Navy Spring Depth Chart Review: Nose Guard

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 nose guard position.

NOSE GUARD
Bernard Sarra #77 So.
Barry Dabney #69 Sr.
OR
Travis Bridges #72 Sr.

Sophomore Bernard Sarra (6-1, 303) of Monessen, Pa., became the starting nose guard by default after Danny Ring quit the academy in June. Sarra impressed coaches with his hard work and tenacity in the spring so much that he earned the prestigious Admiral Mack Award that goes to the most improved player during spring camp. Sarra, one of the biggest players on the team, played in eight games last season and finished with eight tackles.

Senior Barry Dabney (6-1, 302) finished spring drills in a dead heat with Travis Bridges for the third string nose guard position. However, with Ring's quitting that becomes a dead heat for the backup spot. Last season Dabney, a Nashville, Tenn., native, played in 13 games and started 10. Dabney finished the season with 21 tackles and made one of the biggest plays of the season in a game he didn't start. With 1:04 left to go in the game and Army deep in Navy territory and threatening to score, Dabney recovered a botched hand-off to seal the win for the Mids.

Senior Travis Bridges (6-0, 318) was moved from the offensive line to nose guard prior to the 2012 season. Bridges, a from Hollywood, Fla., native, finished the 2012 season with 13 tackles while seeing action in all 13 games. Bridges is a direct admit who during his final prep season in 2009 had 40 pancake blocks. He has good speed for a big man and should see more action in 2013, especially with Ring leaving.

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