Navy Spring Depth Chart Review: Free Safety

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 free safety position.

FREE SAFETY
Starter: Chris Ferguson #23 Jr.
Backup: Mike Markovsky #49 So.
Third String: Shakir Robinson #39 Jr.

Junior Chris Ferguson (6-2, 195) of Angier, N.C., is one of Navy's top returning defenders. Ferguson, who has 16 career starts, started seven games last season and played in nine. Ferguson suffered a serious elbow injury in the Air Force game and missed the next three contests before returning to the starting lineup for the FAU game. He then played in three of the final four contests while continuing to struggle with his injury. Despite missing four games Ferguson finished with a respectable 37 tackles and forced a fumble. In 2011 as freshman Ferguson earned honorable mention All-Independent honors after finishing with 43 tackles, two interceptions, three pass breakups and two forced fumbles. In the upcoming season Navy needs Ferguson to return to his 2011 form.

Sophomore Mike Markovsky (6-1, 190) is a promising player from Costa Mesa, Calif. Last season as a plebe Markovsky saw action in seven games and finished the season with four tackles. Markovsky made his first game appearance against Air Force but injured his leg against Troy which caused him to miss the Texas State and Army games. Markovsky, who played some quarterback and defensive back at NAPS, has the athletic ability to make plays at he college level. Jim Lawler was impressed with Markovsky.

"Mark possesses 4.5 speed in the forty yard dash and has quick feet," commented Lawler. "He was able to accelerate in the hole and often made the first man miss. He is a smart player that understands his assignments and executes them well."

Junior Shakir Robinson (5-10, 197) won the third string free safety position in the spring. Robinson, who came to Navy as a direct admit and played at rover last season, still has yet to see the field in game action during his college career. Robinson had little experience playing at safety prior to coming to Navy but now entering his junior season that has changed and the Georgia native should see some action during the 2013 season. Jim Lawler commented on Robinson.

"Robinson is a very good athlete and runs a 4.5 forty yard dash," wrote Lawler. "He possesses good speed and range. He is quick and changes directions well. He is surprisingly strong and is a very sound tackler."

Hopefully Chris Ferguson can return to his freshman form but if not the Mids staff has two very capable players ready to fill in if needed.

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