Navy Spring Depth Chart Review: Raider OLB

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

Starter: Obi Uzoma #44 Jr.
Backup: A.K. Akpunku #54 So.
Third string: Nick Martinez #33 So.

Junior Obi Uzoma (6-3, 231) finished spring drills as the starting raider outside linebacker. Uzoma played in all 13 games a year ago finishing with 13 tackles including 1 1/2 for losses. Uzoma seemed to pick it up a notch later in the season which caught the attention of the Navy coaches. He's good size coupled with his solid speed makes him a valuable asset in the Navy linebacking corps.

Sophomore A.K. Akpunku So. (6-3, 234) finished spring practice as the backup raider linebacker. Last season the Texas native saw action in nine games playing mostly on special teams and finished with a pair of tackles. Another uncharacteristic big and fast Navy linebacker, the Mids coaches believe Akpunku can help the team especially in a passing rushing role. Jim Lawler described Akpunku's abilities coming out of NAPS.

"Akpunku is a terrific athlete," wrote Lawler. "He looks like a Division I lineman getting off the bus. Jude has excellent speed and has been timed at 4.59 in the forty yard dash. He is strong, fast and is able to drop easily into coverage. Akpunku has a burst to the ball and can deliver a big hit."

Sophomore Nick Martinez (6-2, 222) of Elm Mott, Texas is yet another big Navy outside linebacker. In the spring Martinez finished as Navy's No. 3 raider linebacker. He has yet to play in a game during his short Navy career but that should change in 2013. Nick, who was a All-State performer at defensive end in high school, missed his first eight games at NAPS due to an injury. His speed is not quite that of Uzoma and Akpunku's but he is a tough player who has the ability to provide solid minutes for the midshipmen. Top Stories