Opposition Danger Men: Air Force & Duke

Today we are going to continue with the second part of our opposition danger men preview. 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. This time we look at the start of the second quarter of the schedule with Air Force and Duke.

Today we are going to continue with the second part of our opposition danger men preview. 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. This time we look at the start of the second quarter of the schedule with Air Force and Duke.

Air Force - Ty MacArthur - WR

Air Force football enters 2013 in a state of flux. The Falcons lost key parts on both offense and defense from a 2012 squad which underperformed their talent level. With the graduation of long term quarterback Connor Dietz and running back Cody Getz, the offense in Colorado Springs will look a little different to Navy fans this fall. That is why the man to focus on is Ty MacArthur.

Though it may seem strange to pick a wide out in what is an option based attack, MacArthur is one of those slot guys who is a receiver in name only. He is an electric playmaker who in many ways has been underused so far in Troy Calhoun's system, but with all the missing parts there is a school of thought that he will be a major focus for the offense this fall. MacArthur is deadly in space, but with the passing woes of Kale Pearson in spot duty last fall there is a question of how often he will see the ball. What is more likely is that the undersized MacArthur will be used on countless sweeps and option plays where he can do damage on the edge. If, and it is a big if, he can stay healthy he will be the Falcons stand out performer this fall.



Duke - Jamison Crowder -WR

Fresh off of its first bowl visit in 18 years Duke is in many ways modeling themselves in the image of Vanderbilt and Stanford, that of a respected educational institution with a fast rising football program. However, the Blue Devils are another team looking to replace a quarterback in Sean Renfree, a signal caller good enough to be selected in the NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons. Duke has been recruiting athletes aplenty and Jamison Crowder is a perfect example of what the Blue Devils are becoming.

Crowder is an undersized receiver at 5-9, 175 pounds, but he is a ridiculous athlete who is a do everything player. In addition to being the primary receiver for the Blue Devils in 2013 he is also expected to return kicks and punts, run the football on jet sweeps and the occasional option, and he has even been known to throw a pass or two in his time. In the recent spring game he caught four passes for 71 yards and two touchdowns, before being pulled before half time to give other receivers a chance to make plays. Navy will have to be aware every time Crowder is on the field because he is a pure playmaker who can score from anywhere on the field.


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