Navy depth chart tweaks: Cody Peterson emerges at linebacker

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Running down the week-to-week changes on Navy’s depth chart and what they mean as the Midshipmen (2-3) head into Friday’s game at Central Michigan (2-3) …

* The most obvious change is quarterbacks Trey Miller and Keenan Reynolds are listed as co-starters. Miller left Saturday’s victory at Air Force with an ankle injury in the fourth quarter. In his stead, Reynolds engineered a game-tying drive to force overtime and then guided the Midshipmen to another touchdown.

Miller wore a protective boot on his left foot during practice Monday and said he planned to be ready for Friday’s game. Miller has started all five games this season for Navy.

For more on the quarterback situation, take a peek at Tuesday’s dead-tree edition story on the subject.

* Junior Cody Peterson has claimed a starting spot at inside linebacker opposite Matt Warrick and would appear on track to make his first career start this week.

Peterson had 10 tackles in last week’s defeat of Air Force.

He takes the place of Brye French, who has started 13 games over the last two seasons and is now listed as Warrick’s backup.

Also at inside linebacker, Vinnie Mauro is listed as the No. 3 option at both spots, bumping Joe Worth off the depth chart.

* With Matt Aiken back from his knee injury, he is listed as a backup wideout at Brandon Turner’s spot. John O’Boyle slides to third-string and Brendan Dudeck is off the depth chart.

* Bo Snelson is now listed as a starting slotback with John Howell done for the year with a knee injury. Darius Staten is the immediate backup at both slotback spots.

* Prentice Christian is the outright No. 2 fullback again, edging ahead of Maika Polamalu.

* Chris Ferguson’s elbow injury, which is expected to cost him four weeks, has led to a shuffling of the depth chart at both safety spots.

Behind Tra’ves Bush at rover, James Britton moves up to second-string and George Jamison reappears on the depth chart as the No. 3 option.

Meanwhile, Wave Ryder is in line to make his first career start at free safety. Britton is his immediate backup, with Jerad Fehr remaining the third-stringer.

Patrick Stevens

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