Navy Spring Review: Fullbacks

The Navy Midshipmen recently completed their 2014 spring practice drills. GoMids.com will now review every position, listing the starter, backup and third string players. In this edition we look at the fullbacks.

FULLBACK (B-BACK)

Starter: Noah Copeland Sr.
Back up: Chris Swain Jr.
Third String: Quinton Singleton Sr.
Senior fullback Noah Copeland (5-10, 214) was named as a team co-captain. Copeland is a natural leader and was also the team captain at NAPS. Last year 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 only due to injuries. Copeland hasn't been the great Navy fullback that I expected when I first saw him at the prep school but he's been productive. Copeland is a hard worker in the weight room and has added ten pounds since last year.

Junior fullback Chris Swain started seven of eleven games including the first six games. The Swain Train never got rolling last season. 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's longest run was just 16 yards but he did a good job picking up tough yards.

Senior Quinton Singleton (361 yards, 5.6 avg., 2 TDs in 2013) has been playing in the shadow of Noah Copeland since NAPS. Singleton saw some action in blowout 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 when he started three games.

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