Preview 2008: Offensive Line

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

Overview:

Every Navy fan knows the importance of a nasty, seasoned offensive line. The Mids lost three starters from last season but will luckily have some solid experience to draw on in 2008. Here's a look at the Navy offensive line.

Starters lost:

Tackles Josh Meek (LT)

Guards Ben Gabbard (RG)

Center Antron Harper

Returning starters:

Tackles

Andrew McGinn (RT) (6-1, 255, Sr.)- Has seen action in 23 games over his career and started 6 games in 2007. Was injured during the spring.

Guards

Anthony Gaskins (LG) (6-1, 284, Sr.)- Started all 13 games last year. Played a key role in Navy averaging 349 yards rushing per game.

Center

None.

Others to watch:

Tackles

Jeff Battipaglia (6-4, 260, So.)- Hard working sophomore.
Donnie Bowers (6-6, 237, So.)- Rising sophomore.
Andrew Burger (6-3, 272, Jr.)- Saw action against North Texas during the 2007 season.
Sander Gossard (6-4, 272, Sr.)- Saw action in two games last year.
Jeff Lenar (6-6, 276, Jr.)- Big junior who hopes to see action in the fall.
Austin Milke (6-3, 265, Jr.)- Listed as the starter at left tackle after spring drills. Had a good spring and saw action in the win over Army last season.
Matt Molloy (6-3, 280, So.)- Finished the spring listed as the backup at left tackle.

Guards

Osei Asante (6-1, 264, Jr.)- Saw action against Army last season.
Curtis Bass (6-1, 266, Jr.)- won the starting right guard spot in the spring. Played in 8 games last season.
Chad Peterson (6-4, 268, Sr.)- Hard working senior who hopes to see action during the 2008 season.
Mike Von Bargen (6-5, 270, Sr.)- Listed as the backup at left guard after spring drills. Saw action in all 13 games last season.

Centers

Jake Cross (6-2, 275, So.)- Rising sophomore.
Andy Lark (6-0, 289, Jr.)- Won the backup center position during spring drills. Played noseguard last season and saw action in 12 games, picking up 10 tackles.
Ricky Moore (6-4, 295, Sr.)- Listed as the starter at center after spring drills. Played in all 13 games last season. Strong player who squats over 500 pounds.
Patrick Snow (6-1, 250, So.)- Rising sophomore.

Projected starters:

Tackles

Andrew McGinn (RT)
Austin Milke (LT)

Guards

Curtis Bass (RG)
Anthony Gaskins (LG)

Center

Ricky Moore

Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo comments

"I think we have a chance to have a solid offensive line. Anthony Gaskins was one of our best lineman last year and McGinn has performed well at tackle. I was really pleased with the job Ricky Moore did at center during the spring and Bass and Milke has the ability to be productive players for us. We need to continue to build depth during fall practice and find our best seven to eight offensive lineman."

Navy offensive line power rating (1-10): 7.6


Anthony Gaskins started all 13 games in 2007 and will help lead the Midshipmen's offensive line in 2008. (Photo courtesy of U.S. Naval Academy)


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