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5 Navy Players to Watch vs. SMU

Demo breaks down five Navy players to watch against SMU in the Mustangs' regular season finale at Ford Stadium on Saturday.

Sr. QB Will Worth

Started the season as Navy’s backup quarterback, but a season-ending injury to Tago Smith, put Worth in command of the Midshipmen offense. Prior to this season, Worth had attempted just one pass since 2013 and it was incomplete. Ten games into his tenure as the starter, Worth has proven that he can do it all. He has rushed for 1074 rushing yards with 22 touchdowns, and has passed for 1259 yards with seven more scores.

Sr. WR Jamir Tillman

After a solid 2015 season, Tilman is on pace to eclipse last year’s totals and position himself as one of the best receivers in program history.  His 31 catches are already more than last season’s 29 and his 525 yards are just 42 yards shy of last year’s 597. This season he is 16.9 yards per reception this year, which is down from his 20.6 ypc in 2015. He also only has one touchdown this season.

Jr. LB Micah Thomas

Thomas leads the team with 72 total tackles, with two tackles for a loss. This is his second season as a starter for Navy and is one tackle away from equaling his 2015 total. He had 2.5 sacks last year and has yet to get to the quarterback in 2016 so he might be due. At 6-1, 249 pounds, the Midshipmen feel he is one of their largest linebackers in a long time and one of their biggest hitters.

Frosh. S Alohi Gilman

A true freshman, Gilman is second on the team with 52 tackles, three for a loss and one forced fumbles with two fumble recoveries. He is a graduate of Kahuku High School in Hawai’i where he was a three sport athlete. He received All-State honors as a senior, was all-region as a junior, and was a Poly All-American. Navy seems to have found a good one, as the 6-0, 200 pound safety has earned his spot on the field with sure tackling and big hit ability.    

Jr. OLB D.J. Palmore

Palmore has 41 total tackles this season, eight for a loss and leads the team with five sacks. He has also broken up two passes, forced a fumble and blocked a kick.  The 6-3, 236 pound linebacker can stuff the run, get after the quarterback and he can also drop back in coverage. He impressed in his sophomore season, making 13 starts and finishing with 36 tackles, two sacks and five tackles for a loss. He has already beaten last year’s totals and doesn’t show any sign of slowing down. 

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