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Defensive coordinator Brian Newberry, Navy football’s ‘wizard’, unveiled unique package against Houston

It’s based in part on the fact Newberry now sports a big, bushy white beard. However, it is rooted in their universal belief the third-year defensive coordinator is somewhat of a savant when it comes to devising unique concepts and innovative schemes.

“He’s just a defensive mastermind. He comes up with a lot of different ways to attack an offense and is very smart about how he does it,” Navy outside linebacker Xavier McDonald said.

Head coach Ken Niumatalolo has referred to Newberry as the “mad scientist” because he’s constantly inventing new defensive packages and plays.

Newberry added to his growing reputation for creativity by unveiling a new concept during Saturday’s game against Houston.