By Gary Lambrecht
Bowl-bound Navy is looking for its first win over the Spartans in what will be the third meeting.
Darius Staten had a career-high 127 yards on seven carries with a touchdown to lead Navy to a 42-14 victory over South Alabama on Saturday night.
The Mids and Jaguars are meeting for the first time on the gridiron.
Darius Staten had a 7-yard touchdown run for the Midshipmen (3-2).
2013 Armed Forces Bowl Game
2013 Navy vs. South Alabama Football Game
Navy takes on Western Kentucky on the road
2013 Navy vs. Delaware Football Game
At Navy: Enters the fall listed as a starter at one of the slot back spots ... powerful runner who is difficult to tackle ... has good speed and is a solid blocker ... is Navy's most experienced slot back and should be one of the team leaders at that position ... has earned two varsity letters.
2012: Played in 12 of 13 games ... finished the year with 184 yards and one touchdown on 21 carries ... averaged 8.8 yards per carry ... contributed to an offensive unit that finished the year ranked sixth nationally in rushing offense, averaging 278.46 yards per game ... rushed for eight yards on one carry against Arizona State in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl ... carried the ball seven times for a career-high 68 yards in Navy's Senior Day victory over Texas State ... rumbled for a career-long run of 24 yards against the Bobcats ... carried the ball just once for a six-yard gain at Troy ... sat out the Florida Atlantic game with a shoulder injury sustained against East Carolina ... a member of the Mids' high-powered offense that scored 56 points at East Carolina, marking their first 50-point game since putting up 76 against the Pirates in 2010 ... Navy also rushed for 512 yards, the ninth most in program history and the most since running up 521 yards on the ground against East Carolina in 2010 ... meanwhile, Navy's 563 yards of total offense (512 R, 51 P) were the most by the Mids since the 2011 contest against Southern Miss when they recorded 569 yards of total offense (421 R, 148 P) ... gained a career-high 30 yards on four carries against the Pirates ... played perhaps the best game of his career in Navy's Homecoming win over Indiana ... carried the ball three times for a then career-high 23 yards, including scoring his first collegiate touchdown on a 17-yard rumble in the third quarter ... was a key blocker in the Mids' 31-13 road victory over Central Michigan ... contributed to Navy's season-high 403 yards rushing as a team, against VMI along with better than 500 yards of total offense ... rushed for 21 yards on his lone carry against the Keydets which marked a career long ... caught his first career pass, a 7-yarder in the first quarter on a 3rd-and-3 play for the Mids at Penn State ... also carried the ball twice for 19 yards, including a 12-yard carry ... gained nine yards on two carries in the Mids' opener against Notre Dame ... had a long carry of 12 yards against the Irish.
2011: Saw action in 10 contests ... carried the ball eight times for 74 yards ... returned six kickoffs for 116 yards (19.3 yds/return) ... part of a Navy offense that finished the season ranked No. 4 nationally in rushing offense, averaging 312.25 yards per game ... carried the ball twice for 20 yards against Troy ... gained 11 yards on his lone carry against Notre Dame ... returned four kickoffs against the Irish for 89 yards, including a career-long 26-yard return ... returned to the playing field at Rutgers where he returned two kickoffs for 27 yards, including a career-long 22-yarder ... both his punt and kickoff returns were the first of his career ... sidelined for the Southern Miss game after suffering a concussion against Air Force the week before ... scampered a career-long 15 yards on his lone carry of the game against Air Force ... carried the ball twice for four yards against 10th-ranked South Carolina ... rumbled for a then career-long 13-yard gain on his lone carry at Western Kentucky ... carried the ball once for a gain of 11 yards in the Mids' season opener against Delaware ... it marked his first-collegiate rush.
2010: Made appearances in four games, including making his collegiate debut against Louisiana Tech ... returned three kicks for 46 yards in Navy's victory over Notre Dame, including a long return of 19 yards.
High School / Personal: A 2009 graduate of Hebron High School, Staten attended the Naval Academy Prep School during the 2009-10 academic year ... a three-year letterwinner in both football and track & field ... a two-time first-team all-district selection (2007, `08), who was named to the All-Area Underclassmen First Team his junior year ... led Hebron HS to the 2005 state championship with a 16-0 record ... high school teammate of Stansly Maponga, who played at TCU and was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft ... son of Linda Staten ... majoring in general science.