Navy Spring Review: Nose Guard

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 nose guards.

NOSE GUARD
Starter: Bernie Sarra Sr.
Backup: Patrick Forrestal Jr.
Third String: Dylan Fischer So.

Senior nose guard Bernie Sarra (6-1', 303) was voted co-captain by his teammates. It was a well-deserved honor. Sarra played in every game last year and made 38 tackles, had 1/2 a sack and tied for the lead in the nation by blocked three field goals. Sarra is very strong and can bench press well over 400 pounds. He offers a wide body frame but has the ability to slide off a block and fill a gap. Bernie doesn't provide much as a pass rusher but he can definitely hold up against the run and free up the inside linebackers. He once again was a huge reason the Mids shutdown Army's running game for the second consecutive year. Sarra may be the most irreplaceable player on the defense because his backups are unknown quantities.

Patrick Forrestal (6-4', 296) finished spring practice second on the depth chart at nose guard. Forrestal is the son of an Annapolis graduate. Patrick suffered a season-ending knee injury last year against VMI. He is a big, physical junior from Georgia who was a direct admit to the academy. Forrestal has a wide body which he uses well to stuff the run. In his most extensive action against VMI he made three tackles before he was hurt. Forrestal is active and looked like he slimmed down a bit from last year this spring.

Sophomore Dylan Fischer (6-2”, 290) is third on the depth chart at nose guard. Fisher saw action in the Georgia Southern blowout last year. He moved up the depth chart after Forrestal was hurt. I saw him play as an offensive guard at the Naval Academy Prep School because of injuries. Fischer is thick wide body who is strong. He has benched pressed over 330 pounds and can squat over 554 pounds. Dylan seems to have transformed some of his baby fat into muscle. He looked quicker this spring.

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