December 7, 2011
LB, Geoffrey Bacon anxious to get a taste of Navy
Unlike many of his USMAPS teammate, who now adorn the Army Black Knights' roster, starting Mike linebacker, Geoffrey Bacon will be getting his first shot at Navy ... on any level.
GoBlackKnights.com had a chance to catch-up with the rising freshman linebacker, who this time last year was laying in the hospital (Keller) at West Point, which is why Navy remains an omission from resume of opponents.
"At the prep school, the week before we played Air Force we were playing Stevens Tech. and my foot got caught in the ground. Then someone ran into my knee and I tore my ACL, so I ended up missing the game against Navy's prep team.
Bacon, who had reconstructive surgery on his knee, has been one of the most productive plebes on the either side of the ball from the Black Knights, which only confirm his acknowledgement of how his knee has held out this season. "I'm 100% and it feels great," declares Bacon, who says he can't wait to experience the Army-Navy rivalry first hand.
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"From what I have seen the games are pretty exciting, very loud, packed house and there is intense play from each side," he adds.
"From Navy, we know they are going to run the ball hard and also added the pass too, so we have to get ready for that as well. But I expect us to come out hard and ready to fight, ready to play 60 minutes of football."
Most observers who have not seen Army play this season, might do a double-take when they take a look at Bacon, who initially enter the program as a wide receiver. Although he probably has very little body fat, he tips the scales at 6-foot-0, 200 pounds, which for most programs may be the size of the safety corp, but in Army's schemes his size doesn't compromised the effectiveness of the defense.
"It's basically like the middle linebacker, but in our defense it's a little different though," Bacon shares. I can play at a high safety look, have it at a Bandit look (4 yards off the ball) ... it varies within the defense."
"I just have to do my assignments and I can be successful inside," adds the frosh out of Milwaukee (Wis.). "There's really no disadvantage or advantage how big you are or how small you are since it's about your willingness to make a play ... that's the main thing."
One thing is certain when you watch Bacon perform at this stage of the 2011 campaign ... he isn't playing more like a seasoned player than a wide-eyed plebe.
"I'm adjusting alright and trying to continue to do well in my classes right now, to build a strong foundation," Bacon says, we talking about his adaptability beyond the gridiron. "Militarily, the prep really helped me with that, so that wasn't too hard of an adjustment."
But with all that said, Bacon and his defensive know that their effective or ineffective could determine the outcome of Saturday's contest.
"We want to get the ball, take it away ... that's all we want ... we want the ball," declares Bacon. "That's really our mindset going into this game. We want to be ball hungry and stop Navy - we don't want them to do anything. That first half we had against Air Force, we want to do something similar to that if not better. We want to do that for the entire game."
"Oh yeah .... Go Army, Beat Navy and come ready for the game," is Bacon's message to the Army faithful.
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