Naperville North wide receiver James O'Shaughnessy has given a verbal commitment to Illinois State. The 6-foot-4-inch, 210-pound senior finished this season with 19 catches for 184 yards and a touchdown. O'Shaughnessy was also a special-teams presence for the 5-5 Huskies, returning 10 kicks for 294 yards.
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In what was a fairly obvious choice, Central Michigan players have again elected senior quarterback Dan LeFevour and junior linebacker Nick Bellore co-captains.
LeFevour, a Benet graduate who is entering his fourth season as Central Michigan's starting quarterback, will lead the Chippewas into Arizona for Saturday night's season opener.
LeFevour and Bellore were co-captains in 2008. They will be joined by one or two gameday captains that are elected on a weekly basis throughout the season.
After four consecutive appearances in the Division III playoffs, North Central College will enter the 2009 season ranked as the No. 4 team in the country, according to the D3football.com preseason poll.
Mount Union College (Ohio) - the defending Division III national champion - claimed the top spot. The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater - last season's national runner-up - is ranked second. Wheaton College is slotted at No. 6.
Dan LeFevour is back in the spotlight. On Monday the Central Michigan senior was one of 33 quarterbacks named to the Davey O'Brien Award watch list. The honor goes to the country's best college quarterback.
Last week the Chippewas were picked to win the Mid-American Conference West Division and the MAC championship game in the conference's preseason poll.
The university has also put up another LeFevour billboard at Comerica Park, across the street from Ford Field in Detroit.
The 6-foot-3-inch quarterback out of Benet ranks 14th in NCAA Bowl Subdivision history with 11,702 yards of total offense. Among active Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks, LeFevour enters 2009 first in career completions, attempts and total offense, second in passing yards and fourth in touchdown passes.
Central Michigan opens at Arizona on Sept. 5 and then travels to Michigan State on Sept. 12.
(Photo courtesy of Central Michigan / ESPN.com.)
D3football.com named North Central College quarterback Aaron Fanthorpe (Naperville North) and linebacker Matt Wenger first-team preseason All-Americans. Offensive lineman Kyle Antos (Wheaton Warrenville South) and cornerback Derek Sulo were on the second team.
The Cardinals' four selections to the teams match last season's national champion -- Mount Union College (Ohio) -- for the most representatives on the two squads.
If there ever was such a thing as a football offseason, it is melting away quickly. Downers Grove South's Chandler Whitmer, who has verbally committed to Illinois, was in California this week for the Elite 11 quarterback camp. ESPN.com has a nice Whitmer feature off the event.
Neuqua Valley graduate Drew Fumagalli will be a captain for Dayton in the 2009 season.
A double major in business marketing and finance, Fumagalli was a member of the 2008 Pioneer Football League academic honor roll. The linebacker, who missed three games due to injuries, notched 36 total tackles last season as a starter. His brother Ross served as his backup.