FREE SAFETYStarters: Parrish Gaines Sr.
Back ups: George Jamison Sr.
Third String: Shakir Robinson Sr.
Senior Parrish Gaines (6-2, 200) was elected Navy co-captain by his teammates. It was a well deserved honor. He has made 31 consecutive starts. Last year Gaines (65 tackles, 3 INTs) stabilized the defense and the season when he moved from cornerback to free safety. Gaines opened the season at right cornerback before the move to free safety after the safeties experienced a tackling meltdown against Toledo. He started the final seven games at free safety. His biggest play was in the overtime victory over San Jose State when he read quarterback David Fales perfectly and picked off a pass in the end zone in overtime. After Gaines moved to free safety the defense allowed 14 points or less in three of its final four games. He earned FBS First team All-Independent honors in 2013 and is Navy's best defender.
Senior free safety George Jamison (6-0, 197) had a good spring camp to maintain his back-up spot on the depth chart at free safety. He was named to the ESPN.com All-Bowl Team following his great performance at the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl. After starter Wave Ryder was ejected and backup Lonnie Richardson left with a concussion the staff used Jamison who responded with a huge game against Middle Tennessee State. He posted six tackles, including a fourth down stop inside Navy's 10-yard line, and intercepted a pass returning it 17 yards that set up Navy's final touchdown. Jamison is quick, moves well and is an aggressive defensive player who looks to hit everything that moves. He won the the Admiral Mack Award as Navy's most improved player during spring practice in the spring of 2012. He showed last season that he can play if called upon.
The third string free safety is senior Shakir Robinson (5-10, 196) who played well this spring. Robinson is a good athlete who possesses above average speed and range. He is a solid tackler and a willing hitter. He is surprisingly strong and can deliver a wallop. He's benched 300 pounds, has lifted over 300 pounds in power cleans and 440 pounds in squats. Robinson is a former direct admit from a military family who has so far spent his entire career on the JV team. Robinson was inconsistent with his techniques early in his career but he now understands the system and what is expected of him.