FB Adam Ballard

2006 Statistics

Coach: Paul Johnson
37-25, 5 years
2006 Record: 9-4
at Stanford WON 37-9
at Connecticut WON 41-17
at Air Force WON 24-17
vs. Notre Dame LOST 14-38
at Duke WON 38-13
at Eastern Michigan WON 49-21
vs. Army WON 26-14
Boston College LOST 24-25

2006 Final Rankings
AP-UR, Coaches-UR, BCS-UR

2007 Outlook

What head coach Paul Johnson has done for football here by going 35-15 over the last four years and by taking Navy to four consecutive bowl games for the first time ever (took 38 years to get to four bowls prior to his reign) now has many (like us) actually expecting something from the Midshipmen annually. Their spread option attack – usually employing three backs behind the QB – means opponents know Navy will probably run it, but the variables and fakes that govern this approach prove that only the most disciplined defenses can stop their effective attack enough to win. The main running weapons are all back, and the potential of their one-two-punch at QB could mean the most viable air game in the Johnson era. But whereas the offense is up to par with most I-A competition, it has been on defense that Navy cannot overcome its (size) limitations. The starting 11 seems strong, once again, but over 60 minutes, the drop off in quality of the Midshipmen’s defensive depth means this team still needs a lead going into the fourth quarter against those larger, deeper foes. Predictability for the Middies against ranked opponents has historical relevance – before they beat No.25 Air Force in 2003, the last ranked foe Navy defeated was No.17 Virginia in 1985. Ergo, Navy now beats schools they are supposed to beat, but still struggles to take any “next steps” when that week’s foe is a major program. As you probably already know, Navy has recruiting deficiencies. But what they lack in size, speed and raw talent, they make up for with discipline, determination and maturity. Success here is founded primarily on teamwork, for when everyone carries out their individual assignments; there aren’t many teams in college football that look better. Six teams on the slate could be considered serious threats, but only Rutgers, Notre Dame and Wake Forest seem to be likely losses. But, hey, as long as Johnson can keep his school-record five-game winning streak over the Cadets in tact, the Annapolis faithful will be copasetic with where this team resides and their marginal annual prospectus.

Projected 2007 record: 8-4
SB Reggie Campbell
QB - 3.5 DL - 2
RB - 4.5 LB - 3
WR - 3.5 DB - 2.5
OL - 3 ..

Passing: Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, 23-48-1, 384 yds., 5 TD

Rushing: Adam Ballard, 154 att., 792 yds., 3 TD

Receiving: Reggie Campbell, 13 rec., 244 yds., 2 TD

Scoring: Matt Harmon, 8-11 FG, 37-38 PAT, 61 pts.

Punting: Greg Veteto, 41 punts, 38.1 avg.

Kicking: Matt Harmon, 8-11 FG, 37-38 PAT, 61 pts.

Tackles: Clint Sovie, 61 tot., 23 solo

Sacks: Jeff Deliz, Jonathan Alvarado, Casey Hebert - 1 each

Interceptions: Clint Sovie, 2 for 17 yds.

Kickoff returns: Reggie Campbell, 17 ret., 21.0 avg., 0 TD

Punt returns: Reggie Campbell, 2 ret., 27.5 avg., 0 TD


OFFENSE: Brian Hampton-QB, Jason Tomlinson-WR, Matt Pritchett-OT, Zach Gallion-OG, James Rossi-C
DEFENSE: Tye Adams-DE, David Wright-NG, Larry Cylc-NG, John Chan-DE, David Mahoney-OLB, Rob Caldwell-ILB, Tyler Tidwell-OLB, Keenan Little-CB, Jeremy McGown-FS, DuJuan Price-FS, Jeromy Miles-ROV (transferred)

What exactly coach Johnson does out of his triple-option schemes isn’t easy to follow, and ranking their complex (yet predictable) running game in the nation’s top three for the past five years proves how hard it is to stop. What Navy does is comparable to a current-day spread attack, though here it relies mostly on ball-fakes and misdirection through two- and three-back running formations (instead of through four-and five-WR sets) to open things up. And since they throw it far less than any other I-A team (112 pass attempts; only Air Force also threw it under 200 times [146]) while featuring a stellar line that barely lists two guys over 275 lbs, the execution and precision needed to succeed so effectively and consistently is now a proven commodity under Johnson. The line only has two returning starters, but with most patiently working their way up for (what becomes) an eventual two year stint, OL turnover is common here and doesn’t normally affect the running game’s potency. Juniors Andrew McGinn (RT) and Anthony Gaskins (G/C) are great examples of this, and McGinn’s proven worth via starting experience last year means little worries on the outside since senior starter Josh Meeks is expected back at full strength (ACL torn in last game of ’06) at the all-important left tackle slot. Center Antron Harper is considered the team’s most talented lineman – his leadership in commanding the blocking matchups/schemes cannot be overlooked for why Navy always seems like a well oiled machine. The anonymous nature of how the running assignments break down is a true testimonial to the word ‘teamwork’. Fullback Adam Ballard is a bull, knocking would-be tacklers over as both the team’s leading ball-carrier and a daunting lead blocker. Backup Eric Kettani also lays the wood in this oft-used role, but little development/talent behind him means health issues at FB would prove detrimental. Senior slot back Reggie Campbell is just as dangerous downfield and/or in the flat as he is exploding out of the backfield, and classmate Zerbin Singleton proves he has the same dual worth with such a strong showing this spring. But Shun White will be the biggest difference-maker – this former prep all-state track star averaged 12 yards per his 48 carries in ‘06 and displays the toughness of Ballard with the speed of Campbell. The extensive list of other SB contributors exemplifies how Johnson is always ready to rotate in fresh, unknown sets of legs for optimal effect. QB Jarod Bryant (Mr. Football, Alabama - 2004) impressed this spring with his arm, so we expect his presence on the field will increase the chances Navy throws…but his legs cannot be ignored, either. Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada’s is the likely face behind center come August – his 4-2 mark as a fill-in starter last season has many excited for how much farther this team can likely go with Ballard, Campbell and White making it impossible to stop this offense. Downfield blocking assignments are the main fodder for the receiving corps, but O.J. Washington, Tyree Barnes and (6’4, 239) Curtis Sharp are formidable targets who likely see the rock a bit more with the two sufficient delivery men at QB. Kanheaku-Enhada sat out much of the action during spring drills due to shoulder problems, but his return in full by fall will signal that the Midshipmen are fully healthy and ready to again use their ball-control approach to grind down bigger opponents weekly.


C Antron Harper


Returning Starters in bold
QB Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada-Jr (5-11, 194) Jarod Bryant-Jr (5-10, 185)
FB Adam Ballard-Sr (6-1, 236) Eric Kettani-Jr (6-1, 233)
SB Zerbin Singleton-Sr (5-8, 164) Greg Shinego-Jr (5-9, 182)
SB Reggie Campbell-Sr (5-6, 168) Shun White-Jr (5-9, 186)
WR OJ Washington-Sr (5-10, 188) Greg Sudderth-Sr (6-2, 207)
WR Tyree Barnes-Jr (6-2, 188) Curtis Sharp-Jr (6-4, 239)
OT Josh Meek-Sr (6-1, 274) Paul Bridgers-Sr (6-3, 268)
OG Anthony Gaskins-Jr (6-1, 281) Chad Peterson-Jr (6-4, 271)
C Antron Harper-Sr (5-11, 272) Reyn Kaupiko-Sr (5-11, 263)
OG Ben Gabbard-Sr (6-4, 297) Curtis Bass-So (6-1, 275)
OT Andrew McGinn-Jr (6-1, 255) Ricky Moore-Jr (6-4, 283)
K Matt Harmon-Jr (5-10, 182) Joey Bullen-Sr (5-10, 189)



In allowing only six foes last year to score more than 20 points – and only two to go over 30 – Navy shows how their 3-4 alignment keeps the play in front of them effectively within their bend-but-don’t-break philosophy. The excessive turnover in personnel this offseason has meant plenty of competition for the nine open starter’s slots, and it bodes well, accordingly, that the defense(s) ruled the spring game. Nose tackle Nate Frazier is good enough to be one of only two underclassmen to earn starts – the athletic Atlanta-native is bound to constantly see double-teams since he is the only lineman on the two-deep to weigh in over 260 lbs. Senior Chris Kuhar-Pitters has excellent strength and decent speed off the corner, and backup Casey Hebert brings quality depth as a senior leader for the rebuilding effort here. But due to the fact that (with his two tackles in ’06) junior end Michael Walsh has the most experience of the three front line starters, we’ll see lots of learning on the job and likely a step down in quality (initially) from what was the nation’s No.38 run defense. Ex-wrestling champ Clint Sovie is their junior ILB whose speed makes him like an extra DB. As the only returning starter in the front seven, Sovie is joined by three seniors who aren’t green at all despite their new (starting) status. Outside guy Matt Wimsatt’s shoulder is healing well, and insider Irv Spencer adds needed girth for neutralizing those BCS-aligned opponents. Depth at LB has huge potential, too, though injuries amongst the starters would mean a step back. Junior corner Rashawn King is their only other returning starter on defense, and the upside for the six-footer is still being realized. Senior Greg Thrasher is back after missing last year (academics), making this a decent pair of cover guys. Ketric Buffin, who could start if needed, is a quality nickel back, but beyond him, there is a dropoff in both experience and talent. Heady senior safety Jeff Deliz is as effective in run support as he is over the deep middle, and rover Blake Carter earns the only other starting slot for a soph on the team after his limited role as a true frosh proved to many why he was such a sought after prospect. Depth at safety is scant, too, but there are plenty of eager, young Middies willing to step up and show why this defense is annually worth more than the sum of its parts. The second game at Rutgers needs to be used as a modest measuring stick for what is still needed for this D to keep Navy competitive against those bigger foes (Pitt, Wake Forest, Notre Dame). The talent is there for this group to be special…if they can just gel before Air Force visits at the end of September.


LB Clint Sovie


Returning Starters in bold
DE Chris Kuhar-Pitters-Sr (6-2, 258) Kyle Bookhout-So (6-2, 240)
NG Nate Frazier-So (6-3, 285) Jordan Stephens-So (6-4, 251)
DE Michael Walsh-Jr (6-2, 239) Casey Hebert-Sr (6-1, 250)
OLB Matt Humiston-Sr (5-11, 207) Craig Schaefer-So (6-2, 215)
ILB Clint Sovie-Jr (5-11, 201) Tony Haberer-So (6-1, 229)
ILB Irv Spencer-Sr (6-0, 238) Jonathan Alvarado-Sr (6-2, 227)
OLB Matt Wimsatt-Sr (6-1, 216) Matt Nechak-So (6-4, 244)
CB Rashawn King-Jr (6-0, 190) Ketric Buffin-Jr (5-7, 170)
CB Greg Thrasher-Sr (5-8, 181) Ram Vela-So (5-9, 196)
ROV Blake Carter-So (5-11, 188) Jesse Iwuji-So (6-1, 179)
FS Jeff Deliz-Sr (5-11, 195) Kevin Snyder-Jr (5-11, 192)
P Greg Veteto-Sr (6-1, 178) Joey Bullen-Sr (5-10, 189)




Harmon & Bullen went a collective 10-for-14 last year in field goal tries, but neither hit from 40 or beyond, which limits coach Johnson’s options outside the red zone. Punter Greg Veteto is also a bit limited in his range, so don’t expect much change to the team’s 98th ranking for net results. Senior Reggie Campbell will eventually “accomplish a few missions” as the featured return man in Annapolis – he is bound to find the endzone with his abundance of speed and moves.