Navy spring wrap

May, 10, 2011
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2010 overall record: 9-4

Returning starters

Offense: 8, defense 3, punter/kicker 0

Top returners

FB Alexander Teich, DE Jabaree Tuani, SB Gee Gee Greene

Key losses

QB Ricky Dobbs, S Wyatt Middleton, CB Kevin Edwards

2010 statistical leaders (* denotes returners)

Rushing: Dobbs (967 yards, 14 TDs)

Passing: Dobbs (82-of-150 for 1,527, 13 TDs, 6 INT)

Receiving: Greg Jones (662 yards, 5 TDs)

Tackles: Tyler Simmons (131)

Sacks: Billy Yarborough (6)

Interceptions: Simmons, Max Blue*, Kevin Edwards, De’Von Richardson, Kwesi Mitchell*, Tra’ves Bush*, Emmett Merchant (one each)

Spring Answers

1. Kriss Proctor at quarterback. There was never any doubt that Proctor would succeed Dobbs, but nonetheless coach Ken Niumatalolo wanted to see a good spring out of him and he most certainly got one. Proctor no doubt already has the respect of his teammates, and that is important going into fall practice.

2. Depth in the backfield. Navy is deeper than it has ever been in the offensive backfield under Niumatalolo. Eight deep in fact. Greene and Teich return, along with Aaron Santiago, Bo Snelson and John Howell, giving the Midshipmen plenty of options.

3. Bush steps up. No question Bush has some big shoes to fill in replacing Middleton, the best player on the defense and a team leader. Middleton started all four seasons so Navy loses all his experience. But Bush had a good spring and is penciled in to start.

Fall Questions

1. Linebacker. Navy is going to have new starters on the outside after the graduation of Jerry Hauburger and the abrupt departure of Aaron McCauley. Jarred Shannon and Mason Graham top the depth chart, but there will be more competition in the fall when Brye French (lacrosse) and Craig Veech (baseball) return to football.

2. Youth in the secondary. Cornerback Kwesi Mitchell is the only returning starter in the secondary. Navy took a big hit in leadership and experience after losing Middleton and Edwards. Jordan Fraser is tops on the depth chart at the other safety spot, while David Sperry and Jonathan Wev are competing for the cornerback job opposite Mitchell.

3. Leadership. The departed senior class won 35 games, tied for the second most in school history. Players like Dobbs, Middleton, Edwards and Jeff Battipaglia started many games in their Navy careers. Niumatalolo said this spring was spent emphasizing the Navy culture to the young players whose job it will be to step up and lead.

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