Navy Scouting Report: Central Michigan

Navy (2-3) travels to Mount Pleasant Mich., for a Friday matchup with the Central Michigan Chippewas (2-3, 0-2). The Chippewas are coming off a four game road stretch that included trips to Iowa and Toledo.

Navy (2-3) travels to Mount Pleasant Mich., for a Friday matchup with the Central Michigan Chippewas (2-3, 0-2). The Chippewas are coming off a four game road stretch that included trips to Iowa and Toledo.

In Central Michigan's first game, Southeast Missouri State took a 10-3 lead in the first quarter before running back Zurlon Tipton capped of an 80-yard drive with a 32-yard touchdown run. Before the end of the first half Tipton helped the Chippewas take the lead with his season long 48-yard touchdown run.

Tipton leads the team in rushing with 457 rushing yards on 72 carries and 6 touchdown runs. Sophomore running back Anthony Garland has also performed well in a reserve role averaging 4.5 yards per carry with 176 yards rushing and a score.

In their first loss of the season against Michigan State, the Chippewas quarterback held to 17 for 38 for 173 yards passing and 2 interceptions. The senior signal caller Ryan Radcliff leads the offense completing 105 for 179 pass attempts for 1,296 yards and 9 touchdowns. Senior wide receiver Cody Wilson has been a constant source of consistency for the Chippewas, leading the team with 33 receptions for 394 yards receiving without finding the end zone. Sophomore Titus Davis has led the Chippewas receiving corps in touchdown catches (4) and yards per catch (20.4). The 6-2, 230 pounds receiver had a 92-yard touchdown catch against Northern Illinois.

Sophomore Courtney Williams adds 17 receptions for 189 yards and 2 scores for the Chippewas. Five more Chippewas receivers have at least 4 receptions or more on a team that averages 259.2 yards passing per game.

The Chippewas defense ranks 101st in the nation allowing opponents 457.6 total yards per game. The CMU rushing defense allows opponents 233.2 yards per game on the ground. If the Mids are able to avoid mistakes on offense, it could be a very productive day for the run game. Defense in any form has not been the Chippewas strong suit this year with Central Michigan allowing opponents to score 40.8 points per game on them. The Chippewas have given up 40 points or more three times this year.

Middle linebacker Justin Cherocci leads the team at linebacker with 47 tackles on the season. The sophomore set a career-high of 15 tackles in the opener.

Junior linebacker Shamari Benton is second on the team with 40 tackles and helped the Chippewas squeak by Iowa posting 5 tackles and a fumble recovery in the 32-31 victory. Free safety Avery Cunningham leads the Chippewas secondary with 34 tackles, including 2 for a loss, and a pass break up.

Sophomore linebacker Cody Lopez has been a good surprise this season making his first start against Northern Illinois with a career high 14 tackles.

Jahleel Addae, a senior cornerback, led the team in tackling a year ago and is second among the secondary with 30 tackles, 2 for a loss, and 4 pass break ups. Sophomore cornerback Jarret Chapman had an impressive day against Northern Illinois this year with 10 tackles. Sophomore safety Jason Wilson helped Central Michigan avoid the shutout against Michigan State in the form of a 55-yard interception return for a score.

Senior defensive end Caesar Rodriguez leads the defensive line with 18 tackles, a team-high 3½ tackles for a loss, and a sack. Senior Steve Winston has been disruptive on the defensive line with 15 tackles, including 2½ for a loss, a sack, and a fumble recovery.

CMU field goal kicker David Harman is 6 for 7 from field goal range with a long miss coming from 41 yards against Northern Illinois. Richie Hogan's long punt of the year was for 54 yards. The junior averages 36.9 yards per punt and has pinned opponents inside their 20-yard line 4 times.

Navy played well against Air Force and looks to continue the good things in the next game against Central Michigan. The Mids should be able to run the ball very well against the Chippewas and will need to continue eliminating the penalties and turning the ball over.

After Navy, the Chippewas get visits from Ball State and Akron. Navy will return home to face Indiana before taking a trip to East Carolina the week after.

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