The Central Michigan football team returns home Friday for the first time since Sept. 8 when it hosts the Navy Midshipmen at Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
Friday’s game is the center point of Military Day – something the Chippewas are very excited about.
“It’s going to be a big day,” senior cornerback Lorenzo White said. “We’re going to honor them for everything they do. Their guys are going to want to have a big day, because they feel like it’s their day, but it’s a big day for all of us.”
Like the Chippewas, Navy is 2-3. The Midshipmen are coming off a 28-21 overtime–win against rival service academy Air Force. They also have a win against the Virginia Military Institute this season, as well as losses to Notre Dame, Penn State and San Jose State.
Navy leads the all-time series with CMU 2-0.
Head coach Dan Enos said at practice on Tuesday that his main concern when it comes to Navy is its run game. The Midshipmen run a triple option offense, which relies upon fakes, play action and deception.
The Midshipmen are 15th in the country in rushing offense, averaging 232.4 yards per game.
The Navy offense has been led by junior quarterback Trey Miller for most of the season. The Marietta, Ga. native leads the team in passing and rushing.
Freshman quarterback Keenan Reynolds also saw action in last week’s game against Air Force after Miller was injured in the fourth quarter. Reynolds rallied Navy to 15 consecutive points and an overtime victory.
Sophomore fullback Noah Copeland is the leading rusher among running backs with 277 yards. Senior Gee Gee Greene has added 267 yards this season.
Navy’s leading receiver is junior Shawn Lynch, who has caught eight passes for 144 yards and a touchdown.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Midshipmen are led by senior linebacker Brye French, who leads the team with 24 tackles.