Starter: Wave Ryder #8 Sr.
Backup: George Jamison #42 Jr.
Third String: Lorentez Barbour #15 So.
At the rover position Navy must replace veteran Tra'ves Bush who had 25 consecutive starts for the
Senior Wave Ryder (6-2, 215) of Kaneohe, Hawai'i won the starting rover position in the spring.
Although Ryder is new to the rover position, he saw extensive action in 2012 at the free safety
position, garnering his first career start against Central Michigan and then going on to start the
Indiana, East Carolina, Texas State, Army and Arizona State games. Ryder some action in every
game finishing with 53 tackles, second most of the Mids returning starters. Ryder, whose brother,
Blaze, is a sophomore center for Navy, also picked off a pass against Troy which he returned 19
Junior George Jamison (6-0, 197) emerged as the backup rover at the end of spring drills. The Cordova, Tenn., native saw action in five games as a sophomore during the 2012 season. He finished the season with three tackles including one solo stop. Jamison, who was a direct admit, won the Admiral Mack Award as Navy's most improved player during 2012's spring practice. Academy football analyst Jim Lawler was impressed with Jamison, "George is quick, runs well and is a very aggressive defensive player who looks to hit everything that moves."
Sophomore Lorentez Barbour (6-1, 194) was a direct admit freshman last season who didn't see any action, but as a sophomore has emerged as the third string rover. Barbour, who picked Navy over an offer from Air Force, was an was a First-Team All District defensive back selection in 2011 in the highly competitive 6-A classification of Kentucky high school football. Lawler discussed Barbour.
"Lorentez is very active and aggressive in run support," wrote Lawler. "He also played quarterback which helped him understand pass patterns on defense. He demonstrates a terrific feel for coverage and has excellent range."
Navy will surely miss the veteran Tra'ves Bush but with talented, athletic players like Ryder, Jamison and the young Barbour ready to step up, the Mids should be fine.
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