The Midshipmen have won nine in a row against their arch rivals from West Point.
Kriss Proctor rushes for 82 yards and a pair of touchdowns
Saturday's contest will be just the 12th regular-season game Navy has played in the state of California in its 131-year history.
Mids need "optimal effort to beat Mustangs
The Mids have won four in a row against SMU, including a thrilling 38-35 OT victory in Dallas in 2009.
At Navy: Enters the fall as Navy's starting nose guard ... Navy's biggest nose guard in recent memory ... strong enough to plug up the interior of Navy's defense ... needs to work on his conditioning so he can play more plays ... has also been a valuable member of the special teams units the last two years ... has earned two varsity letters.
2010: Saw action in all 13 games ... turned in three tackles over the course of the season ... his lone tackle of the Notre Dame game might have been the most important tackle of his career ... teaming up with Tyler Simmons, the Mids stopped Notre Dame at the one-yard line on 4th-and-one on the opening drive of the game ... turned in one tackle, as Navy held Louisiana Tech scoreless in the second half en route to the win ... the Mids held their first two opponents to a total of 47 yards passing (11 by Maryland and 36 by Georgia Southern) ... it's the first time since 1979 that Navy has held the opposition to below 50 yards passing in back-to-back games ... part of a Navy defense that held Georgia Southern to just 109 yards of total offense ... it's the fewest yards allowed by a Navy defense since 1997 when Navy held Army to just 87 yards of total offense (84 rushiing and 3 passing) in a 39-7 victory ... held Georgia Southern to eight first downs, the fewest allowed by Navy since 2008 when the Mids held SMU to eight first downs in a 34-7 win ... turned in a solo tackle in the Mids' opener against Maryland.
2009: Played in all 14 games, including making his collegiate debut in the Mids' opener against No. 6 Ohio State ... saw most of his action as a member of Navy's special teams, but also appeared in short-yardage situations ... made his first-career tackle against Academy rival Air Force.
2008: Did not see any varsity action.
High School / Personal: A 2007 graduate of Pine Forest High School, Marks attended the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2007-08 academic year ... earned three letters each in football and track ... received all-conference and all-region honors as a senior ... elected captain of the football team in his senior year ... named the football team's MVP in 2006 ... led the football team to the conference crown in 2006 with an 8-3 record ... member of the National Honor Society ... son of Robert and Laurie Marks ... majoring in general science.