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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | April 4, 2012
There were times in recent seasons when Navy's offense would go weeks without making any huge gaffes. The snaps from center Brady DeMell to quarterbacks Ricky Dobbs and Kriss Proctor would be crisp, and thehandoffs from Dobbs and Proctor to fullbacks Vince Murray and Alexander Teich textbook. Even if the Midshipmen did not run the true triple option, particularly with Dobbs, Navy often played mistake-free. The rushing game was ranked in the top six in each of the last four seasons, including No. 1 in 2008.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Jamir Tillman learned early on not to overlook life after football. Tillman, a sophomore wide receiver at Navy, heard how his father Cedric began working as an accountant in Las Vegas during a six-year career in the National Football League that ended prematurely because of a back injury. "You never know when your last down of football is going to be," Tillman said. "I know coming here, it's not just about football, it's about your future and about being put around men that are going to develop you as a leader.
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By Colleen Thomas, The Baltimore Sun | July 8, 2013
For Meade's Jacob Hawk, choosing a college took all of five days. Hawk, whose father was a warrant officer in the Army, always had an inclination for the military academies, so when Navy offered him a football scholarship on June 22, it didn't take long for him to accept. The 6-foot-5, 285-pound right tackle for the Mustangs went to a Midshipmen spring practice, where he said the coaches took an interest in him. Hawk went to a camp earlier this summer, performed really well, and was offered a scholarship.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
With heavy hearts and a new slogan to help remember their fallen teammate, the Navy football team returned to practice Tuesday in Annapolis. It came 10 days after freshman slotback Will McKamey collapsed from a brain injury on a nearby field and was flown by medical helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma, where he died last Tuesday night. It came the day after more than 50 midshipmen, team members and coaches, as well as athletic director Chet Gladchuk and Vice Admiral Mike Miller, the academy's superintendant, attended McKamey's funeral in Knoxville, Tenn.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporter Don Markus breaks down five things to watch as Navy football opens spring practice Monday in Annapolis. The Midshipmen have higher expectations than last season , when they finished 9-4 and beat Air Force and Army. 1. Will Ken Niumatalolo and offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper open the offense more for quarterback Keenan Reynolds? A year ago, Niumatalolo and Jasper promised that the Midshipmen would take advantage of Reynolds' ability as a passer.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | July 31, 2012
To those on the outside, it would appear that much has changed for Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo and the Midshipmen over the past year. After averaging nine wins a season in his first three years as Paul Johnson's successor, Niumatalolo had his first losing record as a head coach. Navy also announced plans last winter that it would be joining the Big East Conference beginning in 2015. It would seem that their first losing season in a decade and their decision to join a league has put a different kind of spotlight on the Midshipmen when they open practice Wednesday for the 2012 season.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2014
A few weeks before the 2013 football season started at Navy, Ken Niumatalolo sat in his office and talked about how it was the most talented bunch of Midshipmen he had been around as both the team's head coach and as an assistant under both Paul Johnson and Charlie Weatherbie. Going into his seventh season as head coach, Niumatalolo knows that this year's team - led by junior quarterback Keenan Reynolds - could be even better than the one that finished 9-4 last fall by sweeping its fellow service academies and topping off the season with a contentious bowl victory over Middle Tennessee State.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Jamir Tillman learned early on not to overlook life after football. Tillman, a sophomore wide receiver at Navy, heard how his father Cedric began working as an accountant in Las Vegas during a six-year career in the National Football League that ended prematurely because of a back injury. "You never know when your last down of football is going to be," Tillman said. "I know coming here, it's not just about football, it's about your future and about being put around men that are going to develop you as a leader.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2013
Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo wouldn't use the early week uncertainty surrounding Saturday's game against service academy rival Air Force as an excuse for the way the Midshipmen played for much of the first half. Sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds didn't blame his own shaky start on the mild concussion he sustained the previous game at Western Kentucky. In a week when many adjustments were made just to play the game in the midst of a U.S. government shutdown , Navy's coach and quarterback kept making them before a record sellout crowd of 38,225 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2013
Perhaps more than any other player on the Navy football team, senior slotback Darius Staten is thrilled that the Midshipmen will be playing in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas, which is about 35 miles from his hometown of Carrollton, Texas. “I'm emotional right now,” Staten said after the team's 42-14 throttling of South Alabama on Saturday night. “It's going to be amazing. You wouldn't want to end your career any way better than to end it where you started.
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By Pamela Wood and Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
A former Navy football player was found not guilty Thursday of sexually assaulting a fellow midshipman at an off-campus party in Annapolis two years ago in a case that has drawn national scrutiny to the elite training ground for future officers of the Navy and Marine Corps. Allegations that Midshipman Joshua Tate and two teammates had sexual contact with the woman while she was too intoxicated to consent have helped fuel the debate over the prosecution of sexual assaults in the military.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2014
Baltimore Sun reporter Don Markus breaks down five things to watch as Navy football opens spring practice Monday in Annapolis. The Midshipmen have higher expectations than last season , when they finished 9-4 and beat Air Force and Army. 1. Will Ken Niumatalolo and offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper open the offense more for quarterback Keenan Reynolds? A year ago, Niumatalolo and Jasper promised that the Midshipmen would take advantage of Reynolds' ability as a passer.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2014
A few weeks before the 2013 football season started at Navy, Ken Niumatalolo sat in his office and talked about how it was the most talented bunch of Midshipmen he had been around as both the team's head coach and as an assistant under both Paul Johnson and Charlie Weatherbie. Going into his seventh season as head coach, Niumatalolo knows that this year's team - led by junior quarterback Keenan Reynolds - could be even better than the one that finished 9-4 last fall by sweeping its fellow service academies and topping off the season with a contentious bowl victory over Middle Tennessee State.
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The Baltimore Sun | February 19, 2014
Navy's 2014 football schedule includes two games at M&T Bank Stadium and another at FedEx Field in Landover. Eight of the 12 games the Mids are scheduled to play will be in Maryland. The season opens on Aug. 30 at M&T Bank Stadium against Ohio State. Navy also wraps up the regular season in Baltimore on Dec. 13 when it faces Army. The Mids have beaten their biggest rivals 12 straight times. Navy will face Notre Dame on Nov. 1 at FedEx Field. Five other games will be at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium in Annapolis.
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Sports Digest | February 9, 2014
Laurel Park Yes He Did returns from layoff with win Yes He Did won Saturday's $42,000 feature at Laurel Park off a 14-month layoff when he rallied from far back to beat seven rivals. Dismissed at 10-1 and breaking from the extreme outside post, the roan gelding carried apprentice Jevian Toledo to a 31/2-length victory over late-closing Thurmont. The son of Exchange Rate was claimed by trainer/co-owner Linda Gaudet in December 2011. He was 0-for-10 with five in-the-money appearances in 2012 and missed all of 2013.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2014
The U.S. Naval Academy announced Friday that criminal charges have been dropped against a midshipman accused of sexually assaulting a classmate at an off-campus party. Military lawyers recommended to academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael Miller not to proceed with the case against Midshipman Eric Graham. As commanding officer, Miller makes the decision whether to prosecute. Graham, a senior from Eight Mile, Ala., had been facing charges of abusive sexual contact and making a false statement.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2013
In the days leading up to his final game in the Army-Navy football rivalry, senior inside linebacker Cody Peterson is keenly aware of what is at stake for him and the rest of the Midshipmen, who have won the last 11 meetings in the annual series against their archrivals. "I think as a senior, you have a responsibility to uphold the standard as far as Navy football goes," Peterson said Wednesday morning during media day at Lincoln Financial Field. "There's pressure to get No. 12. We want to make sure that we do our job as seniors and leave on a good note.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | November 20, 2013
In the not-too-distant future, Navy will meet archrival Army in the latest installment of arguably college football's greatest rivalry at Philadelphia's Lincoln Financial Field on Dec. 14. But before the Midshipmen (6-4) can begin focusing on preparing for their most contentious foe, they still have the matter of a nationally televised game Friday night at San Jose State (5-5). The two sides have met just twice, but the Spartans won both meetings, in 2011 and 2012. And they need just one more victory to become bowl-eligible.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
When Navy junior Obi Uzoma finishes a drill for the outside linebackers, he has a vested interest in watching the rest of the position's players go through, and it has nothing to do with protecting his turf as the primary backup to starter Jordan Drake. Uzoma's intrigue stems from the presence of his younger brother, freshman Nnamdi Uzoma. The 6-foot-3, 231-pound Obi Uzoma said he and his younger brother compare notes "after every game, after every major scrimmage, after every practice.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2013
In the days leading up to his final game in the Army-Navy football rivalry, senior inside linebacker Cody Peterson is keenly aware of what is at stake for him and the rest of the Midshipmen, who have won the last 11 meetings in the annual series against their archrivals. "I think as a senior, you have a responsibility to uphold the standard as far as Navy football goes," Peterson said Wednesday morning during media day at Lincoln Financial Field. "There's pressure to get No. 12. We want to make sure that we do our job as seniors and leave on a good note.
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