Noah Copeland And Parrish Gaines Named 2014 Football Team Captains
The Mids open up the 2014 season in Baltimore against Ohio State
Navy head football coach Ken Niumatalolo announced Friday night at the annual Navy football banquet that rising seniors fullback Noah Copeland (San Antonio, Texas) and safety Parrish Gaines (Smyrna, Tenn.) have been elected team captains for the 2014 football season by their teammates.
“Being elected team captain at the Naval Academy is one of the highest honors you can receive at an institution that prides itself on producing great leaders,” said Niumatalolo. “Noah and Parrish are great leaders on the field, in Bancroft Hall and in the classroom and there is no question in my mind that they will do a great job in this very important role. They both work extremely hard and will set an example for the entire team on and off the field.”
Copeland played in nine of Navy’s 13 games last fall, missing four games due to injury. He rushed for 339 yards and two touchdowns on 69 carries (4.9 yards per carry) and caught three passes for 43 yards and a touchdown. He rushed for a career-high 153 yards on 28 carries and caught a 20-yard touchdown pass against Toledo and had a 39-yard touchdown run in the Army-Navy game.
Gaines had started 24-consecutive games at cornerback before switching to safety for the Pitt game due to injuries in the Navy secondary and ended up starting the final seven games at safety. Gaines finished fourth on the team in tackles with 65, while posting off a team-high tying three interceptions. His biggest interception of the year came against San Jose State when he intercepted David Fales in the end zone in the third overtime, setting up Keenan Reynolds’ 25-yard touchdown run to give Navy a thrilling 58-52 victory.