Tomlinson catches spark Midshipmen

Wide receiver Jason Tomlinson has given the Navy Midshipmen's run oriented offense a consistent pass catching threat. In the past two games the talented junior has 10 catches; four more catches than in the first three games combined.

In the big win over rival Air Force, Tomlinson snared four catches for 114 yards and one very important touchdown. Against Kent State Tomlinson increased both his catches and yards by one, netting 115 yards receiving on five catches. He is the first Navy player to top 100 yards receiving in back-to-back games since Ryan Read in 1998.

During Saturday's game Tomlinson gave the Mids an early boost during the first quarter when he caught a 47-yard pass from Lamar Owens that set up Navy with a first down at the Kent State 37-yard-line. Later in the third quarter, on a drive in which Navy scored, Tomlinson caught a 22-yard pass, which setup Navy at the Kent State 34-yard-line.

Navy head coach Paul Johnson has been watching the Arlington, Texas native, and has liked what he's seen, "Jason is a real solid player. He is consistent. I think he caught every ball thrown his way."

Despite his outstanding performance on the field, Tomlinson has displayed a modest attitude towards his success and gives all the credit to his teammates.

"You have to give credit to our line. They are giving Lamar the time to throw the ball. It feels good to be able to make the play when called on," said Tomlinson.

Saturday the Midshipmen travel to Rice to make up a game that was postponed due to a hurricane. Tomlinson and his fellow pass catchers might get a chance to catch even more passes against a shaky Owl secondary. That unit is giving up an average of 275 passing yards a game. By registering another good day, Tomlinson can become the first player in Navy history to have three-consecutive 100-yard receiving games.


Jason Tomlinson runs for a TD. (AP/ C. Gardner)

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