Navy DBs, Army LBs lead Defensive Picks

Scout.com continues its second annual All-Service Academy Football Team with selections for Defense and Specialists. Navy led the way with five selections including three in its secondary. Army had three first-team picks including two linebackers. And Air Force had three selections including senior Jake Paulson. Rounding out the team, Ryan Harrison squeaked past Matt Harmon for kicking honors.

First Team Defense

 

DL:     Nate Frazier                                       Navy

Comments: His stats won't turn many heads (44 tackles including 9 stops behind the line of scrimmage), but Frazier demanded double teams all season long which allowed freshman Jabaree Tuani to shine. His best game probably came against Army, as the Mids held their rivals to only 2.8 yards per rush (102 yards in total).

 

DL:     Josh McNary                                     Army

Comments: McNary will form with LB Stephen Anderson to form a solid core for Army over the next two seasons. The sophomore, who was greatly missed in the Navy game, led the Cadets in tackles for a loss (12) and sacks (4.5). Those are impressive stats considering McNary is only 6-1 and 231 lbs.

 

DL:     Jake Paulson                                      Air Force

Comments: People like to call Air Force's d-line ‘undersized' but that shouldn't apply to the 6-5, 265 lb Paulson who caused havoc all year for opposing offenses. He led the Falcons with 14.5 tackles for a loss and nine sacks. He also made 52 tackles and recovered 2 fumbles.

 

LB:     Frank Scappaticci                             Army

Comments: Scappaticci did everything for the Cadets including leading the team in tackles (97) and interceptions (3). The senior will be difficult to replace, but don't be surprised if Rich Ellerson moves Anderson over to the middle spot next season.

 

LB:     Ken Lamendola                                 Air Force       

Comments: The sophomore came out of nowhere to fill the huge void left by Drew Fowler, leading the Falcons in tackles (118). He also added 4.5 tackles for a loss, 3 sacks and 1 interception. Lamendola's best game came against Navy when he registered a season-high 14 tackles.

 

LB:     Stephen Anderson                             Army

Comments: Anderson is probably the best all-around player for the Cadets. Even though he only played in 10 games (starting the last nine), the sophomore was second on the team in tackles (82) and tackles for a loss (11). Anderson registered 10 stops in the season finale against Navy.

 

LB:     Ross Pospisil                                      Navy

Comments:The junior inside linebacker made two of the biggest plays of the year for the Mids. His interception against Rutgers sealed the victory, and his forced fumble against Temple led to an overtime victory. Oh yeah, he also led Navy in tackles with 106, including 64 solo stops.

 

DB:     Wyatt Middleton                               Navy

Comments: Ask Navy defensive coordinator Buddy Green who his best tackler is and without hesitation he will say it's Wyatt Middleton. The sophomore followed up a brillant freshman season (88 tackles) with 80 more stops to help anchor the Mids secondary. With the departure of several starters in the secondary, Middleton will have a much larger role to play next season.

 

DB:     Chris Thomas                                    Air Force

Comments: The junior followed up last season's impressive showing (110 tackles) with another great performance. The second-team All-MWC selection registered 106 stops including eight for a loss from his secondary position. Thomas also had 3 sacks and four fumble recoveries for the Falcons.

 

DB:     Jeff Deliz                                            Navy

Comments: Deliz returned from an injury to help make the Mids the most improved defense in the country when it comes to points allowed. Deliz was constantly seen pummeling opposing ball carriers from his rover position. His 82 tackles were third on the team with 17 of the stops coming against Notre Dame.

 

DB:     Rashawn King                                   Navy

Comments: The term ‘shutdown corner' is rarely applicable to service academy players, but King came as close as any of his peers in the past decade to earn that title. King's 3 interceptions led the team with the most memorable one going for a TD against Wake Forest in the EagleBank Bowl.

  

 

Honorable Mention

 

DL:      Jabaree Tuani                          Navy

LB:      Corey Johnson                         Navy

LB:      Hunter Altman                         Air Force

DB:     Reggie Rembert                       Air Force

DB:     Lowell Garthwaite                    Army

DL:      Ted Bentler                             Army

 

 

First Team Specialists

K:        Ryan Harrison                         Air Force

P:        Kyle Delahooke                      Navy

PR:      Reggie Rembert                      Air Force

KR:     Reggie Rembert                      Air Force

 

Defense Most Valuable Player

Jake Paulson                                        Air Force

 

Break-Out Players

Jabaree Tuani                                      Navy

Ken Lamendola                                  Air Force

Stephen Anderson                              Army

Matt Harmon                                      Navy


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