By Gary Lambrecht
By Justin Mears
The two teams enter the game undefeated for the first time ever
Junior outside linebacker from Memphis, Tenn.
Sophomore corner from Glen Burnie, Md.
Navy-UConn Football 9-10-16
Navy-Fordham Football 9-3-16
Navy vs. Pitt - Military Bowl
Army-Navy Football 2015
2014 Navy-USF FB
• At Navy: Elected co-captain by his teammates for the 2016 season ... enters the fall listed as a starter at linebacker ... has started 24 games over his first three years, including 21 straight contests ... has good size and speed ... plays with a nasty disposition ... has earned two varsity letters.
• 2015: Finished the year as the team’s fourth-leading tackler with 65, including 4.0 tackles for loss ... also contributed a pass breakup, an interception and forced a fumble ... posted three tackles against Pitt in the Military Bowl ... produced seven tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, in the win over Army West Point ... turned in seven tackles, including five solo stops at Houston ... part of a defensive unit that held #15 Memphis to a season-low 20 points and snapped the Tigers’ 15-game winning streak which was the third longest in the country ... turned in seven tackles against Memphis and intercepted his first pass of the year and fourth of his career ... it was just the second time that Memphis QB Paxton Lynch had been picked off ... member of the Mids’ defense that held USF to just 17 points, well under its 30.0 points per game average ...chipped in a tackle against USF ... forced a Tulane fumble, the first of his career, at the Navy 1-yard line that was recovered by teammate Will Anthony ... also pitched in three tackles in the victory over the Green Wave ... turned in eight tackles at Notre Dame, including a tackle for a loss ... paced the team with a season-best 11 tackles against Air Force ... part of a defensive unit that held Air Force scoreless in the opening half and held the Falcons to their fewest yards of total offense (277) since 2009 (240) ... held the Falcons to just 11 points, their lowest scoring out put since Notre Dame defeated them 45-10 on Oct. 26, 2013 ... recorded six tackles at UConn ... member of the Mids’ defensive unit that combined for five sacks against the Huskies which are the most by a Navy team since 2006 against Temple (6) ... produced seven tackles, including 1.5 tackles for a loss of four yards against East Carolina ... contributed five tackles and broke up a pass, the first of his career, in the Mids’ season-opening win over Colgate.
• 2014: In his first season seeing action, started all 13 games ... was second on the team in tackles with 86 (47-39) and was one of three players on the roster with three interceptions ... he returned the three interceptions for a combined 134 yards ... his 44.6 yards per interception return was a school record ... ... pitched in six tackles, including a half a tackle for loss in Navy’s Poinsettia Bowl win over San Diego State ... also intercepted a pass and returned it 29 yards ... despite the Mids’ four fumbles in the game, including three in Navy territory, Navy’s defense surrendered just a pair of field goals to the Aztecs ... part of a defensive unit that held Army without an offensive touchdown and under 50 yards passing, the first Navy opponent since Army in 2012 ... the Mids’ defense held Army under 300 yards total offense (235) and 200 yards rushing (198) ... produced seven tackles in leading the Mids to their 13th straight win over Army ... recorded eight tackles at South Alabama ... posted five tackles, including a half a tackle for a loss against Georgia Southern ... intercepted a pass and returned in 68 yards against the Eagles ... turned in three tackles against Notre Dame ... contributed four tackles in the win over San Jose State ... part of a defensive unit that surrendered one touchdown to VMI which was scored with 14 seconds left in the game ... paced the Mids with eight tackles against the Keydets and had a quarterback hurry ... along with fellow linebacker Jordan Drake, produced a team-leading 13 tackles against Air Force which matched his career best from the week prior ... recorded a career-high 13 tackles against Western Kentucky ... it’s the most tackles by a Navy player this season ... also produced his first career interception, returning it 37 yards ... tallied seven tackles against Rutgers, including five solo stops ... recorded six tackles, including five solo stops at Texas State ... turned in three solo tackles against Temple before exiting the game in the second quarter due to both a concussion and a personal foul (targeting) ... made his collegiate debut in the Mids’ opener against No. 5 Ohio State, earning the start at inside linebacker ... contributed three tackles.
• 2013: Did not see any varsity action.
• High School / Personal: A 2012 graduate of Cienega High School, Gonzales attended the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2012-13 academic year ... a two-sport athlete who earned letters in baseball and football ... a four-time First-Team All-State (Ariz.) baseball selection who was also a three-time First-Team All-State football standout ... also went on a recruiting visit to Army ... member of the Student Council ... best friend, Edgar Poe, is a senior wide receiver at Army ... son of Michael and Jill Gonzales ... majoring in American Politics and Law.