51 Ross Pospisil
>> At Navy: Elected defensive team captain by his teammates ... enters the fall as a starter at inside linebacker ... one of Navy's inspirational leaders on and off the field ... coming off one of the best years for a Navy linebacker in recent memory ... All-East candidate ... plays at 100 mph every play ... is football smart ... spearheaded an effort by the Navy football team to collect funds and purchase toys for families in the Annapolis community for the holidays ... nominated for the American Football Coaches Association Good Works Team for his community service ... has earned two varsity letters.
>> 2008: A starter in all 13 games at inside linebacker ... Navy's top tackler, he was the lone player to turn in 100-plus tackles by season's end ... contributed 106 tackles, including 64 solo stops ... recorded three tackles for a loss of four yards ... broke up four passes, while intercepting two QBs for a combined nine yards ... forced three fumbles, including a key play that led to a Clint Sovie touchdown against Temple ... meanwhile recovered a pair of fumbles ... finished the year by turning in double-figure tackles in each of the last five contests ... produced a team-high 13 tackles against Wake Forest in the EagleBank Bowl ... forced a WF fumble, however the Deacs were able to recover ... paced Navy with 12 tackles 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) ... additionally, he stripped Army fullback Collin Mooney in the third quarter, marking his second forced fumble of the year and third in his career ... led the way for the defense with 12 tackles in Navy's 16-0 win over Northern Illinois ... 10 of his 12 tackles were solo stops, marking the first time in his career he has turned in double digit solo tackles ... 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 10 tackles, including seven solo stops against Notre Dame ... also recorded a tackle for a loss of one yard ... though he did not come up with the ball, he stripped Temple's Kee-ayre Griffin with 37 seconds left in the game and was recovered by teammate Clint Sovie who rumbled 42 yards for the game-tying touchdown ... it was the first forced fumble of his career ... paced Navy with 11 tackles, the most since he turned in a career-high 20 against Northern Illinois last November ... also recorded two tackles for a loss of three yards in the come-from-behind win, his first two TFL this season ... turned in a pair of solo tackles against SMU ... the defense held the Mustangs 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 ... turned in six tackles against No. 23 Pitt ... recovered a fumble with just over eight minutes remaining in the game after rookie Jabaree Tuani jarred the ball free ... made nine stops in Navy's win over Air Force ... recovered a fumble for the first time this season and the second in his career ... was the first of four Navy players to pick off Wake Forest's Riley Skinner ... it was his second interception in four plays (covers 2 games) and second in three pass attempts (covers 2 games) ... intercepted a Mike Teel pass to preserve the win for the Mids the week prior against Rutgers ... the interception (56 seconds into the game) was the first thrown by Wake's Riley Skinner in 132 attempts ... it was tied as the nation's fourth-longest streak of consecutive pass attempts without an interception ... it's the first pick Skinner has thrown since the first half of the Meineke Car Care Bowl in 2007 ... pitched in six solo tackles, but made the play of the day for the defense when he intercepted a Mike Teel pass with under two minutes to play to secure the Mids' win over Rutgers ... it was the second interception of his career ... broke up a pass and was in on eight tackles at Duke ... made eight tackles in Navy's loss at Ball State ... turned in four tackles a broke up a career-best three passes by Towson in the opener.
>> 2007: Played in all 13 games ... earned the starting nod in four contests ... produced 67 tackles, two for a loss of 10 yards, on the year ... 37 of those tackles came in the final-three games of the year ... also finished the season with one interception, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery ... made collegiate debut in a season-opening win at Temple, playing 11 snaps ... recorded first-five stops of his career at Rutgers ... registered eight tackles in his first-career start against Ball State ... produced a tackle and a pass breakup against Duke ... came up with six stops against Delaware ... made five tackles at Notre Dame ... provided five stops for the second-straight week at North Texas ... had a monster game against Northern Illinois ... delivered a career-best 20 tackles and made one stop in the backfield for a loss of four yards ... 11 of those 20 tackles came in the opening half ... became the first Navy player to record 20 tackles in a game since Rob Caldwell had 21 stops against Air Force in 2005 ... followed that effort with a seven-tackle output in a win against Army ... also recovered an Army fumble on the Navy one-yard line during the third quarter ... ended the year with another big performance against Utah in the Poinsettia Bowl ... tallied 10 tackles, one of which was in the backfield for a loss of six yards ... also registered his first-career interception in the first quarter, which he returned 20 yards.
>> 2006: Did not see any varsity action.
>> High School / Personal: A 2006 graduate of Temple High School, Pospisil was a two-sport athlete who earned three letters in football and track ... football team posted an 8-4 record and was Bi-District champs his senior year ... a first-team all-district linebacker as a senior ... named the district's newcomer of the year in 2003 ... named second-team all-district as a running back, while earning honorable mention status as a linebacker ... member of the National Honor Society ... father, Scott, is a pastor ... grandfather, Douglas Barker, is a 1957 graduate of the Naval Academy ... full name is Ross Allan Pospisil ... born Oct. 15, 1987, in Bloomsburg, Pa. ... son of Scott and Linda Pospisil ... majoring in Ocean Engineering.