2nd Annual Pre-Season Service Academy Team

Scout.com continues its 2nd annual All-Service Academy Pre-Season Football Team with selections for Defense and Specialists. Overall, Air Force had 9 selections (7 FT, 2 HM), Navy had 8 selections (5 First Team, 3 Honorable Mentions), and Army had 4 selections (3 FT, 1 HM). The Falcons' Ryan Kemp was the choice for the MVP of the Service Academy defensive team.

First Team Defense


DL:     Michael Walsh                                   Navy

Comments: Walsh turned into the Mids' most consistent defensive lineman in 2007 and seemed to get better as the season went on.  He led the team in tackles for a loss with 10.5 and also registered 57 tackles. If Navy is going to improve its defense this year, it starts with Walsh. 


DL:      Ted Bentler                                        Army

Comments: There was a lot of hype around Bentler last season and for the most part he did not disappoint.  With a year of experience under his belt, expect him to improve upon his 42 tackle performance and be the strength of Army's defense. 


DL:      Ryan Kemp                                        Air Force

Comments: Kemp was Air Force's best lineman, accounting for 54 tackles including 8.5 for a loss.  He was also third for the Falcons in sacks with four. Air Force returns all three starters for 2008 on the defensive line so this position should be a significant strength for them.


DL:      Ben Garland                                       Air Force

Comments: Last season, Air Force's strength on defense was its linebackers.  This year it is on the line, so expect Garland to improve greatly on his 31 tackles and 3 sacks.  He got the slight edge here over Navy's Nate Frazier, who had more tackles, but was inconsistent for the Mids.


LB:      John Plumstead                                  Army  

Comments: Plumstead was a Scout.com ‘Break-Out' selection last year so it is no surprise to find him on the First Team Defense this pre-season.  The senior only started three games last season but still managed to record 43 tackles.  He may lead the team in that category this year.


LB:      Frank Scappaticci                              Army

Comments: In his first year as a starter, Scappaticci excelled, registering 89 tackles including 6 for a loss.  The senior was moved to the middle from the weakside spot in the spring due to his experience and leadership abilities.  He and Plumstead are a formidable 1-2 punch.


LB:      Clint Sovie                                          Navy

Comments: Sovie went down in the Rutgers game with an injury and never returned.  And even though Irv Spencer did a respectable job replacing him, the Midshipmen defense never recovered – giving up 36 points a game on the season.  Sovie is a tackling machine.  His return is a big lift.


DB:     Wyatt Middleton                                Navy

Comments: An injury to Jeff Deliz forced the sophomore into a starting role last season – one that he would never relinquish.  He finished with 88 tackles on the year, including 14 against Notre Dame and 12 against Pitt.  He'll have more help this season with the return of Deliz.


DB:     Chris Thomas                                     Air Force

Comments: As the youngest member of the Falcons' secondary last year, Thomas quietly put together an impressive season.  He was second on the team with 110 tackles, nine of which were for a loss. With Air Force losing four of its top five tacklers, Thomas will need to be even better.


DB:     Reggie Rembert                                Air Force

Comments: Perhaps no player on this team is creating more buzz amongst the service academies than Rembert.  Calhoun has already said that he will try to get Rembert the ball on offense because of his athleticism.  If he lives up to his potential, Rembert could turn into a shutdown corner as well.


DB:     Rashawn King                                    Navy

Comments: King is Navy's best cover corner last season.  He registered 24 tackles in a three-game stretch against Air Force, Pitt, and Wake – helping the Mids to win two of those contests.  The return of Deliz will help take a lot of pressure off King, which could mean a big year, and more interceptions.



Honorable Mention


DT:      Nate Frazier                             Navy

DB:      Ketric Buffin                             Navy

DB:      Jeff Deliz                                  Navy

DL:      Jake Paulson                            Air Force

LB:       Hunter Altman                         Air Force

DB:      Victor Ugenyi                           Army



First Team Specialists


K:        Ryan Harrison                          Air Force

P:         Ryan Harrison                          Air Force

PR:       Jarod Bryant                            Navy

KR:      Reggie Rembert                       Air Force


Defense Most Valuable Player

Ryan Kemp                                          Air Force


Break-Out Players

Ross Pospisil                                        Navy

Reggie Rembert                                    Air Force

Craig Schaefer                                      Navy

Joshua McNary                                    Army


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