Navy Preview 2008: Special Teams

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

Overview: A clutch kicker and a super returner are gone, leaving big holes to fill in 2008.

Starters lost:

Joey Bullen (PK)
Greg Veteto (PT)
Reggie Campbell (P/KOR)

Returning starters: NONE.

Others to watch: Matt Harmon (PK, 5-10, 185, Sr.)-Played in 10 games making a perfect 15 of 15 point after attempts and 6 of 10 in field goal attempts while filling in for the injured Joey Bullen. He booted his longest field goal from 46 yards.
Jon Teague (KO/PT) (6-3, 195, Fr.)
Kyle Delahooke (PT) (6-1, 202, So.)
Joe Buckley (PT) (5-9,177, So.)
Mario Washington (PR) (5-9,184,So.)
John Angelo (PR) (5-9, 176, So.)
Emmett Merchant (KOR) (5-9, 186, So.)- During the 2007 season had 2 kickoff returns for 87 yards. One went for 57 yards.
Shun White (KOR) (5-9, 190, Sr.)
Scott Reider (LS) (6-0, 226, Sr.)- Saw action in 12 games. Plays linebacker too.
Jerry Feehery (LS) (6-0, 195, Sr.)
Jarod Bryant (HLD) (5-10, 189, Sr.)
Kyle Delahooke (HLD) (6-1, 202, So.)

Projected starters:

Matt Harmon (PK)
Kyle Delahooke (PT)
Mario Washington (PR)
Emmett Merchant (KOR)
Scott Reider (LS)
Jarod Bryant (HLD)

Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo comments

"I feel good about our specialists. Our returners are capable of breaking off some big plays."

Navy special teams power rating (1-10): 7.1

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