Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the Navy Midshipmen season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: Navy Midshipmen
– What You Need To Know: Offense | Defense
– Top Players, Key Game, Fun Stats
– What Will Happen & Win Total Prediction
– Recruiting Class Analysis | Schedule Analysis
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That whole second half slide was just a blip, right?
And losing to Army two years in a row? We’re all done with that, aren’t we?
And the second-worst season in the ten years under head man Ken Niumatalolo wasn’t the start of a trend or anything, was it?
Nah. It’s all fine.
Yeah, it might have been a rough second half of the regular season – losing six of the last seven games including the thriller in the snow against Army – but just when it seemed like something was off and things were about to finish up with a thud …
Navy 49, Virginia 7
All the Midshipmen did was come up with the most dominant performance of the bowl season – at least, they did after giving up the opening kickoff for a score.
It’s like the 7-0 deficit in the Military Bowl was the end of the struggles and the start of something big in 2018 – at least, that’s the way to sell it.
Of course, bowl games are self-contained entities and the momentum doesn’t carry over to the next season, but the victory showed once again just how good Navy can be when everything is humming. It proved that the systems still do work, but you knew that.
There’s no need for any panic. The second half was loaded with the tough games on the slate – the last eight were against teams that went bowling, including UCF and Notre Dame – and there weren’t any ugly losses.
The 24-14 loss at Houston might have been a clunker, but the team was in the game in all six defeats, got the win over SMU it needed to be bowl eligible, and again, the Virginia game made everything seem okay.
And now it’s time to rock again, even if the schedule is nasty once again.
Speed back Malcolm Perry is taking over the quarterback gig – for the most part – and there’s a whole lot of quickness and production waiting to roll again in the backfield.
There are a ton of big production losses on the defensive side, but as always, there are fit-a-type players waiting roll. Just because – technically – seven starters have to be replaced, that doesn’t mean the production is about to drop.
Be more of a player in the American Athletic race, get to a bowl game, and screw up a few teams who can’t hit the curveball on the wrong day. It’s what Navy fans and Niumatalolo expect now, but also …