In a bit of a surprise, NCAA Football 14 rates the defense as slightly better than the offense for the Midshipmen. The Navy secondary should be solid, but the front seven will have quite a few holes to fill. Overall, a 74 rating isn’t particularly good for NCAA Football 14. Similar to a school grade, 74 can pass the class, but it’s little more than a passing grade. This mediocre rating means the Midshipmen will be in for quite a few difficult games.
#2 Parrish Gaines, Cornerback - Overall: 82 | Speed: 91 | Coverage: 90
Gaines’ coverage ability will be key as Navy faces many teams who like to spread the ball around the field.
#53 Cody Peterson, Middle Linebacker - Overall: 82 | Awareness: 90 | Hit Power: 85
Peterson is a senior and big hitter who will try to make up for the loss of Matt Warrick and Brye French.
#20 Darius Staten, Running Back: Overall: 78 | Speed: 89 | Agility: 88
Darius Staten is the latest in a string of athletic backs at the Naval Academy. His speed makes him a dangerous weapon in the backfield with Navy’s other impact player.
#19 Keenan Reynolds, Quarterback: Overall: 76 | Speed: 84 | Elusiveness: 81
Keenan Reynolds’ ability to effectively run Navy’s option offense and build on his momentum from last season will be the key to success for the Midshipmen.
10/5 vs. Air Force - The road to keeping the Commander-in-Chief’s trophy in Annapolis starts with getting a second straight victory over Air Force.
10/19 @ Toledo - Navy has a very difficult schedule away from home this season and the game against Toledo will be one of the best opportunities to get an important win on the road.
12/7 vs. Army - Is there really any question about Navy’s most important game? The showdown against Army to end the regular season is everything to these two teams.
Upset Alert: 9/28 @ Western Kentucky - Navy has to be careful not to look ahead to Air Force and forget about this difficult game on the road at Western Kentucky. I honestly have no idea if teams look ahead in video games.