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Eagle Football Preview: Defense

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Fayette, Mo. – The Central Methodist University Eagles defense will have a new look to it this year, after the hiring of former Texas A&M - Kingsville head coach/defensive coordinator David Calloway this past offseason.
 
"David brings experience," said CMU head football coach Jody Ford. "He's been a head coach, a defensive coordinator for three conference champions and he brings a wealth of experience. He and I working together will be a great thing for me so I can bounce some ideas off of him. We are very lucky to have him here"
 
This will be a big transition for the Eagles, as Ford himself has been the defensive coordinator for the past six years, while serving as head coach for the last three. 
 
Calloway spent two seasons as the head coach and eight more as defensive coordinator at Texas A&M University-Kingsville, an NCAA Division II program in southern Texas.
 
"My philosophy is simple, and it's based on three things," Calloway said. "Those are energy, effort, and passion. You can measure in the weight room and in your 40-yard-dash time, but I'm looking for character and a willingness to sacrifice for the good of the team."

"Our approach will be to defend the middle, stop the run, and force the offense to make plays on our terms," he added.
 
Defensively the Eagles have a solid core coming back. The question will be how quickly will they be able to adjust to Coach Calloway's system. If the annual Green against Black scrimmage is an indication of anything, the defensive side of the ball will be a solid one this season.
 
"Starting with the linebacking corps, getting Matt Harmon (Kansas City, Mo.) back who led us in tackles is huge for us," said Ford. "Chris Collins (Bakersfield, Calif.) returns this season and will be a tough force to deal with. Ethan Epperson (Goodman, Mo.) is one of our special team specialists and Wes Davis (Boonville, Mo.) is coming off of a knee injury and he will be excellent for us. Kyle Livingston (Harrisonville, Mo.) has also shown us some things as well this preseason."
 
The big name that returns for the Eagles on the defensive line this season is senior Damien Stevens (Piscataway, N.J.), who finished third in tackles last season with 64. He will be accompanied by Jalen Troy (Moberly, Mo.) and Malik Burnley (Jefferson City, Mo.) on the front line.
 
Secondary wise, the Eagles return senior Brandon Justin (Fairfield, Calif.), who led the team last season in interceptions with three. Defensive back Jeremiah Clemon (University City, Mo.) transferred to CMU in time for this season from Lindenwood University – Belleville and will look to make an immediate impact for the Eagles as well.
 
CMU kicks-off the season this Saturday night, when they travel north to Peru, Nebraska to face Peru State. Kickoff is scheduled for 6pm and the game can be heard on 99.9 FM KIRK and on-line at www.centralmoinfo.com, starting with the pregame show at 5:30pm. The Eagles will return home to Fayette the following week, when they entertain Grand View University for the 2015 regular season home opener at Davis Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 2:30pm, with the game being televised on ESPN3.
 
For more information about Central Methodist University athletics, visit http://www.cmueagles.com. Follow CMU athletics on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cmathletics and on Twitter twitter.com/cmueagles.