ANNAPOLIS —- Navy cornerback Jonathan Wev‘s career is over after suffering his third concussion since the start of camp in Saturday’s 41-3 defeat of VMI.
The junior was at Navy’s practice Tuesday in a t-shirt and shorts and could serve as a student assistant during the rest of his time at Navy.
“He’s a great young man,” coach Ken Niumatalolo said. “There’s way more important things than football. He’s obviously devastated. He’s worked hard and had a great offseason. He’s a smart kid and doing well here at the academy academically.”
Wev played in 25 games over the last three seasons, starting three. He entered preseason camp as a starter at cornerback, was concussed but returned to start against Notre Dame.
He left that Sept. 1 game after a helmet-to-helmet hit and sat out Navy’s loss to Penn State. He started Saturday against VMI before his latest head injury forced him to leave after the first quarter.
Niumatalolo said it was clear Wev, who will likely be replaced in the starting lineup by freshman Quincy Adams, had another significant injury.
“Enough or close enough where it’s not worth it,” Niumatalolo said. “I didn’t need to talk to the doctors. You could see. There’s things —- your knee might get hurt and you get surgery, but you don’t want to mess with anybody’s brain.”
—- Patrick Stevens