Before the season could even begin, the Central Michigan Chippewas learned that they will have to go at it in 2016 without sophomore running back Romello Ross, whom they lost to a torn ACL.
— CollegeFootballTalk (@CFTalk) August 21, 2016
While Ross was second on the depth chart to junior Devon Spalding, he was figured to be counted on in the running game as a change of pace back. With a senior laden roster that features Cooper Rush at quarterback, the Chippewas have been targeting 2016 season they could potentially do some serious damage in the MAC.
As a freshman last season, Ross had four rushing touchdowns and one receiving. Over six games, he gained 247 yards on the ground in 54 carries, as well as snagging 11 passes for 106 yards. The injury will allow him to still have three more seasons of eligibility, but coming off a productive freshman campaign, Ross was certainly looking to make an impact in 2016.
A Detroit native, Ross visited the Big House in Ann Arbor, but committed to the Chippewas in 2015 and never looked back. Playing at a school that didn’t recruit as nationally as the Wolverines allowed Ross the opportunity to get on the field early on in his collegiate career.
Besides the normally hotly contested MAC schedule, Central Michigan will travel to both Oklahoma State and Virginia in the non-conference schedule this season, providing the team with two separate cracks at road upsets. They’ll get both Kent State and Ohio at home during conference play, so if they can escape a back-to-back at Northern Illinois and Toledo, CMU may have a track to winning the MAC.