Five Mids to watch in 2008

Navy's season-opener against Towson is less than three months away. Towson will be the start of another great year, filled with wins, including, hopefully, two over service academies. But the question remains: Who will score the big touchdowns for the Midshipmen? Make the big plays and stops? looks at five Navy players to watch this season in alphabetical order.

Sr. QB Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada: Kaipo's been electric since he jumped in the starting spot midway through his sophomore year.

He's athletic, durable and can run. Kaheaku-Enhada ran for 914 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. He's improved every year and expect him to be even better this fall.

It would be nice to see him have big games against service academy rivals Army and Air Force during his last run.

Sr. FB Eric Kettani: He's big, he's bad, he'll barrel you over. He's Navy's Eric Kettani. The Midshipmen have produced some good fullbacks in the past like Kyle Eckel and Adam Ballard who both had memorable games against Army. Kettani is right up there. Splitting the duties with Ballard, Kettani rushed for 880 yards and 10 touchdowns last season. He could easily go over 1,000 this fall and, once again, will give the Navy a powerful force in the backfield. Kettani has been named to Phil Steele's preseason first-team All-Independent team.

Soph. S Wyatt Middleton: Yes, this kid could be special. As a freshman, Middleton finished second on the team behind Irv Spencer with 88 tackles. Middleton's breakout game came in Navy's historical win over Notre Dame last year. He made 14 tackles. Expect a few more games like that from Middleton this season.

Like Kettani, Middleton has been named to Phil Steele's preseason first-team All-Independent team.

Jr. LB Clint Sovie: If there's one player that's itching to get on the field against Towson, it's Sovie.

Making a tackle on former Rutgers star running back Ray Rice last season, Sovie tore ligaments, missing the rest of the season. He missed the last 11 games of the year.

Sovie, another Phil Steele's preseason first-team All-Independent team pick, was all over the place in 2006. In 13 games, including nine starts, he made 61 tackles with two interceptions. Sovie appears to be a candidate to lead the Midshipmen in tackles this season.

Sr. SB Shun White: Star Reggie Campbell is gone and, indeed, that is a tough blow to Navy. But Campbell's graduation becomes easier to deal with when you consider White is in the mix. White has seen playing time over the last two years. He rushed for 620 yards and seven touchdowns last season and could easily serve as Navy's featured back.

Other Mids to watch: Sr. DE Mike Walsh - The last of Navy's four Phil Steele preseason first-team All-Independent team selections; Sr. SB Jarod Bryant - The back-up quarterback should make things happen as a slot back and returner; Sr. Rover Jeff Deliz - Like Sovie, Deliz went down with a season-ending injury to Rutgers, fracturing his right leg. Deliz should help stabilize a Navy defense that developed after a disappointing first half of the season. Top Stories