2023 Navy Midshipmen Spring Primer
Damn the Torpedoes! Full speed ahead! Folk's, the second most exciting time in college football is finally here. The utterly meaningless taste of gridiron is back, the spring practice game. There is a lot to look forward to this time around, though. Navy features perhaps its most talented team to date. It also is breaking in new schemes on both sides of the ball as they adjust to the bevy of talent that Coach TheTodd has recently brought in. Along with the talent he has brought in, Coach TheTodd is also quite handsome.
Here are five things to look out for in the upcoming spring skirmish.
1) Good against good in a test of scheme
The 1st team offensive will be facing off against the 1st team defense to gauge scheme fit. Although Navy featured one of its best offenses in school history last year, Coach Todd has emphasized that the scheme will always be tailored to the strengths of the players. With the addition of true-freshmen, expected starters Keandre Mack and Ethan Hart, Navy will look for the best way to get everyone involved and really spread the ball around. As such, the offense will be practicing new ways to adapt their scheme to fit these speedy WRs, surrounded by a capable line and great TE.
Navy also brought in three talented DTs the last recruiting cycle to replace the productive outgoing senior, Zion Salcedo. Navy is looking to get talented DTs Charone Barfield and Kembrall Hall involved in the game to assess the best defensive formation to get the most skill on the field as possible. Navy will likely remain in it's base 3-4 defense, but will be exploring ways to get both DTs involved in the game. The #2 defense on the Navy Blue team will be lining up in 4-3.
Coach Todd also added, "due to circumstances beyond comprehension of mere Sim mortals, it is destiny that we shall run this spring game at full speed, full tackle, and with pads, injuries be damned!"
2) Watch out for these true freshmen phenoms slated to start in 2023
WR Ethan Hart 5-11 185 Fr John Carroll (Bel Air MD) 2.0 of 4.0 [Speed]
WR Keandre Mack 6-2 162 Fr St. John's (Washington DC) 2.0 of 4.0 [Speed]
For the sake of parity and position battle, Hart and Mack have been placed on separate teams. Both true freshmen are expected to start at #2 and #3 respectively for the Midshipmen. With the addition of these two, AAC QB of the Year Zach Lombardi will finally have some talent to work with, so the spring game should set the tone for the rest of the season. Current #4 WR Jaden Spillman has a chance to challenge for a starting role, pending how he does in the game.
DT Charone Barfield 6-6 317 Fr St. Frances Academy (Baltimore MD) 2.0 of 4.5 [2-Gap]
DT Kembrell Hall 6-7 321 Fr St. John's (Washington DC) 2.0 of 4.5 [2-Gap]
With talented will and mike linebackers, Navy will almost certainly remain in it's 3-4 formation. As such, only one of these talented DTs will likely be able to start. The spring game will not only decide the position battle, but also settle whether one of the DTs will be redshirted or possibly used in a rotational role.
P Blaine Dwyer 6-2 184 Fr Suitland (District Heights MD) 2.5 of 4.5 [Accuracy]
Dwyer was a last minute add for the Midshipmen, after coach Grvy realized he couldn't raid Maryland. It is entirely possible he starts, but he will be locked in competition with Ari Timmons.
3) How do I reach these kids
It is not just true freshmen that will be making an impact for Navy. The entire WR corp will feature sophomores and below. Other position groups to feature starting underclassmen include, FB, C, DT, LDE, ROLB, LOLB, CB #2 & #3, P, KR, and LS. Navy's youth bodes well for the future. It could mean growing pains, but Coach Todd has been happy with what he has seen in practice. Further, many of these starters have at least one year in the system. Navy will rely on experienced upperclassmen at QB, RB, TE, OT/OG, RDE, ILB, CB, Safety, and K.
4) A sneak preview of the future and returns to glory
Although the Gold Team will feature the less-talented offense, it will still be a lot of fun, and harken back to the good ol' 2021 days. The indispensable Isaiah Best will be leading a slightly depleted Gold Team offense on the field of battle, featuring 5* freshman RB Deon Bowman. Bowman was the crown jewel of the 2022 recruiting class, but Coach Todd has decided to redshirt him to let him grown and learn under seasoned vet Raymond McDowell. Still, it will be a lot of fun to see what the future holds under Bowman. He will be teaming up with Best to run that lovely spread option offense from days of yore. Suffice it to say, it will be a ton of fun to see the speedsters Bowman and Best testing the second-string defense of the Navy Blue team. We will also see previews of other freshmen likely to be redshirted including:
WR Isaiah Thompson 6-4 198 Fr DePaul Catholic (Wayne NJ) 1.0 of 4.0 [Speed]
OG Damian Meade 6-5 315 Fr Friends (Wilmington DE) 1.0 of 4.5 [Run Blocking]
DE Nick Waller 6-7 256 Fr North Harford (Pylesville MD) 1.0 of 4.0 [Contain]
DT Marc Webb 6-5 284 Fr Good Counsel (Wheaton MD) 1.0 of 4.0 [1-Gap]
CB Xavier Cronin 5-9 196 Fr Williamsport (Williamsport MD) 1.0 of 4.0 [Man Coverage]
FS Andrew Spence 5-11 191 Fr Harrison (Harrison NJ) 1.0 of 4.5 [Zone Coverage]
5) A farewell to portal dwellers
This thing was supposed to cover position battles. But every position battle was already covered in point 2. So here, I will instead speculate on who all could be leaving the midshipmen, and therefore likely be playing there last game in Annapolis this weekend. Those likely to transfer include 4* QB Isaiah Best and a handful of meaningless 3* players that are just filling depth. To these players, Coach Todd has wished them the best of luck in future endeavors, also adding, "you will be court marshaled for abandoning your duties to God and Country. Also, we need you for the pending war with Iran."