Navy 2013 Football Review: Wide Receivers

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

The focus for Navy's wide receivers playing in a triple option offense is blocking on the perimeter. On that front their play was superb. The Mids did lack a receiver, like they had in the past, who could be a deep passing threat. Senior Casey Bolena was the personification of the Navy receiver. He was a hardnosed, maximum effort player who played hard. He was the best blocker among the receivers. Bolena played in every game and started twelve. He led the Navy wide receivers with 13 receptions for 164 yards. Bolena lacked breakaway speed but was a lot more reliable catching the ball this year.

Senior co-captain Matt Aiken started ten games. Aiken made eight catches for 150 receiving yards, a Navy receivers leading 18.8 average and two touchdowns. He had two long touchdown catches against Notre Dame and South Alabama. He suffered a knee injury against San Jose State. Senior Shawn Lynch played in every game and started four games. He had six receptions for 79 yards and scored a touchdown against Delaware. Lynch's most memorable play was his carry on a fourth down end around against Notre Dame that was short of the first down.

Junior wide receiver Brandan Dudeck is a solid blocker and a good receiver. He made five receptions for 48 yards. The former quarterback completed a pass on a 2-point conversion against Army. Direct admit plebe wide receiver Jamir Tillman (2 rec., 12 yards) played in seven games as he saw more action later in the year. Tillman is the son of a former NFL player and looks to have a nice upside to his game. Top Stories