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Navy Football

Healthy Sovie Primed To Make An Impact

January 01, 2007|By GARY LAMBRECHT | GARY LAMBRECHT,SUN REPORTER

Navy will lose tons of experience at linebacker when David Mahoney, Rob Caldwell and Tyler Tidwell graduate, but look for Clint Sovie to assert himself as part of the heart of Navy's 3-4 defense in his junior year next fall.

He won the starting job in preseason camp by showing explosive speed and toughness, despite his 5-foot-11, 201-pound frame. Sovie started strong, was slowed during the middle of the season by the cast on his broken right hand, but has not missed a game and retook the starting job in November from junior Irv Spencer.

Sovie reminds some people of Lane Jackson, a recent inside linebacker who thrived despite his lack of size.

"[Sovie] is a little smaller, but he runs faster than Lane," Navy defensive coordinator Buddy Green said. "He's really matured."

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