Preview 2008: Navy Receivers

As part of's continuing preview of the 2008 Navy football season today will take a look at the receivers. The Mids open their 2008 season on August 30th against Towson in Annapolis.

Overiew: Despite the fact that they don't catch a ton of passes in the triple option offense (only 74 receptions in 2007), the Navy receiver positions are still a vital segment of the Mids offense.

Starters lost:

O.J. Washington

Returning starters:

Tyree Barnes (6-2, 197, Sr.) - A gifted blocker, Barnes can also catch. Caught 10 passes for 168 yards and 1 touchdown during the 2007 season. Had 3 catches, including a 41-yarder, in the offensive explosion against North Texas.

Others to watch:

Mario Washington (5-9, 184, Sr.)- Moved to No. 2 on the depth chart at one WR position after the spring.
Nick Henderson (6-4, 212, Jr.)- No. 3 on the depth chart behind Washington at one WR spot.
Curtis Sharp (6-4, 247, Sr.)- Bruising blocker who was in a dead heat with Thiel to take over Washington's starting position after spring drills.
T.J. Thiel (6-0, 192, Sr.)- Battling Sharp for the starter's job.
Mike Schupp (5-10, 180, So.)
Matt Bova (6-0, 185, So.)
Greg Harrell (6-4, 200, So.)
Mike Schupp (5-10, 165, So.)
Eric Montgomery (6-1, 185, Jr.)
Mike Mathews (6-1, 191, Jr.)
James Dryden (6-3, 206, Jr.)

Projected starters:

Tyree Barnes
Curtis Sharp OR
T.J. Thiel

Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo comments

"I think we have a solid group of wide receivers ... Tyree has been a very productive player for us and I think that Curtis and T.J. complement each other at the other wide out. I am excited about the potential of some of our young receivers."

Navy Receivers power rating (1-10): 7.6

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