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Topic - Jon Teague
One snap and isolated thud after another, what felt like the longest period of Navy's first preseason football practice unfolded Wednesday.
Navy didn't produce a flawless season.
Not a week passed in the middle of Navy's season when kicker Jon Teague found himself in front of reporters, never for good reasons.
Navy couldn't win back the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy. It couldn't reach a ninth straight bowl game.
Dominique Davis set two NCAA records for consecutive completions, connecting on all 26 of his first-half throws to extend his streak to 36 straight over two games, and East Carolina squeezed past skidding Navy 38-35 on Saturday night.
Navy kicker Jon Teague had an increasingly familiar sensation when he trudged away from Saturday's 21-20 loss to Rutgers.
Brandon Jones blocked a go-ahead 34-yard field goal attempt by Jon Teague with 4:43 to play and Rutgers won its fourth straight game, a 21-20 victory over struggling Navy on Saturday.
Navy entered Saturday's game having just hurdled the haunting memory of the botched extra point attempt that handed them a one-point loss against Air Force a week earlier. After another seemingly benign field goal kick went awry against Southern Miss, they'll have to do it all over again this week.
Accepting a second straight loss to Air Force won't be easy for Navy as it moves forward in its season.
Navy endured a year of misery after losing to Air Force last season.
Not even cancer can keep former NFL coach Buddy Ryan from being in the stands when his twin sons coach against each other Sunday night in the prime-time opener between the Dallas Cowboys and New York Jets.
With so many new starters, there were bound to be some nerves displayed in Navy's football season opener.
Repeatedly, Teague said he couldn't dwell on misses, and that he intended to treat every kick the same.
"Bouncing back from the middle of the season, it's always hard," Teague said. "That's the thing with kicking. Obviously, I know all these guys do more physical work than I do, but kicking is at least 90 percent up here in the head. It's definitely a mental game. It's a battle. After the middle of the season, you just had to keep pressing forward. The thing that helped me out the most was my brothers had my back."