Navy Spring Review: Defensive End II

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 defensive ends (right).

RIGHT DEFENSIVE END
Starter: Sean Reaver Sr.
Backups: A.K. Akpunku Sr.
Third String: Nnamdi Uzoma Jr.

Senior Sean Reaver won the starting right defensive end job this spring. He has played on special teams the last two years. Reaver, a 6-4”, 255-pound, defensive end attracted interest from a number of FBS schools coming out of high school based on his sack production. Fortunately for Navy, he didn't pass the eyeball test since many Division I coaches viewed him as undersized. Reaver has filled out his frame and added thirty pounds since his senior year in high school. I remember Reaver as the most productive defensive end at the Naval Academy Prep School in 2011. He is a very intense, aggressive player who has demonstrated the ability to rush the passer.

Senior A.K. Akpunku is the backup at right defensive end. He appeared in six games last season and made four tackles. He was used as an outside linebacker as a plebe and moved to defensive end as a sophomore. I saw Akpunku play outside linebacker at the Naval Academy Prep School and was impressed with his quickness. Akpunku (6-3”, 242) is a good athlete. He looks the part of a Division I player even if he's undersized for the defensive line. AK has good speed, is strong and has the potential ability to pressure the quarterback.

Nnamdi Uzoma, a junior this fall, is the younger brother of former Navy linebacker Obi Uzoma. Uzoma offers good size at 6-3” and weighs 245 pounds. A good athlete once timed at 4.68 in the forty yard dash, he appeared in three games last year. He attended the Naval Academy Prep School but didn’t play a down. During his physical it was uncovered that he had incurred knee damage during his high school career. The decision was made to perform surgery so he missed the NAPS season. Uzoma has added 25 pounds since his I-day.

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