Meet the Middle: Sophomore Slot Back Maquel Haywood


Last name: maquel haywood

Year: Second year

Position: Back slit

Height: 5-8

Lester: 190

Hometown: Wake Forest, North Carolina,

High school: Wake Forest High School

Major: Political science

What do you want to do after your studies and why? I think I would like to choose aviation because it sounds very cool and I enjoyed that part of my summer training

Why did you choose Navy? The loyalty the coaches have shown me has really set them apart from all the other schools. I had a season ending injury my senior year and all the other schools gave up on me but the Navy coaches were always ready to welcome me as a player and gave me the opportunity to play football at the top level.

What would you say to someone who is considering coming to the Navy to play football? Be ready to work, on and off the field. Be prepared to stay up late to study and get up early for class. Don’t expect handouts and try to be a better version of yourself every day.

If you could play any other position, what position would you play and why? Probably safety because I think it would be fun to tackle people and talk tough on attacking guys.

If you could choose any opponent for Navy not currently on the schedule, who would you choose and why? Alabama… “if you want to be the best, you have to beat the best”.

Favorite class at the Naval Academy and why? Government class, because my teacher was amazing

The most difficult class at the Naval Academy and why? Physics.. Because physics is difficult

Favorite teacher at the Naval Academy and why? Teacher. Ernst he has a very detailed way of thinking and I liked how he built the class and made it easy to understand the material

Your favorite form of social media and why? Twitter because it’s the funniest

Favorite person to follow on social media and why? Kevin Hart, because he’s funny

If you could dine with 4 people at the Naval Academy, who would you choose?: Bill the Goat, Dalrymple Cameraman, Luke Morley and Campbell Speights

Favorite sport to follow at the Naval Academy outside of football and why? Basketball, because I like going to a school with a good basketball team.

If you didn’t play football at Navy, what sport would you play and why? Golf is the second best sport in the world

What song is playing on your headphones in the locker room just before entering the pitch? Risky – Lil Durk

What is your dream vacation? Cosmos

How many teams should participate in the FBS Playoffs? At least 8

What’s the best thing about being at the American Athletic Conference? You play great talent from across the country

Coach Niumatalolo’s favorite quote: “I say it’s as hard as CRAP to win, because that’s as far as my vocabulary goes. I don’t know any other words to describe how hard it is”

One word to describe a Navy Football player: Hard

Who will be the surprise player in attack in 2022? Kroy Myers

Who will be the surprise player in defense in 2022? Mbiti Williams

Who is the toughest player on the Navy football team? Eavan Gibbon

Which player embodies Navy Football? Bijan Nichols

Who will be the most valuable attacking player in 2022? Tai Lavatai

Who will be the most valuable defensive player in 2022 and why? Mbiti Williams

What are you most looking forward to in 2022? Friday night hotel dinners with my teammates

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