GoMids.com will look at this year’s incoming freshman class by position. The Navy triple option revolves around the quarterback. Brilliant superstar quarterback Keenan Reynolds is entering his final season. He is one of a kind. Navy will look toward this class to join the quarterback competition for next season. GoMids.com will now take a look at the new Midshipmen quarterbacks.
Zach Abey (6-2”, 218) started as the quarterback for the Naval Academy Prep School last fall. Abey is a local player from Pasadena, Maryland. He was the quarterback at Archbishop Spalding and named. Baltimore Sun's Offensive Player of the Year in 2013. Zach carried the ball 238 times for 1,663 rushing yards, averaged 6.95 yards per carry and scored 19 touchdowns. Abey completed 65 of 136 passes, for a 47.8 percent completion percentage and 874 passing yards. He threw 10 touchdown passes against 10 interceptions. On defense, as a safety, he made 37 tackles and picked off six passes.
Zach Abey was the best quarterback at the Naval Academy Prep School last fall. Abey and the entire offense struggled early as they dropped their first two games against Nassau Community College and Lackawanna College. Abey led NAPS in rushing in both games as he ran for 67 yards against NCC and 64 yards versus Lackawanna. Zach was the hero in the 28-17 road victory over the Globe Institute of Technology. Abbey drove NAPS 99 yards, after being pinned on their on 1-yard line, for the game winning score. Abey produced 93 of the 99 yards himself on the drive. He finished the drive by scoring on a 44-yard touchdown run. Abbey played his best game on a brutally windy and rainy day versus nationally ranked Hudson Valley Community College in Newport. Abey led the team to the win with two rushing touchdowns in the first half. Zach led NAPS's to an 18-2 victory over the previously unbeaten Army Prep team in the annual Reasoner Trophy clash. Abey opened the scoring for the Rams with a one yard quarterback sneak. Zach later hit wide receiver Trenton Swinton for an 11-yard touchdown pass.
Zach Abey is an athletic quarterback who runs well. He has good speed. He is a tough, very physical downhill runner when carrying the ball in the alley. At NAPS he seemed like a B-back at times was playing quarterback because he ran so hard. Zach did a nice job breaking tackles and picking up extra yards after contact. He improved his ball handling as the season progressed. The key for Abey moving forward is how he will develop as a passer. He won't remind anyone of Keenan Reynolds throwing the ball. Zach has a below average if serviceable arm for an option quarterback. Zach Abey's key issue is improving his throwing accuracy. Right now he misses too many open receivers and was picked off at times when he forced the ball into coverage. Abey is a good athlete. If his passing doesn't improve he can still help the Mids down the road at either B-back or at safety where he excelled in high school. Abey originally committed to Buffalo but decided to change his commitment to Navy.
Garret Lewis (6-1”, 200) split playing time at quarterback last season for the Naval Academy Prep School. Lewis is a dual threat three year starter from SipseyValley high school in Alabama. Lewis completed 108-of-210 passes (51.4%) for 2,067 passing yards with 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions as a senior in 2013. He carried the ball 124 times for 782 yards, a 6.5 average and added six rushing touchdowns. Lewis did a solid job at NAPS but he seemed to take a little bit longer to pick up the system. Garrett didn't make as many plays as Abey in the games I saw but flashed his ability at times. In the Globe Institute of Technology game he ripped off a 39-yard touchdown run.
Garret Lewis spent last fall adapting to playing under center in an option offense after being in a passing spread attack in high school. Lewis had the best throwing arm of all the quarterbacks at prep school. He's not always an accurate passer but he can make some tough throws under pressure and down the field. Lewis isn't as fast as Abey but was faster than he looked on his high school tape. He has a nice short area burst but is a bit of a straight line North-South runner without a lot of moves. Garret doesn't break a lot of tackles after initial contact. He has ability but needs some time in the weight room to mature and get stronger. Lewis chose Navy over interest from Charleston Southern, Jacksonville State, Murray State and West Alabama.
Ken Niumatalolo's staff added three direct admit quarterbacks in Brandon Coleman (photo above), Cole Euverard and Derek Morefield. Brandon Coleman (5-10", 175) is a direct admit from Archbishop Stepinac in White Plains, New York. Coleman threw for 1,036 passing yards and 11 touchdowns with a 62% completion percentage last year. He showed his speed and quickness with 611 rushing yards, and 9 rushing touchdowns. He was named first team All-League, second team All-County and second team All-Area. He ran a shotgun spread offense at Archbishop Stepinac. Coleman is a quick runner who can accelerate in a running lane but lacks a true top end gear in the open field. Brandon does have quick feet and is a strong runner for his size. Coleman has the typical arm for an option quarterback. He doesn't drive the ball on out patterns or down the field on his throws. He showed he can deliver the ball on the move and when throwing off his back foot. Coleman has the speed and athleticism to help at quarterback, slotback or cornerback. He chose Navy over offers from Army, Harvard, Yale and Davidson.
Cole Euverard (6-0", 195) is a direct admit quarterback from Montgomery Bell Academy in Tennessee. Cole was named this year's Mr. Football recipient for Tennessee Division II Class AA. Euverard was a two-year starter for his father who was his head coach in high school. Euverard threw for 1,868 yards with 17 touchdowns against six interceptions in 2014. He added 768 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground. Cole Euverard earned first-team All-State and All-Midstate while he carried his team to the state championship. As a passer Euverard has a strong arm, a quick release and throws a nice ball. He moves well in the pocket and can throw the ball off the wrong foot. When running the ball he usually plants his foot and goes North-South. Cole runs hard but lacks a second gear. He's added some weight since high school.
Direct admit quarterback Derek Morefield is a 5-11", 190-pound player from Cimarron-Memorial High School in Las Vegas, Nevada. Morefield had no offers and reached out to the Navy staff with his film and received an offer. Derek was a three year starter. Morefield threw for 1,430 yards, completed 46 percent of his passes with 13 passing touchdowns and nine interceptions as a senior. Derek ran for six rushing touchdowns last year. He served as team captain and led his school to a berth in the state quarterfinals. Morefield is a left handed quarterback who lacks arm strength and accuracy. Derek has very quick feet and average speed.
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