8 Wyatt Middleton
At Navy: All-America candidate ... elected team captain by his teammates ... enters his fourth year as a starter in the secondary ... one of 42 players on the watch list for the Lott Award, which is given to a player who exhibits the same characteristics Lott embodied during his distinguished career: Integrity, Maturity, Performance, Academics, Community and Tenacity ... one of the best defensive backs to play at Navy in the last 20 years ... possesses tremendous football instincts ... equally tough against the run and pass ... has good size and speed ... set a Navy freshman record for tackles ... has earned three varsity letters.
2009: Was a starter in all 14 games ... a First-Team All-East performer who paced Navy with seven pass break-ups to go along with his team-best four interceptions ... finished the year with 68 tackles (34-34), including 2.0 tackles for a loss ... caused a fumble and recovered a pair during the year ... has started 37-career games, including 35-straight games dating back to the 2007 Pitt game ... it's the longest active starting streak for a Navy player ... member of Navy's defense that held Missouri, the nation's 33rd-ranked scoring offense with its 30.3 points per game, to just 13 points in the 2009 Texas Bowl ... it was Missouri' third-lowest scoring output of the year and the fewest points since Texas throttled the Tigers 41-7 on Oct. 24 ... after the Tigers scored a TD just 24 seconds into the game, Navy's defense held Missouri without a touchdown for the remainder of the contest ... intercepted a Missouri pass with 2:38 remaining in the game and returned it 62 yards ... it's the longest interception return in a bowl game in Navy history ... it was his fifth-career interception and the fourth in 2009 ... also contributed three tackles in the win ... produced four tackles and broke up a pass against arch-rival Army ... the Mids held Army to just a field goal in the contest after Ricky Dobbs threw an interception in Navy territory in the first quarter ... Navy's defense has not allowed an Army touchdown in 12-straight quarters (dating back to 2006) ... furthermore, the Mids did not give up an offensive touchdown to Army or Air Force in 2009 ... turned in just one tackle against Hawai'i, but also pitched in a forced fumble ... was in on seven tackles and broke up a career-high three passes in the Mids' home finale against Delaware ... recorded eight tackles in Navy's win over Notre Dame, while also recovering a Jimmy Clausen fumble at the Navy one-yard line at the end of the third quarter ... the Mids' defense held Temple to just 37 yards passing, the fewest yards since Rice completed all five of its pass attempts for 35 yards on Oct. 23, 2004 ... picked off Temple QB Vaughn Charleton with 6:12 remaining in the third quarter and with 6:31 left in the fourth quarter ... he is the first Navy player to post a pair of interceptions in a game since Ketric Buffin picked off Notre Dame twice on Nov. 15, 2008 ... Navy's defense stifled the Wake Forest offense, holding the Deacs scoreless in the first quarter and to three points for more than 53 minutes ... turned in four tackles, including a half a tackle for a loss against Wake ... contributed five tackles in leading the Mids to a comeback victory over SMU ... eclipsed 200-career tackles in the OT win against the Mustangs ... part of a defense that held Rice to just 21 yards on the ground, marking the second time this year the Mids have held an opponent to under 50 yards rushing ... Navy also held Rice to 272 yards of total offense, the third opponent in 2009 that has been held under 300 yards of total offense ... turned in three tackles, including a half a tackle for a loss of five yards ... blocked a 46-yard field goal attempt by Rice's Clark Fangmeier in the opening quarter ... it's the first blocked field goal by Navy since Jesse Iwuji blocked an Air Force FG on Sept. 29, 2007 ... member of the Mids' defense that did not give up an offensive TD by Air Force and held the Falcons well under its rushing average of 319 yards (183 vs. Navy) ... turned in nine tackles against Air Force and broke up a pair of passes at critical points in the contest ... picked off Tim Jefferson with under two minutes to play in the contest, but it was called back after teammate Tony Haberer was called for roughing the passer ... moved to outside linebacker for the Western Kentucky game, subbing in for an injured Ram Vela ... was in on four tackles against the Hilltoppers ... picked off a WKU pass and returned it nine yards on the final play of the game ... posted nine tackles against Pitt, including a tackle for a loss of three yards ... the nine tackles against the Panthers were more than he had totaled in the first two games combined (8) ... the tackle for a loss was his first since the 2007 Notre Dame game ... after teammate Emmett Merchant stripped Pitt QB Bill Stull, Middleton pounced on the ball recovering it at the Navy 1-yard line ... after missing most of the week battling the flu, returned to the gridiron where he and the rest of the defense held Louisiana Tech scoreless for the final 54 minutes of the contest ... made five tackles against the Bulldogs ... pitched in three tackles for the Mids in their season opener against No. 6 Ohio State.
2008: A starter in each of the 13 contests during the season ... ranked fourth on the team in tackles with 80, including 57 solo stops ... intercepted one pass during the year for 22 yards ... turned in a team-best five pass breakups ... forced a team-high three fumbles and recovered one ... recorded four tackles against Wake Forest in the EagleBank Bowl ... forced one of two fumbles by the Deacs, including the fumble that was picked up by teammate Rashawn King and returned 50 yards for a touchdown ... contributed five tackles in leading the Midshipmen to a 34-0 win over the Black Knights, as well as their sixth-consecutive Commander-In-Chief's Trophy win ... it's the first time Navy has pitched back-to-back shutouts since 1986 ... it's also the first shutout against Army since 1978 (28-0) ... recovered a Collin Mooney fumble in the third quarter, the first of his career ... made four solo tackles in Navy's 16-0 win over Northern Illinois ... it's the first shutout Navy's defense has pitched since Sept. 18, 2004, when the Mids beat Tulsa on the road, 29-0 ... it was the first time the Huskies have been shut out since 1999 against Iowa (24-0) ... turned in six tackles against Notre Dame, including five solo stops ... was in on eight stops, including six solo tackles in the comeback victory by the Midshipmen against Temple ... along with Corey Johnson, led Navy with four tackles in its 34-7 win over SMU ... also credited with a pass breakup ... the defense held SMU to -13 yards rushing, the first team to post negative rushing yards against the Mids since Pitt in 1978 ... it also held the Mustangs to eight first downs, marking the first time a Navy opponent was held to 10 or fewer first downs since 1999 when Rutgers mustered 10 ... contributed seven tackles in Navy's Homecoming contest against No. 23 Pitt ... turned in eight tackles against Air Force, while breaking up a pass ... his hard hit jarred the ball loose from the Falcons' Savier Stephens, marking the second forced fumble in the last three games ... four plays later, Navy's Matt Harmon kicked a 32-yard field goal to give Navy a 26-20 lead in the fourth quarter ... one of four players to pick off Wake's Riley Skinner ... the first interception of his career, he returned it for 22 yards ... added five tackles and two pass breakups in the win over the Deacs ... paced the Midshipmen with 13 tackles, including 11 solos, in the win over Rutgers ... stripped Rutgers' Tiquan Underwood inside the Navy five-yard line with under 30 seconds to play in the first half ... it was the first forced fumble of his career ... made seven stops at Duke, including five solo tackles ... posted three tackles at Ball State ... turned in six tackles and was credited with one of Navy's six pass breakups vs. the Tigers.
2007: Played in all 13 games ... started in 11 contests ... second on the team with 88 tackles ... also made one stop for a loss of five yards and broke up one pass ... tallied two tackles in his collegiate debut at Temple ... led the team with 11 tackles one week later at Rutgers ... produced seven tackles, five of which were solo, against Ball State ... contributed three tackles against Duke ... came up with a solo stop against Air Force ... delivered a team-best 12 tackles, nine of which were solo, in a double-overtime win at Pittsburgh ... provided seven stops against Wake Forest ... totaled seven tackles and broke up a pass attempt in the first quarter ... came up with a tremendous effort at Notre Dame ... led the squad with 14 tackles, including one stop in the backfield for a loss of five yards ... tied for the team lead in stops at North Texas, as he accumulated seven tackles ... delivered eight tackles, six of which were solo, against Northern Illinois ... came up with six tackles, five among the solo variety, in a win over Army ... made three solo stops against Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl.
High School / Personal: A 2006 graduate of Marist High School, Middleton attended the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2006-07 academic year ... a two-sport athlete, he earned three letters each in football and track ... Marist won the 4-A State Championship in football his sophomore year, posting a 14-1 record ... named all-county in football as a senior ... comes from an impressive athletic family ... sister, Kellie, went to Notre Dame on a softball scholarship and graduated in three years, transferred to Georgia and played softball for one year while getting her M.B.A. in Health ... she played in the National Pro Fastpitch league for the Akron Racers but has since stepped away and is now studying to be a doctor ... older brother, William, started at corner for Furman and was taken with the second pick in the fifth round of the 2009 draft by the Atlanta Falcons ... after being traded to Jacksonville and then to Tampa Bay, Willliam has found a home with the Bucs and was named to the All-AFC South team as a special teams performer by ESPN.Com... his younger sister, Dana, plays basketball at Belmont Abbey College ... full name is Wyatt Thomas Middleton ... born April 5, 1988, in Atlanta, Ga. ... son of Albert and Karen Middleton ... majoring in systems engineering.