Navy Spring Review: Offensive Guards

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 offensive guards.

OFFENSIVE GUARDS

Starters: LG E.K. Binns Jr RG Jake Zuzek Sr.
Back ups: LG Ben Tamburello Jr. RG Nathaniel Otto Sr.
Third String: LG Adam West So. RG Kyle Cregge Sr.

Navy finished the 2013 season ranked second in the nation in rushing averaging 325.4 yards per game. It was their best showing since leading the nation in 2007. Junior right guard Jake Zuzek was a major reason. He has started 26 straight games and has emerged as Navy's best offensive lineman. The 310- pound Zuzek earned All East honors and was named to USA Today's All-Bowl team last year. The recognition was well deserved. Jake is incredibly powerful and strong. He can bench pressed over 500 pounds and can be overpowering as a one-on-one blocker. Zuzek is Philly tough, extremely physical and can muscle and maul with anyone.

Junior starter E.K. Binns won the starting job after Thomas Stone was injured early in the year. Binns started the last ten games and his play seemed to improve each week. Once in the lineup he never gave up his starting spot. Binns, a former direct admit, is very strong, explosive and can get to the second level. Ikechukwu "E.K." Binns is a 6-3, 282 pound lineman who was recruited as a defensive tackle by most schools coming out of high school but Navy put his athleticism to use on the offensive line.

Backup Ben Tamburello is a junior from Spain Park high school in Alabama. Tamburello is strong, physical and quick off the ball. Tamburello was a three star recruit with a multiple offers. Tamburello's father, Ben, Jr., was a two time All-American at Auburn and a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Ben Jr. played five seasons in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles. Senior Nate Otto is an offensive guard from Texas who has gradually worked his way up the depth chart. Otto is fairly athletic and was once a top high school wrestler. Otto is very quick into his blocks and is an excellent technician. Otto is a 6 foot 2, 267 pound guard and showed his toughness by playing through a shoulder injury while at NAPS in 2010.

The name Adam West will cause some older fans to think of the Batman TV series. For Navy football sophomore Adam West was the name of one of the best center coming out of the Naval Academy Prep School since Graham Vickers. West actually was a little better than Vickers at center at NAPS in my opinion. Adam is a 6-3, 267 pound lineman who is explosive off the ball, can get to the second level easily and drives defensive players back with initial contact. He can bend his knees and moves well. West was moved to guard last year as a plebe and if he remains healthy he should develop into a starter. Senior Kyle Cregge is a 6-2, 277 pound tackle from Milton, Georgia. He worked hard in the program and has slimmed down while working his way up the Mid depth chart. Cregge isn't very athletic but understands the system and his assignments and battles.

GoMids.com Top Stories