Jordan Fraser was the back up at free safety last year and earned the starting role this spring. Fraser, a junior, saw action in seven games and recording 11 tackles last season. .Fraser made one start in Navy's final home game against Arkansas State. Against Army he took a poor angle trying to defend a Trent Steelman pass and allowed Malcolm Brown to get behind him for a 45 yard touchdown. Secondary coach Keith Jones says Fraser has good size (6-2, 191),speed and is a sure tackler.
Sophomore Shawn Lynch was moved from wide receiver to defensive back this spring. Lynch (6-0, 205) was named honorable mention All-State in high school. Lynch runs well, has good hands, exceptional balance and body control. He has good size and is an excellent athlete and won the backup job.
Third string free safety Gary Myers played wide receiver and was Navy's punt returner last season. He was switched to safety when he played at the prep school before being moved to wide receiver at Navy. Myers is a very good athlete and offers good size. Junior Jerad Fehr had a good Blue & Gold game when he posted three tackles and broke up a pass.
Safety Tra'ves Bush has the difficult task of trying to replace Navy star Wyatt Middleton. Bush played very well this spring in securing the starting job. Last year as Navy's nickel back Bush played in all 13 games and made 44 tackles. Bush is 5-10, 192 pounds and has played on special team since his freshman year when he was a direct admit. While he's not the second coming of Wyatt Merchant, Bush has the potential to be a terrific player.
Wave Ryder by name alone sounds like he was born to play at Navy. Ryder is a 6-2, 185 pound safety from Hawaii. Ryder has good speed and is very aggressive in run support. Ryder, a sophomore, had an interception in the Blue & Gold game and should have had another. Ryder has good hands, anticipation and understands zone coverages.
Brian Blick is the third string rover. A senior, Blick was originally recruited as a quarterback before being moved to safety. He entered last fall as backup to Emmett Merchant but slipped on depth chart. He was moved to rover and appeared in two games last year. Blick is a good athlete with average speed. The player to watch is junior Dylon Porlas. Porlas sat out the spring game with an injured foot. Last year Porlas was named the Admiral William P. Mack Award for being the most improved player during the 2010 spring practice.