Clean Navy Uniforms Set To be Revealed Against Ohio State


The Navy Midshipmen have a big task at hand this weekend when they take on #5 Ohio State at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.  The all white Navy uniform represents the Midshipmen’s classic summer white uniform.  The uniform, designed by Under Armor, will be different for each player depending on their year and rank.

The specific rank of each player will be represented on the shoulder and pants.  This will be the first set of individualized uniforms in the Navy football programs history.  Navy also became the first service academy to be represented by Under Armor in July.

Freshmen will be represented with an anchor on the shoulder and pant leg, sophomores will include the anchor with a diagonal stripe, juniors will have the anchor and two diagonal stripes and seniors will have the anchor with parallel stripes.  Captains Parrish Gaines and Noah Copeland will have a star with three parallel stripes, the mark of a midshipmen lieutenant.

The noon game at Ravens stadium will be the debut for both the Midshipmen and Buckeyes.  Navy enters its final season as an independent school, and will join the American Athletic Conference in 2015.  The Buckeyes set a school record for most consecutive wins last season, with 24 under Head Coach Urban Meyer.  The Buckeyes fell to Michigan State last season in the Big Ten Conference Championship, Urban Meyer’s only regular season loss since he took over for Ohio State.

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Meyer has a tough task at hand against Navy Head Coach Ken Niumatalolo’s triple option offense.  Niumatalolo is coming off of one of his most successful seasons every with Navy, finishing last year with a 9-4 record and an Armed Forces bowl win against Middle Tennessee State.  The last time Niumatalolo faced off against Ohio State was in 2009, and Niumatalolo and his Midshipment were just one two point conversion away from stealing a victory.  Urban Meyer’s defense will have to be patient and calculated when executing against the triple option.

Ohio State, who is a preseason favorite for College Footballs first ever playoff championship, will be without preseason Heisman Trophy candidate Braxton Miller.  Miller, who last year threw for 2094 yards, 24 touchdowns and added 1068 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground, is expected to miss the entire season after suffering a torn labrum in his right shoulder.  Redshirt freshman J.T. Barrett is expected to take his place.