Navy 2013 Football Review: Fullback

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 fullbacks.

FULLBACKS
Overall the sum of the fullbacks were more impressive than the individual numbers. The B-backs rushed for a combined 1,187 yards and nine touchdowns as they averaged 4.6 yards per carry. Fullback Chris Swain started seven of eleven games including the first six games. The Swain train never got rolling this year as Chris was bothered by some nagging injuries that caused him to miss two games. On the season Swain's play was solid. He ran 107 times for 420 yards, averaged 3.9 yards per carry and scored four times. In his first year as a starter Swain surprisingly lacked the burst he demonstrated at NAPS and in spot duty as a plebe. Swain longest run was just 16 yards but he did a good job picking up tough yards.

Noah Copeland played in nine games and started three including the final two games at B-back. Copeland carried the ball 69 times for 339 yards and a 4.9 rushing average and two touchdowns. Copeland is the fullback the staff trusts the most with his all round game. Copeland had the best game of his career in the Mids' loss to Toledo as he finished with a career high 153 rushing yards. Copeland was injured against Pitt the next week and missed the following four games. He returned for the final two games and played well. He scored the first touchdown against Army when he broke free on a 39-yard touchdown run. Copeland didn't match his statistics from 2012 but that was due to injuries.

Quentin Singleton (361 yards, 5.6 avg., 2 TDs) has been playing in the shadow of Noah Copeland since NAPS. Singleton saw some action in blow outs games early in the year. After Copeland was injured against Pitt he replaced him and played very well. Singleton demonstrated a good burst and speed the next few weeks as he started three games. Plebe Shawn White showed his punishing running style in very limited duty when he carried a number of South Alabama defensive players into the end zone for his only touchdown. Sophomore Quentin Ezell (6 att., 28 yards) is another B-back with size and speed but is buried on the depth chart due to the talent in front of him.

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