WR Jason Tomlinson

2005 Statistics

Coach: Paul Johnson
28-21, 4 years
2005 Record: 8-4
vs. Maryland LOST 20-23
at Duke WON 28-21
at Rice WON 41-9
at Rutgers LOST 21-31
at Notre Dame LOST 21-42
vs. Army WON 42-23
vs. Colorado State WON 51-30

2005 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2006 Outlook

Coach Paul Johnson has gotten this program rolling, even through what were considered to be rebuilding years. Well, 2006 is not a rebuilding year as talent abounds at almost every unit other than the DL. All joking aside, this could be one of his best teams yet. The offense continues to insert new parts, especially at QB, with no drop off. If either of the two QBs can continue the triple-option success as they combine with an extremely capable trio of RBs, defenses will find it impossible to play the Midshipmen’s guessing game. The schedule is again set up to put Navy in a 10-win situation and earn yet another Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. No one on the college football landscape should be surprised while this group of seniors continues the most successful roll in the Academy’s history. The Meineke Car Care Bowl in Charlotte signed a deal to pencil the Midshipmen in as one of their teams every year assuming they get to bowl eligibility. The decision was an intelligent one, seeing how they have won their last two postseason appearances. With eight seniors projected to start on defense, a stereotypical OL made up of veterans, and a mélange of powerful/speedy RBs, this team is primed to match up well with just about any of their slated foes (except Notre Dame).

Projected 2006 record: 9-3
LB Tyler Tidwell
QB - 3 DL - 2.5
RB - 4 LB - 4
WR - 3 DB - 3
OL - 3 ..

Passing: Brian Hampton, 19-6-2, 99 yds., 1 TD

Rushing: Adam Ballard, 109 att., 668 yds., 6 TD

Receiving: Jason Tomlinson, 25 rec., 445 yds., 1 TD

Scoring: Joey Bullen, 9-12 FG, 52-53 PAT, 79 pts.

Punting: none

Kicking: Joey Bullen, 9-12 FG, 52-53 PAT, 79 pts.

Tackles: Rob Caldwell, 140 tot., 64 solo

Sacks: Tyler Tidwell, 10 sacks

Interceptions: Keenan Little, Greg Thrasher, Greg Sudderth - 2 each

Kickoff returns: Reggie Campbell, 15 ret., 19.1 avg., 0 TD

Punt returns: Jason Tomlinson, 11 ret., 8.1 avg., 0 TD


OFFENSE: Lamar Owens-QB, Marco Nelson-SB, Mick Yokitis-WR, Marshall Green-OT
DEFENSE: Jeremy Chase-DE, Jake Biles-ILB, Eric Shuey-P

Three consecutive QBs have equaled three consecutive bowl games. The trend is not likely to change. Exit Aaron Polanco and Lamar Owens and enter senior Brian Hampton, who played in all 12 games last fall. Hampton is the cousin of former NBA star Charles Barkley. As with most Midshipmen QBs, his accuracy throwing the ball will come into question. The bottom line - he is big, strong and can run the option. Pushing him could be former receiver Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada. The Hawai'i native represents a new wrinkle with his blazing speed.

The three-man backfield is as powerful and speedy as any of their previous groups. Adam Ballard is the team's leading rusher at FB and is set for a huge season. The big play threat comes in Reggie Campbell, a sprinter on the track team, who scored a record-tying five TDs in the Poinsettia Bowl while averaging over nine yards per carry last season. Still, the fastest of the bunch is senior Trey Hines, which could make this the best offensive backfield Navy has fielded since Coach Johnson arrived.

Since it's no secret Navy predominately runs the ball (82%), the receivers are not the focal point, nor the tight ends. They are all primarily blockers, plain and simple. Senior Jason Tomlinson is a quality pass catcher with a 35-inch vertical leap and good speed. He is easily the No. 1 target opposing defenses must respect.

The backfield will benefit from the strength of an offensive line that returns four starters. Yes, this group is as undersized as usual. But Coach Johnson recruits this type of lineman, one that is tenacious and is smart enough to use the necessary angles that make this crazy triple-option attack work. And he's got such a group with the jest of them being upperclassmen. Senior anchor Joe Rossi is a prime example (6-1, 269) with his 450-pound bench press and 555-pound squat to go with his great footwork.


FB Adam Ballard


Returning Starters in bold
QB Brian Hampton-Sr (5-11, 208) Troy Goss-Jr (6-2, 206)
FB Adam Ballard-Jr (6-1, 223) Matt Hall-Sr (5-10, 210)
SB Trey Hines-Sr (5-9, 208) Zerbin Singleton-Jr (5-8, 164)
SB Reggie Campbell-Jr (5-6, 165) Shun White-So (5-9, 187)
WR Tyree Barnes-So (6-2, 200) OJ Washington-Jr (5-10, 188)
WR Jason Tomlinson-Sr (6-1, 208) Kyle Kimbro-Jr (6-1, 182)
OT Matt Pritchett-Sr (6-2, 290) Sean Kearney-Sr (6-4, 269)
OG Zach Gallion-Sr (6-2, 315) Anthony Gaskins-So (6-1, 275)
C James Rossi-Sr (6-1, 269) Cole Smith-Sr (6-0, 260)
OG Antron Harper-Jr (5-11, 257) Ben Gabbard-Jr (6-4, 300)
OT Andrew McGinn-So (6-1, 247) Joe Person-Sr (6-4, 252)
K Joey Bullen-Jr (5-10, 186) Matt Harmon-So (5-10, 178)



As with the OL, size is a major issue up front, maybe more so than it has been in year’s prior. Hiding this aspect through their 3-4 scheme will prove difficult seeing how three of the rotating linemen weigh less than 250 pounds. Hopefully, depth can play a positive roll in keeping legs fresh (tussles versus much bigger opposing blockers will take their toll). This unit needs to play above their means to keep opposing offenses from pounding the ball between the tackles. All this rushing should make for some quick, low scoring games.

A quartet of top-notch players backing them up at LB should provide some hope - three of them are explosive seniors. Rob Caldwell (140 tackles) from the inside is one of the best tacklers across the country. His power and hard-nosed style is everything a coach could want at one of the service academies. Watch out for Clint Sovie (the breakout player of the spring) as he joins Caldwell on the inside. David Mahoney and Tyler Tidwell play on the outside and are the team's primary playmakers. This is by far the best unit on either side of the ball. Looking further, this may be one of the better LB units nationwide.

Eight different people started in the secondary last fall due to injury and lack of production. This group can only improve. On that note, senior speedster Jeremy McGown makes a switch from safety to cornerback and has emerged as the team's best cover man. On the other side is another senior in Kennan Little, who was recruited by several ACC schools out of high school. Overall, the back seven on defense fields as much talent as some of the BCS schools. It needs to translate better than 2005’s 90th-ranked pass efficiency defense.


LB Rob Caldwell


Returning Starters in bold
DE Tye Adams-Sr (6-3, 225) Andrew Tattersall-Sr (6-4, 252)
NG Larry Cylc-Sr (6-2, 280) David Wright-Sr (6-3, 274)
DE John Chan-Sr (6-1, 249) Casey Hebert-Jr (6-1, 246)
OLB David Mahoney-Sr (5-9, 219) Keith Lisante-Jr (6-2, 227)
ILB Rob Caldwell-Sr (6-0, 229) Irv Spencer-Jr (6-0, 241)
ILB Clint Sovie-So (5-11, 201) Joe Cylc-Sr (5-11, 228)
OLB Tyler Tidwell-Sr (6-2, 224) Matt Wimsatt-Jr (6-1, 229)
CB Jeremy McGown-Sr (5-11, 189) Greg Thrasher-Jr (5-8, 173)
CB Keenan Little-Sr (5-11, 195) Rashawn King-So (6-0, 185)
ROV Ketric Buffin-So (5-7, 165) Greg Sudderth-Jr (6-2, 203)
FS DuJuan Price-Sr (5-11, 214) Clay Carter-Sr (6-4, 209)
P Greg Veteto-Jr (6-1, 175) Leif Walroth-Sr (5-9, 180)




Joey Bullen scored a team-high 79 points last fall, which leaves the kicking game in good standing. His last second 46-yard FG that lifted Navy to a 27-24 win versus Air Force will go a long way in aiding his confidence. The punting game is not so secure. Greg Veteto comes out of spring as the starter, but has a long way to go in terms of becoming even an average weapon.