By Gary Lambrecht
By Justin Mears
Sophomore defensive end from Plano, Texas
Junior wide receiver from Kansas City, Mo.
Sophomore slot back from Texarkana, Texas
Army-Navy Football 12-10-16
Navy-Temple Football 12-3-16
Navy vs. Notre Dame FB 11-1-14
Navy vs. Ohio State FB 8-30-14
2013 Navy vs. South Alabama Football Game
Mick Yokitis is in his seventh year at the Naval Academy as the wide receivers coach. Navy has compiled a record of 50-28 (.641) in Yokitis’ tenure, beat Army five times, went to five bowl games, won three bowl games and won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy three times.
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 and the team set school records for points (531), touchdowns (73), touchdowns per game (5.2), rushing touchdowns (61), total offense (6,136 yards) and yards per play (6.8) despite playing four different quarterbacks.
Senior wide receiver Jamir Tillman was named First-Team All-East and finished his career second all-time at Navy in career receiving yards (1,620) and seventh in catches (91)
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.
Last fall, the Mids finished No. 2 in the country in rushing offense (326.7), No. 3 in passing yards per completion (20.0), 22nd in scoring offense (36.8), No. 1 in red zone offense (.948),No. 4 in third down conversions (.503), No. 1 in fourth down conversions (.923), No. 1 in fewest turnovers lost (8), No. 3 in turnover margin (+1.46), No. 1 in fewest penalties per game (3.1) and No. 1 in fewest penalty yards per game (26.1).
Wide receiver Jamir Tillman became the first player in school history to catch a touchdown pass in four straight games, while his 20.59 yards per catch was the nation’s ninth-best average.
Navy finished the 2014 campaign with an 8-5 record, won a bowl game (beat San Diego State, 17-16, in the Poinsettia Bowl) and defeated Army for a series-record 13th consecutive year.
Navy finished the 2013 season with a 9-4 record, won the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy, won a bowl game (beat Middle Tennessee, 24-6, in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl) and defeated Army for a series-record 12th-consecutive year.
Yokitis helped lead Navy to an 8-5 record in 2012 and a berth in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. Navy defeated Air Force, 28-21, in overtime and Army, 17-13, to win the Commander-In-Chief’s Trophy.
Yokitis was the head football coach and offensive coordinator at the Naval Academy Prep School from 2008-10 where he led NAPS to 16 wins and directed an offense that averaged 28 points and 428 yards per game.
Yokitis is a 2006 graduate of the Naval Academy where he earned three varsity letters at wide receiver and saw the Midshipmen post a 26-11 record, qualify for three bowl games, win two bowl games and win three Commander-In-Chief’s Trophies. Yokitis played in 37-consecutive games for the Midshipmen, including earning a start in all 12 contests as a senior.
After graduation, Yokitis served in the United States Marine Corps before being medically discharged. Mick and his wife, Lindsey, have two sons, Bryce and Nolan, and a daughter, Makenna.