Navy Spring Review: Outside Linebackers

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 raider outside linebackers.

RAIDER OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS

Starters: Obi Uzoma Sr.
Back ups: Ted Colburn So.
Third String: Nick Martinez Jr.

I like the move of Jordan Drake from raider outside linebacker to Sam linebacker because it gets senior raider linebacker Obi Uzoma on the field. Uzoma looked great this spring and he moved into the starting raider linebacker job. Last fall as the main backup he made 21 tackles and posted two sacks. He was a former direct admit who was looked at fullback before being moved back to linebacker. He certainly looks the part of an FBS linebacker getting off the bus. Uzoma is a very good athlete with terrific size (6-3, 231) for a Navy outside linebacker. Uzoma has outstanding speed and reads and reacts quickly. Obinna has run a 4.55 forty yard dash. Uzoma flies around and can uncoil and make the big hit. He needs to improve his coverage pass drops. He's worked hard in the weight room and has gained over 15 pounds since I-day. He's now ready to contribute as a starter.

Sophomore Ted Colburn is a strong athletic who was a direct admit linebacker from Tuscaloosa County high school in Alabama last fall. He played on the JV team last season. In high school during the 2012 season he made 118 tackles, forced three fumbles and posted two sacks. Colburn is an all round athlete. He was a first baseman on the baseball team and earned All-State honors. He hit .336 with 15 home runs and 44 RBIs. Colburn (6-3, 229) is strong and athletic. He can slip and slide off blocks and deliver a hit. Ted can bench press over 300 pounds and ran a reported 4.77 in the forty yard dash at a high school combine. He is still developing and looks like he can eventually be a quality starter.

Junior Nick Martinez (6-2, 222) has been on the JV team his first two years. He moved up to third string this spring. Martinez was an All-State performer as a defensive end in high school but at the Naval Academy Prep School in 2011 he was switched to inside linebacker. At NAPS he injured his shoulder during preseason practice and missed the first eight games. Martinez was impressive when he played in the final two games of the year despite the position change. He is physical, takes good angles and can find the ball. Nick offers good size and speed. He has run a 4.7 in the forty-yard dash Martinez was looked at at inside linebacker but was moved to outside linebacker. He played well this spring and is a good athlete.

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