By Hannah Hukill, www.armedforcesbowl.com
Bowl-bound Navy is looking for its first win over the Spartans in what will be the third meeting.
Darius Staten had a career-high 127 yards on seven carries with a touchdown to lead Navy to a 42-14 victory over South Alabama on Saturday night.
By Gary Lambrecht
The Mids and Jaguars are meeting for the first time on the gridiron.
2013 Navy vs. South Alabama Football Game
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At Navy: Elected co-captain along with linebacker Cody Peterson by his teammates, which is the highest honor a Navy football player can receive ... enters the fall listed even with Casey Bolena for the starting wide receiver spot opposite Shawn Lynch ... has good size and speed ... has great hands and is not afraid to catch the ball over the middle ... has earned three varsity letters.
2012: Appeared in the final nine games of the year after missing the first four games due to a knee injury ... caught a three-yard touchdown pass from Keenan Reynolds in Navy's loss to Arizona State in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl ... also carried the ball for the first time this season on a reverse for six yards ... caught two passes in the win over Army for 12 yards ... returned his first punt of the season (2 yards) in the Mids' Senior Day win over Texas State ... caught one pass for 15 yards against Florida Atlantic on a key 3rd-and-15 play in the third quarter ... a member of the Mids' high-powered offense that scored 56 points at East Carolina, marking their first 50-point game since putting up 76 against the Pirates in 2010 ... caught a pair of passes in Navy's win over Indiana, including the game-winning four-yard touchdown catch with 2:02 remaining in the game ... also caught a 16-yarder late in the fourth quarter that set up Nick Sloan's 18-yard field goal which got the Mids within six points (30-24) ... made his season debut at Air Force ... caught one pass for a gain off 11 yards against the Falcons.
2011: A starter in 11 games ... saw action in all 12 ... Navy's second-leading receiver, catching 13 passes for 201 yards (15.5 yds/catch) and two TDs ... caught one pass for nine yards at San Jose State ... also returned one punt for 11 yards against the Spartans ... after starting each of the first nine games, was replaced in the starting lineup at SMU by classmate Casey Bolena ... caught one pass for 12 yards and carried the ball once for 13 yards against Troy ... caught two passes for 16 yards, while also carrying the ball once for 14 yards at Notre Dame ... carried the ball 21 yards on a reverse against East Carolina ... caught a 37-yard TD pass from Trey Miller (4Qtr, 7:51) to give the Mids (35-31) their first lead since scoring the game's first TD ... it was his second-career TD reception ... returned two punts 21 yards, including a career-long return of 11 yards ... entered the game a week prior at Rutgers as the Mids' punt returner where he returned one punt for four yards ... caught one pass for a gain of 18 yards at Rutgers ... ran a reverse to near perfection against Southern Miss with a 35-yard gain with 56 seconds left in the third quarter, setting up a 27-yard touchdown ... also caught a pass for a gain of 20 yards ... caught one pass for 15 yards in the Mids' overtime loss to Air Force ... made his only catch of the South Carolina contest on fourth-and-15 at the Navy 15-yd line with 2:15 left in the game ... caught a 16-yard pass from Kriss Proctor to keep the Mids' final drive alive ... caught a 44-yard pass for a TD at Western Kentucky as time expired in the first quarter ... it was his first-collegiate TD and just his second-career reception ... carried the ball five yards on a reverse in what was his first-career rush ... made his first-collegiate start in the Mids' season-opener against Delaware ... after having two catches called back last year because of penalties, he caught his first-career pass, a 5-yarder, against the Blue Hens.
2010: Played in 12 of the 13 contests, including making his first-collegiate appearance in Navy's home-opening victory over Georgia Southern ... replaced an injured Gary Myers in the lineup as the Mids' punt returner against Army and San Diego State, although he did not return a punt in either game ... caught a 61-yard pass from Ricky Dobbs at Wake Forest, but it was brought back after a John Dowd hold ... his 31-yard reception (0:29, 1st Qtr) at East Carolina was called back after the official said he did not get a knee in bounds ... turned in a tackle in the Arkansas State game following a John Howell fumble.
High School / Personal: A 2009 graduate of Hidden Valley High School, Aiken attended the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2009-10 academic year ... a four-year letterwinner, who was a three-time First-Team All-State (Va.) selection as a wide receiver ... also named a first-team all-region and all-district pick at wide receiver his junior and senior years ... garnered second-team all-state kudos as a safety in his each of his last two seasons ... named the co-offensive MVP at NAPS ... attended three different high schools over four years - Hidden Valley HS, North Cross HS and Cave Spring HS ... brother, Danny, played football at Virginia and is currently the starting long snapper for the New England Patriots ... son of Douglas and Vicki Aiken ... majoring in economics.