Starters: LT Graham Vickers #70 Jr. RT Andrew Barker #78 Sr.
Back up: Ryan Paulson #75 Sr. Collin Watkins #66 Jr.
Third String: Evan Campbell #52 Sr. Matthew Van Halanger #55 Jr.
Junior Graham Vickers (6-1, 280) played in every game last season and started the final three games at left tackle. In 2009 he played center at the prep school and was considered that team's best lineman. Vickers is athletic, strong and runs well for a lineman. Senior Andrew Barker secured the right tackle job this spring. Last year he started six games at left tackle. Barker is 6-4, 275 pounds and has gained 20 pounds since last spring. He is flexible, moves well and can get to second level on his blocks. He spent two years away from the Naval Academy on a Mormon mission after his freshman year.
Senior Ryan Paulson was converted from defensive end this spring. Paulson is 6-4, 266 pounds and possesses good strength along with decent movement skills. He appeared in nine games last season on special teams. Despite not having played offense for three years Paulson is currently second string on the depth chart. Junior Collin Watkins had a solid spring and moved up the depth chart. Watkins is a 6-3, 264 pound tackle who can move and has good feet. Watkins is tough and physical. His former coach at NAPS, current Navy wide receivers coach, Mick Yokitis mentioned that Watkins is "developing nicely."
The third string tackles struggled with pass protection this spring. Senior Evan Campbell hasn't seen any varsity action. Campbell, who is the son of a retired Marine colonel, understands the system and stands 6-4 and weighs 258 pounds. Junior Matthew Van Halanger, who is 6-3, 265 pounds, is the son of top college football strength and conditioning coach, Dave Van Halanger. Van Halanger is a fundamentally sound player but seems to have problems handling athletic defensive ends.
Navy Spring Depth Chart Review: Tackles
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