Meet the New Mids: Quarterbacks

GoMids.com will look at this year’s incoming freshman class by position. The Navy triple option revolves around the quarterback. With superstar junior quarterback Keenan Reynolds at the helm this shouldn't be a position of need the next two years. Today we will now take a look at the new Midshipmen quarterbacks.

Travis Marshall (6-3, 200) was the starting quarterback last season at the Naval Academy Prep School until he was injured late in the season. He had quarterbacked a spread passing offense at Chattahoochee high school in Georgia. He ended the regular season of his senior year having completed 83-of-139 passed (59.7%) for 1,589 yards and 17 touchdowns. He ran for 644 yards and three more scores. He was named the 2012 Montlick and Associate Player of the Year. Marshall competed in track as well. He was the regional winner for the 400-meter in 2010. He was a member of the region's top 4 x 100-meter relay and 4 x 400 relay teams.

Marshall started at quarterback for the Naval Academy Prep School until he injured his shoulder late in the year. He had an impressive performance in the opener against Lackawanna Junior College when he ran for two scores and threw the game winning touchdown. He threw a clutch on the money fourth down pass to John Brown for a 44-yard gain on the final drive to help set up the game winning touchdown. Travis finished the drive when he again hit slotback John Brown on a 13-yard touchdown pass with 39 seconds remaining in the game to give NAPS a 31-28 victory. Marshall scored on a one yard touchdown run against prep powerhouse Nassau Community College but was shutdown the rest of the way in a 48-7 loss. Travis acted as the perfect game manger in distributing the ball to his running backs in the 55-0 rout of an over-matched Gattica squad. Marshall struggled moving the team consistently against Navy JV. In the Brighton game he showed his agility and ability to throw on the move throwing when he connected with John Brown Jr. in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown pass. The offense struggled establishing the run but Marshall proved he isn't one dimensional as he beat them over the top with two touchdown passes. He injured his shoulder late in the year and missed the finale against Army Prep.

Marshall is an athletic quarterback who runs well. You can see his track background in his smooth, effortless running stride. He is a quick, strong cutback runner who can accelerate in and through a running lane. After his junior season he ran a 4.65 forty yard dash during summer camps. He has good speed but seems to lack a top end FBS gear in the open field. He did a nice job running the offense and distributing the ball as he played behind a rather makeshift offensive line last fall. He has an average arm at best for an option quarterback. Navy has recently produced a string of quarterbacks with strong arms. Marshall is more of a taller right hand version of Scott Proctor throwing the ball. His arm looked better on his high school tape than it did during live action. Marshall does possess a nice touch on his go and post patterns and can put air under the ball to allow his receivers to run under his throws. Not surprisingly for an option quarterback, he is mobile in the pocket, has quick feet and can throw on the move. He played well all year but may need this season to fully recover from his shoulder injury. He could probably help at wide receiver if the staff ever decided to move him from quarterback. Travis chose the Midshipmen over an offer from Wofford.

Mashall Highlights

Eric Watson split playing time at quarterback last season at the Naval Academy Prep School. He is a 5-foot-11, 205-pounds quarterback from Atascocita, Texas. He was a jack of all trades until he took over the starting quarterback job at Atascocita as a senior. He ran a shotgun spread offense and led Atascocita, to a 5-5 record in a very competitive district in Texas 5A football. Watson also lettered in track & field at Atascocita.

Watson split time at quarterback with Travis Marshall coming off the bench at NAPS. He had a solid debut running the ball in the opener against Lackawanna Junior College. Eric struggled mightily against prep power house Nassau Community College in a blowout loss as he failed to move the team against NCC's big defensive line. He threw a touchdown pass in the victory against Brighton as the triple option attack had trouble getting in gear. In the losing effort against Navy JV he provided a spark as he took the team down the field with the Rams down 14-0 in the fourth quarter. Watson finished the long drive with a 1-yard touchdown run. He drove the team again to the Navy JV 10-yard line before the Rams were stopped to end the game. In the rout over Gattica he played well and scored. Watson ended the season with his best game as he ran for four touchdowns and over 100 rushing yards in the rout over the previously unbeaten United States Military Academy Prep School in a blowout 48-11 victory. Watson had the offense clicking as they totaled 457 yards on the day.

Watson is a physical runner for a quarterback and has average speed. He reports a 40-yard dash time a shade under 4.7, a 31" vertical leap, and 415 squat max list. He is a determined runner with solid run skills but lacks a breakaway gear. Watson struggled at times with the new system early but played better as the NAPS season progressed. He has a below average arm even for an option quarterback.

Watson Highlights

The only direct admit quarterback this year class is Tim Tupa. He's a direct admit quarterback who is the son of former NFL punter and quarterback Tom Tupa. Tim took over at quarterback at Brecksville-Broadview Heights in Ohio his senior season after his brother Tommy graduated and signed at Miami of Ohio. Tim Tupa (6-0, 190) produced over 3,200 total yards and 40 total touchdowns last year. He was named First Team All-Ohio. He had played some quarterback as a sophomore when his brother was injured in 2011. Tupa is a terrific athlete who was also named All-Ohio as a wide receiver as a junior in 2012 . He made 70 receptions for 1,100 receiving yards and 13 touchdowns. Tupa chose Navy over offers from Air Force, Eastern Michigan and Miami of Ohio. He has the position flexibility to help at wide receiver if the staff moves him from quarterback.

Tupa Highlights

Next: A look at the new Mid slotbacks & fullbacks.

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