Opposition Danger Men: Indiana, Delaware, WKU

Before previewing the Navy games this fall it is worth taking a look at the players who will be the main threat to the Mids in each of their games. These players are the ones who can take over on a Saturday if they are not properly game planned for and each has the potential to be a real thorn in the side of the Naval Academy when game time rolls around.

Before previewing the Navy games this fall it is worth taking a look at the player who will be the main threat to the Mids in each of their games. These players are the ones who can take over on a Saturday if they are not properly game planned for and each has the potential to be a real thorn in the side of the Naval Academy when game time rolls around.

Indiana - Shane Wynn – WR

Wynn led the Hoosiers last year with 68 receptions for 660 yards and 6 touchdowns and there are many who believe this is just scratching the surface of his potential. At 5-7, 167 pounds Wynn is not going to scare anyone with his physical presence, but he is one of those quick and shifty wide outs who can give defenses nightmares in the right system.

In the Indiana spring game Wynn was the star of the show as he reeled in 6 catches for 97 yards and two touchdowns. He is especially dangerous in the slot and on screens as he can turn on his state championship level sprint speed in space. If the Hoosiers can get a handle on their complicated quarterback situation then Wynn can have a breakout year in 2013.

Delaware - Andrew Pierce & Julian Laing - RB

The Blue Hens have a new coach this year in former Rutgers Offensive coordinator Dave Brock and his penchant towards a run heavy inside zone offense was on show in the recent spring game. Pierce and Laing are the two tailbacks who will feature most in this system as they are rotated to keep each other fresh and explosive. In the spring game it was Laing who saw most of the work as the pair combined for 220 yards and 3 touchdowns. That they did this on 32 carries, and averaged 8.1 yards per rush, shows exactly how difficult they can be to bring down when they get rolling.

Western Kentucky - Brandon Doughty - QB

This is an interesting one to call as despite the fact that Doughty started the spring game for the Hilltoppers, and threw for five touchdowns, the quarterback position is far from decided in Bowling Green. What is certain is that whoever gets the nod will be in prime position to succeed as Bobby Petrino and his pass happy system have rolled into town all guns blazing. Petrino has not simplified his offensive system which was so successful at Arkansas one bit and the 6-3 210 pounder has the chance to be a star by securing the starting gig.

Doughty is an ok athlete, but in the era of dual threat guys he is not going to shock anyone with a cannon arm or his ability to take off from the pocket and score. What he does have, however, is a solid grasp of the principles of Petrino's system and a prototypical quarterback brain which makes him highly coachable. These traits are the ones which Petrino values above all others, so expect his to pose a real challenge to the Navy defense when the game comes around.


Chris Borland (#44) tackles Indiana wide out Shane Wynn (#1). (Fleming/BN2012)

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