ANNAPOLIS —- Trey Miller‘s ankle injury answered Navy’s quarterback question for this week.
The junior did not practice Wednesday and coach Ken Niumatalolo said freshman Keenan Reynolds will start Friday at Central Michigan.
“We’re going to go with Keenan,” Niumatalolo said.
Miller started the first five games for the Midshipmen (2-3), including Saturday’s 28-21 overtime defeat of Air Force. Miller left that game in the fourth quarter, and Reynolds guided Navy to a scoring drive to force overtime and then a go-ahead score in the extra session.
Reynolds has played in all five games for Navy, rushing 17 times for 40 yards and a touchdown while completing 10 of 13 passes for 132 yards.
Reynolds will be the first plebe to start for the Mids since Jim Kubiak in 1991. Niumatalolo said Miller will make the trip to Central Michigan (2-3).
“We have to be ready to go,” Niumatalolo said. “He has to get his ankle better. He tried to go yesterday, really tried to gut it out. His ankle’s not ready to go and Keenan had a good game last week.”
With Reynolds getting the nod, it marks the seventh straight season Navy was forced to use multiple starting quarterbacks. Lamar Owens was the Mids’ last wire-to-wire starting QB, doing so in 2005.
—- Patrick Stevens