Tenth-Straight Win over Army Highlights 2011 Navy Football Season
Jabaree Tuani capped his career ranked second in tackles for a loss and tied for third in sacks.
Jan. 17, 2012
Navy has won 12 of the last 13 contests against Army, including 10-straight. The 10-consecutive wins marks the longest streak in series history by either team.
Navy has won those 10-consecutive games in dominant fashion, outscoring the Black Knights, 349-112 (34.9-11.2). This year's 27-21 victory over Army was the closest encounter during the winning streak.
Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo is just the fourth coach in school history to start his career 4-0 against Army, joining Paul Johnson (was 6-0 against West Point from 2002-07), Wayne Hardin (won his first-five games from 1959-63) and George Welsh (won his first-four contests from 1973-76).
Five of Navy's seven losses this year were by a combined total of 11 points. The Mids finished 2-5 in games decided by eight points or less. The five losses in close games were tied for the fifth most in the country. Under Niumatalolo, Navy is 14-13 (.519) in games decided by eight or fewer points.
Four of Navy's 2011 opponents finished ranked (South Carolina and Southern Miss) or receiving votes (Notre Dame and Rutgers) in the top 25 polls.
Eight of Navy's 12 opponents finished with a winning record and six played in bowl games. Two of Navy's four opponents that were not bowl eligible, East Carolina and San Jose State, posted a 5-7 record. Navy's opponents posted a 4-2 record in bowl games.
Navy finished No. 1 in the country in fewest penalties per game (2.3) and penalty yards per game (20.0).
Navy owns a 17-15 (.531) record in games played away from the friendly confines of Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium under Niumatalolo, including a 3-4 (.429) mark in 2011. Meanwhile, the Mids are 15-6 in home games under Niumatalolo which included a 2-3 mark in 2011.
The Mids are 8-9 (.470) under Niumatalolo with more than one week to prepare, including a 4-0 (1.000) mark against Army.
In Navy's five wins this year, it outscored the opposition, 105-31, in the first half, including 43-0 in the first quarter.
In the Mids' seven losses this year, they were outscored, 152-66, in the first half, including 59-10 in the first quarter.
Navy produced a 5-2 (.714) record in 2011 and is 27-4 (.870) under Niumatalolo when scoring first. The Mids were 0-5 in 2011 and are 5-17 (.227) under Niumatalolo when the opponents score first.
Navy made 48 trips inside the red zone in its 12 games, scoring 37 times (.771), including 30 touchdowns (.625). The Mids were tied for 88th in the country in red zone offense.
The Mids were 5-0 this season when leading after the first quarter and 0-7 when tied or trailing after the first quarter. Under Niumatalolo, the Mids are 21-3 (.875) when leading after the first quarter and 11-18 (.379) when trailing or tied after the first stanza.
Navy was held below 300 yards rushing in half of its games this year, winning just one of those games (Army). The Mids were 4-2 (.667) when rushing for more than 300 yards in 2011.
An opposing running back rushed for over 100 yards in a game against the Mids in eight of 12 contests this year. In the previous three years, Navy surrendered only nine 100-yard rushing games to opposing running backs.
Senior defensive end Jabaree Tuani finished his career with 43 tackles for a loss, which is the second most in school history. He finished just one behind record-holder Andy Person (1992-95).
Tuani recorded 16 sacks over his four-year career, which is tied with Tyler Tidwell (2004-06) for third on the Mids' career list.
A Decade Of Dominance
Senior Jon Teague kicked fourth quarter field goals of 23 and 44 yards as Navy defeated Army, 27-21, for a record 10th-consecutive year, in front of a crowd of 80,789 at FedExField that included the President of the United States, Barack Obama, and Vice President Joe Biden.
Navy jumped out to a 14-0 lead thanks to a pair of Army fumbles. Army's Raymond Maples fumbled a pitch and senior defensive end Jabaree Tuani recovered the ball at the Army 26 on the Black Knights' second possession of the game.
Six plays later, senior quarterback Kriss Proctor scored from the four to give Navy the early advantage.
After the two teams traded punts, Army's Jared Hassin was stripped of the ball by Tuani and junior outside linebacker Brye French recovered the ball at the Navy 45.
On the first play after the Army fumble, Proctor scrambled for 32 yards down to the Army 23. Six plays after that, Proctor executed a perfect double option on third-and-eight from the 10 pitching to senior fullback Alexander Teich for the touchdown.
Army, however, would come right back and cut Navy's lead in half, as quarterback Trent Steelman directed an eight-play, 67-yard drive that was capped off by a 34-yard touchdown run to make the score 14-7.
After the Navy offense went three and out, Army was back in business moving 63 yards in seven plays with Malcolm Brown diving over from the three to tie the game at 14 with just 49 seconds left in the first half.
Navy took the opening kickoff of the second half and moved 48 yards in five plays to retake the lead at 21-14. After Teich's 48-yard kickoff return put the Navy offense in business at the Army 48, backup fullback Delvin Diggs had back-to-back carries that picked up 18 yards down to the Army 30. Junior slot back Gee Gee Greene ran for 20 more yards on first down and, after a Teich eight-yard run down to the two, Proctor scored his second touchdown of the day.
Once again Army would come right back, marching right through the Navy defense in six plays with Steelman hitting Brown with a 25-yard touchdown pass on third-and-seven to tie the game at 21.
After a Proctor fumble turned the ball back over to Army at the Navy 45, the Black Knights short circuited their opportunity to take the lead with an illegal block and a delay of game penalty forcing them to punt.
The Mids would take advantage of the opportunity by driving 75 yards in 18 plays with Teague capping the drive with a 23-yard field goal to give Navy a three-point lead. The Mids were forced to kick a field goal after lineman Graham Vickers jumped on third-and-goal from the Army 1.
The Mids got the ball right back on the ensuing kickoff when freshman Noah Copeland forced Army returner Scott Williams to cough up the ball and Navy freshman Jordan Drake recovered it at the Army 27.
Teague would turn the Army miscue into points with a 44-yard field goal to give Navy a 27-21 lead.
Army got the ball back and quickly moved down the field and had the ball first-and-10 at the Navy 28 when the Navy defense came up big.
After Brown rushed for four yards on first down, Army tried to catch Navy napping by throwing the ball but Steelman was dropped by junior linebacker Matt Warrick for a loss of five yards. Steelman would pick up four yards on third down as Tra'ves Bush came flying up from the safety position to make the stop and then on fourth down Steelman was sacked for a loss of one by Warrick to give the ball back to the Midshipmen with 4:31 left.
The Navy offense was able to clinch the game by burning 4:29 off the clock as the Mids picked up two first downs, including one where they drew Army offside on a fourth-and-one from the Army 48.
Proctor led the Mids with 97 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 32 carries. Teich added 93 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries, while Greene had 46 yards on seven carries.
Warrick led the Navy defense with nine tackles, two tackles for a loss and a sack, while Bush added eight stops and Tuani had six tackles, a tackle for a loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Navy Sets Spring Practice Schedule
Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo announced the dates for Navy's spring football practice. The Mids will practice the NCAA-mandated 15 times, which includes two scrimmages and a spring game.
Navy will begin practicing on Monday, March 19 and will practice every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday for the first-three weeks and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday on the fourth and final weeks.
The team will scrimmage at the Academy on Saturday, March 31 and at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday, April 7. The Blue & Gold game is set for Saturday, April 14 at 12 noon, although that time could change to 4:30 pm if CBS Sports Network elects to televise the scrimmage.
Practices during the week generally run from 4:00-6:00 pm and the Saturday scrimmages and practices start at approximately 9:00 am. All dates and times are subject to change.
Navy Football Spring Practice Schedule
Monday, March 19
Wednesday, March 21
Friday, March 23 (Stadium)
Saturday, March 24 (Stadium)
Monday, March 26
Wednesday, March 28
Friday, March 30
Saturday, March 31 (scrimmage at the Academy)
Monday, April 2
Wednesday, April 4
Friday, April 6
Saturday, April 7 (scrimmage at the Stadium)
Tuesday, April 10
Thursday, April 12
Saturday, April 14 (Blue & Gold Game at the Stadium)
Tuani Selected For East-West Shrine Game
Navy senior defensive end Jabaree Tuani has been selected to play in the 87th annual East-West Shrine All-Star Game, which will take place Saturday, Jan. 21 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. The game will be televised by the NFL Network starting at 4:00 pm.
As the longest-running and most respected all-star football game, the East-West Shrine Game has been part of the sports landscape since 1925. Some of the former greats that have played in the game include Navy's own Roger Staubach, along with Tom Brady, John Elway, Brett Favre, Dick Butkus, Gayle Sayers and Walter Payton.
Forty-five players that appeared in last year's game were drafted and 62 former players are in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Currently, 243 players on active NFL rosters played in the East-West Shrine Game. Of the 100 players that played in last year's game, 52 were on active NFL rosters and 18 more were on the practice squad.
Tuani will be the 24th Navy player to play in the game and his selection marks the third-consecutive year that a Navy player has been chosen. Quarterback Ricky Dobbs played in last year's game, while linebacker Ross Pospisil was selected two years ago.
Tuani is considered one of the best defensive linemen to ever play at Navy. He recorded a team-best 13 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks in 2011. His 44-career tackles for a loss are the second most in school history and just one off the school record, while his 16-career sacks are tied for third on the list.
Four Mids Named to Phil Steele's
All-Independent First Team
Navy landed four players on Phil Steele's 2011 All-Independent First Team. Senior center Brady DeMell was the only offensive player selected, while senior defensive end Jabaree Tuani, junior linebacker Matt Warrick and junior safety/outside linebacker Tra'ves Bush were selected from the defense.
Senior fullback Alexander Teich, senior guard John Dowd, senior tackle Ryan Basford, senior safety Kwesi Mitchell, senior kicker Jon Teague and sophomore kick returner Marcus Thomas were all selected to the second team.
Three Navy Players Named All-East
Senior offensive tackle Ryan Basford, senior center Brady DeMell and junior outside linebacker/safety Tra'ves Bush were named All-East by the ECAC.
The All-East Team is voted on by the head coaches at Army, Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, East Carolina, Louisville, Maryland, Navy, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Florida, Syracuse, Temple, Virginia and West Virginia.
Basford and DeMell anchored an offensive line that helped the Mids average 29.7 points per game and 398 yards of total offense per contest. Navy rushed for 312.3 yards per game, which ranked fourth nationally.
Bush, who started eight games at outside linebacker and two at safety, made the All-East squad at outside linebacker. He finished second on the team with 93 tackles, tied for third on the team with tackles for a loss with four, recorded one sack, one interception (which he returned for a touchdown), broke up a team-high seven passes and recovered a fumble.
Three Mids Garner All-Independent Honors
Navy senior offensive guard John Dowd, senior defensive end Jabaree Tuani and junior linebacker Matt Warrick were named to the 2011 Football Bowl Subdivision First-Team All-Independent Team by the nationwide media panel responsible for the FBS Independent Player of the Week awards.
Notre Dame wide receiver Michael Floyd (Offensive Player of the Year), Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o (Defensive Player of the Year), Notre Dame kick returner George Atkinson III (Special Teams Player of the Year) and BYU wide receiver Ross Apo (Freshman of the Year) received individual honors, while Floyd, Te'o and Atkinson III are also represented on the All-Independent Team.
Senior quarterback Kriss Proctor, senior fullback Alexander Teich, senior center Brady DeMell, senior tackle Ryan Basford, junior outside linebacker/safety Tra'ves Bush, junior corner David Sperry and freshman safety Chris Ferguson earned Honorable Mention accolades.
Dowd Becomes Program's First Two-Time First-Team Academic All-American
Navy senior guard John Dowd was named a First-Team Capital One Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America for the second- consecutive year. He is the first Navy football player to be named to the first team twice and is the first three-time Academic All-American, as Dowd was named to the second team as a sophomore.
Dowd is one of just four repeat first-team selections in the country this year, joining offensive lineman Barrett Jones of Alabama, punter Drew Butler of Georgia and defensive back Austin Cassidy of Nebraska.
Dowd was a three-year starter at guard and carries a 3.91 GPA in Mechanical Engineering. He was a starter in each of the last 25 games and was part of a veteran offensive line that had Navy ranked as the fourth-best rushing offensive in the country (312.3 yards per game).
Teich Finishes Ninth On Navy's Career Rushing List
Senior fullback Alexander Teich rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries in Navy's 27-21 victory over Army. The 93 yards pushed him past Eric Kettani (2005-08) and Adam Ballard (2005-07) into ninth on Navy's career rushing list.
Navy lost five games this year by a total of 11 points. The five losses by eight points or less were tied for the fifth most in the country.
The Mids are 14-13 (.519) under head coach Ken Niumatalolo in games decided by eight points or less (0-1 in 2007, 4-1 in 2008, 4-3 in 2009, 4-3 in 2010 and 2-5 in 2011).
Navy was involved in seven games decided by eight points or less this year, which was tied for the eighth most in the country. The Mids were 2-5 in those games.
First Half The Key
In Navy's five wins in 2011, it outscored the opposition, 105-31, in the first half (43-0 in the first quarter, 62-31 in the second quarter).
In the Mids' seven losses, they were outscored, 152-66, in the first half (59-10 in the first quarter, 93-56 in the second quarter).
On the year, Navy was outscored, 169-164, in the first half.
Meanwhile, the Mids outscored the opposition, 185-164, in the second half (including overtime).
Tuani One Of Navy's All-Time Best Defensive Linemen
Defensive end Jabaree Tuani recorded a team-high 13 tackles for a loss and 5.5 sacks this season. In his last three games, Tuani produced 7.5 tackles for a loss, three sacks and three forced fumbles.
His 44-career tackles for a loss are the second most in school history.
Tuani's 15.5 tackles for a loss in 2010 were the ninth most in a season.
Tuani recorded 16 sacks in his career, which is tied with Tyler Tidwell (2004-06) for third on the list.
Along with junior linebacker Matt Brewer, Tuani forced a school-record tying four fumbles in 2011, including three in the last two games against San Jose State (2) and Army).
In Navy's season-opener against Delaware, Tuani was disruptive where he came up with five tackles and two pass deflections.
He had three tackles and a tackle for a loss in Navy's win over Western Kentucky.
Tuani recorded three tackles and a sack against 10th-ranked South Carolina despite the fact the Gamecocks consistenly ran plays to his opposite side.
He had four tackles, including a fumble recovery, against Air Force.
He had a big game against Rutgers, recording six tackles, a sack, 2.5 tackles for a loss and a forced fumble.
He recorded a 1/2 sack against East Carolina and had a 1/2 tackle for a loss against Troy.
Tuani recorded four tackles, three tackles for a loss, a sack and broke up a pass in Navy's win at SMU.
He came back the next week against San Jose State and recorded six tackles, 3.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks and forced two fumbles.
He was a monster against Army, recording six tackles, a tackle for a loss, recovered a fumble that set up Navy's first touchdown and caused a fumble that set up Navy's second touchdown.
Brewer and Tuani Tie Navy Forced Fumbles Record
Junior linebacker Matt Brewer and senior defensive end Jabaree Tuani each forced a school-record tying four fumbles this season.
Brewer forced two fumbles against Delaware and one each against Western Kentucky and South Carolina.
Tuani force three of his four fumbles in the last two games, including two at San Jose State. He also forced a fumble at Rutgers.