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Navy football uses creative blocking schemes, deep playbook to keep fullbacks chugging along

Fullback Nelson Smith repeatedly found running room on the right side during Saturday’s game against East Carolina.

Smith would take the handoff and make a beeline for the backside of right guard Peter Nestrowitz. The 5-foot-9, 213-pound senior would tuck up between Nestrowitz and right tackle Billy Honaker then explode through the sizable hole those two created for big yardage.

That is how Smith broke loose for a 29-yard touchdown run midway through the third quarter, and he had several other big gains off the right side during Navy’s 27-23 victory. Afterward, coach Ken Niumatalolo said "e go into each game and test people.