Ryan Basford started last season backing up Matt Malloy at right tackle. After Malloy suffered a career ending concussion Basford stepped in and started eleven games. He improved each week and helped the offense average over 285 rushing yards per game. Basford is a senior who stands 6-5 and weighs 270 pounds. Ryan moves well, is quick off the ball and into his blocks.
Senior David Sumrall has taken the lead at left tackle to replace Jeff Battipaglia He has big shoes to fill since Battipaglia, one of the finest left tackles of the triple option era, had started 40 consecutive games. Sumrall is 6-5 weight 275 pounds and can move. Niumatalolo stated "it's time for David to step up. Hopefully he looks at this as a great opportunity. I'm excited about him, because physically he has the tools to do it. Whether he can do it or not remains to be seen."
Junior Andrew Barker is still in the running for the starting job at left tackle. Barker is 6-4, 257 pounds. He is flexible, moves well and can get to second level on his blocks. Barker didn't see any playing time with the varsity last year. He spent two years away from the Academy on a Mormon mission. If Barker doesn't win the left tackle job he is versatile enough to back up both tackle spots.
At third string is sophomore Collin Watkins who impressed this spring. Watkins is a 6-3, 250 pound tackle from Illinois who moves well and has good feet. Watkins is tough and physical. His former coach at NAPS, current Navy wide receivers coach, Mick Yokitis mentioned that Watkins is "developing nicely."
Junior Evan Campbell is the other third string backup tackle. He has not seen any varsity action. Campbell is the son of a retired Marine Colonel. He is a former high school track and field star in throwing events. He understands the system and stands 6-4 and weighs 258 pounds. Campbell had a few rough moments pass blocking in the Blue-Gold spring game.