Navy Midshipmen: A First Look

This season has in many ways been one of missed opportunities for the Black Knights. At 2-9 Army will take on the 9-2 Midshipmen at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia this Saturday and once again the whole world will be tuned in.

With so many close calls and agonizing losses on the books in 2015, this would seem like the perfect season for Army to turn things around against their bitter rival and end the 13-year losing streak that is currently ongoing.

Season so far

Navy has had one of their best, if not the best, season in recent history this fall. The Mids are 9-2 and had a chance to play in the American Athletic Conference Championship Game in their first season in the league had they beaten Houston two weeks ago. Instead the Cougars, who went on to win the league title and are one of the best teams in the country, inflicted the Mids second loss of the season after they earlier fell to Notre Dame. Navy has won every other game on the schedule and the offense has produced some frightening numbers over the course of the year.

Injuries and Suspensions

Navy is very healthy at this point in the season with only one player listed as a question mark for Saturday’s tilt. Offensive tackle Blake Copeland is going to be given every chance to play if he can get over a foot injury as the Mids line play has been one of the primary reasons they have put up so many yards rushing and so many points in 2015. The key for Navy all year has been the health of electric quarterback Keenan Reynolds. Reynolds and his teammates have had a week off after previously playing for six straight Saturdays and, as a result, expect Navy to be fresh and ready to play.

Challenges

The challenge with Navy will be stopping the run on defense and trying to break down a tough Navy defense when the Black Knights have the ball. Until the Houston game, only Notre Dame has scored more than 21 points on the Mids as their bend but don’t break defensive scheme was offset by playmakers on the defensive front and in the secondary creating turnovers and forcing offenses off of the field on third down. Army needs to channel some of what Houston was able to do and the offense must create manageable third down situations to keep drives going and put points on the board.


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