61 Jeff Battipaglia
At Navy: All-East candidate ... on the watch list for the Lombardi Award, which is given to the nation's best down lineman or linebacker ... enters the fall as the starter at left tackle ... a veteran member of the Mids' offensive line, he has started 27-consecutive games dating back to the 2008 season-opener against Towson ... has earned two varsity letters.
2009: Started all 14 games ... member of an offensive line that allowed the Mids to rush for 280.5 yards per game (No. 4 nationally) ... additionally, the line paved the way for Ricky Dobbs to set an NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a QB with 27, while he was ranked No. 2 in the country in points per game (12.46) and touchdowns (27) ... provided the necessary protection for the Mids to accumulate 515 yards of total offense (385 rush, 130 pass) against Missouri to earn a 35-13 Texas Bowl win ... the 515 yards of total offense was Navy's second-best offensive output of the year, behind a 537-yard afternoon against Rice ... created enough holes for Dobbs to run through to produce his fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing afternoon when he carried the ball a season-high 33 times for 113 yards against Army ... the line also paved the way for Dobbs to dive into the end zone from one yard out to set the NCAA record for most rushing TDs in a season by a quarterback, scoring his 24th of 2009 ... the record was set by Air Force's Chance Harridge in 2002 and later tied by Tim Tebow of Florida en route to winning the 2007 Heisman Trophy ... the line allowed the Mids to rush for 242 yards against Delaware on Senior Day and opened up seams for Dobbs to score a stadium-record five rushing touchdowns and set the Navy single-season record for touchdowns ... opened up lanes for both Vince Murray (158) and Dobbs (102) to rush for over 100 yards in leading Navy to a win over Notre Dame ... it was the first time since the 2008 Army-Navy game that Navy has produced a 100-yard rushing tandem ... meanwhile, it was the fourth straight game Murray has reached 100 yards rushing, making him the first running back since Napoleon McCallum in 1983 to achieve that feat ... the Mids' line allowed for Navy to rush for 338 yards against Wake Forest, the third consecutive game Navy gained 300-plus yards on the ground ... it was the first time the Mids have achieved that feat since early in 2007 when they rushed for 300 yards in six straight games ... anchored a line that led the way for the Mids to rush for 331 yards and five TDs against SMU ... part of an offensive line that allowed the Mids to rush the ball 80 times for a season-high 471 yards, the 10th-best rushing day in program history, en route to a 63-14 victory at Rice ... Navy finished with 537 yards of total offense, the 28th-best mark in program history and the most yards since the Mids racked up 602 yards vs. Towson in the 2008 season-opener ... opened up holes for Navy's ground game that rushed for a then season-high 373 yards and scored four touchdowns against Western Kentucky ... helped pave the way for Navy's rushing attack to score four rushing TDs against Louisiana Tech in the Mids' home opener.
2008: Started all 13 games as a member of the offensive line ... helped the Mids' rushing attack lead the nation in rushing for an unprecedented fourth-consecutive season (292.4 yds/gm) ... helped open up paths for senior tandem Shun White (13-148) and Eric Kettani (24-125) to become Navy's first 100-yard rushing tandem this season as the Mids turned in a 34-0 win over rival Army and won their sixth consecutive Commander-In-Chief's Trophy ... a strong performance up front against Northern Illinois helped pave the way for Ricky Dobbs (25 carries, 124 yards) to become just the sixth Navy quarterback to rush for over 100 yards in his first collegiate start ... held the SMU defense off-balance allowing QB Ricky Dobbs to rush for 224 yards and become the first Navy QB to reach the 200-yard rushing mark since Brian Madden in 2001 ... Dobbs also became just the fifth player in school history to score four or more TDs in a game ... helped open up holes for senior fullback Eric Kettani to rush for a career-high 175 yards against Wake Forest ... Kettani was the first player to rush for over 62 yards against the Deacs since the 2007 Navy-Wake tilt (10 games) ... he was also the first player to rush for 100 yards against the Deacs since 2007 (Maryland) ... earned his first career starting nod (left tackle) in the Mids' win over Towson in the season-opener ... member of the offensive line that paved the way for slot back Shun White to run for a school-record 348 yards ... it was the 17th-most yards in Div. IA history and White is just the 80th player all-time to reach the 300-yard mark.
2007: Did not see any varsity action.
High School / Personal: A 2007 graduate of St. Joseph's Preparatory School, Battipaglia earned two letters in football ... as a junior, his team went 11-2 and won the Philadelphia Catholic League ... named First-Team All-Southeastern Pennsylvania as a senior ... was named to the Philadelphia Daily News Catholic League All-Decade team ... his dad, Joseph, played rugby at Boston College, while his brother, Matt, played football at Dartmouth ... his dad, who is a market strategist and works on Wall Street, is a frequent guest on CNBC and Fox News ... full name is Jeffrey Michael Battipaglia ... born Jan. 19, 1989, in Philadelphia, Pa. ... son of Joseph and Mary Ann Battipaglia ... majoring in economics.