”

Roush’s athleticism offers some flexibility for Wooer. Roush was a starter at guard as a sophomore for a West team that posted a 5-4 regular-season record.

“I think he’s going to be a college center or guard,” Wooer said. “We might put him in with that center mix as well. But in the Wing-T, we need to pull. Your best athletes have to play guard in the Wing-T. And he’s a perfect Wing-T guard.

“His track results certainly show his ability. He’s a great athlete and incredibly strong.”

Wooer said Roush could even play fullback.

“I’m pretty confident for how we’re going to do this season,” Roush said of the Titans’ outlook. “We’ve all been working hard, and I think it’s going to pay off.”

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