Navy Spring Review: Fullbacks

Navy recently completed its spring drills. GoMids.com’s Jim Lawler will now review every Midshipmen position and name a starter, a backup and a third string player to watch. In this segment he reviews the fullbacks.

FULLBACK (B-back)
Starter: Chris Swain Sr.
Back up: Quentin Ezell Sr.
Third String: Shawn White Jr.
Navy's three fullback rotation had a tremendous 2014 season. The B-backs produced 1,727 rushing yards which was an over 45 percent increase in 2013's rushing totals by the fullbacks. Senior fullback Chris Swain (6-1", 245) moves into the starting role this fall. Swain was bigger and faster last year as he lifted his game following a solid if somewhat disappointing sophomore campaign. 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 first demonstrated at NAPS and during his plebe year with a 46-yard touchdown run against the Air Force Falcons. At 245 pounds the Swain Train runs with power and speed. He lost only one fumble last season. His only catch, a twelve yard juggling touchdown reception, against Notre Dame was a huge play in that game. The Swain Train rolls for one more season.

Senior Quentin Ezell (6-1', 253) moves up the depth chart this spring. Ezell has been playing in the shadow of Chris Swain since their days 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. Ezell carried the ball just six times last year for 29 yards as he saw most of his playing time on special teams. Ezell has worked hard in the weight room bulked up and adding over forty pounds since I-day. I remember him at NAPS as a punishing, north-south bull-dozer style running back that was quick but lacked a breakaway gear.

Junior Shawn White (6-1", 255) didn't carry the ball last year in a lost season for him. White looks the part of a Navy fullback getting off the bus. He is a big, tough punishing fullback who has good feet for his size. White has run the forty yard dash in 4.78. Shawn is a burly, thick heavy leg runner who runs hard and can break tackles. White isn't shy about taking on linebackers. He has good balance and can slide at times laterally to slip tacklers. White showed his punishing running style in very limited duty as a plebe in 2013 when he carried a number of South Alabama defensive players into the end zone for his only career touchdown run.

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