Turan Rush, Thomas Odukoya Named EMU Football Captains

There’s no season in a few weeks, but Chris Creighton announced the two seniors on his roster that’ll be leading this team whenever there is one.


Eastern Michigan head coach Chris Creighton announced the team’s two captains for the 2020/21 football season on Tuesday: DE Turan Rush and TE Thomas Odukoya.

“This is truly a blessing. I love this program with every drop of blood in my body,” Rush posted on Twitter. “This program have given me the opportunity to accomplish my dreams and become a better man. Appreciate everyone that voted for me! This means the world to me words can’t explain it. Go Eagles.”

“Honored to have been selected as a team captain by my team for the 2021 season,” Odoukoya tweeted. “Can’t wait for the season to get here.”

Both captains came to EMU through the junior college route, and went to junior colleges that weren’t even close to their hometowns. Rush went from Charleston West Side, W. Va. to Antelope Valley College in California; Odukoya moved from the Netherlands to West Hills College-Coalinga in California, then spent a year at Garden City Community College in Kansas.

Rush has played in 25 games for EMU over the last two seasons and recorded 61 total tackles (38 solo, 8.5 for loss), four passes defended, and two fumbles forced. Rush has been placed on preseason All-Mid-American Conference lists by Phil Steele and Athlon Sports.

Odukoya hasn’t been a huge receiving threat for EMU, but he did manage to get three receptions for 16 yards last year. The last time he caught any passes in a game was when he was a freshman at Coalinga (15 rec., 184 yards, 2 touchdowns). Odukoya has played in 21 games for EMU including all 13 last year, has already been placed on the John Mackey Award and Wuerffel Trophy watch lists, and is a preseason All-MAC selection by Phil Steele.


Kent State receiver Antwan Dixon, who has been with the team well before Sean Lewis got hired in to coach the team, has put his name in the transfer portal. Dixon’s the first player from the MAC to put his name in the transfer portal since the league’s decision to cancel fall sports and move forward with planning for the spring.

Dixon joined Kent State in 2015 and was an immediate impact for the squad. He had a team-best 355 receiving yards on 26 grabs, had 162 yards rushing on 11 attempts, and scored three total touchdowns from scrimmage.

Dixon did not play against Akron in his freshman year’s season finale because of a problem that also sidelined Dixon during high school: aplastic anemia. He went home to receive treatment and missed the 2016 and 2017 seasons, and came back to school when his team was going through some serious, internal changes as well.

Over his junior and senior seasons with the Flashes, Dixon finally got to play on a team that won more games, played in 25 games, caught 86 passes for 865 yards with three touchdowns. In April, the NCAA provided Dixon with the news that he’s allowed to play his fifth year as a graduate student since he missed out on two years because of his medical past.

ANTWAN DIXON’S CAREER STATS: 112 rec., 1,220 yards, 4 TD; 21 rush, 169 yards, 2 TD.

When Dixon committed to Kent State, he wanted to break records. Specifically: Dri Archer’s. It’s an incredibly high bar to set, and it’s not necessarily Dixon’s fault for not reaching the ultimate goals that he came to school with, but it’ll be exciting to see what the best version of himself will look like, but now just in a different uniform.

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