Navy Spring Review: Center

Navy recently completed its spring drills.’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 centers.

Starter: Blaze Ryder Sr.
OR/Starter: Maurice Morris Jr.
Third String: Brandon Greene Jr.
OR/Third string Parker Wade So.
Navy has to replace Tanner Fleming at center. At the end of spring camp two players, senior Blaze Ryder and sophomore Maurice Morris, were listed in a dead heat. Blaze Ryder played in nine games last season and filled in at center for Fleming against Western Kentucky and Air Force. Ryder (5-11”, 265) is the younger brother of former Mid defensive back Wave Ryder. Ryder has played well when called upon the last few years. When Blaze started at center against San Jose State in 2013 he helped Navy rush for 432 yards. Ryder does a nice job with the offensive line calls. He is a short, stocky linemen with surprising quickness. He can deliver a pop off the line. Big junior Maurice Morris is a 6-3”, 315 pound road grader who ended spring camp listed as co-starter at center with Ryder. Last fall he played his first varsity game at Air Force but was injured and did not return to the game. Morris also played in blow outs against VMI and Georgia Southern. Morris may have ended up at Navy because he fractured his foot during his senior year in high school. As a result some of the football factories backed away recruiting him. Morris is a huge body for a Navy lineman. He is big, girthy, wide body who really gets after opposing linemen. He has improved the last year to earn a chance to start.

Brandon Greene was moved from right tackle to center this spring. Greene is a 6-3" 257 pound junior lineman who saw action in six games last year at tackle. He started seven games at right tackle in 2013 before losing the job to Joey Gaston. Greene did a pretty solid job run blocking but really struggled in pass protection. The move inside makes sense. Greene played center at Redlands East Valley High school in California. Direct admit Parker wade (6-2", 265) is battling Greene for a spot on the three deep depth chart. The 6-2" 265 pound moves well and is athletic. He twice earned All-State honors in Tennessee during both his junior and senior seasons. Top Stories