ANNAPOLIS —- A handful of Navy-related tidbits from Wednesday evening …
* Quarterback Trey Miller will be ready to start Saturday at Penn State after a couple solid days of practice coming off a left ankle injury.
“He’s been practicing much better the last couple days,” coach Ken Niumatalolo said. “His ankle might look a little stiff. [They’ve] got some type of contraption on there. I’m encouraged by what I saw the last couple days much more than what I did on Monday.”
* Cornerback Jonathan Wev (concussion) won’t return this week. Freshman Quincy Adams will start in his place.
“He’s doing well but our medical staff wants to take their time and make sure he’s OK,” Niumatalolo said.
* Penn State is 0-2 after a miserable offseason thanks to NCAA sanctions and player attrition stemming from the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Niumatalolo expects the back-to-back losses to make the Nittany Lions even more dangerous.
“They’re a proud program and their pride’s been hurt a little bit,” Niumatalolo said. “Their ego’s been hurt. Their reputation’s been questioned, so when you have a proud, rich tradition like that, there’s no doubt in my mind that they want to set people straight. Right now, they’re a wounded animal and have their backs against the wall, so we have to be ready for a ferocious fight.”
* Navy’s solution to losing presumptive starting outside linebacker Chris Johnson for the season was to use both Keegan Wetzel and Obi Uzoma while limiting the work of sophomores Jordan Drake and Josh Tate in its season-opening loss to Notre Dame.
Two weeks later, Drake and Tate might have some more opportunities.
“We see those guys mixing into it a little bit more,” Niumatalolo said. “We feel good about our young guys and hopefully more of them will get into the mix and play a little bit more at the outside linebacker spot.”
—- Patrick Stevens