Starters: LG Josh Cabral #65 Sr.
RG Jake Zuzek #61 So.
Back ups: Nathaniel Otto #59 So.
Thomas Stone #53 Jr.
Third String: Matt Couch #63 Sr.
Austin Marshall #51 So.
Josh Cabral has started the last 25 consecutive games at left guard. At 6-3, 297 he has added nearly thirty pounds the last few years and is easily the Mids best lineman. Cabral fires off the ball, maintains his pad level and moves his feet. His play greatly improved the interior pass protection for the Navy quarterbacks the last two years.
The new right guard is sophomore Jake Zuzek. Zuzek (6-0, 318) was the Naval Academy Prep school's 2010 Offensive MVP. He is incredibly powerful and strong. He can bench press over 500 pounds. He is very explosive off ball and can be overpowering as a one-on-one blocker. Zuzek is Philly tough, extremely physical and can muscle and maul with anyone. If he remains healthy Jake has the potential to be a terrific guard.
Another promising sophomore is backup guard Nate Otto. In 2010 he was moved to guard at the Naval Academy Prep school and had a terrific season. Otto is very quick into his blocks and is an excellent technician. He is very athletic and moves well. Otto was a top wrestler in high school and understands leverage. Otto is a 6-foot-2, 265 pound guard and showed his toughness by playing through a shoulder injury while at NAPS. Thomas Stone is the other backup at right guard. Last year we mentioned Stone as a player to watch. Stone, who is a 6-3, 295 pound lineman, is strong and moves fairly well.
Senior Matt Couch (6-3, 280) has moved his way up the depth chart. He has improved and gained weight over the last few years. He understands the system but is a limited athlete. Couch missed the Blue & Gold game due to a knee injury.
Austin Marshall is a 6-3, 285 pound sophomore guard who moved pass senior Joe Ryan on the depth chart. Ryan didn't play very well in the spring game. Marshall was a backup at both guard and tackle in 2010 at the Naval Academy Prep school. Marshall possesses good strength but he needs to improve his flexibility and technique. The quality of the offensive line's overall depth is a major concern after its sub-par play in the Blue & Gold game. The offensive line gave up 11 sacks during the spring game.
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