Navy Football: Three Spring Position Battles

With spring football practice well underway it is worth noting some of the key position battles which are taking place on the field each and every day. Navy graduated a number of key players from last season's squad, so there are spots out there for the taking. Here are some areas to keep an eye on as the bights get longer and the days get warmer.

With spring football practice well underway it is worth noting some of the key position battles which are taking place on the field each and every day. Navy graduated a number of key players from last season's squad, so there are spots out there for the taking. Here are some areas to keep an eye on as the bights get longer and the days get warmer. 1) Slot Back

The position which will be under the most scrutiny from now until opening day will be that of the slot back. It goes without saying that these wing rushers play an integral part of the Mids offense, but the team will be going into the 2013 schedule with next to nothing in terms of experience in either slot back spot. The graduations of key performers such as Gee Gee Greene and Bo Snelson leaves a void at the position which the Midshipmen are going to have to be creative to fill. Early reports suggest former quarterback Trey Miller will get a look due to his explosive play making ability but a true speed back will need to be found from somewhere within the depth chart. Senior Darius Staten will be a player for sure, but rising sophomore Demond Brown could be involved in the picture before the opening game.

2) Outside Linebacker

There were times in 2012 where it seemed like Keegan Wetzel was the only Navy defensive player capable of making a game changing play. He was certainly the main disruptive force for a unit that was otherwise devoid of pass rushing threats. Now, though, Wetzel is gone to graduation and the Mids need to find someone who can get to the quarterback enough to force offenses out of their game plan. Don't be surprised to see a steady rotation of bodies through spring ball as the coaching staff look to make the most of the talent available.

3) Safety

With the graduation of rover safety Tra'ves Bush the Mids lose more than just a player at the back end of the defense. Bush was one of those players who had a nose for the football and his ability to be in the right place at the right time on defense will be sorely missed. More than that though Bush was a leader who knew the coverages and assignments of everyone on the defensive unit and who would often act as an in game coach. His shoes are going to be ones to fill. With any luck Wave Ryder will be more involved in the defense moving forward.

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