Aug. 1, 2012
2012 Navy Football Preseason Notes
Navy Preseason Schedule
• Fifth-year Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo will open the 2012 season when the Midshipmen report for fall camp on Tuesday, July 31, and will hold the first day of practice on Wednesday, Aug. 1.
• The Mids will have three two-a-day practice sessions at this year’s camp - (8-10 am, 4-6 pm) on Aug. 7 (Tues.), Aug. 9 (Thurs.) and Aug. 13 (Mon.).
• The team will hold its annual Blue & Gold Scrimmage at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Aug. 11 at 12-noon. The team will also hold a closed scrimmage on Friday, Aug. 17.
• This year’s Media Day / FanFest will be held on Saturday, Aug. 4 from 10:00 am-12-noon at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.
• The Brigade of Midshipmen reforms on Thursday, Aug. 16 and classes begin on Monday, Aug. 20.
• Navy will resume its normal Monday-Friday practice schedule on Aug. 20, practicing daily from 4-6 pm. Practices are open to the media during the regular season on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
• The Midshipmen kick off their season Sept. 1 at Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland against Notre Dame.
• Five of Navy’s seven losses last 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 head coach Ken Niumatalolo, Navy is 14-13 (.519) in games decided by eight or fewer points.
• Navy finished 2011 ranked 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 (.714) in home games under Niumatalolo which included a 2-3 (.400) mark in 2011.
• In Navy’s five wins last year, it outscored the opposition, 105-31, in the first half, including 43-0 in the first quarter.
• In the Mids’ seven losses last year, they were outscored, 152-66, in the first half, including 59-10 in the first quarter.
• The Mids are 8-9 (.470) under Niumatalolo with more than one week to prepare, including a 4-0 (1.000) mark against Army.
• 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.
• Navy was held below 300 yards rushing in half of its games last year, winning just one of those games (Army). The Mids were 4-2 (.667) when rushing for more than 300 yards in 2011.
• 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 opponent scores first.
• The Mids were 5-0 last 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.
• An opposing running back rushed for over 100 yards in a game against the Mids in eight of the 12 contests last year. In the previous three years, Navy surrendered only nine 100-yard rushing games to opposing running backs.
• 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.
• Niumatalolo is just the fourth coach in school history to start his career 4-0 against Army, joining Paul Johnson (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).
Greene Named Preseason Doak Walker Award Candidate
• The PwC SMU Athletic Forum announced that Navy senior slot back Gee Gee Greene
is one of 52 preseason candidates for the 2012 Doak Walker Award, which is presented annually to the nation’s top college running back.
• A starter in each of the last 25 games dating back to the 2010 season, Greene was instrumental in leading the Midshipmen to a No. 4 national ranking a year ago in rushing offense, as Navy averaged 312.25 yards per game on the ground.
• He is coming off a solid junior campaign which saw him rush for 501 yards on 64 carries and score three touchdowns. Additionally, he caught 11 passes in 2011, four of which went for touchdowns.
• He enters his senior year having rushed for 1,246-career yards on 177 carries and scored seven touchdowns.
• Meanwhile, he has averaged 7.0 yards per carry over his career which is the program’s fifth-best rushing average.
The Gathering Ireland Unveiled as Presenting Sponsor of Emerald Isle Classic
• The Naval Academy Athletic Association, host of the Emerald Isle Classic American Football game on Saturday, Sept. 1, has announced that “The Gathering Ireland” will be the Presenting Sponsor for the eagerly-awaited clash between Navy and Notre Dame.
• The game, being played at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, will showcase one of the finest sporting traditions in American college football and tickets sold out in less than two hours when they went on sale in Ireland a few months ago. It also marks the largest contingent of traveling fans for a stand-alone sporting event outside the U.S., with over 33,000 making the trip to Ireland. The game and surrounding events are set to provide an economic benefit to Ireland of up to $100 million.
• The sponsorship of the Emerald Isle Classic is a great fit for The Gathering Ireland 2013, which is a year-long celebration of events that will range from small get-togethers to large scale music festivals, cultural and sporting events. The Gathering Ireland 2013 is about showcasing all that is unique and great about Ireland and inspiring anyone with a connection to Ireland to visit in 2013.
• Speaking about the announcement, Jim Miley, Director for The Gathering Ireland said: “We are inviting our friends from all across the world to Ireland for the Gathering Ireland 2013. 2013 is going to be an incredible year in Ireland with a packed calendar of local gatherings and events, some entirely new with some of the more familiar events bigger and better than ever before. Millions of people around the world, and particularly in America, share a connection with our country, or simply a desire to visit Ireland. We are delighted that our first ever Gathering event is in association with such a prestigious organization and one that holds such strong and long lasting connections with Ireland. The sponsorship provides us with a unique opportunity to showcase our Irish hospitality abroad and to inspire and excite people to be part of The Gathering Ireland in 2013.”
• In addition to the traveling fans, the game will be seen live across the U.S. on both the CBS Network and its sports digital channel, and all over the world as ESPN America will carry the CBS feed as well. CBS Sports Network will also be broadcasting a special two-hour Emerald Isle Classic preview program prior to kickoff, and will have correspondents filing reports from Dublin and the surrounding area throughout game week. The game is also expected to be fed to U.S. service men and women deployed throughout the world via American Forces Network (AFN).
• Speaking following the announcement, Chet Gladchuk, Naval Academy Director of Athletics said, “We are delighted for The Gathering Ireland to be the Presenting Sponsor of the Emerald Isle Classic. This game represents exactly what The Gathering Ireland is all about, a unique coming together in Ireland of Navy and Notre Dame college football fans, some returning to their ancestral home and some traveling for the first time to Ireland. The Emerald Isle Classic presents a once in a lifetime opportunity to showcase Ireland to this group and also to the many millions of Americans watching the game through the broadcast.”
• “This is one of our biggest rivalries and along with a great American football game, we plan to showcase all of the game’s great traditions including pep rallies, tailgate parties, the pregame march-on by Naval Academy Midshipmen, the Naval Academy marching band and our cheerleaders. With Notre Dame also bringing its marching band and cheerleaders, it has all the makings of a spectacular event,” he added.
• Tourism Ireland has been working over the past two years to maximize the number of American fans who will travel to Ireland for the game. Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “Tourism Ireland has been delighted to assist in bringing this major sporting event to Dublin. Over 33,000 football fans will travel here, providing a major boost to the economy this autumn. A major promotional program has been in place in the U.S. targeting the large Notre Dame and Navy alumni associations, as well as team families, friends and fan bases - through online marketing, social media and promotions on Facebook. Travel packages, including game tickets and lots of suggestions for golf, city tours and longer-stay holidays, have been promoted extensively to fans in the U.S. The game is set to attract huge positive publicity, providing Tourism Ireland with a superb launch-pad for The Gathering Ireland 2013 across the U.S. and a great `hook’ to showcase Dublin and Ireland.”
• The Navy-Notre Dame series has been played annually since 1927, making it the longest uninterrupted intersectional series in college football. Navy has emerged victorious in three of the past five years making the fixture a lot more competitive after decades of Notre Dame victories.