Meet the New Mids: Fullbacks and Slotbacks

Navy recently announced the newest players to join the Navy football team.'s Jim Lawler will now introduce the new Mid slotbacks and fullbacks including, Anthony Gargiulo, Treveon Walker, Mike Martin, Akili Taylor, Cameron Dudeck, Bryan Hammond and Travis Pospisil. continues its look at this year’s Midshipmen freshman football class by position. This was a bit of a recruiting feast and famine story when you look at the respective A and B backs in the new Midshipmen class. The Navy football staff has once again added speed, depth and talent with the new slotback recruits. It was a nice group. The slotback, or A-Back, position has been the deepest positions on the team the last few years. Fullback, or B-back, had only one player make it to I-day. Ken Niumatalolo and the staff have moved some of the bigger slotbacks over to B-back so the position still has depth.

Navy added just one true fullback in Anthony Gargiulo, a 6-2”, 230- pounder, who started at B-back for the Naval Academy Prep School until he was hurt last fall. He was a running back and linebacker at Colts Neck high school in New Jersey. Gargiulo ran for 1,666 yards and scored a school-record 27 touchdowns in 2013. He was Colts Neck’s all-time leading rusher and ran for over 1,000-yards in his last two years. Gargiulo finished his career with school career records for rushing yards with 3,436, touchdowns with 47 and tackles with 367. As a senior he led Colts Neck with a school record 140 tackles, had four sacks and an interception return for a touchdown. Anthony was a Shore Sports Network first-team All-Shore selection.

Gargiulo played well at B-back last year until he was injured halfway through the season. He dominated against Bridgton Academy when had three touchdowns. In the game against Globe Institute of Technology he scored on a one yard run following a bad snap by the Globe Tech’s punt team. He is the classic big old school fullback. Gargiulo runs hard and has solid straight line speed. He currently runs a little too upright but should improve with more reps in the system. Anthony is not as elusive as some of the other B-backs we've seen join the program over the past few years. He is healthy now and ready for summer camp. Gargiulo selected Navy over Sacred Heart, Villanova and Wagner.

NAPS head coach J.P. Shevory always rotates multiple A-backs in his offense. Treveon Walker was the best slotback at the Naval Academy Prep School last fall. Walker (5-9”, 190) is from Texas high school in Texarkana, Texas. He played two years on the varsity and emerged with a huge senior year. Treveon ran for 1,287 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns for Texas high which won the District 14-4A championship. Walker demonstrated at NAPS he is a terrific athlete with excellent speed, hands and elusiveness. Walker can run, block and catch. He has nice run skills and very quick feet. He can cut, juke and accelerate. He usually makes the first man miss and finishes his runs. Treveon is surprisingly strong for his size and added about fifteen pounds since high school in the weight room. He did a really nice job cut blocking on the perimeter. Walker should be in the depth chart mix early in his career at Navy if he keeps improving.

Mike Martin (6-1”, 195) was one of the better slotbacks who played last fall for the Naval Academy Prep School. Martin had a huge senior season at Pine Bush high school in New York. He ran for 1,515 yards on 202 carries, a 7.5 average and 21 touchdowns. Mike earned third-team Class AA All-State selection as a senior. Martin showed his speed on a 25-yard touchdown run versus Globe Institute of Technology. Martin is a big strong A-back. He has good straight line speed when he gets a pitch in the alley. He runs a little stiff and lacks a lot of secondary moves. However, Martin is still a good fit for this offense since he has the speed to take a pitch the distance if he gets a running lane. He offers nice size as a blocker. Mike should eventually emerge as a contributor. He chose Navy over Army, New Hampshire and Marist.

Akili Taylor (5-7”, 197) was used as both A-back and B-back at NAPS. He was an All-State honors winner from Bishop Ready high school in Ohio. Taylor ran for more than 1,600 yards and 24 scores in 2013. Akili has 4.6 speed in the forty-yard dash. He was moved to B-back in October after a number of injuries. Shortly after the move he broke his collarbone and missed the rest of the season. Taylor is fast, plays hard and is a good blocker. He is a solid player but is smaller and not as athletic at the other A-backs already mentioned. He is healthy entering this summer and will compete at slotback. Taylor chose Navy over Kent State.

Cameron Dudeck is a 5-foot-9, 195-pound slotback who played last fall for the Naval Academy Prep School. Cameron's followed his older brother, former Mid wide receiver Brendan Dudeck, to Navy. Dudeck played for his father at the Hun school in New Jersey as a wide receiver. In 2013 he caught 27 passes for 234 yards and a touchdown as a senior. Dudeck is a little shorter than his brother but has a similar skill set. Dudeck lacks standout speed or athleticism. Cameron is a coach's son and a very smart player who understands the offense and his role. He offers some quickness, very good hands, has the ability to adjust to a pass and is a willing blocker.

Bryan Hammond (5-10”, 190) attended the Naval Academy Prep School but didn't play. He spent last year rehabilitating a serious knee injury that occurred during his senior year. Hammond is expected to play at slotback. As a running back at The Colony high school in Texas the explosive Hammond ran for 1,572 yards and 22 touchdowns in just eight games before he tore the ACL in his right knee. Hammond ended his high school career as the school's career leader with 3,656 rushing yards and 45 touchdowns. Bryan was a dominant running back in high school. The question for Hammond is his health and how much speed and ability he may have left, if any, on the operating table. If healthy he has the chance to develop into a quality player at slotback. Bryan offers rare size and speed for a Navy A-back. If fully recovered he has big time ability and a nice upside at slotback.

The Mids added a familiar name at slotback with the addition direct admit of Travis Pospisil from Texas. Travis Pospisil (5-10", 198) is the younger brother of former Navy linebacker and defensive captain Ross Pospisil. He was a three year starter at Champion High School who ran for 1,864 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior. Travis added 238 receiving yards with another four touchdowns. He earned 2014 Offensive MVP in his district, first team All-Area, and Academic All-State. As a junior he posted 1,272 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. He won his district's 100-meter dash and has an impressive personal best time of 10.66. Travis is a slashing runner with surprising speed. Pospisil is fulfilling his dream of following in his brothers footsteps at Navy.

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