Navy’s strengths

Quarterback

While Kriss Proctor may not possess the arm strength of predecessor Ricky Dobbs, the senior is more of a natural as an option quarterback, meaning the transition figures to come without much if any complications.

Offensive line

Navy has back four of five starters from a unit that helped the offense average 285 rushing yards per game, good for sixth in the country, and finish in the top 45 in total yards and points per game.

Backfield

Senior fullback Alexander Teich leads the group that has back all the starters from December’s Poinsettia Bowl, including senior Aaron Santiago and junior Gee Gee Greene, both slotbacks. Teich’s 863 yards were second most on the team last season.

Navy’s weaknesses

Wide receiver

Big-play specialist Greg Jones is gone, leaving a trio of regulars who enter this season with a combined seven receptions for 134 yards and one touchdown. Junior Brandon Turner leads the way with 113 yards on four catches.

Linebacker

Only junior Matt Warrick is back from the unit that started in the Poinsettia Bowl. Navy has a pair of new starters on the outside, but backup inside linebakers Max Blue and Caleb King have playing experience.

Defensive experience

Only three defensive starters are back from last season. The most notable losses include safety Wyatt Middleton (a four-year starter and co-captain last season), cornerback Kevin Edwards and defensive end Billy Yarborough.