Navy Spring Depth Chart Review: Boundary CB

GoMids.com continues its post spring review of the Navy depth chart. Today we analyze the boundary cornerback position. Parrish Gaines, Albrey Felder, Lonnie Richardson and Togasii Peko all look to bolster this important position.

Boundary Cornerback
Starters: Parrish Gaines #24 So.
Back ups: Albrey Felder #14 Jr.
Third String: Lonnie Richardson #22 Jr.
Player to Watch: Togasii Peko #4 So.
Sophomore cornerback Parrish Gaines (6-2, 196) returns as starter at boundary cornerback. He started the final five games last year. Gaines offers nice size and above average speed for a Navy cornerback. In the seven games he appeared in Gaines made 30 tackles and forced one fumble. Gaines was thrown into the deep end of the pool last fall as a plebe and struggled in man coverage. His technique was inconsistent and he's a bit of a long strider which takes him a little longer to get out of his backpedal. Parrish runs a 4.57 forty yard dash but he lacks the top end deep speed to match up against top wide receivers, like Notre Dame's Michael Floyd, who beat him on a post pattern for a touchdown last year. Gaines does have talent and should benefit from the experience he received last fall. I expect him to be a much improved player this season.

Junior Albrey Felder is a 5-6, 176 pound player who moved up the depth chart last spring at cornerback. Felder played cornerback at NAPS in 2009. Felder has quick feet and good speed. He has worked hard in the weight room adding over 15 pounds to his diminutive frame over the last year. His height is problematic since it is often difficult for him to match up against bigger, physical wide receivers.

Sophomore Lonnie Richardson (5-11, 195) secured the third string spot this spring. Richardson was tried initially at safety this spring before he was returned to cornerback. He played cornerback at the Naval Academy Prep school in 2010. Richardson measures up physically for the position. Lonnie has good quickness and he can turn and run. He has good size for a Navy defensive back with above average feet. His technique needs to improve and he needs to be more consistent to challenge for the starting job. He should develop with experience. Richardson made two tackles for the Gold team in this year's spring game.

A player to watch is sophomore direct admit Togasii Peko. He made a charge at the depth chart this spring before falling short. Peko (6-0, 193) has worked hard in the weight room and has gained sixteen pounds since signing. Peko, who is a good tackler, possesses good feet and can mirror a receiver in coverage. However, he has only average speed (4.7 forty-yard dash time) and seems to also lack recovery speed. Peko made three tackles in Blue & Gold game.

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