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2017 Navy Midshipmen football team

The 2017 Navy Midshipmen football team represented the United States Naval Academy in the 2017 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Midshipmen were led by tenth-year head coach Ken Niumatalolo and played their home games at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. The Midshipmen competed as a member of the West Division of the American Athletic Conference and were third-year members of the conference. They finished the season 7–6, 4–4 in AAC play to finish in a tie for third place in the West Division. They were invited to the Military Bowl where they defeated Virginia 49-7.

2017 Navy Midshipmen football
Navy Athletics logo.svg
Military Bowl champion
Military Bowl, W 49–7 vs. Virginia
ConferenceAmerican Athletic Conference
DivisionWest Division
2017 record7–6 (4–4 The American)
Head coachKen Niumatalolo (10th season)
Offensive coordinatorIvin Jasper (17th season)
Offensive schemeTriple option
Defensive coordinatorDale Pehrson (2nd season)
Base defenseMultiple
CaptainDarryl Bonner
CaptainD.J. Palmore
Home stadiumNavy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
(Capacity: 34,000)
Seasons
← 2016
2018 →
2017 American Athletic Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 6 UCF xy$   8 0         13 0  
No. 21 South Florida   6 2         10 2  
Temple   4 4         7 6  
Cincinnati   2 6         4 8  
UConn   2 6         3 9  
East Carolina   2 6         3 9  
West Division
No. 25 Memphis xy   7 1         10 3  
Houston   5 3         7 5  
Navy   4 4         7 6  
SMU   4 4         7 6  
Tulane   3 5         5 7  
Tulsa   1 7         2 10  
Championship: UCF 62, Memphis 55
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
As of January 9, 2018; Rankings from AP Poll.

Contents

Before the seasonEdit

Previous seasonEdit

The Navy Midshipmen began the 2016 season with three straight wins, but lost to military rival Air Force. However, the Midshipmen had victories over fellow American Conference teams #6 ranked Houston and Memphis. After beating long-time rival Notre Dame, winning the Rip Miller Trophy, the Midshipmen went on a three game winning streak. However, Navy ended their season with a loss over military rival Army in the 117th Army–Navy Game, ending Navy's 14th consecutive victories over Army. The Midshipmen finished the regular season with a 9–4 record. Despite this slide, it earned them an invitation to the Armed Force Bowl, their 13th bowl game in a row, but they lost to the 8–5 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs 45–48.

Spring practicesEdit

Navy held spring practices during March and April 2017.

During the seasonEdit

On televisionEdit

The 2017 Navy Midshipmen football team is featured in the miniseries, A Season With Navy Football on Showtime, which premiered on Tuesday September 5, 2017. It depicts daily life of Midshipmen football players and coaches at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Each episode reviews highlights of every football game played during the current season of Navy football, as the series narrator boasts, is "one of the most accomplished football programs in the country".

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 18:00 p.m.at Florida Atlantic*ESPNUW 42–1928,481
September 93:30 p.m.TulaneCBSSNW 23–2130,420
September 233:30 p.m.Cincinnati
  • Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
  • Annapolis, MD
CBSSNW 42–3233,134
September 303:30 p.m.at TulsaESPNUW 31–2121,354
October 73:30 p.m.Air Force*
CBSSNW 48–4538,792
October 143:45 p.m.at MemphisNo. 25ESPNUL 27–3040,177
October 213:30 p.m.No. 20 UCF 
  • Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
  • Annapolis, MD
CBSSNL 21–3135,277
November 28:00 p.m.at TempleESPNL 26–3426,127
November 113:30 p.m.SMU
  • Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
  • Annapolis, MD (Gansz Trophy)
CBSSNW 43–4036,157
November 183:30 p.m.at No. 9 Notre Dame*NBCL 17–2477,622
November 2412:00 p.m.at HoustonESPNL 14–2429,252
December 93:00 p.m.vs. Army*
CBSL 13–1468,625
December 281:30 p.m.Virginia*
  • Navy–Marine Corps Memorial Stadium
  • Annapolis, MD (Military Bowl)
ESPNW 49–735,921 
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time
Schedule Source:[1]

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Seasons at
Navy
Alma mater
Ken Niumatalolo Head Coach 19 Hawaii (1989)
Ivin Jasper Offensive Coordinator / Quarterbacks Coach 18 Hawaii (1994)
Dale Pehrson Defensive Coordinator / Defensive Line Coach 22 Utah (1976)
Justin Davis Outside Linebackers Coach 11 Maine (2001)
Lt. Col. Robert Green, USMC Outside Linebackers Coach 5 Navy (1998)
Ashley Ingram Running Game Coordinator / Offensive Line Coach 10 North Alabama (1996)
Steve Johns Inside Linebackers 10 Occidental College (1991)
Dan O'Brien Secondary Coach 4 Boston College (2005)
Mike Judge Fullbacks Coach 10 Springfield College (2005)
Shaun Nua Defensive Line Coach 6 BYU (2005)
Danny O'Rourke Special Teams Coordinator / Slotbacks Coach 16 West Georgia (2000)
Napoleon Sykes Defensive Line Coach 4 Wake Forest (2006)
Mick Yokitis Wide Receivers Coach 7 Hawaii (2006)

RosterEdit

2017 Navy Midshipmen football team roster

Quarterbacks

  • 1 Reggie Harris - Freshman (5'7, 165)
  • 2 Evan Fochtman - Freshman (6'1, 185)
  • 3 Jacob Harrison - Sophomore (6'1, 194)
  • 5 Dalen Morris - Freshman (6'1, 195)
  • 6 Emmett Davis - Freshman (6'1, 170) (+SB)
  • 7 Garret Lewis - Junior (6'1, 200)
  • 9 Zach Abey - Junior (6'2, 212)
  • 14 Chase Parrish - Freshman (5'11, 181)

Slotbacks

  • 2 C.J. Williams - Freshman (5'8, 170)
  • 3 Myles Fells - Freshman (5'11, 187)
  • 4 Garrett Winn - Freshman (5'10, 170)
  • 7 Justin Smith - Freshman (5'11, 188)
  • 8 Mazh Maloy - Sophomore (5'7, 170)
  • 10 Malcolm Perry - Sophomore (5'9, 185) (+QB)
  • 20 John Brown III - Senior (5'9, 203)
  • 21 Tre Walker - Junior (5'9, 190)  
  • 22 Travis Brannan - Sophomore (6'0, 180)
  • 23 Amari DuBose - Sophomore (5'9, 165)
  • 25 Jahmaal Daniel - Senior (5'6, 160)
  • 28 Josh Brown - Senior (5'9, 189)
  • 29 Darryl Bonner - Senior (5'7, 178) (C)
  • 36 Keoni-Kordell Makekau - Freshman (5'11, 170)
  • 37 Cameron Dudeck - Junior (5'9, 189)
  • 40 Mason Plante - Sophomore (5'11, 188)
  • 41 Tyreek King-El - Freshman (5'8, 155)
  • 46 Travis Pospisil - Junior (5'10, 198)

Fullbacks

  • 24 Joshua Walker - Senior (5'11, 222)  
  • 26 Jonnie Lee - Freshman (5'9, 195)
  • 31 Myles Benning - Sophomore (5'11, 235)
  • 32 Bryan Hammond - Junior (5'10, 200)
  • 33 Chris High - Senior (6'0, 224)  
  • 34 Mike Martin - Junior (6'1, 202)
  • 35 Cooper Hardin - Freshman (6'1, 225)
  • 37 Tory Delmonico - Freshman (6'2, 218)
  • 38 Anthony Gargiulo - Junior (6'2, 239)
  • 43 Nelson Smith - Freshman (5'9, 206)
  • 45 Ahmir Lee - Freshman (6'0, 230)
  • 46 Akili Taylor - Sophomore (5'7, 205)

Wide Receivers

  • 11 Darian Pride - Sophomore (6'3, 210)
  • 15 Kody Crider - Freshman (6'3, 220)
  • 47 Trey Olsen - Senior (6'4, 224)
  • 49 Jordan Pittman - Senior (6'2, 235)
  • 80 Terrence Laster - Senior (6'1, 230)
  • 81 Conrey Meagher - Senior (5'10, 188)
  • 82 Craig Scott - Senior (6'2, 189)
  • 83 Zack Fraade - Sophomore (6'3, 215)
  • 85 Ryan Mitchell - Freshman (6'3, 190)
  • 84 Chad Lewellyn - Senior (6'4, 201)
  • 86 Dre Williamson - Junior (6'4, 208)
  • 87 Brandon Colon - Senior (6'4, 223)
  • 88 Tyler Carmona - Senior (6'4, 227)
  • 89 Taylor Jackson - Junior (6'3, 210)

Placekickers

  • 4 Owen White - Sophomore (5'10, 195)
  • 16 Bennett Moehring - Junior (5'9, 180)
  • 41 J.R. Osborn - Sophomore (6'0, 191)
  • 97 Keller Farni - Freshman (5'11, 225)
 

Offensive Linemen

  • 50 Nick Novak - C - Freshman (6'4, 270)
  • 50 Eric Cal - C - Sophomore (6'3, 282)
  • 51 Justin Self - OT - Freshman (6'2, 270)
  • 52 Kurt Stengel - OT - Freshman (6'4, 265)
  • 53 Jude Hydrick - OT - Sophomore (6'3, 256)
  • 54 Ben Everett - OG - Freshman (6'4, 270)
  • 55 Mike Adzima - OG - Sophomore (6'2, 282)
  • 56 Sean Rattay - C - Freshman (6'1, 290)
  • 57 Jake Hawk - OT - Junior (6'6, 295)
  • 58 Billy Honaker - OT - Freshman (6'3, 270)
  • 59 Wes Mehl - C - Sophomore (6'4, 301)
  • 59 Isaac Willis - OG - Sophomore (6'0, 286)
  • 60 T.J. Salu - OG - Sophomore (6'2, 291)
  • 61 Andrew Wood - OT - Junior (6'4, 290)
  • 62 Parker Wade - C - Senior (6'2, 280)
  • 63 Seth White - OG - Senior (6'3, 274)
  • 64 Steve Satchell - OG - Junior (6'4, 296)
  • 65 Peter Nestrowitz - OG - Freshman (6'3, 270)
  • 66 Nikko Yaramus - OG - Sophomore (6'3, 282)
  • 67 Chris Gesell - OG - Junior (6'4, 307)
  • 68 David Forney - C - Sophomore (6'3, 318)
  • 70 Elijah Lugo - OG - Freshman (6'4, 279)
  • 71 Evan Martin - OG - Senior (6'3, 294)
  • 72 Ford Higgins - OT - Sophomore (6'2, 250)
  • 73 Michael Raiford - OT - Senior (6'6, 302)
  • 74 Alec Keener - OT - Junior (6'4, 278)
  • 75 Robert Lindsey - OG - Senior (6'4, 275)
  • 76 Kendel Wright - OT - Sophomore (6'4, 290)
  • 77 Bryan Barrett - OG - Junior (6'3, 330)
  • 78 Laurent Njiki - OG - junior (6'3, 306)
  • 79 Kyle-Malik Mitchell - OG - Sophomore (6'2, 303)

Defensive Linemen

  • 46 Denzel Polk - DE - Sophomore (6'2, 241)
  • 52 Vic Thomas - DE - Sophomore (6'4, 237)
  • 60 Lance Angulo - NG - Junior (6'2, 285)
  • 62 Buck Elliott - DE - Junior (6'4, 249)
  • 63 Tony Masaniai - DE - Sophomore (6'1, 256)
  • 65 Alema Kapoi - DE - Freshman (6'0, 275)
  • 69 Marcus Edwards - DE - Sophomore (6'4, 294)
  • 70 Mack Nash - DE - Sophomore (6'5, 261)
  • 72 Gunner Osborn - DE - Sophomore (6'3, 275)
  • 73 Jackson Perkins - DE - Freshman (6'6, 235)
  • 74 Joshua Van Dunk - NG - Sophomore (6'3, 293)
  • 75 Bradley Osborne - DE - Freshman (6'3, 265)
  • 76 Tobe Okafor - DE - Freshman (6'4, 270)
  • 77 Chris Pearson - NG - Freshman (6'2, 315)
  • 90 Jarvis Polu - DE - Junior (6'3, 292)
  • 91 Tyler Sayles - DE - Senior (6'2, 257)
  • 92 Josh Webb - DE - Junior (6'5, 250)
  • 93 Joe Goff - DE - Sophomore (6'5, 275)
  • 94 Corbin Heyward - DE - Sophomore (6'3, 280)
  • 95 Anthony Villalobos - DE - Junior (6'2, 261)
  • 96 Nizaire Cromatie - DE - Sophomore (6'2, 243)
  • 97 Dave Tolentino - NG - Sophomore (6'2, 294)
  • 98 Dylan Fischer - NG - Junior (6'2, 307)
  • 99 Jackson Pittman - NG - Sophomore (6'3, 304)

Punters

  • 43 Erik Harris - Junior (5'10, 185)
 

Linebackers

  • 3 Brandon Jones - LB - Senior (6'4, 225)
  • 5 Justin Norton - OLB - Senior (6'2, 190)
  • 11 Jerry Thompson - OLB - Senior (6'0, 196)
  • 28 O.J. Davis - LB - Sophomore (6'2, 225)
  • 33 Carter Bankston - OLB - Sophomore (6'3, 235)
  • 34 Austin Talbert-Loving - OLB - Sophomore (6'0, 190)
  • 35 Walter Little - OLB - Sophomore (5'11, 200)
  • 36 Forrest Forte - OLB - Junior (6'1, 194)
  • 37 Elan Nash - OLB - Sophomore (5'11, 196)
  • 38 Rahn Bailey - OLB - Sophomore (6'2, 2224)
  • 39 Sion Harrington - LB - Sophomore (6'3, 216)
  • 40 Kevin McCoy - OLB - Senior (6'4, 222)
  • 41 Tyler Pistorio - LB - Sophomore (6'2, 215)
  • 42 Conner Dorris - LB - Junior (6'2, 237)
  • 43 Jake Schwarzer - LB - Sophomore (6'1, 213)
  • 44 Micah Thomas - LB - Senior (6'1, 241)
  • 45 D.J. Palmore - OLB - Senior (6'3, 236) (C)
  • 47 Aleksei Yaramus - LB - Sophomore (6'2, 218)
  • 48 Dean Sise - Freshman (6'2, 205)
  • 49 Monte Armstrong - Junior (6'1, 216)
  • 50 Paul Carothers - LB - Sophomore (6'1, 220)
  • 51 Winn Howard - LB - Soenior (6'2, 215)
  • 53 Hudson Sullivan - LB - Junior (6'2, 240)
  • 54 Taylor Heflin - LB - Junior (6'2, 224)
  • 55 Matt Stewart - LB - Junior (6'1, 211)
  • 56 Myles Davenport - OLB - Senior (6'2, 233)
  • 57 Zack Quilty- OLB - Sophomore (6'3, 223)
  • 59 travis Kerchner - LB - Junior (6'2, 206)
  • 78 Jacob Gregory - OLB - Freshman (6'3, 235)
  • 80 Peyton Long - LB - Freshman (6'2, 220)
  • 81 Dallas Jeanty - LB - Freshman (5'11, 232)
  • 82 Jack Clancy - LB - Freshman (6'1, 216)
  • 83 Griffin Baumoel - LB - Freshman (6'2, 220)
  • 84 Pepe Tanuvasa - LB - Freshman (6'1, 235)
  • 85 Ian Blake - OLB - Freshman (6'2, 215)
  • 86 Mack Schwartz - Freshman (6'2, 215)
  • 87 Tanner Matthews - Freshman (6'4, 234)

Defensive Backs

  • 1 Jake Springer - S - Freshman (6'0, 190)
  • 2 Jarid Ryan - S - Junior (5'11, 198)
  • 4 Isaac Wright - S - Senior (5'10, 186)
  • 6 Sean Williams - S - Junior (6'1, 190)
  • 7 Khaylan Williams - CB - Junior (6'0, 192)
  • 8 Randy Beggs - S - Senior (6'0, 180)
  • 9 Kerrick Jones - DB - Freshman (5'11, 170)
  • 10 Marcus Wiggins - DB - Freshman (6'4, 180)
  • 13 Juan Hailey - S - Senior (6'1, 199)
  • 14 Elijah Merchant - CB - Senior (5'10, 196)
  • 15 Noruwa Obanor - CB - Sophomore (6'1, 188)
  • 16 Jeremy Griffis - CB - Sophomore (5'9, 178)
  • 17 Tyris Wooten - CB - Senior (6'1, 185)
  • 18 John Gillis - S - Junior (5'11, 179)
  • 22 Michael Onuoha - DB - Freshman (6'4, 190)
  • 23 Cameron Kinley - S - Freshman (6'2, 185)
  • 24 Mike Cabrera - S - Freshman (5'10, 175)
  • 26 Elijah - CB - Junior (5'11, 180)
  • 29 Brady Petersen - S - Junior (5'10, 190)
  • 31 Myke Brooks - CB - Freshman (5'11, 190)
  • 32 Michah Farrer - CB - Freshman (6'0, 170)  

Long Snappers

  • 44 Michael Pifer - Sophomore (6'3, 226)
  • 85 Ronnie Querry - Senior (6'1, 208)
  • 94 Kyle Gibbs - Freshman (6'2, 230)

  • (C) Team Captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  •   Injured
  •   Redshirt

Depth chartEdit

Depth Chart 2017
True Freshman
Double Position : *

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR RV NR NR NR RV 25 RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
Coaches NR RV RV RV RV RV 24 RV RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

Game summariesEdit

at Florida AtlanticEdit

Navy at Florida Atlantic
1 234Total
Navy 7 14147 42
Florida Atlantic 3 736 19
  • Date: September 1, 2017
  • Location: FAU Stadium, Boca Raton, FL
  • Game start: 8:03 pm EST
  • Elapsed time: 5 hours 44 minutes (Weather delay - lightning/thunder storm)
  • Game attendance: 28,481
  • Game weather: Temp: 87 F • Wind: WSW 5 • Weather: partly cloudy
  • Referee: Michael Roce
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Kelly Stouffer, Dave Lamont, and Tiffany Greene (sideline) (Fourth quarter aired on ESPNews after weather delay)
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 2012 NAVY, 24–17

After a lightning delay, Navy ended the long night with a total of 345 yards. Also, Midshipmen quarterback Zack Abey, making his third start, rushed for 200 yards and passed for 100. This achievement made it the first time in Naval Academy history that a quarter has done so in a single game.

TulaneEdit

Tulane at Navy
1 234Total
Tulane 0 1308 21
Navy 7 790 23
Overall record Last meeting Result
9–11–1 2016 NAVY, 21–14

With this victory, Navy has won their 15th straight regular season win playing at their home stadium. In addition to head coach Ken Niumatalolo's 79th career win at Navy, the most in Naval Academy history.

CincinnatiEdit

Cincinnati at Navy
1 234Total
Cincinnati 7 1078 32
Navy 14 7147 42
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 1956 NAVY, 13–7

With this victory, Navy Midshipmen set a Naval Academy record for 16 consecutive wins at home, making it the longest active regular season streak in the FBS. They also set a new record in Navy football history for the most rushing yards in a single game with 573. (This beat their previous record set on November 10, 2007 at North Texas with 572 yards.)

at TulsaEdit

Navy at Tulsa
1 234Total
Navy 0 14314 31
Tulsa 14 007 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
3–1 2016 NAVY, 42–40

Air ForceEdit

Air Force Falcons (1–3) at Navy Midshipmen (4–0)
1 2 34Total
Air Force 7 3 142145
Navy 7 21 101048

at Navy–Marine Corps Memorial StadiumAnnapolis, Maryland

With a stadium-record crowd, this victory earned the Midshipmen their best start since they went 5-0 in 2004. Game highlights include, Midshipmen slotback Malcolm Perry had two touchdowns; a 40 yard catch and a 91 yard touchdown run, the second longest TD run in Navy history. While quarterback Zach Abey ran for 214 yards and two touchdowns, rushing for 75 yards on one. Also the Midshipmen rushed for 400-plus yards in three straight games. The last team to do so was Rice with four straight games (1996).

at MemphisEdit

Navy at Memphis
1 234Total
No. 25 Navy 10 098 27
Memphis 7 31010 30
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 2016 NAVY, 42–28

UCFEdit

UCF at Navy
1 234Total
No. 20 UCF 7 7107 31
Navy 0 777 21
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

at TempleEdit

Navy at Temple
1 234Total
Navy 3 3713 26
Temple 10 7143 34
Overall record Last meeting Result
6–6 2016 Temple, 34–10

SMUEdit

SMU at Navy
1 234Total
SMU 5 6218 40
Navy 13 2163 43
Overall record Last meeting Result
11–7 2016 NAVY, 75–31

Navy slotback/quarterback Malcolm Perry had a breakout performance in for the injured but active quarterback Zach Abey. Perry rushed for 282 yards with 4 touchdowns in his first start at quarterback (third most in Naval Academy history). Also, fullback Anthony Gargiulo ran for a career-high 145 yards with a touchdown. Backup kicker J.R. Osborn kicked an 18-yard, game-winning field goal as time expired to give the Midshipmen the win in dramatic fashion. With this victory, Navy becomes bowl eligible for the 15th time in the last 16 seasons. It's also Navy's 35th win on Senior Day in the last four years, a milestone few schools have reached.

at Notre DameEdit

Navy at Notre Dame
1 234Total
Navy 0 1070 17
No. 9 Notre Dame 3 777 24
Overall record Last meeting Result
13–74–1 2016 NAVY, 28–27

at HoustonEdit

Navy at Houston
1 234Total
Navy 0 1400 14
Houston 7 0710 24
  • Date: November 24, 2017
  • Location: TDECU Stadium, Houston, TX
  • Game start: 12:02 pm EST
  • Elapsed time: 2 hours 56 minutes
  • Game attendance: 29,252
  • Game weather: Temp: 67 F • Wind: S 3 MPH • Weather: Clear, sunny
  • Referee: Charles Lamertina
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Mack Brown, Dave LaMont and Jen Lada (sideline)
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–2 2016 NAVY, 46–40

vs. ArmyEdit

Army–Navy Game
1 234Total
Army 7 007 14
Navy 3 730 13
Overall record Last meeting Result
60–50–7 2016 Army, 21–17

vs. Virginia (Military Bowl)Edit

2017 Military Bowl
1 234Total
Virginia 7 000 7
Navy 14 14147 49
Overall record Last meeting Result
28–11 1994 Virginia, 47–10

With their fourth bowl game victory in five seasons, Navy ran the ball 76 times for 452 rushing yards and scored seven rushing touchdowns. All TD's came from quarterbacks Malcolm Perry and Zach Abey. Getting his third start at QB, Perry rushed for two touchdowns and led the Midshipmen with 114 rushing yards. Abey came into the game after Perry suffered a foot injury in the third quarter and scored five rushing touchdowns with 88 total yards. Abey became the 5th player in FBS and Military Bowl history to rush for five touchdowns in a FBS bowl game, joining Barry Sanders and Kareem Hunt.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2017 Navy Midshipmen Football Schedule". Navysports.com. Retrieved February 9, 2017.