Navy Spring Review: Right Defensive End

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 right defensive ends.

RIGHT DEFENSIVE END

Starter: William Anthony Jr
Back ups: Aaron Davis Sr.
Third String: Sean Reaver Jr.
Junior Will Anthony (6-1, 246) emerged last fall as a sophomore to lead the Mid defensive line with 27 tackles. He's impressed me since I first saw him at NAPS in 2011. Anthony isn't very big but is strong as an ox. He uses his hands well to disengage from blockers. William has good speed and a non-stop motor. He had some rough moments like when he was engulfed against Notre Dame big offensive line but played in every game and started the bowl game in place of Paul Quessenberry. I expect him to be a productive full time starter.

His backup is senior defensive end Aaron Davis. He appeared in eleven games last fall and made six tackles. I thought Aaron Davis (6-0, 257) would have made a bigger impact by now after seeing him in at NAPS in 2010. Davis is built like a boulder, has good strength and a quick first step. He wouldn't be the first Navy lineman to wait till his senior season before he put it all together. Davis at a minimum will provide some quality experienced depth.

Junior Sean Reaver has moved up the depth chart this spring. Reaver, a 6-4, 255-pound, defensive end attracted interest from a number of FBS schools coming out of high school based on his sack production. Fortunately for Navy he didn't pass the eyeball test since many Division I coaches viewed him as undersized. Despite that knock he did a solid job holding the point of attack against the run at NAPS and on the JV team. Reaver has added over thirty pounds since high school. Reaver was the most productive defensive end at the Naval Academy Prep School in 2011. He is a very intense, aggressive player who has demonstrated the ability to rush the passer.

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