At a glance

College Football '05

Navy

September 01, 2005|By Kent Baker

At a glance

Coach: Paul Johnson (fourth season)

Last year: 10-2

Conference: Independent

Radio: 1090 AM, 1430 AM

Stadium: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial (34,000)

Offense: Triple option

Defense: Multiple

Top returning players: QB Lamar Owens, G Zach Gallion, SB Marco Nelson, WR Jason Tomlinson, DE Jeremy Chase, CB Jeremy McGown, LB David Mahoney, P Eric Shuey

Top newcomers: K Joey Bullen, WR Tyree Barnes, G Antron Harper, CB Greg Thrasher, LB Matt Wimsatt

Strengths: This team's belief in Johnson has resulted in an 18-7 record the past two seasons. The offense is hard to prepare for because it offers so many obstacles and is seldom confronted. Navy is getting more athletic, and team speed is increasing.

Weaknesses: Inexperience is the biggest drawback. The Midshipmen lost 36 seniors and 17 starters, including Maryland transfer Hunter Reddick. Size is lacking, as usual.

Strongest opponent: Notre Dame. The longest continual domination of a series has resulted in 41 straight wins for the Irish over Navy. With 10 returning offensive starters and the game in Indiana, Notre Dame figures to make it 42.

Key game: Air Force. After two decades of domination by the Falcons, Navy has turned the tables, winning the past two.

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