RIGHT DEFENSIVE END
Starter: Evan Palelei #58 Sr.
Backup: Will Anthony #90 So.
Third string: Michael Huf #43 Sr.
Senior Evan Palelei (6-3, 247) started all 13 games last season and finished spring drills as the starting right defensive end. The Las Vegas native originally played linebacker when he came to Navy but after gaining weight was moved to defensive end. In 2012 he finished the season with 29 tackles including 1 1/2 for losses, two forced fumbles and a pass broken up. In the close win over rival Army Palelei had six tackles including four solos and forced a key fumble.
Sophomore Will Anthony (6-1, 238) played mostly on special teams last season but should see his role increased in 2013. Last season, as a plebe, Anthony finished with five tackles while seeing action in every game. In the blowout bowl loss to Arizona State Anthony recovered a fumble and had three tackles. When academy football analyst Jim Lawler watched the Jacksonville, Fla., native play at NAPS he seemed to have all the tools required to be an effective defensive end.
"When he played he was very impressive. He was a force against Dean College and against Gattaca he was in the backfield all day long," wrote Lawler. "Anthony isn't very big but is strong as an ox. He uses his hands well to disengage from blockers. William has good speed and a non-stop motor."
Senior Michael Huf (6-3, 260) finished third on the depth chart at right defensive end in the spring. Despite being in his fourth season in Annapolis and never seeing game action, the Drexel Hill, Pa., is being rewarded for his hard work and dedication. He will likely get his chance to play in 2013. Lawler discussed Huf as a player.
"He plays faster than he times and covers a lot of ground," wrote Lawler. "Huf is very physical and can stack up the running game at the point of attack. The fiery Huf chose Navy over offers from Syracuse and Akron."
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