The Midshipmen of the U.S. Naval Academy have a long and proud history. Their football team, as is the case for all service academies, plays at a disadvantage. Athletes at Navy, at Army and even at the Air Force Academy, are not as big or as strong as the young men they compete against in other college programs.
That’s because the schools they attend prior to military service have height and sometimes weight restrictions, so necessary when these students graduate and become sailors or soldiers. The restrictions on size mean that football players for Navy or the other military schools are smaller and weaker than their opponents. And that puts these players at a disadvantage.
It is very likely the reason why the men of Navy never receive an invitation to a bowl game. The same can be said for Army and for the Air Force.
But, you don’t have to play in a bowl game to prove your competitive spirit and the level of your talent. Navy’s Midshipmen are good. They beat other college football teams with surprising frequency.
In fact, current Head Coach Ken Niumatalolo, now in his tenth year, has a career record at the Naval Academy of fifty-seven wins and just thirty-five losses. Add to that the fact that Navy seems to win the annual rivalry game against the cadets of Army and it is easy to say that the U.S. Naval Academy has a winning football tradition.
A solid running game seems to power this squad and lead it to successful conclusions of many games. Navy finished 2014 with a winning record. And, while it played last year as “an independent” which means it was not part of any conference, that has changed in 2015.
The Midshipmen began their 2015 campaign last week as a new member of the American Athletic Conference (AAC). Their initial contest which took place last Saturday, September 5th, in Annapolis was against visiting Colgate University. Navy won easily by a score of 48-10.
This tough-minded squad has six more home games this Season, most of which will pit it against conference foes.
The Midshipmen will hoist East Carolina University (ECU), a conference foe, on September 19th. The team from Maryland will also be visited by the Air Force Academy on October 3rd, Tulane University on October 24th, the University of South Florida (USF) on October 31st and Southern Methodist University (SMU) on November 14th.
The annual battle against the cadets of Army is scheduled to be played on December 12th. As always, it figures to be a “battle to the finish.”
Navy will play five road games, one of which will present a real challenge. On October 10th, the Midshipmen will travel to Indiana to compete against 9th ranked Notre Dame. The squad will also play road contests against the University of Connecticut on September 26th, Memphis University on November 7th, Tulsa University on November 21st and the University of Houston on November 27th.
It is not an easy schedule by any means, but the Naval Academy produces tough football players. This squad will represent its school very well in every game it plays.
Courtesy of DCmilitary.com