Navy is averaging 393.0 rushing yards per game, while Tulsa is putting up 311.5 yards per game on the ground.
Robert B. Green is in his sixth season at the Naval Academy and his fourth as a coach on the field. This will be his second season coaching the cornerbacks - as he coached outside linebackers with Justin Davis during his first two seasons.
Navy finished the 2017 campaign with a 7-6 record, which included a 49-7 rout of Virginia in the Military Bowl. The 42-point margin of victory was the largest by a Navy team over a team from the autonomy 5 since the Mids beat West Virginia, 51-7, in the 1963 season opener. The Mids played eight games against teams that went to a bowl game and played five teams that won 10 or more games.
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. Outside linebacker DJ Palmore was named First-Team All-East.
Navy finished the 2015 campaign with a school-record 11 wins against just 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) and third in turnover margin (+1.46).
Green spent his first two years as the Director of Player Development assisting Coach Niumatalolo and the officer representatives with professional development and molding of Navy football players to assume future positions of leadership in the Navy and Marine Corps.
Green is a 1998 graduate of the Naval Academy where he was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter on the football team as a defensive back. During the 1996 campaign Navy fashioned its best record since 1978 at 9-3 and registered a 42-38 victory over California in the Aloha Bowl.
Consequently, Green was named to the Blue-Gray All-Star Football Classic and was an All-Independent selection.
Green was born and raised in Atlanta, Ga., where he attended Booker T. Washington High School. After graduation, Green attended the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, R.I. before moving on to the Naval Academy. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the Marine Corps in May 1998, having completed his undergraduate education at the Naval Academy.
Following The Basic School and the Logistics Officer Course, he was assigned to 9th Communication Battalion, I Marine Expeditionary Force Headquarters Group in July 1999. During this tour, Green served as the S-4 Alpha, Maintenance Management Officer, and Headquarters Company Commander.
Ordered to Okinawa in June 2002, Green was transferred to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 36, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, Camp Futenma, Japan, where he served as the S-4 Officer.
In July 2003, Green was assigned to Recruiting Station Indianapolis. While stationed there, Green served for two and one-half years as the Operations Officer, and one-half year as the Executive Officer.
In July 2006, Green reported to Inspector-Instructor duty serving as Operations Officer and Assistant Inspector and Instructor for Headquarters and Service Battalion, 4th Marine Logistics Group, Dobbins ARB; Marietta, Ga. During his tour, he was deployed to Iraq as a member of the 1st Marine Logistics Group G-3 staff in July 2008. Stationed at Camp Al Taqaddum, he served as the Embarkation and Unit Movement Coordination Center Officer-in-Charge.
Green returned from Iraq in February 2009 only to depart Marietta in July 2009 to further his career at the Air Command and Staff College at Maxwell AFB in Montgomery, Al. Earning a Master’s Degree in Military Operational Art, Green graduated in June 2010 and was assigned to 2d Marine Division.
Upon arriving to 2d Marine Division Headquarters, Green was immediately deployed to Operation Enduring Freedom and assigned as the Logistics Officer for Regional Support Command - Southwest, NATO Training Mission - Afghanistan at Camp Leatherneck. After the seven month tour, Green returned to Camp Lejeune, and assigned as the S-4 Officer for the 6th Marine Regiment in February 2011.
As a member of 6th Marine Regiment, Green deployed to Afghanistan for a second time in December 2011. After serving a combined 11 months on Camp Delaram and Camp Leatherneck, the Regiment returned home in November 2012. He continued to serve as the senior Logistics Officer for the command until his transfer to the Naval Academy.
As a Marine, the former Lieutenant Colonel’s personal decorations include Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2nd award), Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (2nd award), Meritorious Service Medal (2nd Award), Defense Meritorious Service Medal, and Legion of Merit.
Green retired from the U.S. Marine Corps in the summer of 2017. He resides in Annapolis with his wife, Robyn, and twin boys, Garrison and Grant.