College Football Podcast: Navy Coach Ken Niumatalolo Breaks Down The Midshipmen’s Upcoming Season

Over the course of this college football off-season, I’ve been blessed to talk to a lot of great writers all over the country. From Florida to California, Pennsylvania to Alabama, and everything in between, I’ve done my best to cover the entire landscape of the sport.

But never, had I had the chance to interview an FBS Head Coach. Until now…

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Joining my on Tuesday afternoon, was Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo. Coach Niumatalolo has been at the Naval Academy for over a decade now, in two separate stints, both as a head coach and an assistant. No one knows the ups and downs and ins and outs of coaching at a service academy quite like he does

In our face-paced interview, we covered a lot of ground, as coach discussed the following:

– What is “Plebe Summer,” and why it’s so different than anything that a recruit at a normal school would go through.

– How he and his staff go about evaluating high school players, and determining which are right for Navy. Beyond that, why he knows right away that some recruits just aren’t a right fit for the school.

– The reality of dealing with expectations at the Naval Academy, and how they’ve increased as the Midshipmen have gone to bowl games in eight straight years.

– Looking ahead to this season, what do we need to know about new quarterback Kriss Proctor? How is he different than the man he’s replacing, Ricky Dobbs?

– How will fullback Alexander Teich’s role change in the offense? Will there be more running backs used behind him?

– What to expect from a season opener against FCS super-power Delaware. How a game like that is different than opening against Maryland, like the Midshipmen did in 2010.

– Finally, how important it is to take back the Commander in Chief’s Trophy, which the Midshipmen lost to Air Force last year.

This is a quick, concise podcast, but one in which Coach Niumatalolo and I cover a lot of ground on all things college football. If there’s one episode that’s probably a “must listen,” this is it.

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Thank you to Coach Niumatalolo and thank you for listening!

Until next time…

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