College Football Preview: Chattanooga vs Central Michigan


central michiganMT PLEASANT, MI – The Chattanooga Mocs finished 2013 at 8-4 with a pair of losses, the last was a 49-0 thumping at the hands of Alabama and begin their 2014 campaign on the road. The Mocs will face the Central Michigan Chippewas who won their last three games to pull to 6-6 after a 42-10 whipping of Eastern Michigan.

The Mocs feature a run-oriented offense with junior quarterback Jacob Huesman running the show as a two-way threat as the leading rusher with senior running back Keon Williams. Lots of short range opportunities going to senior tight end Faysal Shafaat and senior running back Marquis Green who is a receiving threat out of the backfield.

Senior defensive lineman Davis Tull and sophomore defensive back Dee Virgin are the main play-makers on a defense that allowed only 20 points a game last season.

The Chippewas will return their three biggest producers in a balanced offensive attack with starting quarterback Cooper Rush, leading rusher Saylor Lavallii and top receiver/punt return man Titus Davis all back for this season.

An experienced defense led by senior line backer Justin Cherocci, senior defensive tackle Leterrius Walton and senior defensive back Jason Wilson looks to improve on allowing 28 points a game last season.

Keys for Chattanooga Win

The Mocs have to control the game tempo because their offense isn’t predicated on coming back from behind. Huesman will need to be efficient and effective and keep the group from turning the ball over.

Keys For Central Michigan Win

The Chippewas need Rush to take care of the football and get the ball to Davis in space and let him make plays. Cherocci must come up big a linebacker against this heavy-running offense.

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This game could be low-scoring unless Central Michigan comes up with big plays on offense to put the Mocs in a game of catch-up.

About Mark West

Mark West grew up playing and loving baseball. In college, he found an interest in writing and reporting on sports. He graduated from Arkansas State University in 1999 with a Bachelor of Science in Radio and Television Broadcasting with a News emphasis and a minor in Political Science. Mark began writing a few years ago informally about politics and sports on various blogs, but has focused primarily on baseball writing for the last two years. He loves Arkansas State Red Wolves baseball and writes about the games and the players for the Red Wolves and the Sun Belt Conference. Mark is a member of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, giving him official votes in the Dick Howser Trophy, Regional Players of the Year, and NCBWA All-America voting.

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