Although the Navy football media guide lists Jerry Hauburger's hometown as
Both Hauburger and
"We were always on the same side of the ball (in high school), but maybe I can get to go up against him," said Hauburger.
If that opportunity does present itself, Hauburger said that he will not lose focus.
"It will be the first time I will play anybody from my high school, and he may have been my friend back then, but times have changed and I will have to do my job," he said.
Hauburger who said he wasn't recruited by Navy until his senior year did receive some passing interest from the Terps as well as from FCS schools,
"(In the end) I thought the
Hauburger, who entered the fall camp even with sophomore Collin Sturdivant for the starting job at outside linebacker, also had to hold off a late charge by another sophomore, Brye French. In addition to the fierce competition, Hauburger also had to overcome a knee injury he suffered early last season.
However the senior said his knee is "100 percent" and that he is ready to go against the Terrapins.
Speaking of the geographically close opponent, Hauburger wasn't interested in talking about the whole notion of Navy being favored against
"I'm not going to get into the news and who is favored. I'm just going to show up on September 6th and let you guys see the outcome," he said.
And when asked if he thought whether Navy had closed the perceived talent gap with
"For me, talent isn't everything. I think for a team to be successful, they have to have some talent, but it all comes down to the heart of the team – how they play – the drive to win. Talent can't win games – not on the Division One level. You need all 11 players playing together to win a game."
And according to Hauburger, the lack of significant playing time for three of the linebackers at Navy shouldn't be an issue against
"We have some good guys at linebacker. We may be young, but we will fly to the ball. We know our assignments and we will get our job done – regardless of our inexperience."