Sophomore corner from Glen Burnie, Md.
By Gary Lambrecht
Senior corner from San Diego, Calif.
Sophomore safety from Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.
Sophomore safety from Anaheim, Calif.
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The defense improved in all four major categories in 2017: against the run (154.5 yards per game), the pass (215.8 yards per game), total defense (370.3 yards per game) and scoring defense (26.3 points per game).
Navy finished the 2016 campaign with a 9-5 mark and a 7-1 record in the American Athletic Conference despite a season that saw the Mids have 102 missed games by starters or key contributors. The Mids played Temple in the AAC Championship game and played in a bowl game (Armed Forces) for the 13th time in the last 14 years. The nine wins tied for the fifth most wins in school history.
In 2015, Navy won a school-record 11 wins against two losses, qualified for a bowl game for the 12th time in the last 13 years, won a bowl game for the 10th time in school history (beat Pittsburgh, 44-28, in the Military Bowl), won a bowl game for a third straight year for the first time in school history, defeated Army for a series-record 14th consecutive year, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy for the third time in the last four years, won the Lambert Trophy as the best team in the East for the first time since 1963, finished 18th in the country in both the Associated Press and Coaches polls and shared the West Division title of the American Athletic Conference with Houston in Navy’s first year of being in a conference after being an Independent for 134 years.
As a team, the defense finished the 2015 season ranked 32nd in rushing defense (143.0), 40th in total defense (364.9), 26th in scoring defense (21.8), 12th in red zone defense (.737), 13th in turnovers gained (27), first in fumbles recovered (15), third in turnover margin (+1.46), first in fewest penalties per game (3.1) and first in fewest penalty yards per game (26.1).
Navy finished the 2014 season with an 8-5 record, won a bowl game (beat San Diego State, 17-16, in the Poinsettia Bowl), won a bowl game in back-to-back years for the second time in school history and defeated Army for a series-record 13th consecutive year.
The Navy defense finished 32nd in pass defense, 37th in interceptions and 38th in the country in red zone defense in 2014.
O’Brien came to Navy from Elon, where he was the defensive backs coach the past three years.
He has also had experience as a scouting assistant intern with the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick in 2005 and spent a year at Harvard working with the safeties in 2006.
O’Brien’s father, Tom (‘71), was a three-year starter at defensive end for Navy and, after serving nine years in the Marine Corps, returned to Navy as an assistant coach for George Welsh from 1975-81.
O’Brien went on to become the head coach at both Boston College and North Carolina State.
O’Brien is a 2005 graduate of Boston College where he earned his communications degree and served as a student coach. He is married to the former Alicia Marcum and they have a son, Rowan.