Tanner Fleming #75 Jr.
Brandon Greene #61 So.
Blaze Ryder #63 So.
Tanner Fleming (6-2, 276) retained his starting center position during the spring. Fleming, who is one of the strongest players on the team, made his starting debut in the loss to Penn State last season. Fleming finished the season with 11 starts and played in every game. Fleming, who played his prep ball at Deltona high school in Florida, earned third team all-state honors as a senior. With a season of experience under his belt look for Fleming to be even more effective in the upcoming season.
Brandon Greene (6-3, 257) won the backup center spot during spring drills. Greene, who originally committed to Air Force in high school, eventually saw the light and made the switch to Navy. Greene, who didn't see game action in 2012, was part of same NAPS class that produced Joey Gaston. Jim Lawler commented on Green.
"Greene is very quick off the ball into his blocks," wrote Lawler. "He has good change of direction and foot agility. He can get to the second level and did a nice job on cut-off-block."
Greene provides Navy with a capable backup at center who can get the job done if called upon.
Blaze Ryder (5-11, 265) won the third string center position in spring drills. Ryder, who has a fireplug type build, is the brother of Navy junior safety Wave Ryder. Ryder (Blaze) was the starting center at the prep school in 2011. He earned Hawaii all-state honors in both his junior and senior years in high school. Jim Lawler had some good things to say about Ryder.
"Ryder did a nice job with the offensive line calls," said Lawler. "He is a short, stocky linemen with surprising quickness. He can deliver a pop off the line. Ryder has a non-stop motor, is tough and very physical."
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