Army-Navy Game 2012: Top Players to Watch in Military Rivalry

Rob GoldbergFeatured Columnist IVJanuary 18, 2017

PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 10: Trent Steelman #8 of the Army Black Knights passes the ball in the fourth quarter against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on November 10, 2012 at High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, New Jersey.The Rutgers Scarlet Knights defeated the Army Black Knights 28-7.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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While the players on Army and Navy are often overshadowed by other college football programs, they will finally get a chance to shine against each other in the final game of the regular season. 

Navy has won 10 games in a row against the school's biggest rival, and it will look to continue that trend after a 7-4 start to the season.

Army has struggled much more this year, but the past does not matter once this game begins.

If you are unfamiliar with these teams, here are the top players from each side to watch during this exciting contest. 


Trent Steelman, QB, Army

There are few players in this game more experienced than quarterback Trent Steelman. It would only be fitting if the four-year starter could end his career with a big win over Navy.

While there are other effective players in the offense, it is all Steelman when the team gets close to the end zone. He has 16 rushing touchdowns this year, which are 10 more than the next highest on the team.

He also has the ability to sneak some passing attempts past this defense. The senior has only 14 career touchdowns, but three of them have come against Navy.

Steelman has rushed for over 100 yards in five straight games. He might have to make it six in order for Army to come out with a win.


Geoffrey Bacon, LB, Army

In a year where a linebacker like Manti Te'o finally gets recognized for his contributions to his team, Geoffrey Bacon should start getting noticed.

He is just a sophomore, but the linebacker has an incredible 122 tackles on the season.

Bacon has the speed to cover a lot of ground and he is a solid tackler once he gets to the ball carrier.

With Navy's speed in the run game, Army will need a player that can run from sideline to sideline in order to slow down the opposing offense. Bacon has that ability and he will be vital in the team's effort to pull the upset. 


Gee Gee Greene, RB, Navy

It took the final few weeks of his senior year for Navy to realize what it had in Gee Gee Greene.

The running back was used sparingly throughout the year, but he got the chance to shine a few weeks ago and has been quite impressive ever since.

In the four weeks where Greene has gotten at least 14 carries, he is averaging 110 yards per game. 

The senior has averaged 7.1 yards per carry throughout his career and is peaking at the right time. He should be able to continue his current hot streak and dominate a weak Army defense.


Keegan Wetzel, LB, Navy

There are a few talented players on this Navy defense, but Keegan Wetzel gives the team the best opportunity of making an impact against Army.

Against a run-heavy team, you need someone who can penetrate into the backfield and disrupt the offense.

Wetzel can do just that after totaling 13.5 tackles for loss on the year with six sacks. He also added a forced fumble and a fumble recovery this year.

Navy needs him to get behind the line of scrimmage and not let Steelman and company get room to run. Otherwise, it could be a long day for Navy.