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New defense springs safety to play linebacker

New defense springs safety to play linebacker

Jacob Springer, like his Navy teammates, looked forward to putting a 3-10 record in the rear view mirror. Playing as a sophomore safety behind two seniors, he also welcomed 2019 as an opportunity to take on more responsibility as a starter. Losing is no fun, but after an...

Personifying the Naval Academy image

Personifying the Naval Academy image

Imagine the number of impressive future officers Navy’s Ken Niumatalolo has guided as football players and observed as leaders the past 12 years as the Midshipmen’s head coach.Each year he has a roster of 100-some players cycling through toward graduation. Then, factor in...

CJ Williams and unique family path to Navy

CJ Williams and unique family path to Navy

A Navy, Army and Air Force player often follows a family member to the one of the service academies, but C.J. Williams’ football path to Navy had a roundabout twist. His older brother L.G. Williams led him to Navy … without attending Annapolis.L.G was recruited by Navy as a...

Cromartie grew into his Navy opportunity

Cromartie grew into his Navy opportunity

Nizaire Cromartie presented himself to Army and Navy as an easy target on the football recruiting trail. The academies seek guys like him -- undersized athletes carrying a chip on their shoulder to prove they can mature into a Division I player. Cromartie, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound...

Oregon coach honors Polynesian trailblazer

Oregon coach honors Polynesian trailblazer

Oregon facing Michigan State football in the Redbox Bowl brings life full circle for Joe Salave'a, the Ducks' associate head coach/co-defensive coordinator. Born in America Samoa, Salave'a grew up fully aware MSU Athletics Hall of Famer Bob Apisa blazed a trail for...

They commit to football and uncertain future

They commit to football and uncertain future

“I get to work daily with heroes that joined the military AFTER we were attacked on 9/11, AFTER the war started in Afghanistan and AFTER the war started in Iraq. I would like to think I’m that brave, but I’m not so sure."-- Phil McConkey, Navy grad and New York Giants Super Bowl...

Niumatalolo thinks Irish can Book postseason

Niumatalolo thinks Irish can Book postseason

A week ago Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo, while studying video to face Notre Dame, judged Irish quarterback Ian Book a dynamic difference between coach Brian Kelly’s 2018 team and recent seasons. Well, now what does he think? With a chance to see Notre Dame (8-0) up close in the...

Navy and Notre Dame rivalry visits Navy town

Navy and Notre Dame rivalry visits Navy town

Navy-Notre Dame is a time-honored college football tradition with continuity strengthened through American history. The specific epochal period was World War II. It's the reason the rivalry, renewed for the 92nd time Saturday night in San Diego, remains the nation’s longest...

Doomsday predictions for option are premature

Doomsday predictions for option are premature

“The option is still revered at certain high schools, but – despite the zeal of some coaches – the once venerated scheme has been languishing at the college level for years. Now rule changes may doom it there too.” – Sports Illustrated, Oct. 8, 2018 issue.   By Tom...

Timing perfect for Polu to visit paradise

Timing perfect for Polu to visit paradise

Every January the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame enshrines a new class and names its pro and college players of the year. The weekend in Hawaii includes a Polynesian high school all-star game and a skills camp. What better place for Jarvis Polu to kick off any hopes to contend...