Blue and Gold Game Insider Notes Part III

This is Part III of Adam Nettina's Blue and Gold Game Inside Notes. In this part he discusses questions that linger as Summer approaches.

Summer Session: The Questions


While the Midshipmen may have received answers to some their most pressing pre-spring position questions, the last four weeks have both brought about new questions to be answered for the summer and left some previous concerns still unanswered. Here are three questions facing the team coming out of the spring and into the summer.


Will Coach Green be able to find suitable depth in the secondary?


My take: Kwesi Mitchell, John Angelo, and Jesse Iwuji all showed flashes of playmaking ability on the second team defense this spring, but the drop-off from the first to second team members of the secondary still looks considerable. Brian Blick showed promise in that he could learn the position in three weeks as a backup safety, but the Navy defense will likely be looking for more able bodies to test out come August. Backup quarterback Kameron Smith looks like the most likely prospect if he can return from a spring injury.


Will Mike Stukel Compete for Playing Time at slotback?


My take: Why listen to me? Here's what coach Niumatalolo had to say when I asked him:


"Yes he will. He will still be a guy who will compete at quarterback but he is going to get a very good look at ‘A-back' this summer and in camp. As you can see he is one of our faster kids. He has a different speed with the ball in his hands."


Will the team find a kickoff and punt returner?


My take: This was one of the team's biggest spring questions and as predicted will likely be a continued point of contention through the summer and into the fall. We've seen various combinations back at both positions, and as of now all we really know is that Mario Washington, John Angelo, Greg Jones, Gary Myers, and Marcus Curry will all likely get another round of hard looks from the coaching staff. While it's much too early to cross anyone off the list or add new faces, slotback Corey James probably did not do much to help his case this spring.  


Continue to check back throughout the rest of the spring and summer as continues to take an in-depth look at the offseason progress of Ken Niumatalolo's team. As always, Adam Nettina can be reached at and is happy to answer any and all questions or comments.

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