Navy football has found its three captains for the upcoming season.
During a Zoom call Monday, Ken Niumatalolo announced that seniors Billy Honaker, Cameron Kinley and Jackson Perkins were voted as captains by their teammates.
Honaker enters the year as a starter at right tackle. A year ago, he started 13 games for the Mids and was voted to the All-AAC Second Team after anchoring an offensive line that paved the way to set a school record for rushing yards per-game at 360.6 yards.
After starting at defensive end last year, Perkins is making the switch to the interior defensive line this season. He had four tackles for loss, a sack, a pass breakup and an interception last season.
Kinley, who is also the Naval Academy Class President for the Class of 2021, was the top vote-getter among his teammates. He started 13 games at corner last season, finishing with 38 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, a sack and five pass breakups. Kinley and Perkins’ play help Navy improve from 90th in 2018 to 10th in 2019 in defending the run. Navy was also third-best in the country last season in allowing first downs.
And now, onto the links…
- Most sportsbooks have Navy as a slight favorite to beat BYU on Monday at -1. Tom Fornelli breaks down the spread for CBS Sports.
- At the Deseret News, former BYU defensive coordinator Kelly Poppinga has some advice for defending the triple-option: “Every play on every call that you have, you’ve got to make sure that there’s somebody designated for the dive, somebody that’s designated for the quarterback, and somebody that’s designated for the pitch and there can’t be any hesitation. It has to be like second nature. That’s why sometimes it’s so hard to practice against it. Just getting the timing down is hard because it happens so quickly.”
- Paul Quessenberry is a member of the Patriots’ 80-man roster. The former Navy defensive end is getting reps at fullback and tight end in New England.
- In a story by Bill Wagner at the Capital Gazette, offensive coordinator Ivin Jasper seems optimistic about Dalen Morris starting at quarterback for the Mids. And Morris comes off as confident too.
“Dalen has been on point with his footwork every single day. It’s almost like he’s taken our playbook and mimicked each diagram [perfectly],” Jasper said. “As a senior in the program who has gotten a bunch of reps, he knows what I’m looking for and what he has to do.”
- Also at the Capital, Wagner has an overview of what Navy is going to with the striker position this year after it was decimated by transfers.
- Additionally, per Wagner’s reporting, the Brigade of Midshipmen will not be able to attend the game vs. BYU. There won’t be any pushups in the endzone after Navy touchdowns on Monday.
- Kirk Herbstreit and Rece Davis will be on the call for ESPN when Navy hosts BYU on Sept. 7. Our friends at Vanquish The Foe have more.
- Cougs Daily takes a look at BYU’s depth chart ahead of their meeting with the Mids. They also have five newcomers to watch vs. the Mids. The S.I. affiliate also chats with Todd Karpovich, who covers the Mids for the AP and PressBoxOnline.
- The Mids’ women’s basketball team picked up a commitment from Shannon Clarke. A 6-foot class of 2021 wing from Kansas, she also had offers from Army, Grand Canyon, Air Force, Tulane, North Dakota State, Saint Louis and Colorado State.
The last time @NavyFB played BYU, Frank Schenk was Navy's kicker and the BYU quarterback was Ty Detmer.— Scott Strasemeier (@ScottStras) August 30, 2020
For those updating Patriots rosters at home, TE Paul Quessenberry has been assigned No. 48, giving the Patriots back-to-back Navy alums (Joe Cardona, No. 49). Also, NT Xavier Williams has been assigned No. 98. #knowyournumbers— Mike Reiss (@MikeReiss) August 22, 2020