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Detroit — Central Michigan football will have a young roster, younger than it has been the last several years, but that doesn’t concern coach John Bonamego.

“Young doesn’t have to be bad, it can be very, very good,” said Bonamego, whose Chippewas went 8-5 last year, 6-2 in the Mid-American Conference.

“It’s a talented group. It’s just a matter of continuing working, just working daily, to develop and improve.”

CMU graduated three starters on the offensive line, three starters in the secondary, and its top three receivers.

“So there’s really a lot of roles, opportunities, that are up for grabs,” Bonamego said Tuesday at Ford Field during MAC media day. “I’m pleased with how they’ve worked through spring practice and summer. I like the competition. It’ll be fun to watch these kids compete and continue to grow, even through training camp.”

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CMU defeated Kansas on the road last year, won six of seven games during the middle of the season, and reached the Idaho Potato Bowl. Those type of expectations are still expected, even though there were deep graduation losses.

“My expectation every year is to compete for, and win, championships,” Bonamego said. “The game to game expectation is to play as well as we can and hard as we can. If we do those things, then we generally come up on top.

“I feel we’re good enough to play with, and beat, anybody if we play our best football. If we don’t, we get beat. That’s the game, that’s how games are won and lost.”

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