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Bound for the bowl, then the real world

December CMU football graduates discuss academics and their futures

Contact: Rob Wyman


​​​​​For four Central Michigan University football players, this December marks not only the end of a season, it marks the end of their undergraduate careers.

While these graduates prepare with the team to take on the University of Minnesota in the Quick Lane Bowl Dec. 28 in Detroit, they also are part of a team of 2,300 other students who have their sights set on receiving diplomas at commencement Dec. 19.

Each graduate pursued a different field of study and had diverse experiences on and off the field. Below the graduates share​ some insights about their undergraduate experience at CMU and where they're headed next.

Grand Rapids native Kavon Frazier says the opportunity to attend CMU and play football for the Chippewas was a blessing. The university will allow the child development major to chase his two post graduate dreams — playing in the National Football League and supporting at-risk youth as a social worker.

“First, I hope to make it in the NFL, but I am also very interested in working with kids,” Frazier said. “While at CMU, I have had great learning opportunities, such as observing in the Child Development and Learning Lab.”

During Frazier’s college career, his skills and knowledge have developed considerably; however, he says his favorite part of the last four years was growing alongside his fellow teammates, whom he calls family.

“Family is important to me. My mom and sister came to every game, and they will be there again for the bowl game,” Frazier said. “Plus, I don’t think you’ll find another team that is more like family than this.”

As a sport management major and redshirt senior, Stefon Armstead’s college career and plans after CMU have been heavily influenced by his time on the field. In June, CMU cornerback Derrick Nash passed away after a two-year battle with cancer. For the first game of the 2015 season, Nash’s mother handpicked Armstead to wear her son’s jersey.

“Every person I have met through this team and school has taught me something I will use later in my life,” Armstead said. “From meeting Derrick to lessons from the coaches, I have made a lot of great memories.”

With his sights set on working in sales or marketing for a sports team, the Southfield native says his CMU education has prepared him well. During the fall semester, Armstead completed an internship with CMU’s director of player personnel Ben Presnell.

“After working with Ben, I better appreciate all of the logistics that go on behind the scenes at our games and practices,” he said. “To make this team as successful as we have been requires a lot of hard work.”

Rogers has spent the past four years at CMU studying exercise science — knowledge that has helped him on and off the field. After an injury sidelined the Dimondale native for much of his first two years, Kenny says he has loved learning about the human body and how it works.

“Through my classes, I better understand more about how we train and why we do certain lifts in the weight room,” Rogers said. “The professors I have had were always helpful and taught me a lot.”

In January, Rogers will continue his studies at CMU as he pursues a Master of Science in Administration degree. Due to his early career injuries, Rogers will remain on the Chippewas’ roster next season. With his final season looming, he couldn’t be more thrilled to enjoy time with his teammates in Detroit later this month.

“I loved going to the Bahamas last year,” he said. “Traveling to a different environment and spending so much time together, we truly felt like a family. Every time we go to a bowl game, it gives the team a great chance to bond and get even closer.”

Ramadan Ahmeti did not grow up playing football from a young age the way many others do, but excelled in the sport at Lansing’s Waverly High School as he has here at CMU. During his time on campus, Ahmeti majored in sociology with a focus in criminal justice.

“I wanted to know ‘why people do the things they do’ rather than where they end up in the system,” Ahmeti said. “I’d like to use the knowledge I have gained at CMU to pursue a career with the U.S. Probation Office.”

After dedicating so much time and hard work to the team and university, Ahmeti says that leaving is bittersweet. He said he plans to cherish every moment of his final few weeks.

“I am going to savor every meal, team activity and person who is part of this team,” he said. “Many of us have lots of family and friends coming to watch the bowl game. I’m excited my last game will be in Michigan in front of our crowd.”

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