Navy Spring Review: Outside Linebackers

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 outside linebackers.

RAIDER OUTSIDE LINEBACKERS
Starters: D.J. Palmore So.
Co Starter: Ted Colburn Jr.
Third String: Kevin McCoy So.

The open Raider outside linebacker slot is still up for grabs. It’s a battle is between sophomore D.J. Palmore and junior Ted Colburn. Palmore (photo at right) appeared in five games and made seven tackles last year as a direct admit. He contributed a career-high three tackles at South Alabama. The talented 6-3', 227 pound Palmore offers size, speed and strength for a Navy linebacker. Palamore can bench press over 365 pounds and squat 475 pounds. Palmore is a terrific athlete who was a First Team All-State high school linebacker. He recorded 249 tackles, made 21 sacks and picked off two passes during his high school career. D.J. was also a state champion wrestler and a top high school shot putter. D. J. played well this spring to compete for the starting job.

Junior Ted Colburn left spring practice as co-starter Raider outside linebacker. Colburn appeared in six games last season mostly on special teams. Colburn is a strong athlete who is a former direct admit linebacker from Tuscaloosa County high school in Alabama. He can slip and slide off blocks and deliver a hit. Ted can bench press over 300 pounds and ran a reported 4.77 in the forty yard dash at a high school combine. Colburn understands his assignments and played well this spring.

Sophomore Kevin McCoy (6-4”, 205) won the third string Raider outside linebacker job. McCoy was probably the most talented all round athlete on the NAPS defense in 2013 in my opinion. McCoy is quick, active, good speed off the edge and he dominated at time. He was an impact pass rusher coming off the edge at both NAPS and in high school. McCoy was a late bloomer who didn't play football until high school. Kevin has a tremendous motor and will hustle and chase all game. McCoy has long arms, surprising natural strength with the ability to shed blocks and good acceleration to get up the field and pressure the quarterback. At just 205 pounds he could use some time in the weight room. McCoy has huge upside with the potential to emerge as an impact defender down the road in my opinion.

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