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Mids Insider: September 20, 2009 - September 26, 2009

Post-game Notes: Navy 38, WKU 22

-- Senior slot back Bobby Doyle didn't score a touchdown, but he made several big plays. He converted a fourth-and-2 with an eight-yard run in the second quarter; one play later, fellow slot back Cory Finnerty caught a 29-yard touchdown...

By Camille Powell  |  September 26, 2009; 8:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pre-game Notes: Western Kentucky University at Navy

Some pre-game notes on an overcast day at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium: -- WKU redshirt freshman Kawaun Jakes will get his first career start, in place of senior Brandon Smith. Jakes took over for Smith last week against Central Arkansas...

By Camille Powell  |  September 26, 2009; 3:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Previewing Navy-Western Kentucky University

When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Where: Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis. Records: Midshipmen 1-2; Hilltoppers 0-3. Last week: Pittsburgh 27, Navy 14; Central Arkansas 28, WKU 7. TV: CBS College Sports. Radio: WZAA (1050 AM), WFED (1500 AM), WBAL (1090 AM),...

By Camille Powell  |  September 25, 2009; 11:22 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Friday Morning Links (9.25.09)

Here's a link to yesterday's chat; thanks for all the Navy questions! My story about punter Kyle Delahooke, who has put last week's miscue behind him. Navy's defense needs to be ready from the opening kickoff. Sophomore Jon Teague gets...

By Camille Powell  |  September 25, 2009; 9:28 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Mike Stukel to Slot Back

The Midshipmen will find a way to get sophomore Mike Stukel into the rotation at slot back this Saturday, Coach Ken Niumatalolo said. Stukel, who came to Navy as a quarterback and switched positions at the end of spring practice,...

By Camille Powell  |  September 24, 2009; 12:01 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Injury Updates

The four starters who were held out of practice on Monday and Tuesday — outside linebackers Clint Sovie and Ram Vela, defensive end Jabaree Tuani and right guard Andy Lark — participated in portions of practice on Wednesday and should...

By Camille Powell  |  September 24, 2009; 9:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Thursday Morning Links (9.24.09)

Once again, I'm participating in the weekly college football chat. Ask questions here. The Birddog blog breaks down the Pittsburgh game, focusing on the offensive errors. From Deadspin, an interesting photo of a red hoodie-wearing Wisconsin fan who infiltrated the...

By Camille Powell  |  September 24, 2009; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Jon Teague to Kick on Saturday

As Joe Buckley and Jon Teague lined up for a third and final field goal attempt from 42 yards out after practice, Coach Ken Niumatalolo decided to make them an offer. Both players had made one of their previous two...

By Camille Powell  |  September 23, 2009; 7:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Teich Feeling More Comfortable at Fullback

One of the few bright spots offensively for the Midshipmen in Saturday's 27-14 loss to Pittsburgh was the play of sophomore fullback Alexander Teich. He had his most productive game of the season, rushing for 80 yards on 12 carries...

By Camille Powell  |  September 23, 2009; 3:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wyatt Middleton Helping Out at Outside Linebacker

When Navy lost both of its starting outside linebackers to injury during the first half of Saturday's loss at Pittsburgh, defensive coordinator Buddy Green turned to one of the Midshipmen's most dependable — and physical — players to fill in....

By Camille Powell  |  September 23, 2009; 11:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wednesday Morning Links (9.23.09)

Here's my story in today's paper about Navy's offensive struggles. Western Kentucky Coach Steve Elson isn't panicking over the Hilltoppers' troubles. But here's another one: starting quarterback Brandon Smith is day-to-day with a shoulder injury, and didn't practice on Tuesday....

By Camille Powell  |  September 23, 2009; 9:15 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Kicking Competition Renews

Coach Ken Niumatalolo hasn't been happy with Navy's kicking game, so he has reopened the competition for both field goal and kickoff duties. Junior Joe Buckley is 8 of 8 on point-after attempts, but just 1 of 3 on field...

By Camille Powell  |  September 22, 2009; 7:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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MASN to Broadcast Navy-SMU on Oct. 17

MASN will broadcast the Navy-Southern Methodist game on Oct. 17, starting at 8 p.m. Time Warner in Dallas will be televising the game, with C.J. Martin and Bruce Wiseman calling the action from Gerald J. Ford Stadium. This means that...

By Camille Powell  |  September 22, 2009; 2:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Defense Struggling on Opening Drives

For as well as Navy's defense has played at times this season — the Midshipmen rank 34th in division I-A in total defense (299.67 yards per game) — there is one thing that has been really bothering its players. In...

By Camille Powell  |  September 22, 2009; 2:08 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Injury Updates

Seniors Clint Sovie, Ram Vela and Andy Lark and sophomore Jabaree Tuani were among the players wearing red jerseys and sitting out of Monday's practice, but Coach Ken Niumatalolo said it's likely that they will all be available to play...

By Camille Powell  |  September 22, 2009; 12:07 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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A Sneak Peek at the 1959 Throwback Jerseys

Navy will wear 1959 throwback jerseys for Saturday's game against Western Kentucky. There are no names on the back, just "Navy" in small letters. (The jersey is a little sweaty, which accounts for the dark splotches.) (Photo taken by Navy...

By Camille Powell  |  September 22, 2009; 10:13 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
 
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Tuesday Morning Links (9.22.09)

Navy's players and coaches have accepted responsibility for the loss to Pittsburgh, writes Bill Wagner in the Annapolis Capital. Navy fans were upset that music was played inside Heinz Field at the end of the game, drowning out the Midshipmen's...

By Camille Powell  |  September 22, 2009; 9:24 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium

Throughout the season, Navy will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. This Saturday's game against Western Kentucky comes exactly 50 years after the first game at the stadium, which was a Navy victory over William &...

By Camille Powell  |  September 21, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Finding a Way to Bounce Back

Coach Ken Niumatalolo didn't mince words following the Midshipmen's 27-14 loss at Pittsburgh on Saturday night, calling it "a thorough butt-whipping" and saying that it was "probably one of the worst performances we've had as a team for our program...

By Camille Powell  |  September 21, 2009; 11:14 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Monday Morning Links (9.21.09)

In case you missed it, here's my game story from the 27-14 loss at Pittsburgh. Navy will face Minnesota in 2019 and 2020. The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review takes a look at Navy sprint football. RE: Navy's upcoming opponent, Western Kentucky (0-3)...

By Camille Powell  |  September 21, 2009; 9:37 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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