Navy football almost back

It seems hard to believe, but in about a week the Navy football team will be back on the field and taking its first steps toward the 2014 season. On Monday March 17th the Mids will have the first of 15 practices with which they hope to build on the success of last fall and set the tone for that huge opening day clash with Ohio State on Saturday August 30th.

The practice schedule involves two set scrimmages, as well as a tentatively scheduled spring game on Friday April 11th.

It will be very interesting to see how the Mids approach this particular spring, especially when you consider just how successful they were last fall. The 2013 team was just the fifth in the history of the program, that would be 132 years for those counting, to win at least nine games in a season, beat Army, and finish it all by winning a bowl game. This continues a pretty much unparalleled streak of success which has seen the Mids win at least nine games five times in the last ten years. Note that before this streak Navy had won nine or more games only five times in the prior 77 years.

Much of the interest this spring will be on the defensive side of the ball. The Mids return eight starters on offense, including all everything quarterback Keenan Reynolds, so you figure that it will mostly take care of itself. Sure, there will be some new twists and tweaks on the offense, but you would assume most of that would be put in later in the fall when everyone who will contribute is around the program.

The defense however is a very different story. The Mids return less than half (five) of their starters from the 2013 team. With that much turnover the battle for playing time should be exciting from the very start and a good spring camp is likely to elevate some of those defensive players into prime position for a run at a starting job this fall. These new starters will have to be found on all levels of the defense, with positions of particular importance such as nose guard and the rover both needing to replace incumbent seniors.

It may be cold, miserable, and snowy outside, but the return of spring football means that the countdown to fall is on. That countdown cannot come soon enough. Top Stories