5 questions for navy

August 27, 2008|By Don Markus

Will the defense be able to stop anyone this season?

So far in the preseason, the defense has dominated the offense during scrimmages. In part, that has been because of the absence of quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada. The return of linebacker Clint Sovie and rover Jeff Deliz, both of whom missed most of last season with injuries, should help.

Who's going to replace Reggie Campbell?

As a senior, Campbell had the most all-purpose yards (2,019) in school history, behind only Napoleon McCallum. Second all-time behind McCallum, Campbell will be replaced by a committee that includes Cory Finnerty, Greg Shinego, Bobby Doyle and a host of freshmen to play alongside Shun White.

If Kaheaku-Enhada's hamstring injury persists, or if he gets reinjured, is Jarod Bryant capable of taking over?

In last year's Northern Illinois game, which Kaheaku-Enhada missed with a knee injury, Bryant rushed for 139 yards on 27 carries. But against teams with more depth and speed, the Midshipmen need Kaheaku-Enhada.

What's more important, two straight wins over Notre Dame or continuing the five-year sweep of the Commander in Chief's Trophy?

The casual college football fan might say beating the Irish gives Navy more attention nationally, but there is no doubt that everyone in "The Yard" wants to keep the 11-game winning streak going against the Falcons and Black Knights.

How much pressure is on Ken Niumatalolo in replacing Paul Johnson?

Maybe as much as on any new coach in the country besides West Virginia's Bill Stewart. Following successful coaches at Navy isn't easy. Look what happened to Gary Tranquill after he took over for George Welsh. But Niumatalolo seems to have everything needed for him to be successful.

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