The last of a position-by-position look at Navy football this spring
Starters returning (0): None
Other notable returnees: QB Trey Miller (12-for-29, 205 yards, 3 TD; 49 carries, 150 yards; 1 start)
Starters lost (1): QB Kriss Proctor (graduation; 51-for-103, 787 yards, 7 TD, 6 INT; 211 carries, 914 yards, 14 TD; 11 starts)
Other notable departures: QB Jarvis Cummings (switched to defense)
Emerging names to know: QB Josh Hendrick (sophomore), QB Cody West (sophomore)
Career starts returning: 1 (Miller 1)
Career starts lost: 14 (Proctor 14)
Navy didn’t need spring practice to determine one major piece of its 2012 season.
Ready or not, it’s Trey Miller Time at quarterback in Annapolis.
Kriss Proctor, last year’s starter, is gone. Jarvis Cummings, a junior like Miller, was moved to linebacker. And no one else among the plethora of quarterbacks on the roster has game experience.
And so it was Miller, who played in seven games last fall, who sat atop the depth chart at the beginning of the spring. Within a week, he was in a noncontact jersey while the rest of the quarterbacks remained live.
And that said everything that needed to be said about Miller’s place in Navy’s quarterback hierarchy.
It is difficult to draw many conclusions about Miller based on much of his work from last season. He played in garbage time against Delaware, Western Kentucky, Southern Mississippi and Troy. His lone start was a titanic task at Notre Dame, and his production was about what was to be expected under the circumstances.
That leaves his relief work against East Carolina as perhaps the best barometer on what to really expected. Filling in for an injured Proctor, Miller tossed two long touchdown passes and averaged three yards a carry, all the while giving Navy a chance to win.
It might be a solid preview of what is to come. Miller should provide a boost to Navy’s passing game, and he probably won’t be quite the weapon in the rushing game Proctor was. But should he continue to progress as he has this spring, the Mids should be solid under center.
That, of course, assumes Miller stays on the field. Navy hasn’t gone wire-to-wire with the same starting quarterback since 2005; if that streak doesn’t end, a sophomore who didn’t take a snap as a plebe will find himself in a starting role —- just like Miller did last year at Notre Dame.
—- Patrick Stevens