Best Navy Offensive Player
QB/RB Malcolm Perry, Jr.
Mostly a devastating slotback last season, the 5-9, 185-pounder ripped off 8.6 yards per carry with 1,182 yards and 11 scores, and was one of the team’s leading receivers with 13 catches for 303 yards and two scores. He threw a five-yard touchdown pass with one of his attempts, and an interception with the other.
This year, he’s going to start out as the main man under center after showing off what he could do late in the season and with three starts at quarterback. He’s never going to be Tom Brady, but the fastest guy on the field will always have the ball in his hands.
2. QB/WR Zach Abey, Sr.
3. FB Anthony Garguilo, Sr.
4. OG David Forney, Jr.
5. OT Jake Hawk, Sr.
Best Navy Defensive Player
S Sean Williams, Sr.
It’s all hands on deck when coming to slow down the run, and the 6-1, 190-poound Williams was been one of the team’s best tacklers over the last few seasons. The leader and co-captain finished second on the team with 76 stops with an interception and 2.5 tackles for loss after coming up with 74 tackles two years ago. He’s got the quickness to be a solid playmaker when the ball is in the air, but even though he’s not all that big, he’s at his best against the run.
2. CB Jarid Ryan, Sr.
3. LB Hudson Sullivan, Sr.
4. DE Jarvis Polu, Sr.
5. S Jake Springer. Soph.
Key Player To A Successful Season
C Ford Higgins, Jr.
The 260-pound former offensive tackle is a little smallish compared to former 280-pound mainstay Evan Martin in the middle, but it’s his job now. Back from a broken ankle, he has to maintain his quickness and show he’s ready to handle the gig, or else the puzzle pieces have to get shuffled up a wee bit. There’s size behind him in the 330-pound Bryan Barrett, but Higgins should be a great quarterback option for the next two years.
Key Game To The Navy Season
Memphis, Sept. 8
It’s bad enough that Navy has to travel all the way back from a Week One date at Hawaii, but then it has to gear it up for the game that might just decide the West title.
The midseason date with Houston will be a problem, and going to UCF will be a thing, and facing Notre Dame and Army matter, obviously. But win the home game against the Tigers – Navy lost 30-27 last year – and it’s a huge step in the conference title chase. Lose, and not to be too dramatic, but with the schedule ahead, it might be over.
2017 Navy Fun Stats
– Interceptions Thrown: Navy 10 – Opponents 7
– Rushing Yards: Navy 4,568 – Opponents 2,009
– 4th Down Conversions: Navy 23-of-35 (66%) – Opponents 9-of-18 (50%)