Navy 2014 Football Review: Fullbacks

GoMids.com offers our review of the Navy 2014 football season. GoMids.com’s Jim Lawler discusses each position of the team and assigns a final grade. In this segment we discuss the fullbacks.

FULLBACKS: A+

Navy's three headed fullback backfield had a tremendous season. The B-backs produced 1,727 rushing yards which was an over 45% increase in 2013's rushing totals by the fullbacks. Starting co-captain Noah Copeland has demonstrated why he was the best all-round B-back. He's started every game and played very well. Copeland ended the season with 952 rushing yards, a 7.4 avg., and five touchdowns. He's ripped off runs of over thirty one yards or more in eight games last fall. He caught three passes for 65 yards including a 16-yard touchdown catch against VMI. Noah played in every game last season and avoided the injuries that caused him to miss four games last year. He lost only one fumble all season. He earned First team all FBS Independent honors. Fullback Chris Swain was bigger and faster as he lifted his game following a solid if somewhat disappointing sophomore campaign. A healthy Noah Copeland has kept him fresh and he was very productive. Chris ran 104 times for 693 yards, averaged 6.7 yards per carry and scored four times. He showed his impressive burst he had at NAPS and during his plebe year with a 46-yard touchdown run against the Falcons. At 245 pounds the Swain Train ran with power and speed this season. He lost only one fumble against Temple. His only catch, a twelve yard juggling touchdown reception, against Notre Dame was a huge play in that game.

Senior Quentin Singleton (53 yards, 4.4 avg., TD) played in the shadow of Noah Copeland his entire career since NAPS. Singleton played in every game but didn't see as many carries as last year because Copeland and Swain played so well and stayed healthy. Singleton showed his quickness on a 14-yard touchdown run in the blowout over VMI. Junior Quentin Ezell (6 att., 29 yards) is to Swain what Singleton was to Copeland. Ezell has been behind Swain since their days at NAPS. He is another B-back with size and speed but is sees few reps in the backfield due to the talent in front of him.

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