Navy Spring Depth Chart Review: Inside LB-1

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 inside linebacker position (part 1).

INSIDE LINEBACKER (part 1)
Starter: Cody Peterson #53 Sr.
Backup: Maika Polamalu #47 Jr.
Third string: Don Pearson #50 So.

Senior Cody Peterson (6-3, 228) is the most experienced of Navy's inside linebackers and finished spring drills as the starter of one of the two inside backer positions. The Olympia, Wash., native played in all 13 games in 2012 and started eight contests. Peterson came up big against his service academy rivals finishing with a combined 24 tackles and a forced fumble against the two. For the season, Peterson piled up 67 tackles including two for losses. Peterson started his Navy career at fullback before being moved to outside linebacker and then ultimately to his current position. He will be counted on to provide leadership to his fellow linebackers this season.

Junior Maika Polamalu (6-0, 218) finished spring drills at Cody Peterson's backup at one of the inside linebacker postions. Polamalu saw action in nine games last season playing fullback and special teams. He finished with six rushes for 39 yards and a touchdown. Prior to the spring Polamalu was moved to his current position. Polamalu, whose uncle plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers, has some experience as a linebacker. As a senior linebacker in high school he had 62 solo tackles and seven fumble recoveries.

Sophomore Don Pearson (6-3, 224) finished spring drills as the third string inside linebacker behind Peterson and Polamalu. Pearson played wide receiver at NAPS but was moved to linebacker when he arrived at the academy. Pearson is a versatile player having played both receiver and quarterback in high school. Pearson was moved to signal caller during his senior season after the starting quarterback went down to injury just three games into the campaign.

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