ANNAPOLIS —- Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo knows who will start at quarterback when the Midshipmen play next fall.
He isn’t quite sure who will be the backup.
And that happens to be a significant question for Navy to answer when it starts spring practice on Monday.
“I don’t want to say it’s more important, but it’s a big priority for us,” Niumatalolo said Tuesday. “This spring is going to be a little unique. We normally have the quarterbacks in different colored jersey, a green jersey that means they’re off limits. There’s only going to be one quarterback off limits —- [Kriss] Proctor. The other guys, we’re going to put in normal colored jerseys.”
Proctor, a senior, has played in 11 career games and started three times over the last two seasons in place of an injured Ricky Dobbs. He’s thrown only nine career passes, but has averaged a healthy 6.2 yards per carry with nine touchdown runs.
Dobbs starred the last two seasons for the Mids and accounted for 27 touchdowns (14 rushing, 13 passing) as a senior. Still, Proctor has some history, including 201 rushing yards against Central Michigan last season.
As for sophomores Trey Miller and Jarvis Cummings, who are listed as Proctor’s backups? The Mids figure to learn a lot more about them in the next month.
“I want to see what they can do when someone’s going to hit them and tackle them,” Niumatalolo said. “They haven’t been tackled for a year. We know what Kriss is. We obviously want this spring for him to get better and be the best Kriss Proctor he can be. He’s our starter, so we don’t want to get him hurt. We want to be smart about him while we bring along some of our young guys. …
“To me, one of the best ways to get better is just to play, so that’s what we’re going to do this spring.”
—- Patrick Stevens