Dan LeFevour

Dan LeFevour:

Senior Dan LeFevour has put up the boatload of passing yards and touchdowns in four seasons as Central Michigan's quarterback, and that shouldn't change in his final game, under an interim coach.

The Chippewas face Troy in the GMAC Bowl in Mobile, Ala. Steve Stripling, the associate head coach/defense, was promoted to interim coach Dec. 16 after Butch Jones left to become Cincinnati's next head coach.

But LeFevour said not much has changed in the way Central has prepared for its game without Jones.

"We're going to go business as usual," LeFevour said. "We're going to play football.

"Practice is very similar. It's not like we're going to reinvent the wheel here just because one guy left."

Jones helped recruit LeFevour to Central Michigan, and they've had a strong relationship over the years. LeFevour understood Jones' decision to leave.

"He's gotta make a decision that's best for his family and his future," LeFevour said. "We'll still stay in touch and things like that. Wish he was there, but I think we'll be just fine."

LeFevour enters the game with 148 career touchdowns, a record in the Football Bowl Subdivision. He's the only player in NCAA history with 12,000 passing yards and 2,500 rushing yards and holds numerous conference records.

LeFevour, the Mid-American Conference player of the year, needs one touchdown to set a school single-season record and 153 total yards to tie Texas Tech's Graham Harrell (15,599) for second in Bowl Subdivision history.

LeFevour's 71.07 completion percentage ranks best in the nation, and he has thrown for 3,043 yards with 21 touchdowns and six interceptions. He has also rushed for 701 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Senior wide receiver Bryan Anderson carries a 53-game receiving streak into the game, an NCAA record across all divisions. Junior wide receiver Antonio Brown needs 14 receptions to tie for first in career receptions in MAC history and one touchdown catch to tie the school record for most in a season.

Junior center Colin Miller said LeFevour has stepped up to help the team deal with Jones' departure.

"He is pretty much the go-to guy when something's wrong," Miller said. "He's really had a great approach to this whole situation, being there for the guys, not hanging his head. He's really shown a great deal of maturity. I really commend him on that."

After finishing the season three straight times in the Motor City Bowl, LeFevour was excited to head to a new bowl game for his final game. Instead of preparing for a bowl game the day after Christmas, he got to celebrate the holidays with his family.

This game pits the MAC champion against the Sun Belt champion.

"I think they are two teams that are pretty equally matched," LeFevour said. "Both us and Troy went undefeated in conference and played some teams out of conference."

Like Central, the Trojans have a highly productive quarterback. Senior Levi Brown has completed 64.7% of his passes and thrown for 3,868 yards with 22 touchdowns and nine interceptions for the Trojans.

Central Michigan ranks 16th nationally in scoring offense (33.15), just ahead of Troy (33.08).

"I'd like to end it like we've been playing all year," LeFevour said. "We've played consistent offensively and defensively.

"We've moved the ball effectively and been pretty balanced, running and passing the ball. I think that's what we're looking to do this game too."

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