If the Irish are to keep a reign on the Mids' offense they'll need to keep an eye on slotback Gee Gee Greene. One of the fastest players on the Navy squad, Greene has rushed for 1,246 yards during his career while averaging an impressive seven yards a carry. Greene, who has excellent leaping ability, is also a threat to catch the ball. Irish fans might remember his 9-yard touchdown reception last season in South Bend and a crucial rushing score to conclude the first half in the Mid's 35-17 over Notre Dame in 2010. Navy doesn't pass much, but last season Greene caught 11 balls and four of those went for scores.
New Navy starting quarterback Trey Miller is considered to be a more accurate passer than last year's starter, Kriss Proctor, so look for Greene to record more receptions while continuing to be a threat to go the distance while running with the ball.
#2 -- FB Noah Copeland (5-10, 205 So.)
The fullback has always been an important part of Navy's option offense. Last year's starter, Alexander Teich, has since graduated and Navy is relying on Noah Copeland to fill Teich's shoes. Copeland has played well in preseason scrimmages but still has yet to carry the ball in an actual game for the Mids. However, the Navy staff and observers of the program have full confidence in him.
Copeland has been a star at every level he has played. He dominated in high school rushing for 2,328 yards while scoring 35 touchdowns and averaging nearly eight yards a carry. At the Naval Academy Prep School, he gained a record 1,184 yards and scored 11 touchdowns in just eight games. If he can continue this sort of domination at the college level Navy might just surprise the Irish in Dublin.
#3 -- QB Trey Miller (6-0, 199 Jr.)
As mentioned earlier, Miller has a strong, accurate arm and also is an elusive runner. Last season in a backup role he gained 150 yards in only nine carries while completing 12-of-29 passes for 205 yards and three touchdowns. Miller made his the first start of his career at Notre Dame where he completed just 5-of-13 passes for 33 yards and the aforementioned scoring pass to Greene. Miller has had an exceptional preseason camp but according to head coach Ken Niumatalolo he still needs to improve on his reads.
#4 -- WR Brandon Turner (6-4, 225 Sr.)
Navy's top returning wide receiver, Turner missed the first two weeks of preseason practice because he failed to successfully complete a required physical assessment test. Within the past week Turner was able to pass the test and is now practicing with the team. Last season Turner was a big play man for the Mids and caught 14 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns. He also posed a significant threat to opponents because of his solid blocking ability. In order to beat Notre Dame Navy will need Turner to quickly get back to his 2011 form.
#5 -- LG Josh Cabral (6-3, 297 Sr.)
Cabral has been a stalwart on the Navy offensive line for the past two seasons. With 25 consecutive starts under his belt, Cabral was a starter two years ago when the Mids defeated the Irish 35-17 at East Rutherford, New Jersey. The California native's solid blocking in that game helped to open holes which enabled fullback Alexander Teich to rush for 210 yards. Navy now will depend on the veteran Cabral to provide leadership on the offensive line as Navy attempts to down the Irish in Dublin.