Notre Dame vs. Navy
Date: Sept. 1, 2012
Site: Aviva Stadium, Dublin, Ireland (capacity)
Kickoff: 9 a.m. ET
Series Facts: This is the 86th meeting between the two schools. Notre Dame holds a 72-12-1 advantage, but Navy has won three of the last five matchups (2010, 2009, 2007). The Irish defended their home turf in 2011, throttling the Mids, 56-14.
Junior QB Trey Miller takes over as starter for Navy in 2012
Navy Coach Ken Niumatalolo’s Record
• 32-21 (.582) in four seasons at Navy
• Trey Miller (1) — The junior quarterback started one game last season (Notre Dame) and has the ability to keep defenses honest with downfield passes. Reviews this fall have been mixed after completing 12 of 29 passing attempts for 205 yards and three touchdowns, and rushing for 150 yards on nine carries as a reserve in 2011.
• Noah Copeland (34) — The sophomore fullback bulked up during the offseason and is now at 5-10, 215 pounds. Got into the special teams rotation at the end of last season and finished with seven tackles and one forced fumble.
• Gee Gee Greene (21) — With 25 consecutive starts at slotback for the mids, the 5-8, 185-pounder should be a calming influence for a first-year QB working behind a retooled offensive line. Greene has rushed for 1,246 career yards and seven touchdowns on only 177 carries (seven yards per touch) and 30 receptions for 455 yards and four TDs.
• Brye French (50) — The 6-1, 216-pound junior started nine games at inside linebacker last season, recording 55 tackles, including six for loss, which ranked second on the team.
• Tra’ves Bush (9) — A 5-10, 192-pound senior out of Johnson, S.C., Bush is at rover full-time in 2012 after starting eight games last season at outside linebacker and two at rover. He was named to Phil Steel’s All-Independent First Team in the preseason.
For The Record
• Seven kickers tried out during fall camp after a 2011 season that featured one hiccup after another. Jon Teague missed five field goals and four extra points in a year when the Midshipmen lost five games by three or fewer points. That battle is expected to continue until the opener in Ireland. Nick Sloan won the competition last week with fellow freshman Austin Grebe a close second. Sophomore Colin Amerau will travel to Dublin, Ireland to serve as the kickoff specialist.
• When French and senior slotback Bo Snelson were stripped of their captaincies at the start of fall camp for breaking team rules over the summer, it meant 2012 would be the first time in Navy football history the team entered a year without at least one designated captain.