Breaking Down the Navy Slot Backs

Of all the positions which are up for grabs for the 2013 Midshipmen it is easy to argue that the slotback role is the most vital to fill. Though there have been rumors that Navy will experiment with throwing the ball more and running plays out of spread formations the bread and butter of the Mids is still going to be variants of the triple option.

Of all the positions which are up for grabs for the 2013 Midshipmen it is easy to argue that the slotback role is the most vital to fill. Though there have been rumors that Navy will experiment with throwing the ball more and running plays out of spread formations the bread and butter of the Mids is still going to be variants of the triple option. With Keenan Reynolds and Noah Copeland firmly entrenched as starters at quarterback and fullback respectively, the wide running backs have to be found in order to complete the formation. With Navy graduation Gee Gee Greene, John Howell and Bo Snelson (the top three slot backs from last fall) the depth chart is wide open. Here is a look at some of the players whose play this spring is getting them involved in the discussion.

Standouts

Geoffrey Whiteside - Whiteside has been the top slotback this spring according to the Academy's position coach Danny O'Rourke in comments to Bill Wagner of the CapitalGazette.com. A state champion (Ohio) in track as a high school senior, Whiteside possesses the elite speed needed to make the grade as a slotback in the FBS. At 5-foot-10 and 177 pounds he is also bigger than most of the athletes you find playing the position which gives him additional value as a blocker and receiver out of the backfield.

Demond Brown - Brown is a guy who shone on special teams last year and looks ready to step up into the role as one of the Mids primary ball carriers. The 191 pounder is hybrid speed/power guy who has more than enough burst to find the hole and who won't be stopped by an arm tackle when he gets rolling. Brown was one of the biggest beneficiaries of a recent scrimmage. According to Wagner, he broke a couple of nice runs and caught the ball effectively.

Colin Osborne - See what was written for Brown. His fellow classmate Osborne didn't play as a freshman but has had an outstanding spring and showed his versatility in the scrimmage.

Watch out for

Trey Miller - Miller has finally be moved full time to slotback as Ken Niumatalolo believes junior quarterback John Hendrick is ready to be Reynolds backup full time. In a group of players which is devoid of game experience Miller brings instant knowledge of FBS play to the position. If his fumble problems are behind him, and if he can adapt his uber athlete potential to playing the position, then you have to expect that Miller will find his way into the rotation sooner rather than later.

Ryan Williams-Jenkins - The junior has had an outstanding spring which was cut short with a recent injury. Depending on how long he is out Williams-Jenkins can be a breakout star

Player X - Unfortunately this isn't actually the name of a roster member but a place holder for any of the plebes that join the academy this fall ready to play from the start.

NAVY'S SLOT BACKS

NAMEHT/WTCLASS
REMARKS
Bradley Bostick 5-6/147 SO As a HS senior Bostick had 143 carries for 723 yards and yards and five touchdowns. He also caught 21 passes for 205 yards and a TD.
Demond Brown 5-9/191 SO 3,962 yards rushing and 49 touchdowns during his high school career.
Reuben Carson 5-8/170 JR Excellent all-around athlete with speed, acceleration and quick feet.
Marcus Lewis 5-8/153 JR All-Stater in high school. Great speed but needs to improve blocking.
Trey Miller 6-0/199 SR Starting Navy QB at beginning of 2012 season. An excellent runner but had problems with ball security as a QB.
Colin Osborne 5-9/206 SO Local product rushed for 1,885 yards and 18 touchdowns for Glenelg HS on 246 carries (7.7 avg.).
Ed Royds 5-10/197 SO Started at NAPS. Ran for 1,181 yards as a senior in HS.
DeBrandon Sanders 5-7/160 SO Hurt during first practice at prep school. 4,000 all-purpose yards and made 21 interceptions on defense during his high school career.
Darius Staten 5-6/190 SR 29 carries for 258 yards during Navy career.
Marcus Thomas 5-7/165 SR Sitting out spring for academics. Ranks second in Navy history for career kickoff return yardage with 1,774.
Geoffrey Whiteside 5-10/171 JR Ran for 111 yards on 16 carries in 2012. Had 2,000 all purpose yards in high school. Played well at prep school. Whiteside has solid speed, can block and is a tough runner.
Brian Williams 5-6/150 SR Has yet to see action in his Navy career. As a senior in HS had 1,666 yards on 215 carries and scored 21 touchdowns.
Jamaal Williams 5-9/198 SO Williams has average speed. Rushed for over 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior in HS.
Ryan Williams 5-8/170 JR Legit 4.4 speed. 1,532 all-purpose yards and 11 touchdowns as HS senior.

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