For the first time in years the Mids entered the season lacking a featured slotback like Reggie Campbell, Shun White or Gee Gee Greene projected as the principal A-back. It didn't matter as the Mids finished second in the nation in rushing. Senior Darius Staten appeared in twelve games and started ten games. He carried the ball for 412 yards, averaged 9.8 per carry and scored three touchdowns. Staten also caught a touchdown pass against San Jose State. The powerfully built Staten was a tremendous blocker on the perimeter.
Junior Geoffrey Whiteside played in ten games and started seven. The versatile Geoffrey Whiteside (363 rushing yards, 7.4 avg., 3 TDs) did missed three games with an injured ankle. He also helped in the passing game and had a 26-yard touchdown reception against Hawaii. Geoffrey has above average speed, can block and has solid hands.
Small but very fast sophomore DeBrandon Sanders (340 rushing yards, 8.1 TD) was a dual threat. Sanders could turn the corner running the ball and led the Mids with 13 receptions for 223 receiving yards, a 17.2 average and a touchdown. Long time kick returner Marcus Thomas saw more time from scrimmage at A-back this year. He ran for 263 yards and averaged 10.1 per carry. Thomas had a huge 58-yard touchdown reception in the victory over Pitt. Thomas caught the pass when it ricocheted off Geoffrey Whiteside. Sophomore Demond Brown emerged as another all round player who can run, block and catch. Brown's (220 yards, 9.6 avg., TD) 38-yard touchdown run gave the Mids a lead over Air Force they never relinquished. Navy has terrific depth at A-back. Despite starters missing four games and injuries to expected starter sophomore Colin Osborne and junior Ryan Williams-Jenkins (2 att., 9 yards) it was barely noticed. The blocking by the slotbacks, especially by Staten and Whiteside, was excellent.
Navy 2013 Football Review: Slotbacks
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