Navy Spring Depth Chart Review: Left DE

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 left defensive end position.

LEFT DEFENSIVE END
Starter: Paul Quessenberry #45 Jr.
Backup: Aaron Davis #91 Jr.
Third string: David Gordeuk #73 So.

Junior Paul Quessenberry (6-2, 251) won the starting left defensive tackle position which was vacated by Wes Henderson who recently graduated. Quessenberry, who is high motor player that has good pass rushing skills, saw action in all 13 games in 2012. The Carlsbad, Calif., native finished the season with 17 tackles including 1 1/2 for losses which included a sack. Academy football analyst Jim Lawler commented on Quessenberry's play.

"Quessenberry is a natural pass rusher. He is explosively fast with an excellent takeoff and burst off the ball. Paul has very good speed. He hustles and chases relentlessly. Quessenberry is disruptive and can get up field quickly."

Junior Aaron Davis (6-0, 251) of Pearland, Texas finished as the backup at left defensive tackle. Last season Davis played in 11 games and accumulated four tackles and recovered a fumble against Troy. Davis, who like Quessenberry has good pass rushing skills, also had an assist on a tackle for a loss. Lawler described Davis as a player.

"Aaron Davis is built like a boulder; he has great explosion, strength and an amazing first step quickness that requires double teams. He runs well for a big guy and is a very physical player who plays with great leverage."

Sophomore David Gordeuk (6-3, 236) played well in the spring and finished as the third string left defensive tackles. The Port Matilda, Pa., native didn't start playing football until his junior season in high school and didn't attend NAPS last year meaning this will be just his fourth year of organized football. Gordeuk, who has tremendous strength and explosiveness, should excel as a player as he picks up more experience.

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