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By Donald Lambro
Growth spikes are little more than trend-free anomalies
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Tony Grantham
Navy linebacker Jordan Drake earned his first career sack Saturday against VMI. He's started the Midshipmen's first three games. He wants to make some sort of difference on defense.
Keegan Wetzel is one of the brightest people on Navy's football roster, with a 3.89 grade-point average at the rigorous academy an obvious giveaway.
Navy safety Kwesi Mitchell knew defensive coordinator Buddy Green was coaching from the press box Saturday. It didn't mean he wasn't a little startled every time he looked to the sideline and didn't see the veteran coach there.
It's challenging enough to play one sport at the Naval Academy.
Navy opened the season with three physical games, meaning a late-September bye week was a welcome respite for much of the roster.
Jarred Shannon came to Navy in part to play college football. For much of his career, his shoulders wouldn't permit it.
Grantham said that while Drake might commit errors, he rarely does the same thing wrong repeatedly.
"When we first put him out here, everything was happening so quickly," Grantham said. "He wasn't up to speed with the other guys in the room yet. For him to be able to catch up to game speed as quick as he has just speaks volumes to the type of player he can be for us."