Navy Spring Depth Chart Review: Right CB

The Navy Midshipmen football team recently completed spring drills. GoMids.com will now review each Navy position to project a starter, a backup and a player to watch. Today we'll discuss the right cornerback position.

RIGHT CORNERBACK
Starters: Parrish Gaines #2 Jr.
Backups: Myer Krah #9 So.
Third string: Eric Johnson #4 Jr.

Junior Parrish Gaines (6-2, 196) successfully defended his starting right cornerback position in the spring. Gaines, who hails from Smyrna, Tenn., which is only 15 miles from Kwazel Bertrand's hometown of Antioch, is by far the most experienced of the Navy cornerback. In 2012 Gaines started every game and as a freshman he started five contests. Gaines, who earned All-Independent honors last season, finished 2012 with 69 tackles, 2 interceptions and broke up two passes. Gaines came up big in the loss to Notre Dame, finishing with a dozen tackles and an interception. Gaines, who chose Navy over an offer from Vanderbilt, uses is good height and speed to make things tough on opposing offensive players. He'll be counted on to provide leadership to the Mids cornerback corps this season.

Myer Krah (5-11, 175) is another sophomore member of the Mid secondary. Krah, who finished spring drills as the Mids No. 2 right cornerback, played in five games last season finishing with a pair of solo tackles. Krah played linebacker in high school and at NAPS was used as a kick returner and defensive back. He returned three kicks for touchdowns at NAPS and despite not having the best clock times but has the ability to turn on the after burners if needed. Jim Lawler wrote about Krah.

"In pass coverage he has all the attributes coaches want in a defensive back. Krah is strong, physical with the ability to turn his hips and change direction quickly," wrote Lawler. "Despite just respectable times in the forty yard dash he closes quickly on the ball. Krah is a great athlete with a 34 inch vertical leap."

Junior Eric Johnson (5-10, 185) finished as the third string right cornerback in spring drills. Johnson, who has good speed, was a prolific tailback in high school rushing for almost 2,000 yards and 33 touchdowns as a senior. He was moved to cornerback at the prep school but injured an ankle there and still has not seen any game action. His 4.4 forty speed coupled with his experience in Navy's defense makes him a solid defender.

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