5. Where the Game Matters Most
4. Hitting the Ground Running
Navy has a ton of experience in the backfield even though Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada is not playing due to a hamstring injury, according to the Annapolis Capital. Bryant at quarterback, Shun at slot and Kettani at fullback all have played extensively in their careers. This experience won't necessarily help with audibles; the still-young offensive line needs to be on board with those, too. Where that experience will help the most is post-snap, on things like option pitches and option reads.
3. Navy's Secondary
I'm interested to see if Navy blitzes and, if so, how much and with whom. Blitzing teams usually leave single coverage on the outside receivers.
So see who defends him and how they do. I don't think Navy switches defensive backs to a specific receiver except in an emergency—the second half of the Duke game last year comes to mind. Then, Kevin Edwards held Eron Riley pretty much in check following Riley's excellent start.
Lee is probably a pretty close approximation to some of the top receivers Navy will see from
2. The Rotation among the Offensive Linemen
Navy uses a rotation of three guards, three tackles but only one center. (For continuity purposes on snapping the ball.)
So I'm curious to see if Andy Lark (#53) or Mike Van Bargen (#64) is the third guard and to see who is the third tackle behind McGinn (#75) and Battipaglia (#61). Especially if the weather is hot, we may find out sooner rather than later.
The situation this year is an oddity because
Usually it's more likely that the quarterback will be a lot taller than the center. So watch the snaps from center. Also watch
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