Starters Quinten Dormady, Jonathan Ward out for 'significant time' with injuries
Central Michigan football will be without its top two offensive weapons moving forward in the 2019 season.
Quarterback Quinten Dormady and running back Jonathan Ward will miss a "significant amount of time" due to injuries sustained Sept. 7 in a 61-0 loss to Wisconsin, coach Jim McElwain announced Wednesday.
"We got beat up pretty good in that last ballgame, no doubt about it," McElwain said.
Dormady has a knee injury, and Ward's missing time with a shoulder injury. Sophomore defensive end Amir Siddiq will also be out for a significant amount of time due to a right leg injury, which also occurred against the Badgers.
"Significantly more than two (weeks), hopefully not as many as eight (weeks)," McElwain said. "Right now, it's all the doctors hands. They're going to tell us, and the kids' bodies are going to tell us. Not in the near future."
The Chippewas (1-1) take on Akron, an 0-2 team, for the Mid-American Conference season opener at 3 p.m. Sept. 14 in Kelly/Shorts Stadium.
Junior David Moore will start at quarterback, leaving senior Tommy Lazzaro and true freshman Daniel Richardson as the backups. At running back, sophomore Kobe Lewis is slated to work with the first team while true freshman Lew Nichols backs him up.
Junior Troy Hairston is expected to start in Siddiq's place on the defensive line.
Through two games this season, Dormady was 32-of-49 for 321 yards, three touchdowns and one interception. He was sacked three times for a loss of 17 yards.
Ward carried the ball 23 times for 161 yards and two touchdowns. He also caught four passes for 62 yards. Against Wisconsin, however, he had just one carry for three yards before exiting.
In Moore's only time at quarterback since transferring from Garden City Community College, he was 3-for-11 for one yard. The performance came in relief of Dormady against the Badgers.
The Chippewas were paid $1 million for taking on Wisconsin at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison.