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Navy has been checked by scouts, too. Here is word on the middies?dangerous, strong, tough
Navy's well-coached, well-drilled and well-conditioned team does not explode. It varies its pattern?pass, run, pass, pass, run?and makes good yardage. But Navy isn't a constant threat to go all the way.
Like most Navy teams, this one is aggressive. It has good over-all speed, hits hard and has good over-all agility.
Navy runs a lot of option plays from both the split T and the solid T and that is the key to the attack?heaviest to the outside. On defense the team has standout linebackers and pass defenders. Pass defense is man to man and well handled. Tackling is hard. Specifically the team breaks down like this:
The Ends: They run the gamut of all pass patterns, deep and short. They have about as complete a set of patterns as any ends can. On runs they use the shoulder block primarily. Defensively they crash frequently off a three-point stance. They play close to the offensive ends.
The Tackles: They use fast offensive charge and get to their man fast, off a three-point stance. Navy tackles do not feint block. Defensively, like rest of team, tackles are on man-to-man setup; are good pursuers and recover well.
The Guards: Offensively they pull out of the line often from their three-point stance. They move over well on option plays around end. In line drive they aim block at the leg or side. Defensively they use hand charges and react well.
The Centers: Navy's center holds ball at angle with front tip on ground, back tip in air, then snaps ball apparently with one hand. Centers follow with diving lunge. Defensively they do a fine job of line backing.
The Backs: Quarterback runs very well on option play, and other backs know their roles, so their option is a constant threat. Halfbacks are speedy and dangerous. Fullbacks run hard but are not breakaway threats. Defensively, Navy backfield is outstanding. They are good pass defenders and line backers and plays are contained exceptionally well.
General: Team is strong and tough. Defenses include six-man line and 5-4 setup. Defenders react well with very rapid pursuit. Team breaks huddle fast, gets down at once, sometimes uses quick snap. Options are key to both passing and running offense and Navy knows how to make option plays click.