Navy Spring Depth Chart Review: Nose Guard

GoMids.com continues its post-spring review of the Navy depth chart. Today we look at the nose guard position where Barry Dabney, Brice Musgrove, Drew Kinsella, Alex Doolittle and Travis Bridges all worked to improve their depth chart standing. Look inside to get the full scoop on Navy's nose guards.

Nose Guard
Starter: Barry Dabney #69 Jr.
Back up: Travis Bridges #72 Jr.
Third String: Alex Doolittle #95 Jr. and Drew Kinsella #97 Jr.
Player to Watch: Brice Musgrove #96 So.
Barry Dabney is a 6-1, 297 pound nose guard who won the starting job this spring. He plays hard and is physical. Barry uses his hands well and does a solid job of creating leverage. Against the run he can take on a block and move laterally to stretch with a play. He was more conscientious of his pad level this spring and stopped playing too high. Buddy Green stated, "Barry Dabney has really stepped up at nose guard. He's gotten better and better every day."

The staff moved junior Travis Bridges from the offensive line to nose guard during spring practice. Bridges is an athletic 6-foot, 318 pound lineman who runs a 4.98 forty yard dash. Travis is powerful, has good body control and balance. Bridges is an intense, big effort player. He was very impressive in the Blue & Gold game recording seven tackles and a sack.

Junior Alex Doolittle entered spring practice as the starter at nose guard and fell to third string. It was obvious that Doolittle didn't do enough to impress the Navy coaches. Alex is Navy's biggest player at 6-2, 323 pounds. He's solid against the run. Last season he appeared in nine games. He had the best game of his career starting against Rutgers in the place of an injured Jared Marks. In that game he made two tackles and blocked a field goal attempt. In the Blue & Gold game he made four tackles including one for a loss.

Fellow junior Drew Kinsella is competing with Doolittle for the third string spot. Kinsella is one of the taller Navy defensive lineman in recent history standing 6-7 and weighing 268 pounds. The impressive thing about Kinsella is his athleticism. The Texas native was recruited by Rice as a tight end. Kinsella has long arms, agility and balance. However, at least to me, he looks a little out of place as a two-gap nose tackle. In the spring game he posted three tackles for the Gold team.

A player to watch might be sophomore Brice Musgrove. Musgrove is a 5-11, 290 pound nose tackle who was named Naval Academy Prep school's defensive MVP in 2010. Musgrove has strong hands and strength at the point of attack. He lacks flexibility and pure athleticism but plays hard and should be heard from as he gains more experience.

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