Preview 2018: Navy Midshipmen. Is The Program Slipping?

Preview 2018: Navy Midshipmen. Is The Program Slipping?

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Preview 2018: Navy Midshipmen. Is The Program Slipping?

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What You Need To Know About The Navy Offense

– As always, Navy will be running the ball a wee bit. Three of the top four rushers from last year return, and there are more than enough pieces ready to fit into the gaps to take over the other roles.

The biggest move? Zach Abey – who ran for 1,413 yards and 19 touchdowns – will move to wide receiver. The idea is to get as many good players on the field as possible, and the 6-2, 212-pound senior will now be used in a variety of ways.

He’ll step in when needed at quarterback, can operate out of the backfield, and should be a dangerous option along with Ryan Mitchell at the outside X spot. Considering Navy completed just 42 passes last season, Abey’s uses will mostly work in other areas, but that means …

– RB Malcolm Perry will be the main man at quarterback now. He’s working on his passing, but his job will be to roll up huge numbers as the speediest player on the field, shown by his 250-yard day against Army.

Losing FB Chris High hurts, but the speed backs are in place around Perry, and Anthony Gargiulo ready to fill in and do more at fullback after finishing fourth on the team in rushing last season.

– Three starters return on the offensive front, but center Parker Wade and tackle Andrew Wood are gone. The line will be more than fine – as always – for a ground game that finished second in the country with 351 yards per game. With a slimmed down David Forney at left guard, and with the 260-pound Ford Higgins at center, the line will be lighter and quicker.

Biggest Key To The Navy Offense

Get up the completion percentage. As always, the passing game is just along for the ride and occasional surprise – Navy threw the ball just 102 times – but those plays have to be completed. Five Midshipmen threw a pass, completing just 41% of their throws with a whopping ten interruptions.

Perry, Abey, or anyone under center has to average way more than ten yards per attempt and threaten to be around 60% – that means the offense is hitting the home runs against teams cheating against the run.

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