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o Last season: 251-376 COMP-ATT, 66.8% PCT, 2784 YDS, 21 TD, 6 INT, 592 NET RU YDS, 6 RU TD
o Synopsis: (6’3” 229) LeFevour might be the most decorated player on this list. His accolades include the following: 2006 MAC Freshman of the Year, 2006 All-MAC First Team, 2006 All-American Freshman Honorable Mention Team (Sporting News), 2006 All-MAC Academic Honoree, 2006 Motor City Bowl MVP (31-14 victory over MTSU), 2007 MAC Offensive Player of the Year, 2007 MAC Championship Game MVP, 2007 All-MAC First Team. In addition to these achievements, LeFevour broke the NCAA freshman pass attempt record with 388. In 2007, LeFevour became the second player in NCAA history to rush for 1,000+ and pass for 3,000+ yards in a single season (the first was Vince Young at Texas). LeFevour enters the year in fourteenth place on the NCAA FBS career total offense list, only 5,208 yards behind Tim Chang (Hawaii 2000-2004). LeFevour already owns the career passing mark for CMU with 9,467 passing yards (nearly 3,000 more than anyone else).
o What to expect: Not much needs to be said here. LeFevour has his top three receivers back, with as much experience as possibly needed (played in 3 Motor City Bowls, played through an injury last season), but is behind three new offensive lineman. The Chippewas lose their top running back in Ontario Sneed, but that shouldn’t be too much weight on LeFevour’s shoulders. Butch Jones has had good success with CMU (16-11) and especially with Dan LeFevour holding the reins.