Navy Midshipmen 1. Finish season in the top-25 2. Win 9 games 3. Play in a January Bowl Game My first year so I am 1-0, approval rating is halfway, and it’s nice to see EA says I won a conference title (really EA ?). Navy’s done pretty well before I came here at 42-21 with a 12-13 record vs. Top-25. Those goals are a little much I think. Last year they go 7-6, now they want me to win 9 games. Navy Football Preview QB- Navy has questions at QB this season. Both candidates JR Eric McBride and SR Vince Yates are dual-threat QB’s, which will cause opposing defense to key on their ability to run. McBride will get the nod because he doesn’t turn the ball over as much. Expect Yates to see playing time if McBride struggles. Grade: B- HB- Navy doesn’t have much in terms of running back. It looks to be a one man show running the ball as JR Corey Norman should take about 80% of the handoffs. Normal is big (6’1”, 215) and tough to take down. Grade: C- FB/TE- Junio John Jones returns to play fullback this year, so Navy will have a formidable lead blocker for Norman. The tight ends will mostly be used for blocking this year Ben McKenzie is not too experienced. Grade : C WR- It is no secret Navy will be trying to get the ball to senior wide receiver Matt Stone. Stone looked great in spring and will be the leader of the team this year. He has decent speed, but can definitely go up and get it. After Stone, Navy has questions. Brown, Murphy, Fritz, Rogers, and Simmons will all fight for the numbers 2 and 3 spots. Grade: B+ OL- One thing Navy has depth in is 0-Line. Navy returns 4 of the 5 linemen and the ine will be led by left tackle Jeff Daniels (85 overall). Grade: B DL- Larry Broussard (297 pounds) will play the tackle position on Navy’s defense after the switch to the 3-4 under the new coaching staff. Blake Benson and Blake Reid will play on the ends. Benson is a true freshman and should have success rushing the quarterback. Benson will need to improve on his run-stopping game. Grade: C+ LB- On the outside, Michael Turner and Jelani Williams are expected to start. Williams is very fast (92 speed, 99 acceleration) and will be most effective is passing situations. Derrick White and Will Tyson will start at middle linebacker this year The Navy defense will hinge on these two players, and expect them both to step up. Grade: B DB- SR CB Eddie Prater is the star of the Navy defensive backfield and should be able to shut down any team’s number 1 option. Morris Roth is the other corner and with no experience, he will be thrown on this season. There is a lot of talent at safety for the Midshipmen, but seeing who will play is not so easy. Derrick Hall, Pierre Bell, Craig Smith, and Ross Richardson will be fighting for 2 spots. Grade: B- K/P- Navy was very fortunate to sign a decent kicker this season. If not, senior walk-on punter Joe Johnson would’ve had to kick and punt. But true freshman Jordan Brink will handle all kicking duties. Brink is accurate, but has little leg strength. Grade: D Navy will run FSU’s playbook and a 3-4 Prediction: 7-6 Seniors: 15 Players:70 Scholarships: 18?