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 Defense

–  Last year, Navy welcomed back seven of the top eight tacklers and ended up with a decent season, but not a fantastic one. This year, the Midshipmen have to replace four of the top five and eight of the top 12 tacklers.

The biggest hit is at linebacker, losing leading tackler Micah Thomas and running mate D.J. Palmer. Hudson Sullivan moves over from the middle to the strongside, and the 243-pound Nizaire Cromartie brings more size to one of the outside spots in place of Palmer.

– The front three returns just fine. Jackson Pittman beefed up a wee bit to 309 pounds on the interior, and Jarvis Polu is a big-bodied veteran on one end. The pass rush has to come from the linebackers – it was a rocky year at getting behind the line – but Josh Webb takes on a starting role after leading the way with four sacks.

– Both starting corners are gone, but safety Jarid Ryan will move over to give it a go on the outside. and Khaylan Williams is a veteran who’ll step into the other spot. With Ryan moving, Jake Springer and Juan Hailey will combine for a safety job – they have good size and enough experience to get by – and free safety Sean Williams is the team’s leading tackler.

Biggest Key To The Navy Defense

Somehow, get into the backfield more. Navy always wins the time of possession battle because of the offense; the defensive side is never that great on third downs and gives up long drives from time-to-time, too.

By design, there aren’t many chances taken to get behind the line, but it would be nice if there was a wee bit more of a pass rush and a few more big plays. Navy only cranked up 59 tackles for loss and had a few games with next to nothing happening. Again. that’s part of how the Navy D rolls, but again, it would be a plus.

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