Senior Jarred Shannon won the outside linebacker striker position this spring. Shannon has played on special teams almost exclusively during his Navy career. He had some injury problems in the past but avoided them this spring to win the starting job. Shannon (6-0, 208) plays fast, has good speed and can both rush the passer and drop into coverage. He posted two sacks in the Blue & Gold game.
Junior Keegan Wetzel had been better known for being a football player involved in a nightclub brawl this winter since he hadn't played a down of football for the Mid varsity. That changed this spring when Wetzel had a great spring practice to become the backup at outside linebacker. Wetzel is 6-2, 203 pounds and posted four tackles and three sacks in the Blue & Gold game.
Sophomore Andrew Glaize overcame the injury problems that plagued him at the Naval Academy Prep school in 2009 to become the third string outside linebacker. Glaize is a 6-2, 211pound linebacker who runs well. In high school he was a two sport star in both football and track. Glaize posted three tackles in the Blue & Gold game.
The player to watch is Brye French who also plays lacrosse for the Mids. French like former 1999 football co-captain Jamie Doffermyre played both sports while attending Navy. This off season Navy head coach Ken Nuimatalolo cut French from the team because he wanted his players to focus on one sport only. The team captains, Jabaree Tuani and Alexander Teich, asked for French and another two sport athlete Craig Veech to be reinstated. They were allowed to rejoin the team. French is a 6-2, 205 pound junior who is obviously a good athlete and runs well. Veech later decided to focus on baseball and gave up football.
Mason Graham is a 6-foot, 207 pound player who won the outside linebacker job this spring. Graham, a senior, had five special teams' tackles in six games last year. Graham has consistently graded out well according to the coaching staff. He is also an extremely hard worker in the weight room and knows his assignments.
Sophomore Cody Peterson was converted from fullback this spring and won the backup raider outside linebacker job. Peterson (6-3, 205) has impressed with his speed, his aggressive play and his willingness to learn a new position. Coach Tony Grantham remarked, "Cody has made great strides. He has a chance to be a special player. He is a very physical kid who takes coaching very well."
Evan Palelei, a 6-3, 228 pound sophomore, moved up the depth chart this spring. Palelei's father, Lonnie, spent seven years in the National Football League. Evan is fast, athletic and can play inside or outside linebacker. While the backups are underclassmen, another outside linebacker to watch is fellow sophomore Colin Renton. Renton is a 6-0, 210 pound player from Texas. He is a tough, physical outside linebacker with 4.65 40-yard dash speed.