Navy Midshipmen 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook
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Navy Midshipmen 2016 Preview
The Navy Midshipmen move from being an independent to a member of the American in 2016.
Overview: Navy no longer has the dependable Keenan Reynolds and Ken Niumatalolo must find another quarterback and ball distributor to run the option.
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Offense: Tago Smith takes over under center for the Middies but there is no way he can even come close to matching the production of Reynolds with 300 rushing yards and almost 250 passing yards over his career. Navy loses it’s top four runners and 3,000+ yards but Dishan Romine, Shawn White, Calvin Cass Jr. and Tuneo Gulley have shown ability albeit in limited opportunities. Jamir Tillman paced Navy with 29 catches for almost 600 yards and is the only real receiving threat. The Midshipmen lost their entire offensive line but return three players with starting experience and it seems like a gimme that the line will find somebody.
Defense: The Navy defense never garners mush attention but probably deserves some mention as they have generally held their own on the scoreboard. The Middies do have questions on the defensive line where three of their top four are gone leaving DE Amos Mason as the top returner with five TFL and four passes broken up. However, the Midshipmen look solid at linebacker with the top five back led by Micah Thomas and Daniel Gonzalez and their combined 111 tackles including 8.5 TFL while the top five totaled 19.5 TFL altogether. The Navy secondary will lean on corner Brendon Clements (suspended earlier) and FS Daiquan Thomasson and their 16 passes defensed as the coaching staff looks to fill some voids.
Special Teams: Navy gets back punter Alex Barta and DJ Grant-Johnson takes over as placekicker while Dishan Romine brings explosiveness to kick returner.
Outlook: I love Navy and how they maximize their talent to great success on a yearly basis. I see the Middies heading to the postseason but probably needing a few years before threatening for the AAC title.
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