Navy Spring Depth Chart Review: Left DE

GoMids.com continues its post spring review of the Navy depth chart. Today we'll start covering the defensive positions beginning with the left defensive end position. Look inside to get the scoop on this vital position that returns veteran Wes Henderson and some talented young players.

Head coach Ken Niumatalolo returns eight starters on defense but has lost his best player in defensive end Jabaree Tuani. Defensive coordinator Buddy Green needs to replace two defensive linemen, improve the play of the linebackers and see a young secondary that allowed over 74% of their opponents passes to be completed, lift their collective games.

GoMids.com will look at the post spring practice defensive depth chart. We'll review the defensive starters, backups and third string players. We'll discuss possible players to watch who might contribute and move up the depth chart in the future. The class year listed represents the year the player will be in this fall. We will not discuss in detail the names of any Naval Academy Prep players until after I-day.

Left Defensive End
Starter:
Wes Henderson #99 Sr.
Back up:
Evan Palelei #58 Jr.
Third String:
Daniel Godkin #65 So.

Senior Wes Henderson entered this spring as the starter at defensive end. Last season he played in nine games and started three games. He made 26 tackles, posted a sack and recovered a team leading three fumbles. He had a huge stop against South Carolina's super star running back Marcus Lattimore on fourth-and-1 at the Navy 5-yard line late in the game to give the Mids offense one last chance. Henderson (6-2, 255) has good size and mobility for a Navy defensive end. He just needs to play with a little more consistent effort and technique to maximize his ability.

Junior Evan Palelei has emerged as Henderson's back-up. Evan Palelei (6-2, 247) has added nearly 20 pounds over the last year and was moved from outside linebacker to defensive end. Palelei's father, Lonnie Palelei, spent six years in the National Football League. Palelei is mobile, athletic and with the added weight the move to defensive end is a better fit for his skill set. Evan recorded four tackles and posted a sack in the Blue & Gold spring game.

Sophomore Daniel Godkin (6-4, 230) moved up the depth chart this spring. Godkin was a three star recruit from Nevada in 2010. He was ranked by Scout.com as Nevada's second best high school player during the 2010 recruiting season. He attended the Naval Academy Prep school in 2011 and finished second on the team in sacks. Godkin is a tall and rangy player with 4.7 speed in the forty yard dash. He missed the spring game with a minor foot injury.

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