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Assuming the 275-pound Vickers starts, he will become the first Navy offensive lineman to get the nod at three different positions since at least 2004. He’ll have pulled it off in three straight games dating to last year’s season-ending defeat of Army.

“We like to have guys on our offensive line who can play multiple positions, guys that can play center and guard, guys that can play tackle and center,” Ingram said. “We have some guys that are kind of specialized and have to stay where they are. Guys like him, he can do these things.”

When Vickers first learned tackle, he said it was a difficult move to pick up after spending so much time at center in Navy’s offense. It was so much different than what he was used to after playing in a spread scheme in high school.

It is no longer an arduous task, especially with two weeks of work heading into Saturday. Instead, it’s a snap — even if that’s one of the skills he is unlikely to need against Penn State.

“Since I play all the positions now, it’s easy for me to go anywhere because I can pretty much play anywhere,” Vickers said.