Navy Spring Review: Striker LB

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 striker (outside) linebackers.

STRIKER LINEBACKER
Starters: Myer Krah Sr.
Backups: Josiah Powell Jr.
Third String: Kikau Pescaia Sr.

The biggest post spring practice news was William Tuider's decision to leave the football team, but remain at the academy. Tuider had won the open striker linebacker spot this spring after Chris Johnson graduated. Senior Myer Krah (5-10”, 206) moved up to the starting spot. He was moved to outside linebacker this spring from cornerback. Krah started three of the 13 games he appeared in last fall. Krah made 21 tackles, had two passes defensed, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble. Myer played outside linebacker against South Alabama last year. Krah has really worked hard in the weight room and filled out his frame. He wasn't the fastest cornerback but did a nice job playing the ball in coverage. Krah is a strong, physical player who makes plays despite just respectable forty yard dash time. Krah is a good athlete with a 34-inch vertical leap. He has been one of the team's best special team performers.

Junior Josiah Powell (6-3”, 215) is the backup striker linebacker. Powell had one of the most memorable one look performances I ever remember seeing at NAPS. Powell was the starting Striker outside linebacker for the Naval Academy Prep School in 2012 in the opener against Dean and his performance was memorable. He made a huge impact with seven tackles, two sacks flying off the edge and he knocked down two passes in coverage. He unfortunately suffered a season ending injury in the third quarter when he broke a bone in his ankle. Josiah had surgery on his ankle and had a plate inserted which was later removed. He looks to me like one of the most talented athletes on the 2012 NAPS team but I haven't seen much of him since. Josiah was healthy last spring and was back in playing shape. Hopefully he can show he's more than a one game wonder.

Senior Kikau Pescaia (5-11", 216) is the brother of former Navy football player Kahikola Pescaia. He played in five games last fall and posted a tackle. The senior has added twenty pounds since his I-day and worked his way up the depth chart. Pescaia played Rover at the Naval Academy Prep School before being moved to outside linebacker due to other player’s injuries. He possesses average speed but is a solid wrap-up tackler with good instincts. The striker position is loaded from top to bottom and is one of the deepest positions on the defense.

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