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By John R. Bolton
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Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Aaron Santiago
Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo knew he needed to make changes after the Midshipmen endured their first losing season in nine years last fall. One of the most immediate will be seen Monday when Navy begins spring practice: Full contact.
San Jose State slowed Navy's rushing offense, and Brandon Rutley took care of the rest.
The end of Navy's six-game losing streak last week against Troy meant the Midshipmen's aspiration of playing after Christmas remains alive.
Navy safety Kwesi Mitchell knew defensive coordinator Buddy Green was coaching from the press box Saturday. It didn't mean he wasn't a little startled every time he looked to the sideline and didn't see the veteran coach there.
Kriss Proctor ran for two touchdowns and passes for another in his return from injury, leading Navy to a 42-14 rout of Troy on Saturday.
Ken Niumatalolo departed the locker room after Navy's Oct. 15 loss at Rutgers, and something caught his eye for a fleeting moment
Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo struggled through a news conference Saturday after his team's 40-14 victory over Western Kentucky. Many of his thoughts dwelled upon an arm injury senior slotback Aaron Santiago suffered in the win.
Reserve running back John Howell rushed for touchdowns of 57 and 50 yards, Kriss Proctor threw two long touchdown passes and Navy sent Western Kentucky to its 16th straight home loss with a 40-14 victory Saturday night.
With so many new starters, there were bound to be some nerves displayed in Navy's football season opener.
There once was a time when Navy would have been delighted with a 9-4 season that ended with a bowl game and included wins over Notre Dame and Army.
If Maryland is to launch its comeback season with an uplifting victory, the Terrapins have no option but to stop Navy's multifaceted running game.
He said he was a little rusty on his plays, but that's not a big issue."
"I was keeping hopes up," Santiago said. "The doctor told me my season was pretty much done. I didn't want to believe him. Hopefully, I can prove him wrong."