ANNAPOLIS —- Greetings from Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, where Navy (1-2) and San Jose State (3-1) will meet in less than two hours.
As for what to look for? Here’s five predictions for the Midshipmen’s second meeting in as many years with the Spartans.
1. Keegan Wetzel will record another sack. He has three in three games, managing one in each contest, and emerged as a capable outside linebacker for the Mids. San Jose State has attempted at least 30 passes in each of its four games, ensuring opportunities will be there for Wetzel to reach the quarterback again.
2. Gee Gee Greene will score a touchdown. Let’s try this one again. Greene has back-to-back 70-yard rushing days and should reach the end zone for the second time this season.
3. David and Paul Quessenberry will be matched up at some point. As detailed in Friday’s dead-tree, there’s a chance David (San Jose State’s left tackle) and Paul (a reserve defensive end for Navy) will go head-to-head. Bank on seeing it a few times; Paul Quessenberry is part of a steady line rotation for the Mids.
4. Navy will switch starting centers yet again. Three games, three starting centers: Graham Vickers, Tanner Fleming and Thomas Stone. Bank on the Mids going back to Fleming, who remains atop the depth chart.
5. Navy will win. This should be a taut game throughout, but there’s always the valid question of whether jet lag catches up with a team from the opposite coach. San Jose State, which is 0-6 all-time in the Eastern time zone, arrived in town Thursday evening. The game means a ton for the Mids, who would be well-served not falling to 1-3 with a trek to Air Force looming next week. Expect the sharpest performance to date for Navy.
—- Patrick Stevens