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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | September 13, 2011
Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo had a number of concerns going into the 2011 season, but depth at slotback wasn't one of them. While none of those playing one of the key skill positions for the Midshipmen in their triple-option offense was an established star, several had moments when they stood out. The depth chart changed last week in a 40-14 win at Western Kentucky, though the mindset about slotback remains the same as Navy (2-0) prepares for its trip to play 11th-ranked South Carolina (2-0)
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | August 27, 2014
With a six-year difference in age between the oldest and youngest of Larry and Melissa Whiteside's three children, the athletic competition among the siblings was intense growing up in Columbus, Ohio. That was showcased the family's living room, where each of the children a place for their trophies and other mementos marking their achievements. "As soon as Geoffrey was old enough to get trophies, he started counting, 'OK, I've got a few more, so I'm better than you,'" Brittney Whiteside, now 29 and the oldest of the three siblings, recalled earlier this week.
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By Camille Powell and Camille Powell,The Washington Post | August 25, 2009
Navy senior Bobby Doyle knows that every time he and his fellow slotbacks take the practice field, their performances are being analyzed and graded. The competition at the position this fall is tight. "If you have a bad day and you don't push through it, potentially you could lose your spot," said Doyle, Navy's most experienced slotback. "That's one thing that [slotbacks coach Joe DuPaix] tells us: We compete day to day, week to week." Unlike the previous three seasons - when the Midshipmen relied heavily on Reggie Campbell and Shun White, a pair of speedsters - Navy does not have one clear-cut standout at slotback.
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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 Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN REPORTER | October 10, 2007
Navy's 5-foot-6 slotback Reggie Campbell looked with expectation at college football recruiters five years ago, but his father told him not to get his hopes up. Reggie Campbell's dad had been a 5-8 defensive back and linebacker in high school and knew how big college football programs looked at small players. "It was easy for me to explain it to him," Reggie Campbell Sr. said. "I'd experienced it. I knew he was capable of performing well. And I knew a lot of Division I schools were concerned about the size of their skill players.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | September 17, 2004
Frank Divis is considered the best blocker among Navy's corps of slotbacks. Eric Roberts is a proven commodity as the most dangerous slotback on the team, a player who entered this season with an 8.6-yard rushing average and a school-record 24.9-yard average on pass receptions. So, how come Divis has outgained Roberts by better than a 4-to-1 margin in the first two games? In a notable role reversal, Divis has carried for 102 yards, a team-best 12.8 average and a touchdown; Roberts has run for a paltry 23 yards, only the third-highest total by a slotback (Trey Hines is also ahead of him)
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,Sun reporter | November 11, 2006
That first year away was trying enough for Navy sophomore slotback Shun White. He had a hard time adjusting to the cold weather in Newport, R.I., home of the Naval Academy Prep School. He badly missed his family and friends, and for the first time, he could not indulge his craving for Memphis barbecued ribs. Then came his plebe year in Annapolis, where White struggled at times adjusting to the ultra-orderly details imposed on him at Bancroft Hall, home of the Brigade of Midshipmen. To watch White now is to witness perhaps Navy's fastest player, who is learning how to fit in, on and off the field.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | November 7, 2003
Eric Roberts needed to change his ways. On the football field, Navy's standout slotback had to harness his talent and hold on to the ball. Off the field, more fumbles loomed. There were academic struggles, problems with the disciplinary setting, questions about how well he could handle being a midshipman. During a season that has been an about-face for the Navy program, Roberts has dramatically altered his course. The 5-foot-10 junior, who showed promise during a mistake-prone sophomore year in which Navy went 2-10, has been the team's big play waiting to happen - minus the fumbles.
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By GARY LAMBRECHT and GARY LAMBRECHT,SUN REPORTER | August 11, 2006
Long before he served notice to the college football world on national television that he was not to be taken lightly, the smallest man on the Navy roster loomed large in the eyes of the people close to him. In some ways, junior slotback Reggie Campbell, all 5 feet 6, 165 pounds of him, symbolizes the essence of football at the academy. On a roster packed with players deemed not big or fast enough by most Division I-A recruiters, Campbell is a striking combination of speed, power and toughness.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | September 25, 2003
Last week, Navy senior slotback Tony Lane took a pitchout from quarterback Craig Candeto, ran through a would-be tackler, galloped down the left sideline to complete a 32-yard touchdown, flipped the ball to an official and jogged off the field as if practice was in session. Last month, Navy's single-season record-holder for kickoff return yardage found out that a fumbling problem from a year ago had cost him his special teams job. Upon hearing the news, Lane barely showed a reaction. A reporter recently reminded Lane he was on pace to shatter Navy's single-season record for yards per carry average, and the economics major from Wrens, Ga., nodded without changing his expression, then dished out credit to his blockers and the offensive scheme that creates big-play chances he must not waste.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
A former Navy football player whose career was ended prematurely after he sustained a brain injury in a car accident said Monday night that he plans to come to Baltimore next week to comfort a former teammate who is now in a coma after brain surgery Saturday. Freshman slotback Will McKamey collapsed during a noncontact practice in Annapolis and was flown by medical helicopter to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where he underwent surgery to relieve a blood clot on his brain. McKamey, who is from Knoxville, Tenn., has shown “little response” since then, according to his parents.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
As Rafi Montalvo was recovering last fall from a brain injury he sustained in a near-fatal car accident, the former Navy quarterback talked with teammate Will McKamey about his own return to the football field. McKamey, then a freshman, became an inspiration for Montalvo during his rehabilitation. When he was a senior at Grace Christian Academy in Knoxville, Tenn., in the fall of 2012, McKamey had collapsed during a playoff game and was hopitalized for several days after suffering from a blood clot that caused bleeding and swelling of his brain.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | March 23, 2014
A Navy football player reportedly is in a coma after undergoing surgery to relieve a brain clot at Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore on Saturday. Will McKamey, a rising freshman slotback, collapsed during practice earlier in the day in Annapolis and was airlifted off the practice field at the academy. Randy McKamey, Will's father and high school football coach, tweeted that his son collapsed after taking a hit in practice. As of Sunday morning, McKamey was still listed in critical condition at the hospital.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | November 16, 2013
Considering what Navy's Keenan Reynolds had done to Hawaii the week before, the South Alabama football team couldn't be blamed for focusing its defensive efforts on the sophomore quarterback Saturday. But the Jaguars forgot to account for Darius Staten. The senior slotback had seven carries for a career-high 127 yards and one touchdown to propel the Midshipmen to a 42-14 rout before an announced 33,086 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Navy scored 32 unanswered points over the final three quarters as a defense missing three starters shut out South Alabama for nearly 40 minutes.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2013
Demond Brown's time at Navy had finally come - or so it seemed. With the departure of senior slotbacks Gee Gee Greene, Bo Snelson and John Howell after last season, Brown had emerged from the competition this spring as a starter for one of the two coveted slotback spots. It was an impressive accomplishment for Brown, who had grown up in Annapolis but had never been to a game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium until he was being recruited. Then, two days into preseason practice, Brown was sidelined by a hamstring injury.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | September 12, 2013
Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo doesn't have a predetermined profile for his prospective slotbacks to fit, yet they all seem to be about the same height and weight, with two common traits: patience and a bit of a chip on their shoulders. The patience is needed to wait their turn, in what has become a production line of talented players who can run, block and catch swing passes out of the backfield in the trademark triple-option offense. As with most of their teammates, the chip comes with them from high school.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF | August 14, 2002
When you're trying to rebuild a football program coming off an 0-10 season, you need more than just a new system and a new attitude. You need a little luck on your side. So far, Navy only has two out of three. The Midshipmen, already dealing with a rash of injuries, found out yesterday they'll be without team co-captain Donnie Fricks for a substantial amount of time after the senior slotback broke his collarbone diving for a pass during Monday morning's practice. Fricks - a 5-foot-8 180-pounder from Houston-had surgery yesterday, and will, at minimum, miss the first part of the regular season, according to coach Paul Johnson.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,Sun Reporter | August 13, 2008
Though the magnetic resonance imaging test on Navy quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada's strained hamstring did not reveal any further damage, the Midshipmen will prepare for their Aug. 30 season opener against Towson as if senior captain Jarod Bryant is the starter. Kaheaku-Enhada, recently named to the Davey O'Brien Award watch list for the nation's top quarterbacks, was injured in Saturday's scrimmage. First-year Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said Monday that there is no timetable for Kaheaku-Enhada's return.
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By Patrick Stevens, For The Baltimore Sun | March 12, 2013
The group of veteran slotbacks who handled most of the work at the position have departed Navy's football program. A former starting quarterback heads into his senior season without much chance of unseating an incumbent who was electric as a freshman last fall. Those two issues could tie together into an intriguing subplot as the Midshipmen prepare to open spring practice Monday. Trey Miller, who started the first five games of 2012, is listed as Keenan Reynolds' backup at quarterback.
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