The Navy football team needs a victory on Saturday over Southern Methodist to keep its bowl aspirations alive, but a win also could go a long way in helping the Midshipmen in recruiting. Navy traditionally has recruited heavily from Texas, and there are 20 players on the roster from the state.

Senior fullback Alexander Teich is the most prominent player on the team from Texas. The co-captain hails from Conroe, which is approximately a four-hour drive from Dallas. Teich did not play the last time Navy was at SMU in 2009.

Other Navy players from Texas include nose guard Alex Doolittle, linebacker Max Blue, slotback Bo Snelson, cornerback Jonathan Wev and punter Pablo Beltran. Freshman nose guard Brice Musgrove is from Dallas, and junior wide receiver Tyler Lynch is from Irving.

Navy’s 20 players from Texas are tied for the most from one state on the team. The Midshipmen also have 20 players from Florida.