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Mids Insider: October 4, 2009 - October 10, 2009

Post-game Notes: Navy 63, Rice 14

-- Junior quarterback Ricky Dobbs came into the game having scored 10 touchdowns, which tied him with Northern Illinois running back Chad Spann for the most in Division I-A. Dobbs now has 14, which are the most by any player...

By Camille Powell  |  October 10, 2009; 8:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Pre-game Notes: Navy at Rice

-- Navy sophomore fullback Alexander Teich, as expected, is not in uniform and will not play today due to a sprained left ankle. Junior Vince Murray will start in his place, with senior Jordan Eddington backing him up. Teich was...

By Camille Powell  |  October 10, 2009; 2:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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The Scene at Rice Stadium

Greetings from Rice Stadium, where the game day atmosphere is, uh, a little different than what we see at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. I got here at noon CT, two and a half hours before kickoff, and the parking lots—which...

By Camille Powell  |  October 10, 2009; 1:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Previewing Navy-Rice

When: Saturday, 3:30 p.m. Where: Rice Stadium, Houston, Texas. Records: Midshipmen 3-2; Owls 0-5. Last week: Navy 16, Air Force 13 (OT); Tulsa 27, Rice 10. Coaches: Ken Niumatalolo (11-8, second year); David Bailiff (13-17, third year). TV: CBS College...

By Camille Powell  |  October 9, 2009; 10:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Friday Morning Links (10.9.09)

Here's a link to yesterday's college football chat, if you missed it. And my story on defensive coordinator Buddy Green. Linebacker Ross Pospisil helped the Navy defense get off to a strong start last week against Air Force. More on...

By Camille Powell  |  October 9, 2009; 9:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Poll: Who Wins the Navy-Rice Game?

Pick a winner, and leave your thoughts on the game in the comments. Who Will Win Saturday's Game Navy in a blowout Navy in a close game Rice in a close game Rice in a blowout Created on Oct 9,...

By Matt Bonesteel  |  October 9, 2009; 8:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tuani Dominates, Then Dances

Sophomore defensive end Jabaree Tuani ranks ninth on the team in tackles with 15, and has yet to pick up his first tackle for loss. But the contributions he makes to the Navy defense go beyond just statistics. "How do...

By Camille Powell  |  October 8, 2009; 12:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Navy Can't Look Past Rice

One of the challenges facing the Navy coaching staff last week was making sure that the Midshipmen didn't get too emotional and hyped up in the days leading up to their game against rival Air Force. This week, the challenge...

By Camille Powell  |  October 8, 2009; 10:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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More Injury Updates

As of Wednesday evening, senior right guard Andy Lark was the Navy only player to be ruled out of Saturday's game at Rice; sophomore Brady DeMell will start in Lark's place for the second time this season. Sophomore fullback Alexander...

By Camille Powell  |  October 8, 2009; 9:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Thursday Morning Links (10.8.09)

I'm once again joining the Post's college football chat at 1:30 p.m.; ask your Navy questions here. This two-game trip to Texas will help the Midshipmen's recruiting. Saturday's game is a match-up between two teams with the longest drought of...

By Camille Powell  |  October 8, 2009; 8:46 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Q&A With David Feherty, Sideline Reporter

David Feherty is best known for his work as a golf analyst with CBS Sports, but on Saturday he will serve as the sideline reporter for Navy's football game at Rice. Feherty, who was born in Northern Ireland and currently...

By Camille Powell  |  October 7, 2009; 1:35 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Injury Updates

Both fullback Alexander Teich (left ankle) and right guard Andy Lark (right foot) remained on the sidelines at practice on Tuesday with protective boots on their respective feet. Both players are getting treatment, and Coach Ken Niumatalolo said that he'll...

By Camille Powell  |  October 7, 2009; 10:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Navy and SMU Create Gansz Trophy

The athletic departments at Navy and SMU have created the Gansz Trophy, which will be awarded to the winner of future games between the two schools in the honor of the late Frank Gansz. Gansz, who passed away in April...

By Camille Powell  |  October 7, 2009; 9:32 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Wednesday Morning Links (10.7.09)

My story on junior fullback Vince Murray, who could start on Saturday if Alexander Teich is unable to play. Check out the Post's revamped college football page here. The Birddog blog has posted its typical thorough breakdown of the Air...

By Camille Powell  |  October 7, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Armed Forces Week on CBS Sports Network

Navy's game on Saturday at Rice will be part of a service academy tripleheader on CBS College Sports Network. Army will host Vanderbilt at noon, followed by Navy-Rice at 3:30 and Air Force-TCU at 7:30 p.m. The network will have...

By Camille Powell  |  October 6, 2009; 12:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Game MVPs: Air Force

The majority of the honorees from Saturday's 16-13 overtime victory over Air Force came from the defense and special teams. Said Coach Ken Niumatalolo: "We dominated them in two of three phases. I felt like we did phenomenal on defense...

By Camille Powell  |  October 6, 2009; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Special Treatment for a Special Kick

Hitting what turns out to be a game-winning field goal is a big deal for a place kicker on most football teams. At Navy, it can bring special perks. After Geoff Blumenfeld nailed a 30-yard field goal with four seconds...

By Camille Powell  |  October 6, 2009; 10:40 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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FB Alexander Teich is Doubtful for Rice

Sophomore fullback Alexander Teich hopped off the field in pain during the second quarter against Air Force on Saturday and threw his helmet on the sideline in frustration. On Monday, his sprained left ankle was in a protective boot. Teich...

By Camille Powell  |  October 6, 2009; 9:34 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Tuesday Morning Links (10.6.09)

Here's a video with a behind the scenes look at Navy's win over Air Force, which includes snippets of pre-game speeches from Ross Pospisil and Ken Niumatalolo. Scenes from the joyous Navy locker room are at the end of the...

By Camille Powell  |  October 6, 2009; 9:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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Where Were the Slot Backs Against Air Force?

Coach Ken Niumatalolo and quarterback Ricky Dobbs were asked about the play-calling following Navy's 16-13 overtime win over Air Force on Saturday. The Midshipmen relied almost exclusively on their fullbacks and Dobbs to carry the ball; Dobbs and fullbacks Vince...

By Camille Powell  |  October 5, 2009; 10:45 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
 
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Monday Morning Links (10.5.09)

Navy's win over Air Force sets the tone for the rest of the season. This was the highlight video shown to the team at the hotel on Friday night, prior to Air Force. RE: Navy's upcoming opponent, Rice (0-5) The...

By Camille Powell  |  October 5, 2009; 9:18 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
 
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