There’s more that distinguished Proctor, including a penchant for weight-room work Niumatalolo believes is unusual for a quarterback. It was Proctor who rounded up teammates for seven-on-seven work during the summer, sometimes driving over to collect players who might otherwise have taken a day off.
In the huddle, Proctor is boisterous and purposeful - “You just have this feeling when you’re playing with him that something’s going to happen, something’s going to break,” Dowd said - simultaneously offering a mix of what might be expected from both a Californian and a quarterback.
“Kriss is Cali swag - a little bit laid-back, but he’s got a lot of fire in him,” fullback Alexander Teich said. “I know people haven’t gotten to see the fire, but if you’ve watched him play, he’s a kid who’s always vocal and always getting after it. Him not being in that starting role before, it didn’t really allow him to do that.”
Until now, anyway. Navy enters the fall in the curious position of knowing exactly what it has in a quarterback with only a few career starts. The Mids split reps evenly during practice, giving backups more work than in most programs.
One presumed shortcoming entering the spring was Proctor’s passing ability. Since then, though, Niumatalolo has consistently praised Proctor’s throws and overall improvement.
“It’s going to be like you let a dog off his chain with Kriss,” Furman said. “Coach has been holding him back all three years. Once he gets that starting job - we saw it a couple times last year. He just took it and flew with it.”
There will be no restraints this year. The job is Proctor’s; no other quarterback on the roster has taken a snap for the Mids. He’ll play plenty of college football this season.
For Proctor, there was never doubt the time would arrive.
“For me, it’s just about opportunity,” Proctor said. “I’ve finally got it. Life is about taking advantage of those opportunities. That’s what I have in front of me, and that’s what I’m looking forward to doing.”