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April 17, 2013

CMU duo has NFL hopes

MOUNT PLEASANT — In 2008, two Traverse City kids went to Mount Pleasant.

Five years later, they're hoping to go to the NFL.

Kicker David Harman and offensive guard Darren Keyton both made their marks with the Chippewas.

Keyton played in 47 games for CMU, starting 36, after a standout career at TC West. Harman, who played at TC Central, was CMU's back-to-back Special Teams Player of the Year in 2011 and 2012 and ended up sixth on the school's career lists for field goals (37) and extra points (98).

"It was a great experience, both of us being from Traverse City, even though we were cross-town rivals in high school," Keyton said. "It was fun having another kid from Traverse City on the team."

Harman has hit the combine circuit hard, participating in three to show off his leg that drilled a 47-yard field goal to defeat Iowa.

"I think I did well for the most part," Harman said. "I think I might have left a couple kicks out there. But that's kind of the nature of the business. You're not going to make every kick.

"It's kids from all across the country — little schools, big schools and a big mix of people — so it was cool to interact with everybody. But then you also have that sort of competitive, 'I have to be better than everyone' sense."

On Saturday, he'll compete in the Ohio vs. Michigan Senior Bowl at the NFL Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. He's the only kicker on the Michigan team.

Keyton hasn't had to promote himself that much. Eric Fisher has done that for him.

Central Michigan's left tackle is expected to be selected in the top five of next week's draft, and every time an NFL coach looks at Fisher's tape, they'll see Keyton three spots over on the line, opening holes for the Chippewa offense than averaged 6.2 yards a play.

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