Meet the New Mids: Fullbacks

GoMids.com continues its look at this year's incoming freshman class by position. Senior captain and star B-Back Alexander Teich will return as starter after off season surgery on his left shoulder. For the first time in years Navy completed spring practice without a proven backup fullback.

This recruiting class not only restocks the B-Back position but in Noah Copeland the Mids have a player who potentially can be the best fullback in the triple option era.

Last year's Naval Academy Prep school team produced a number of talented running back prospects. The best one at the prep school was B-Back Noah Copeland. Copeland is a 5-10, 205 pound fullback originally from Brandeis high school in Texas. He carried his team to the Class 5A Division II title game. As a senior Noah rushed for an amazing 2,328 yards, scored 35 touchdowns while averaging nearly eight yards a carry. Copeland ran behind a terrific offensive line and surprisingly didn't receive a lot of offers his senior year.

Copeland was converted to fullback at the prep school. Noah rushed for a record 1,184 yards last season at NAPS and scored 11 touchdowns in just eight games. He was the team's captain and Team MVP. In the battle for the Reasoner Trophy against Army Prep, Noah showed his speed on the first play from scrimmage to open the second half as he took a handoff and raced 56 yards untouched for a touchdown. Copeland ran for over 300 yards against Hudson Valley Community College.

Copeland is a terrific downhill, cutback runner with excellent speed. He finishes his runs allowing him to consistently pick up extra yards. Copeland has great hands, rarely fumbles and unlike traditional Navy fullbacks he's more like a tailback similar to Jonathan Dwyer playing B back. Copeland is a hard worker in the weight room. Noah has dominated at every level he's played. I believe if he remains healthy he has a chance to be the next great Navy B-Back.



Quinton Singleton was the backup fullback at the Naval Academy prep school last year. Singleton graduated from Scott's Branch high school in South Carolina. Singleton is a 6-0, 190 pound B back possessing 4.6 speed in the 40-yard dash. As a senior he rushed for over 2,100 yards and scored 22 touchdowns. Quinton had an even better year as a junior in 2008 when he led the state of South Carolina in touchdowns. Singleton ran for 2,434 yards and scored 29 times in leading Scott's Branch to the 2008 State Championship.

While Singleton saw time at B-back last year he had the misfortune of playing behind a great player in Noah Copeland. Singleton is a very good player in his own right. He has an upright running style with a long stride and high knee action which makes him hard to tackle. He is a patient runner with a good burst. Quinton runs hard and is able to break tackles and make yardage after contact. He has good speed and was a member of the NAPS 4 X100 meter relay team. He chose Navy over scholarship offers from Howard, the Citadel and South Carolina State among a number of other programs.



The one direct admit fullback is Maika Polamalu. Polamalu is a six foot, 200 pounds running back from Pottstown, Pa. He is part of a very successful football family. His father Ao was starting defensive tackle for Penn State's 1986 national title team. His cousin Kennedy Pola is a professional coach. The most famous member of his family is Steeler All-Pro safety and defensive MVP Troy Polamalu.

Polamalu rushed for 1,621 yards and 21 touchdowns last season for Pottsgrove high school. Maika also recorded 62 solo tackles and seven fumble recoveries as a linebacker on defense. Polamalu high school offense featured triple option plays with him as a single back. His junior year he ran 163 times for 1450 yards and scored 20 touchdowns. On defense he produced 53 tackles, five sacks and two fumble recoveries. As a sophomore Polamalu ran 185 times for 1322 yards and produced a total of 21touchdowns. He was named third-team All-State by Pennsylvania Football News. Polamalu possesses good speed, 4.65 in forty yard dash, and athleticism. He was a very productive two-way player. As a running back Maika is a physical runner with good vision. He demonstrated elusiveness in high school and can turn the corner. Polamalu plays faster than he times and has a nose for the end zone. His athleticism and ability to play defense gives him position flexibility. Polamalu chose Navy over offers from Temple and Villanova.



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