Monday, August 30, 2010
Independents 2010-Navy Midshipmen
2009 Record: 10-4
Head Coach: Ken Niumatalolo (3rd season, 18-10)
Offensive Coordinator: Ivin Jasper (3rd season)
Defensive Coordinator: Buddy Green (9th season)
2009 Bowl Game: Texas Bowl, defeated Missouri 35-13
Offense: Qb Ricky Dobbs is the option QB that strikes fear into hearts everywhere. Navy was the 4th best rushing team in the country in 2009, and Dobbs was at the heart of it all. He picked up a combined 2203 yards of offense and scored a NCAA QB record 27 TDs on the ground. Vince Murray is a stud at FB, a staple of any option based team, and rushed for 971 yards, the second best total for a FB in Navy history. The SB spots are up for grabs after Marcus Curry was kicked off of the team in May. Aaron Santiago and Gee Gee Greene are expected to step up. The line returns 3 starters, but both guards are gone. That needs to be fixed to keep the FB dive play in gear.
Defense: Here is a problem for the Middies. The front 7 is a wasteland. DE Jabaree Tuani and NG Chase Burge are the lone returnees in that group. All 4 LBs are new starters, but they are all either juniors or seniors, so that helps. The secondary returns largely intact with CB Kevin Edwards and safeties Wyatt Middleton and Emmett Merchant.
Special Teams: Joe Buckley was the man at PK last season, and his leg will be a major weapon this season. Kyle Delahooke is the second best punter in Navy history.
Wins: 9/6 Maryland, 9/11 Georgia Southern, 9/18 @ Louisiana Tech, 10/9 @ Wake Forest, 10/16 SMU, 10/30 Duke, 11/6 @ East Carolina, 11/13 Central Michigan, 11/20 Arkansas State
Toss Up Games: 10/2 @ Air Force, 10/23 Notre Dame, 12/11 Army
There are no guaranteed losses here. Navy had an amazing season last year winning 10, and they could very well take a shot at eclypsing that total in 2010 if the defense comes together.
Outlook: Navy is on the move again. If you want to talk about potential BCS busters, than here is one right here. Navy does have a shot to win every game on the schedule, but will they? There are questions on defense and at the slotback positions, but there is experience to help, so Navy should keep on sailing to better and better locales.