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Navy Spring Depth Chart Review: Wide Receiver
Brandon Turner #86 Sr.
Matt Aiken #85 Jr.
John O'Boyle # 83 Sr.
Casey Bolena #88 Jr.
Shawn Lynch #87 Jr.
Brendan Dudeck #5 So.
Senior Brandon Turner emerged last year as the Mids' big play threat at wide receiver. As a sophomore Turner appeared in all 13 games, starting ten, but caught just four passes for 113 yards and had a 32-yard touchdown reception against Army. Last year he played in every game and had a team high 14 receptions for 300 yards (21.4 avg.) with three touchdowns. Brandon has added muscle to his formerly lanky frame. He is Navy's biggest receiver and a physical blocker.
The other starting wide receiver is junior Matt Aiken. Aiken (6-0, 190) caught 13 balls for 201 yards (15.5 avg.) and scored two touchdowns. Wide receiver coach Mick Yokitis spoke to me about Matt last year, "He's very talented catching the football, running routes and has a lot of upside." Aiken was the best receiver on the Naval Academy Prep team in 2009. Matt led the prep team in both catches and touchdowns. Yokitis' staff at NAPS nicknamed him "Matty Ice" for his performance in the clutch.
Senior John O'Boyle (6-0, 196) has worked his way up the depth chart to backup. O'Boyle has seen the vast majority of his playing time on special teams the last few years. He's a limited athlete but understands the system and can block. Junior wide receiver Casey Bolena solidified his role as the backup at wide receiver this spring. Last season Casey caught four passes for 53 yards. Bolena is the personification of the Navy receiver. He is a hardnosed, maximum effort player who loves the game. He is a very physical blocker. Casey has reliable hands and will make the tough catch over the middle.
Junior Shawn Lynch (6-0, 190) started last season at free safety but has been switched back to wide receiver where he played at NAPS and as a plebe. Lynch started the first five games at free safety but struggled. He made only 18 tackles and lacked the instincts for the position. Wide receiver is a better fit for him. He was a good receiver in high school and at NAPS. In 2008, as a high school senior, Lynch caught 73 passes for 969 yards and 12 touchdowns. He has good hands and has demonstrated the ability to run after the catch.
Sophomore direct admit Brendan Dudeck (6-0, 202) has moved up to third string on the depth chart at wide receiver. Dudeck was a versatile two way player in high school. Dudeck has good speed and quick feet. As the son of a coach, Brendan has good instincts and an understanding of the game. He made an impressive move on the wide receiver depth chart despite his inexperience at the position this spring. He led the Gold team in the spring game with two receptions for 17 yards.
The player to watch at wide receiver could be sophomore James King. King is an all-round Navy type of receiver who does everything the right way. At 6-2, 201 pounds he presents a tall, big target for quarterbacks. He is a possession receiver who uses his size well to get open. Once again the prep school will offer some skill players who could eventually make an impact.
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