ANNAPOLIS —- Wide receiver Bruce Andrews caught a long pass from Trey Miller in Navy’s first scrimmage of preseason camp on Saturday.
This was both completely expected and quite stunning at the same time.
Andrews is a senior who has yet to see varsity action for the Midshipmen. Yet rarely has a day passed this month when the native of Hawaii hasn’t hauled in a long reception after speeding past or outleaping a defensive back.
“Every time I look up, [I think] ‘Who’s that?’” coach Ken Niumatalolo said. “He’s made play after play after play. When he made it the first couple days, [it’s like] ‘Oh nice, Bruce, he made a play.’ Then he made another one. Then he made another one. So I’ve been very pleased with him.”
For good reason. Andrews could turn out to be an unexpected answer to the obvious question of just how Navy replaces graduated wideout Greg Jones.
How unexpected? Navy listed six wide receivers on its preseason depth chart, only two of whom own at least one career catch.
Andrews was not among that group.
“He’s really come out of nowhere,” Niumatalolo said. “He wasn’t really a guy who was in the mix —- maybe fighting for the last slot at wideout.”
The Mids are three weeks away from their Sept. 3 opener against Delaware. And if he can maintain his early-camp production, Andrews could etch out a role for himself well beyond a star turn in a scrimmage.
“Unbelievable,” Niumatalolo said. “By far —- and I hope I don’t jinx the kid —- by far the most impressive kid this whole camp on the whole entire team.”
—- Patrick Stevens