- The Washington Times - Friday, April 20, 2007

Make it two straight years Navy will be without its starting quarterback in the spring game.

A year after starter Brian Hampton left with a shoulder injury two plays in, this spring’s incumbent, Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada, won’t dress for the Blue-Gold game today at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Kaheaku-Enhada’s right arm is in a sling because of a slightly separated shoulder after linebacker Irv Spencer landed on him during practice Tuesday.

Kaheaku-Enhada replaced Hampton after he went down with a season-ending left knee injury against Rutgers, and the Kapolei, Hawaii, native was a starter for the Midshipmen in the team’s final six games. He finished with 507 yards rushing and 10 touchdowns and completed 23 of 48 passes for 384 yards and five touchdowns.

Consistency in the passing game is key for his development, but shoulder tightness earlier in the spring and now the separation have limited his chances. The injury is not expected to keep him from participating in summer workouts.

“My shoulder has been bothering the whole spring, so I haven’t been able to throw very much,” Kaheaku-Enhada said. “That was the one thing I wanted to work on the most this spring was my passing.”

Kaheaku-Enhada’s absence means fellow rising junior Jarod Bryant will direct the first-team offense against the first-team defense. Bryant saw limited action in relief of Kaheaku-Enhada last season, finishing with 86 rushing yards on 18 carries and completing six of 15 passes for 42 yards.

“I knew coming out I needed to get a lot better at a couple of different things,” Bryant said. “I think for the most part I’ve gotten better at running the option and some other things. It has been a pretty decent spring for me so far. I’ve got to get to the point where Coach Johnson feels confident with me in the game.”

Several others who either started or saw significant action last season will not play. The list includes tackle Josh Meek, guard Anthony Gaskins, wideout Tyree Barnes, linebacker Matt Wimsatt and defensive backs Ketric Buffin and Rashawn King.

Troy Goss spent the spring back at quarterback after a season as a wide receiver and is listed third on the depth chart. But he also will miss the game because of a concussion. That means Greg Zingler, a rising sophomore from Severna Park, Md., will pilot the second-team offense.

“I think [the quarterbacks have] made some progress,” coach Paul Johnson said. “I thought that Jarod Bryant and Troy Goss had really good springs. Zingler got to take a lot of reps, so that has been good for him. Kaipo has been banged up a little bit. He’s made progress in certain areas, but I am sure it didn’t go the way he would have liked. I am sure coming in he would have liked to have separated himself from the rest of the guys, and it didn’t happen.”

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