Plebe Reynolds closing ground for Mids' backup QB job

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ANNAPOLIS – It isn’t a much different scenario than last year. Navy entered 2011 with a starting quarterback with some experience (Kriss Proctor) and backups who had never seen the field in a college game.

One of those reserves, Trey Miller, played in seven games and started one. He enters this year as the unquestioned No. 1 quarterback. And behind him? No one who has taken a college snap.

No Navy quarterback has started wire-to-wire since Lamar Owens in 2005, so history suggests at least one of Josh Hendrick and Keenan Reynolds could be needed at some point. It might not be much – Proctor started one game in 2010 in place of Ricky Dobbs, and Miller just one game last year – but it still warrants a look-in at the competition for the backup spot.

“I think Keenan Reynolds has closed ground on John Hendrick,” coach Ken Niumatalolo said. “Josh was here in the spring, but I’ve been very impressed with Keenan, a freshman that’s come in. His grasp of the offense in such a short time span – he’s got a high football IQ. So does John.”

For now, Hendrick remains No. 2 on Navy’s depth chart.

“The one thing you don’t get to see with John when you’re going [non-contact], he’s a strong runner,” Niumatalolo said. “We saw in the spring, when you’re live, he’s a hard guy to bring down.”

Patrick Stevens

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