Scout.com All-Service Academy Team- Defense
Stephen Anderson gets MVP (AP Photo/Mike Groll)
Stephen Anderson gets MVP (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

Posted Aug 31, 2009


Scout.com continues with its third annual All-Service Academy Pre-Season Football Team with selections for Defense, Specialists, MVPs, and Break-Out Players. Overall, Navy had 15 selections (12 First Team, 3 Honorable Mentions); Air Force had 13 selections (9 FT, 4 HM) and Army had 8 selections (4 FT, 4 HM). If you have feedback, send it to Offtheyard@gmail.com.

First Team Defense

 

DL:     Josh McNary                                     Army

Comments: The strength of the Army team is without a doubt along their defensive line, and their ability to put pressure on opposing teams will start with McNary. With 69 tackles last year, including 12 behind the line of scrimmage, McNary is expected to flourish in Coach Rich Ellerson’s double-eagle flex system.

 

DL:     Victor Ugenyi                                     Army

Comments: The senior moves from defensive end to defensive tackle in Ellerson’s system in the hope that he will become more of a run stopper up the middle for the Cadets. It’s time for the much heralded talent to produce and big things are expected of Ugenyi in his final season.

 

 

DL:     Ben Garland                                       Air Force

Comments: Even Air Force players in the pre-season are affected by Nate Frazier’s dismissal from Navy as Garland gets the last second nod on the starting service academy team. The lone returning starter along the Falcons defensive line, Garland’s size is impressive (6-5, 275) and so too is his work ethic.

 

DL:     Jabaree Tuani                                    Navy

Comments: Tuani had a great freshman season for the Mids, however he was definitely added by Nate Frazier’s ability to take on double-teams. With Frazier gone, Tuani will now be called upon to do more – we think he can.

 

LB:      Stephen Anderson                              Army

Comments: Anderson was one of the bright spots in a season that most Army fans would like to forget. The change of scheme this year will benefit the aggressive backer and should lead to more opportunities to have an impact in opponent’s backfields.

 

LB:      Ross Pospisil                                      Navy

Comments: This is going to sound like a broken record but Frazier’s loss will have a huge impact up the middle on defense for Navy and that means the Mids’ defensive captain will have his hands full. If the nose tackle position isn’t filed adequately, Pospisil will need plenty of relief as the season goes on. However, 100 tackles is still a possibility.

 

LB:      Ken Lamendola                                  Air Force

Comments: The junior had 118 tackles last season and there is every expectation that he will surpass that number this season. With the Falcons retooling their defensive line, Lamendola will see an increased workload at least in the early part of the season.

 

CB:     Blake Carter                                      Navy

Comments: Blake Carter is now Navy’s best cover corner with the departure of Rashawn King and he will get tested early and often this season with early match-ups against Ohio State and Pitt. He will get plenty of help from stand-out safety Wyatt Middleton, but Navy fans hope he does not need it…much like King.

 

CB:     Reggie Rembert                                Air Force

Comments: Much was expected of the dual-threat last season and the jury is still out on Rembert. He had an o.k. season, but if the Falcons want to go bowling again, they will need the junior to produce more, especially on offense. However, Rembert gets the nod here on defense as he is as talented as any member of the first-team secondary.

 

S:         Chris Thomas                         Air Force

Comments: Air Force’s best player on either side of the ball, Thomas has a chance to join a very unique group of Falcon defenders if he can register more than 100 tackles for a third consecutive season. His 66 unassisted stops last season was the best in the MWC. Army and Navy will be glad to see Thomas graduate.

 

S:         Wyatt Middleton                                Navy

Comments: One could make a good argument that Middleton is the best player on this team. He is a tackling machine who is always around the ball. It is hard to believe he is only a junior. Next year, he will be called upon to carry a major load. This season he just needs to be consistent.

 

Honorable Mention

 

LB:       Tony Haberer                           Navy

LB:       Michael Walsh                          Navy

S:         Jon Davis                                 Air Force

CB:      Mario Hill                                 Army

LB:       Andrew Rodriguez                    Army

 

 

First Team Specialists

 

K:        Jon Teague                               Navy

P:         Kyle Delahooke                       Navy

PR:       Reggie Rembert                        Air Force

KR:      Damion Hunter                         Army

 

Offense Most Valuable Player

Nick Charles                Air Force

 
Defense Most Valuable Player

Stephen Anderson        Army

 

Break-Out Players

Ricky Dobbs                Navy

Patrick Mealy               Army

Jon Davis                     Air Force



Related Stories
The Briefing Room: Army at Eastern Michigan
 -by ArmySports.com  Sep 2, 2009
Air Force opens against Nichols State
 -by FalconsReport.com  Aug 23, 2009
ArmySports.com Army Players of the Week
 -by ArmySports.com  Sep 6, 2009

MAGAZINE COVERAGE
Get the 2014 Scout.com Recruiting Yearbook with an annual Total Access Pass
Sign Up Today!

Upgrade Now!
Free Email Newsletter
Don't miss any news or features from ArmySports.com. Subscribe to our newsletter to have our newest articles emailed to you on a daily or weekly basis.
Click here for a list of all Team Newsletters.