Navy Football First Look: Holy Cross

Eyes on Holy Cross logo

Navy football hosts Holy Cross on Saturday in Annapolis. Here is your first look at Holy Cross.

Holy Cross Season So Far

Season opener.

Key Stats (2018 Stats)

Navy

Statistic
Holy Cross

349.3

Total Offense (YPG)
392.5

25.0

Scoring Offense (PPG)
32.8

72.8

Passing YPG
80.1

276.5

Rushing YPG
312.5

426.4

Total Defense (YPG)
295.5

33.5

Scoring Defense (PPG)
17.7

234.8

Passing Yds Allowed (YPG)
188.8

191.5

Rushing Yds Allowed (YPG)
106.8

Holy Cross Injuries and Suspensions

None reported.

Challenges for Navy

Holy Cross finished the 2018 season with a 5-6 (4-2 Patriot) record. They’ve got 11 starters back, just 4 of those are on defense. On offense, Holy Cross loses their starting QB and 3 starting WRs from a year ago. That could be a problem. The rest of the offensive starters return. On defense, the Crusaders return a defensive lineman and three defensive backs. RB Domenic Cozier is perhaps the best player on offense. He ran for over 600 yards last season. Linebacker Joe Lang is the top returning defensive player, tackle wise, with 77 stops last season.

The challenge for Navy is to just play Navy football. Don’t try to be Oregon or Alabama, just be Navy. Option left, option right and up the middle. Burn them with the pass occasionally. Navy should win this game and being 1-0 will probably help them get the ball rolling and leave the miserable 2018 season as a distant memory.

Saturday’s game kicks off at 3:30 pm ET. Watch on the CBS Sports network.

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