Navy Spring Review: Offensive Guards

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 offensive guards.

OFFENSIVE GUARDS
Starters: LG E.K. Binns Sr., RG Ben Tamburello Sr.
Back ups: LG Adam West Jr., RG Evan Martin So.
Third String: LG Alex Brown Jr., RG Jeremiah Robbins Jr.
Navy ranked second in the nation last year while averaging over 336 yards per game. E.K. Binns returns to start at left guard. Binns earned First team all FBS Independent honors and All East honors. He shows his toughness as he missed only one game last year despite playing in pain with an injured shoulder.

His shoulder hurt him in pass protection as he had trouble extending his arm at times. Binns’ run blocking was superb all year. E.K, has started 22 games at guard and offers nice size and strength. The Mids have to replace Jake Zuzek who has started for so long at right guard he almost qualified for a pension. Zuzek's backup, Ben Tamburello, finally will get his chance to earn a starting job as a senior. Tamburello is strong, physical and quick off the ball. Tamburello was a three star recruit with a multiple offers when he originally signed with Navy. Tamburello’s father, Ben Jr., was a two time All-American at Auburn and a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame. Ben Jr. played five seasons in the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Junior Adam West isn't Batman but a backup left guard for the Mids. He played in every game last fall on special teams. I considered West the best center produced by the Naval Academy Prep School since Graham Vickers in 2012. West actually was a little better than Vickers at center at NAPS in my opinion. Adam is a 6-3”, 286 pound lineman and he is explosive off the ball. He can bend his knees and moves well. West was moved to guard as a plebe. He's added weight but hasn't been as good as I initially thought he would be after seeing him at the prep school. Right now he's following the same path of Tamburello being a good player backing up an older and better guard until it’s his turn. Evan

Martin (6-3”, 294) is a direct admit who was an All-State selection during his senior year as a guard for Lee’s Summit high school in Missouri. Martin helped pave the way to the Missouri Class 5 State Championship his senior year. Martin moves well and understands blocking angles and positioning. He has added over 15 pounds since I-day.

Junior Alex Brown earned the third string spot on the depth chart at left guard this spring. Brown (6-3”, 266) was moved from defensive end to offensive guard during the past year. He was highly regarded as both a tight end or a defensive end coming out of White Knoll high school in South Carolina. Alex is a good athlete. He'll just need some time to develop now that he's found a position.

The new third string right guard is junior Jeremiah Robbins. The 6-2”, 290-pound guard has played on the JV team the last two seasons. Robbins was a starting offensive tackle at the Naval Academy Prep School. Robbins is a tenacious and tough mauler. Jeremiah has a real mean streak and loves to hit. He works to finish all his blocks. He isn't a great natural athlete but he is relentless blocker who plays all out through the whistle. The opposition needs to keep their eye on Robbins because I remember him being so chippy at NAPS that you'd would think he played for Air Force. He is a hard working overachiever. I predicted in the I-day report that Robbins work ethic could get him in the mix on the three deep depth chart by his sophomore year. It took until this spring.

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