Scouting report: Navy vs. Delaware

November 14, 2009|By CAMILLE POWELL, | By CAMILLE POWELL

Today's game
Delaware (6-3) at Navy (7-3)
Time: 3:30 p.m.

TV: CBS College Sports

Radio: 1090 AM, 1430 AM

Series: Tied 7-7

Last meeting: Delaware beat Navy, 59-52, on Nov. 14, 2007

Murray means business: Junior FB Vince Murray has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of the past four games, becoming the first Navy running back to do so since Napoleon McCallum in 1983. Since becoming the starter in mid-October, Murray is averaging 6 yards per carry and has scored five touchdowns. (Before that, he was averaging 3.5 yards per carry and had zero scores.) Perhaps most impressively, Murray, 6 feet 1 and 217 pounds, has lost only 1 yard on 149 carries this season and has not fumbled. "You just see him on tape - even when he gets up off the ground he has [the ball] high and tight until he gives it to the official," coach Ken Niumatalolo said. "That's him. Every day he just tries to get better."

Devlin standing tall: For the second straight week, Navy will face a former high school All-America quarterback with NFL potential. Junior Pat Devlin is the latest talented transfer to play quarterback for the Blue Hens; he played in 13 games over two seasons at Penn State before leaving for Delaware. Devlin leads the Colonial Athletic Association with an average of 229.2 passing yards per game, and he has a completion percentage of .619, with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Seniors' moment: This is the final home game for Navy's 32 seniors. In their four years in Annapolis, they've compiled a record of 32-17, won three Commander in Chief's trophies and qualified for four bowl games. They also became the first class to beat Notre Dame twice since the Class of 1964. If the Midshipmen can win their remaining four games - against Delaware, Hawaii (3-6), Army (3-6) and an undetermined Big 12 opponent - they would set a school record for victories in a season.

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