Senior Brady DeMell returns at center after starting all thirteen games last year. DeMell stands 6-3, weighs 310 pounds and is the best returning starter on offensive line. DeMell can muscle and maul defenders but is flexible enough to maintain his pad level and play with leverage. DeMell dominated Notre Dame's nose guards in the Mids victory at the Meadowlands last season and can also play guard if needed.
Unlike the other positions on the line, Navy has an experienced backup at center in senior Eric Douglas. Douglas (6-2, 280) is one of the strongest players on the team. He backed up DeMell last year but has some starting experienced when he started four games in 2009. Like DeMell, Douglas can also play guard. Douglass had an all-out brawl with nose guard Jared Marks during spring practice that ended with about a quarter of the roster getting in the mix. The third string center is junior Kahikolu Pescaia. He is a 6-foot, 264 pound center who appeared in one varsity contest last year. Pescaia struggled trying to block nose tackle Jared Marks in the Blue-Gold game.
The player to watch next year is sophomore Adam Geuss (6-1, 280) who's added twenty five pounds since playing at NAPS. Geuss is strong and has the movement skills and size Navy likes in their centers.
Senior kicker Jon Teague was having a tremendous spring practice until the Blue-Gold game when he missed all three of his field goal attempts in the rain. It was a startling result for a Teague who the week before had hit field goals of 54, 50 and 49 yards during a scrimmage. Teague has been the kick off specialist his first three years at Navy. Last year he replaced an injured Joe Buckley for a few games and hit all 16 of his extra points and both his field goal attempts. Head coach Ken Niumatalolo said about Teague after the Blue-Gold game, "I was surprised because Jon has been kicking the heck out of the ball all spring, obviously, he did not kick the ball well today, but I have great confidence in him."
Sophomore Brynmor Hughes is the current backup. Hughes missed an extra-point in the Blue-Gold game which was his only kick. Hughes does possess a good leg and is versatile enough to placekick or punt. The player to watch is kicker Stephen Picchini. In 2009 Picchini was selected as a high school all-Southern California. Picchini has a good leg was regarded as one of the better field goal kicker recruits out West last year.
In our next segment we'll begin our analysis of the defense's depth chart, position-by-position.