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Navy football loses starting safety Mitch West to season-ending knee injury | NOTEBOOK

Navy’s starting bandit safety immediately diagnosed a third-down pass in the flat to the tight end during a 23-3 loss to Air Force and exploded toward the intended receiver like he’d been shot out of a cannon. West arrived at the same time as the ball and drilled the Falcons’ Kyle Patterson to break up the pass and force a punt.

West slammed into the 6-foot-6, 245-pound Patterson with such force and velocity that he hurt himself. Because the senior safety launched his body at the big tight end, the right leg that was in the air swung around and hyperextended.