Navy's seniors will be honored on Saturday
Coach Ken Niumatalolo is pretty sure he'll get a little choked up at some point on Saturday, when Navy's 32 seniors take the field for their final game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
"I'm a crybaby," Niumatalolo said. "I cry all the time. I'm a pretty emotional guy. … Either I'm yelling or crying, there's no in-between with me. It's very emotional to see these guys, to see what they do, to see what they meant to the program."
This senior class, which includes 10 players who started against Notre Dame last week, has compiled a 32-17 record over the past four seasons, won three straight Commander-in-Chief's trophies and qualified for four straight bowl games. The seniors are also the first class since the class of 1964 to beat Notre Dame twice in their careers.
"During the week it's something for us to reflect on," senior linebacker Ross Pospisil said after practice on Monday. "I was running hashes here and thinking, 'This is the last time we're running hashes before a home game.' But I have to be careful I don't become too sentimental [because the season isn't over yet]. It's going to go so fast. I was talking to Ricky [Dobbs] today during class, and it seems like we just played Ohio State. My body would disagree with that, though."
The Midshipmen have won six straight games on senior day, though they needed a furious fourth-quarter rally last year to beat Temple in the regular season home finale. Navy hosts Delaware (6-3), the 23rd-ranked team in division I-AA, on Saturday.
"I know no senior class wants to go out with losing on their senior night. This is definitely an emotional game for them," Dobbs said. "All the guys who do play, as far as the freshmen and sophomores and juniors, we want to send [the seniors] out on a good note. It's just a little bit more added pressure, getting win number eight and sending the seniors out in style."
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