1954 Navy Midshipmen football
Lambert-Meadowlands Trophy
Sugar Bowl champion
Sugar Bowl, W 21–0 vs. Ole Miss
CoachesNo. 5
APNo. 5
1954 record8–2
Head coachEddie Erdelatz (5th season)
Home stadiumThompson Stadium
← 1953
1955 →

The 1954 Navy Midshipmen football team represented the United States Naval Academy (USNA) during the 1954 college football season. Navy competed as an independent with no conference affiliation. The team was led by fifth-year head coach Eddie Erdelatz.[1][2] The team acquired the nickname "Team Named Desire" during the press conference following the Stanford game when Erdelatz said "Every man on this team is full of desire." [3]


September 25William & MaryW 27–0
October 2at DartmouthW 42–7
October 9at StanfordNo. 19W 25–0
October 9at PittsburghNo. 9L 19–21
October 23at PennW 52–6
October 30No. 6 Notre DameNo. 15L 0–660,000
November 6vs. DukeNo. 19W 40–7
November 13ColumbiaNo. 10
  • Thompson Stadium
  • Annapolis, MD
W 51–6
November 27vs. ArmyNo. 6W 27–20
January 1, 1955vs. Ole MissNo. 5W 21–082,000
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game


1954 Navy Midshipmen football team roster
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Class
OL Aronis, AlexAlex Aronis
E Beagle, RonRon Beagle
OL Bendrick, FrankFrank Bendrick
OL Benzi, LeonardLeonard Benzi
OL Davis, RobertRobert Davis
HB Garrow, JackJack Garrow Sr
FB Gattuso, JoeJoe Gattuso Sr
HB Monahan, PhilPhil Monahan (C)
HB Weaver, JohnJohn Weaver
QB Welsh, GeorgeGeorge Welsh Jr
OL Whitmire, WilsonWilson Whitmire
Pos. # Name Class
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Cruz Roja.svg Injured
  • Redshirt.svg Redshirt

Game summariesEdit

Sugar Bowl vs Ole MissEdit

  • Welsh 8/14 passing
  • Gattuso (MVP) 111 rush yds, 2 TD
  • Weaver 106 rush yds, TD



  1. "Football History". United States Naval Academy. p. 192. Retrieved July 12, 2015.
  2. "Navy Yearly Results (1950-1954)". College Football Data Warehouse. David DeLassus. Retrieved July 14, 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 [1]. Retrieved 2019-Jan-22.

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