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.
|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.|