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The Service Academies

Posted on: November 11, 2009 5:37 pm
I have to be honest, my family has had season tickets to Navy Football for a while, so i may be a little biased here, but I love watching the service academies.  The Triple Option is incredibly entertaining, even if Army refuses to fully adopt it.  Unfortunately, they will have too, they just cannot compete using a pro-style offense with their limitations.  Navy, and to a lesser degree Air Force, have learned to use the triple option as a way of evening the playing field.  Navy's offense focuses on using deception to pound an opponent into submission.  Navy rarely throws more than 8 times a game, and to some this is boring, I get that, but I love it.  Whether they hand it off up the middle with the fullback, pull it out and the QB can pitch it to the running back or keep it himself, Navy is always near the top of rushing in the NCAA.  While none of the guys you see in a service academy jersey will play on Sundays (except Kyle Eckel ), they will go onto a greater calling, defending our country. 

We support our veterans, but support our current crop of men and women in the Academies.  Watch the games, support our future troops.  I guarantee you will enjoy them. 

Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: August 15, 2010 5:33 pm

The Service Academies

Fair enough.  It was AF that first introduced the wishbone offense tot he service academies.  But the reality is that right now Navy runs the Triple Option far better than any other team in the country. And there are differences, albeit subtle, to the option AF runs. Navy did not simply follow a blueprint.  They innovated and improved on what AF has done in the past.

Since: Oct 24, 2008
Posted on: November 17, 2009 9:58 pm

The Service Academies

Navy's had great success, but let's give credit where credit is due.  AF was the first to recognize that service academies had to do something different to be successful against bigger opponents.  Fisher DeBerry installed the option in 1980 as the offensive coordinator under Ken Hatfield and AF has stuck by it since, win or lose.  Navy and Army were reluctant to change because "it wasn't invented here".  They have installed it and subsequently went away from it when they had a lack of success.  At the time they had a hard time accepting the fact they were running a variant of an offense created by their junior rival.  Navy came back to it with Paul Johnson who I believe previously was an assistant at Navy when they first attempted to run the option.  So to categorize AF, to a lesser degree has learned to run the option ignores the real facts.  Navy has finally come around to understand the key to successful service academy football as defined by AF over the last 30 years is the triple option.  So let's give the AF Academy its due regard.  It has and continues to set the standard.  Kudos to Navy for their success in following the blueprint.

Since: Jul 24, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2009 5:15 pm

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I'll agree this is the best team I've seen in a while.  But the most talented team was 2006.  The rushing attack that season was incredible.  Brian Hampton got injured at QB, and the Flyin' Hawaiin era began with Kaipo.  But watching Reggie Campbell, Adam Ballard and co., was something special. 

Since: Oct 4, 2008
Posted on: November 13, 2009 4:44 pm

The Service Academies

Navy sure had a great game against Notre Dame last weekend.  I attended with my 2 brothers (they were both rooting for ND, I am a Navy Grad).  Very impressed how Ken Niumatalolo has maintained the offensive productivity while upgrading the defense.  I think this is the best Navy team I have seen, and I graduated from there in 1977!

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