Hometown: Finksburg, Md.
High School: Westminster High School
Major: Political Science
What do you want to do after graduation and why? After graduation I hope to commission as a naval aviator or submarine officer. I’ve had awesome experiences with both communities thus far. I love the mission sets and culture within both respective professions. After my Navy career, I intend to pursue a law degree and protect the environment through judicial or legislative means.
Why did you choose Navy? I chose Navy because the institution offers an outstanding education and leadership development, while Coach Niumatalolo’s football program provides an opportunity to compete against top-tier FBS competition and be a part of a one-of-a-kind brotherhood. That combination was unique and set USNA apart.
What would you tell somebody that is considering coming to Navy to play football? Understand the enormous opportunity you are being given. Sure, the Naval Academy challenges us in ways that other schools do not and certainly has more demands outside of the football facility than your average FBS school. Yet, this is what makes the experience so rewarding. Not only do we play in some of the most storied and historic college football games, but we also get incredible training and mentorship out of our military commitments. Not to mention, the pro football pipeline does not close, and either way you have a fantastic job waiting for you. The Naval Academy pushes you to be the best in all aspects of your life.
If you could play another position, what position would you play and why? If I could play another position, I think it would be safety. I feel like Eavan Gibbons and I have a similar body type and skill set, which would allow me to seamlessly replace him.
If you could choose any opponent for Navy to play that is currently not on the schedule, who would you choose and why? I would choose the University of Maryland. I think it’s time we prove who runs this state.
Favorite class at the Naval Academy and why? Political Science Methods and Comparative Politics were my favorite classes this past year. The former had us apply scientific and statistical theory to political science research and the latter included some interesting guest speakers and simulations.
Hardest class at the Naval Academy and why? I pursued a track which squeezed three semesters of calculus content into two classes, and that was pretty tough for a guy who does not enjoy pure math.
Favorite teacher at the Naval Academy and why? All of my instructors at the Academy have been excellent; I don’t think there’s any way I could narrow it down to one individual. I’ve had exceptional military and civilian instructors the past two years.
Favorite form of social media and why? I’m not a huge fan of social media, but Twitter never fails to amuse me.
Favorite person to follow on social media and why? Riley Riethman’s dad, Rob, for wholesome Riley content.
If you could have dinner with any 4 people at the Naval Academy who would you choose and why? Wright Davis, Edie Lareau, Joe Piette and Grandma from the Mid Store. Naval Academy legends who humbly serve us and deserve a nice dinner. I surmise it would be a memorable one.
Favorite sport to follow at the Naval Academy outside of football and why? Basketball—both men’s and women’s were awesome to watch this past year and I really enjoyed taking a break from studying to spend a few weeknights in Alumni Hall watching the teams.
If you didn’t play football at Navy, what sport would you play and why? I played lacrosse for 10 years so I think I’d have potential to pull an Arline.
What song is playing on your headphones in the locker room right before taking the field? “Saturday” by Twenty One Pilots or “Shine a Little Light” by the Black Keys.
What is your dream vacation? I haven’t been snowboarding since I got serious about football, so I’d love to go up to Banff and experience some real powder.
How many teams should make the FBS Playoffs? 8
What is the best thing about being in the American Athletic Conference? Playing competition that is on par with the best conferences in the FBS #Power6
Favorite Coach Niumatalolo quote: “Choose the right”
One word to describe a Navy Football player: Disciplined
Who will be the surprise player on offense in 2022 and why? Anton Hall and Logan Point – they’re going to be a force between the tackles
Who will be the surprise player on defense in 2022 and why? Colin Ramos – he showed what he can do at the end of last year and will only build on that
Who is the toughest player on the Navy football team and why? Tai Lavatai – the guy takes a lot of shots from some large dudes
What player epitomizes Navy Football and why? Eavan Gibbons – plays with a chip on his shoulder, always chooses the right, pushes those around him to get better, and is a stand-up guy who you want on your side.
Who will be the Most Valuable Player on offense in 2022 and why? Maquel Haywood – when the ball is in his hands, he makes plays.
Who will be the Most Valuable Player on defense in 2022 and why? Jacob Busic – the Westminster High graduate will prove that those Central Marylanders are simply built different.
What are you most looking forward to in 2022? Seeing what this team is capable of accomplishing.