Navy Spring Review: Left Cornerback

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 left cornerbacks.

LEFT CORNERBACKS

Starters: Brandon Clements So.
Back ups: Shelley White Jr.
Third String: Kyle Battle Jr.
Sophomore Brandon Clements looked terrific this spring after an impressive plebe campaign. As a freshman Clements started the first three games of the season at left cornerback in place of an injured Kwazel Bertrand. Bertrand returned against Air Force and Clements was forced into a reserve role until Parrish Gaines was moved to free safety. Clements then started the final seven games of the season at right cornerback. Clements played in every game and made 49 tackles while picking off three passes and forcing two fumbles. He had a few freshman mistakes but I was very impressed with his improvement over his previous season at NAPS. Brandon had impressed me with his coverage skills but last year he did a much better job of making plays on the ball (3 INTs, 4 pass defensed) and he was a lot more physical at Navy than he was at NAPS. Clements earned honorable mention on the FBS Independent team and first team All-East honors for his play.

Backup left cornerback Shelley White (5-10, 190) is a junior who is a local product from Maryland. He decided two years ago to stay close to home and play for Navy. White is the son of DeDe Duncan-White who is Navy's assistant athletic director for academic support services. White moved up the depth chart one spot this spring. He has played mostly on special teams since joining the program. White was moved to SAM safety at the Naval Academy Prep School in 2011. He had spent his high school years as a cornerback. It took him a little while to adjust to the more physical role that the strong safety position demands. Once he adjusted he played well and thrive late in the year in his new role. After joining the Mids after I-day the staff moved him back to cornerback. White has moved up the depth chart each season. He should be ready to contribute if called upon this fall.

Junior Kyle Battle claimed the third spot on the depth chart this spring. Battle was a former direct admit from Belton, Texas. The rangy Battle has played on the JV team last year. Battle, at 6-foot 1 inch and 190 pounds, offers nice size for a Navy cornerback. He had been timed in the 4.6-4.8 range at high school combines. His physical style of play and size gives the Navy staff position flexibility to use Kyle at either cornerback or potentially safety if needed.

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