Navy 2013 Football Review: Defensive Line

Navy football spring practice begins on March 17. Before spring drills kick off GoMids.com will review the 2013 team, unit by unit. In this segment we look at the defensive line

DEFENSIVE LINE
The Navy defensive line had some rough games like against Toledo and Notre Dame but played their best football the last two games of the season in shutting down Army and Middle Tennessee State.

Paul Quessenbury (25 tackles, 3 TFL, sack, 5 QBH) led the Navy defensive linemen in tackles for a loss. Paul played in twelve games but missed the bowl game after being suspended. He didn't make many sacks but he is disruptive and did get up-field quickly. Quessenbury probably had the best year of all the linemen. Senior Evan Palelei (24 tackles, 2 TFL, sack, FF) was a rock at defensive end the last two years and started every game. Palelei didn't make a lot of negative plays but did a nice job holding the point.

Senior Travis Bridges played in every game at nose guard and started the last four. Bridges finally found his niche in his last year at Annapolis. Bridges was stout and helped free up the inside linebackers. He made 25 tackles and forced a fumble. Bridges had a busy game against San Jose State with five tackles. Travis combined with George Jamison on a huge stop against Middle Tennessee State to tackle Corey Carmichael on a fourth-and-2 play at the 7-yard line to open the second half. Sophomore nose guard Bernie Sarra played in ten games and started the first nine. The 303-pound Sarra is very strong and has benched pressed well over 400 pounds. He offers a wide body frame but has the ability to slide off a block and fill a gap. Bernie doesn't provide much as a pass rusher but he can definitely hold up against the run. He played his best in the bowl game against Middle Tennessee State with six tackles, mostly at defensive end, to help shut down their running game. Senior Barry Dabney (5 tackles) played in every game but saw his reps at nose guard decline with the improvement of Bridges and the development of Sarra. Dabney will always be remembered for his game saving fumble recovery against Army in 2012.

Will Anthony emerged as a sophomore to lead the Mid defensive line with 27 tackles. He's impressed me since I first saw him at NAPS in 2011. 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. He had some rough moments against Notre Dame but played in every game and started the bowl game in place of Quessenbury. Backup junior defensive end Aaron Davis appeared in eleven games and made six tackles. I though Aaron Davis would have made a bigger impact by now after seeing him in at NAPS in 2010. Davis is built like a boulder, has good strength and a quick first step. He wouldn't be the first Navy lineman to wait until his senior season before he put it all together.

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