Scouting Central Washington

What do we know about Central Washington? GVReport breaks down the opposition this week and gives you everything you need to know heading into this big game at Lubbers Stadium.

On his radio show this week, GVSU head coach Chuck Martin said, "this is NOT East Stroudsburg, people have made the comparison because they have a good quarterback, East Stroduburg had a good quarterback, their quarterback is better. This will not be a repeat of that game."

Listen to Chuck. Central Washington QB Mike Reilly along with WR Johnny Spevak make the Wildcat offense go. A 6'4, 220-lber with a rocket arm, Reilly is a legitimate NFL prospect who can make all the throws.

RB Johnny Lopez gives CWU balance on offense as he rushed for over 1,000 yards this season. The X-factor is the offensive line. This unit's talent is not up to the level of their skill positions and how well they can protect Reilly against an aggressive Laker front will be a big key in this ballgame.

When it isn't Spevak getting the ball, look for TE Jared Bronson over the middle. He's a chain mover who the Lakers will have to be aware of on 3rd down situations.

On defense, the headliner is 6'5, 240-lb safety Chris Hemphill. With 4.55 speed, Hemphill is suprisingly effective in coverage and is one of the best athletes GVSU will have seen all year. You would expect a big guy like him to be an in the box type who will stuff the run, but he is much more of a cover guy than a hitter.

Sophomore Linebacker Buddy Wood leads a decently athletic group of linebackers. This team should be solid right up the middle of the field. But GVSU can attack the edges and the corners depending on the weather. They are a tough front seven, but they have not seen an offensive line as good as Grand Valley's.

This is a confident team riding even higher after a big come from behind win over UNO. They will not be intimidated coming into Lubbers Stadium and it should be a fight from start to finish.


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