2. KEYS TO THE SEASON
Biggest Key To The Navy Offense
Really, really be Navy. It’s all a puzzle, but the option running game is the biggest piece. The offense was fine at controlling the clock – it led the American Athletic in time of possession – but the thing stalled way too often.
In 2017, Navy was held to under 200 yards just twice. In 2016, it was under two bills three times. Last season, the Midshipmen failed to run for 130 yards in four of the last nine games and didn’t average four yards per carry five times on the season. Over the last three years, Navy has won 19 games, and ran for over 200 yards in 18 of them.
Biggest Key To The Navy Defense
Generate a pass rush, and stop … the … pass. The Midshipmen have to replace two starting defensive backs, and they’re changing things up to a 4-2-5 alignment to get more options on the field. And why? Navy allowed teams to connect on 68% of their passes, giving up 200 yards or more in a stretch of six games in seven before facing Army.
It’s hard to blame the secondary, though, with a pass rush that generated just seven sacks after the opener against Hawaii, and got just four in the final nine games. The nation-low 37 tackles for loss didn’t help the cause, either, which is why the team needs a big year out of …
Key Player To A Successful Season
DE Jackson Perkins, Jr.
Or hybrid LB/DE Nizaire Cromartie. Or anyone. The defensive line generated one more sack than you did, and that has to change up fast. With the tweaks and changes to the defensive system, the beefed up 6-6, 257-pound Perkins has to use his athleticism and upside to grow into a disruptive role at one defensive end spot.
Key Game To The Navy Season
at Memphis, Sept. 26
It looked like Navy was on its way last season after getting by Memphis 22-21 in the second game of the year. This time around, the Midshipmen get a week off before going to Memphis for the first road game of the season. Pull that off, and with the next two road trips before dealing with Notre Dame on November 16th at Tulsa and UConn, there’s a shot at going on a nice run.
– Navy Schedule Breakdown & Analysis
2018 Navy Fun Stats
– Penalties: Navy 48 for 390 yards – Opponents 46 for 396 yards
– Field Goals: Navy 11-of-13 – Opponents 5-of-10
– 4th Down Conversions: Opponents 21-of-29 (72%) – Navy 22-of-36 (61%)