Five predictions for Navy’s final home game of the season, Saturday afternoon’s date with Troy. …
1. Kriss Proctor will start at quarterback. The senior was optimistic on Wednesday he would be able to play against the Trojans, and coach Ken Niumatalolo said the Midshipmen would take a decision right up to game time to see how well Proctor’s dislocated elbow was doing. Look for the determined Proctor to be ready to play.
2. Aaron Santiago will make a crucial play in his return. The senior slotback missed the last six games with two broken bones in his forearm. He made an unexpectedly rapid return to full practice this week, free of even a noncontact uniform. He scored three touchdowns in Navy’s first two games, and it wouldn’t be a shock to see him in the end zone this afternoon.
3. Troy quarterback Corey Robinson will throw for 300 yards. It’s been a rough couple weeks for Robinson, but he’ll get well against the Mids’ leaky pass defense. He’s also not a bad bet to match his touchdown total from his last four games: Two.
4. Navy will intercept at least one pass. Robinson’s thrown at least one interception in every game this season. The Mids have been opportunistic at times, but not at home. They’ve intercepted one pass in four games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, and opponents have completed 71 of 80 passes in Navy’s last three home games. Bank on some improvement today.
5. Navy will win. The Mids haven’t lost a home finale since 2002, and Troy is struggling just as much as Navy is this season. At some point, you’re just due for a win. While it’s hardly a good bet the Mids will win out, they’ll get off to a good start in their attempt to win four straight and qualify for the Military Bowl.
—- Patrick Stevens