Starter: Jared Marks #91 Sr.
Back up: Alex Doolittle #71 So.
Third String: Barry Dabney #60 So.
Player to Watch: Chris Mayes #97 So.
With Chase Burge and Shane Bothel both graduating, Navy needed to find a new nose tackle. Returning senior Jared Marks won the job this spring. Marks, standing 6-foot-5 and weighing 297 pounds, is the biggest Navy nose guard in recent memory. Jared played in all thirteen games last year mostly on special teams, recording three tackles. He is being counted on by the staff and has worked hard in the off season. Marks recorded a sack in the Blue & Gold game and showed his feisty streak in a practice brawl with center Eric Douglass. Navy needs Marks to stay healthy and play well.
Sophomore Alex Doolittle emerged from a trio of sophomore to win the backup nose guard spot. Doolittle is a 6-2, 299 pound nose guard who offers above average quickness, athletic ability and can rush the passer. Sophomore nose guard Barry Dabney is a 6-1 289 former NAPS lineman from Nashville, Tennessee. For a nose guard Dabney is a good athlete who can move.
The player hopefully to watch is sophomore Chris Mayes. Mayes was suspended from football activities by head coach Ken Niumatalolo for his performance in the classroom. If Mayes can get his grades in order he can help. Mayes is a 6-3, 298 pound nose guard who was a finalists for the Mr. Football Lineman award in Tennessee as a high school senior. Mayes has terrific size, speed, strength and overall athletic ability. Buddy Green is concerned about the youth and lack of experience at nose guard. He mentioned that he plans to work some upper class defensive ends into the nose guard rotation this summer to improve the competition.
Starter: Justin Haan #81 Jr.
Backup: Brynmor Hughes #91 So.
Punter Justin Haan is inconsistent but has talent. Haan is a junior and possesses a strong leg. Haan made all 12 punts for both teams in the Blue & Gold game. He averaged 38.3 yards a kick and placed five punts inside the twenty-yard-line. Haan had a nice coffin corner punt in the fourth quarter to pin the Gold team at the seven. Haan also boomed one 62-yard punt in the game. Backup sophomore Brynmor Hughes possesses a good leg and is versatile enough to placekick or punt.