Navy 2013 Football Review: Linebackers

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 linebackers.

LINEBACKERS
The strength of the Mids run defense was their two active interior senior linebackers Cody Peterson and D.J. Sargenti. Cody Peterson was team captain and the team's best defender. He earned First Team all Independent and All- East linebacker honors. Peterson's (142 tackles, 5.5 TFL and a sack) posted the most tackles by a Navy player since 2005. He was a tackling machine and he was the rock of the defense. DJ Sargenti (110 tackles, 7 TFL, sack, 2 INTs) was a great compliment inside to Peterson. The former quarterback finally earned playing time from scrimmage as a senior and emerged as a smart, active playmaker.

Junior striker linebacker Chris Johnson had a terrific season. He was a very athletic defender with range to drop in coverage and make plays all over the field. Johnson has made 84 tackles with three interceptions and three passes defensed. He made a great recovery from his ACL injury the previous year as he received honorable mention All-East recognition. Backup striker William Tuider was a fast, undersized highly recruited direct admit who made an immediate impact. Tuider played in all 13 games. He made 32 tackles, 4 tackles for a loss, two sacks, three quarterback hurries and a pass defensed.

Jordan Drake is a two starter at Raider linebacker. Drake made 43 tackles, three sacks and a forced fumble. He offers nice size and speed for a Navy linebacker. He led Navy in sacks. Backup raider linebacker Obi Ozoma emerged as a junior with two sacks. Ozoma has excellent size and speed. He was a former direct admit who was looked at fullback before being moved back to linebacker. I wouldn't be surprised to see him compete for one of the vacant inside linebacker spots. Don Pearson (8 tackles) is an athletic inside linebacker who was originally recruited as a wide receiver. The backup inside linebacker should compete for a starting spot this fall.

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